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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2015
Transportation from Madrid airport to Gran via. Bus vs metro?  (6 Answers)

We don't mind walking but we're concerned about getting on bus with luggage, is there room? Which mode is more efficient? We're going to hotel on Gran Via, the directions for metro say line 8- line 10 to Alonso Martinez, then jump to line 2? 2 doesn't look correct to me. Is this right? Are there elevators to get from platforms?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2013
lasepulvedana

is it best to buy ticket on the net in advance or they are enough seats

if I buy the same day ? I am going to Segovia on 5th october/


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2013
money exchange  (3 Answers)

where to change money


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2012
Taxi from MADRID airport!  (7 Answers)

Hello,
travelling from France and arriving at Madrid Barajas T1,this saturday, I need to find out how much would a taxi be, to the train station Atocha, to get to Malaga?
Can you book and share a taxi in advance, for cheaper fare?
How long would a taxi take, in relation to the local bus transfer?
Arriving at 15.30 and my train is at 16 35:Is there enough time?
Many Thanks,
Domi


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2011
Madrid airport to train station  (2 Answers)

Apologies if this is a common question. Flying into Madrid, what's the best way to get to the train station to take the AVE to Barcelona?
I guess there are 2 options. Metro. Does the metro go direct from the airport to the train station and how long does it take?
Taxi. How long and how much would a taxi ride cost?
Thank you in advance for any replies.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2011
Airport Parking or similar  (4 Answers)

Hi travelers !!!

I´ll take my flight in the airport of Barajas in Madrid.
I want to get there by my car.
Where could I park it ???
Please in a safe place and not very expensive.
Tell me some ideas...

Thx in advance !!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2011
cooking classes?  (4 Answers)

I am trying to plan a quick trip with my husband for our Anniversary and want to include 3 days in Madrid or Barccelona. Seems there is significant distance between the two without losing a day in either place or increasing our cost (which our budget is already being stretched to take this trip). I originally planned out Barcelona with a Segway tour and a cooking class where they take you to the market and show you how to pick each item and then show you how to cook everything. Now that I'm leaning toward Madrid I see we can still do the Segway tour, we can do a cool Tapas tour but I can't find anything on a cooking class like the one in Barcelona! Now that I found the Tapas tour I want to go to Madrid (plus, for our other travels and our round trip to Europe going through Madrid would be very convenient.)

Is there something I'm missing?! Anyone have any tips?

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2010
tips about Madrid  (3 Answers)

Hello,

I am coming in Madrid in January and i booked the nuevo boston hotel near airport. The exact address is Av de Aragón, 332. Could you please tell me what is the easiest and also cheapest way to go to centre of madrid for some sight seeing? Is there any bus service running near the hotel? Also if you have any suggestion for any nice local restaurants and bars possibly with jazz or blues music are welcome :)

regards from greece

Nikos


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2010
Espardilles  (4 Answers)

Hi, are espadrilles available year round? Where can I buy a pair? Is it available at any shops, or at el corte ingles?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2010
Catholic Churches  (3 Answers)

Hi, All!

Will be visiting Madrid in a couple of months, and I would like this trip (my first time! I'm very excited!) to be a mini-pilgrimage of some sort. I have already made arragements to go to Avila (Sta Teresita), any recommendation on which churches I should go and visit?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2010
Prado Museum  (6 Answers)

Hi,

Is it recommended to purchase tickets for the Prado Museum in advance or should I purchase on the day I plan to go? I will be in Madrid for 3 days in mid-September.

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2010
Barajas  (3 Answers)

I might have a longer stop-over in Barajas (around 6 hrs) and have been wondering if it would be possible to leave the airport and to explore the neighbourhood (if there is anything of interest?) or the city centre a bit? Is there a bus or metro running between the airport and the city centre? About how long would it take to get into the city centre?
Alternatively, are there city tours that start and end at the airport?

Is there anything interesting to do at the airport?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2010
Real Madrid game with a 18 month old???  (7 Answers)

Hi,
im going to go to the Real Madrid game on May 2nd, would it be wise to take a 18 month old to the stadium? do people get rowdy? or its a pretty safe affair?

does the baby need a separate ticket?
thanks!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2009
Using my Nokia 6102i cellphone in Spain  (6 Answers)

Hello,

I will be living in Spain for four months and I am a bit perplexed about how to modify my cellphone so it will work over there. I subscribe to AT&T and use a Nokia 6102i (it is a very old model). I know I need to get an unlock code and a SIM chip, but I can't find a Spanish SIM chip for my model. What kind of SIM chip could I use for such an old cellphone? Do they even manufacture something like that? Is there a possibility that I'd need to get a new cellphone altogether? (I really loathe having to do this when it is so unnecessary!) Please help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2009
Host families...tried it? Recommendations while in Madrid

Next summer my 17 year old independent and adventurous son is going to Spain to participate in a summer program (teaching English) for one week. He would like to stay longer in Madrid but not at a teen camp or a language school program. I am concerned about safety and would not feel so comfortable with him at a hotel solo for a week or two (he wants to do the same thing in LONDON).
Any VT have experience in finding a suitable host family while in Madrid? found a website called OleSpain that helps find host families for 180 Euro...but I an not too sure if there are reputible.
Any suggestions or ideas on how to approach this?
Thank you
Ana


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2009
Looking for restaurant suggestions serving Spanish food  (6 Answers)

Thanks to the people on this forum, I have gotten some good suggestions regarding the tapas bars in central Madrid.

I would love to get some suggestions on the reasonably priced restaurants serving good Spanish food. Not looking for something fancy/touristy/overly expensive, but the place where many locals would go for dinner. I will be staying in the city center on Gran Via, not far from Plaza Mayor and Plaza De Espana in mid March.

Many thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2009
Zoo de Madrid??

Hola, solamente estaré 3 dias en Madrid y nunca he visto un oso Panda (me encantan) Alguien fue alguna vez al Zoo de Madrid y ha visto los Pandas? En el sitio web los anuncian, pero realmente pueden verse de cerca, es decir: vale la pena pasarme un dìa en el Zoo o mejor uso mi tiempo en otra cosa...aunque adore los Pandas? Muchas gracias por su ayuda.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2009
Panda in the Zoo?  (2 Answers)

Hi, can anyone tell me if it is posible to see Panda bear in the Madrid Zoo? Thanks a lot for any advice!! Diana


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2009
which area?  (2 Answers)

hola,
its me again.

when i come to booking my holiday in madrid, considering i want to be in the thick of the nightlife, what part of madrid should i be looking to go.i am hoping to find the best bars and restaurants going. iv aleady been given plenty of name to check out. jusst not sure which area i should be asking for.
thanx again.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2009
Hotel Plaza Mayor?  (2 Answers)

Hi, does anyone stay in Plaza Mayor Hotel in Madrid? How do you booking there? Any advice will be very apreciated. Thanks a lot Diana.



Hola, ¿alguien conoce el hotel Plaza Mayor en Madrid? Si han estado allì, como reservaron la habitación..a travès de un sitio de hoteles o en el web site del hotel? Muchìsimas gracias por su ayuda. Diana


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2009
CIGARETTE SHOPS NEAR MADRID AIRPORT  (1 Answer)

Thanks for the previous posts on this. Yes we are entitled to bring back
16 cartons of cigarettes as long as local duty is paid. So if anyone knows of any tobacco shops in the Madrid area where we could go as we have a 3 hour layover between flights at Madrid airport and would like to be able to buy some cigarettes to take home. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks all.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2009
Tabacco shops near Madrid airport  (6 Answers)

Good-day,can anyone advise me,i have a 3 hour stop over at Barajas Madrid airport and want to buy 15 cartons of English ciggarettes(as they are much cheaper even with the pound to the euro)are there any tobaccoo shops on the vicinity?
Many Thanks VTrs


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2008
the best nightlife in madrid?!  (4 Answers)

hiya,
i have been told by a few people, that the best top 3 bars/clubs in madrid are:
Madrid arena
joy eslava
barnon bar club

. . .

if anyone here visited these places, or reccomend any like these i would be grateful.

thanx
courtney.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2008
can anyone suggest a place to stay south of Plaza Mayor, in the La Latina/Austrias area?  (4 Answers)

can anyone suggest a place to stay south of Plaza Mayor, in the La Latina/Austrias area

this older area appeals to us, plus is centrally located for the 2 days I will be there.

I was hoping for a small hotel/inn/flat maybe between Plaza de la Paja and Mayor...ideally on a quaint side street or old sqaure. Ideas?

cheers,

brendan


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2008
Flower gardens?  (3 Answers)

I dont know if Real Jardin Botanico would be the best place to see flowers since Ive looked some of the photos where I see mostly plants.

My grandmother really loves flowers and I cant wait to bring her to a beautiful place in Madrid with lots of flowers whether it requires paid admission or not.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2008
Looking for a good Hotel in Madrid?  (4 Answers)

Hi guys,
In a few days, I will be going on a holiday spree to Madrid in Spain. I have to stay there for a couple of days. I am looking for an online resource where I can compare all Madrid hotels according to my necessity. Does anyone have any idea that can help me out? Your any suggestion will be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2008
cheaper flight tickets?  (2 Answers)

do you know where to find cheaper tickets for flying from los angeles california?
and once we arrive the best and cheapest way to move from city to city throughout europe??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2008
Abono Turistico

I will be in Madrid by 2 weeks and will stay 5 days there. I will stay in Getafe and I was wondering if it's more interesting to get a "abono turistico" or a 10 travels tick metrobus. If I take the "abono turistico", will Getafe be valid for one with zona A ?
What's faster ? the cercanias or the bus or the metro ?
Thank you for your reply.
Mia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2008
Bullfight in Madrid  (4 Answers)

Hello

I'll be in Madrid from JUne 10 to June 14. I'd like to go to a corrida (las ventas?). Can you help me. I went on the Internet. It doesn't seem there is a corrida in Madrid between June 10 to 14.

If there is not a corrida in Madrid what do you suggest (I'll be in Barcelona from june 15 to june 19). Sevilla? Valencia?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2008
buenas tapas en madrid  (4 Answers)

estare en madrid solo 4 dias y quiero comer unas buenas tapas y comidas en varios lugares. No tengo mucho tiempo entonces no quiero hacer errores. Donde puedo comer algo bueno al lado del centro?



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