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As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a beautiful and lively city that has a range of different activities and places to see. MADbudget offers some insider’s guides to the lifestyle of Madrid and essential information for anyone planning a visit to the city.

MADRID, SPAIN. Getting around in Madrid is an easy feat to conquer for those both new and old to the city. Spain’s capital is well equipped with a bus system, metro system, and taxi service. More so, once familiarized with the areas, Madrid can also be a city easily navigated by foot – an option that is often quicker than public transportation.

If staying in Madrid for an extended time, an “Abono Transporte” card allows passengers to take unlimited rides on the metro and bus. An “Abono Transporte” application can be filled out by following this link, and the card will be sent within 5 business days. Prices for these metro cards vary depending on the travel area. For example, Zone A allows access to just the centre of Madrid, while Zone B2 allows travel to both the city centre and its outer limits. Assistance in the unlimited card’s application is also provided at the Abono Transporte office. The most centrally located office is in the Vodafone Sol metro stop, in Puerta de Sol. Be sure to check online for all of the required materials needed in order to purchase the metro-card. Furthermore, prices for Abono Transporte cards vary per age. For example, students under 23-years-old receive a discounted rate of 35 Euros for 30 days, while those older than 23 pay €54,60. Abono Transporte cards can be recharged at any ticket station or at the Abono Transporte offices. For more information on unlimited transport cards, visit this link.

If relying on public transportation, it’s important to remember that the metro closes at 1:30 am and re-opens at 6:00. Night buses – commonly known as “buhos,” or owls – continue running on a limited-route schedule between these hours. These routes can be checked at any bus stop throughout the city.

By downloading the Metro Madrid app onto individual smart phones, travellers can see the quickest paths to their destinations, as well as alternative routes.

Unlike other European countries, there are not many taxi stands available in Spain. The best way to get a taxi is to stand by the side of a major road or stop and wave your hand to signal an available taxi passing by.  Taxis in Madrid are metered and well regulated.

Another option is to rent a car which be done from both international agencies and from local agencies. Rental car rates begin at 50€ a day to 225€ a week for an economy car with unlimited mileage and manual transmission.

A popular method of travelling in Madrid includes renting a bicycle or an e-bike. Visitors can rent a bicycle from 5€ for an hour to 45€ for a week. All transactions for e-bikes (registration, payment, bike pick up and drop off) can be carried out at each bike station where there is a ‘tótem’ or machine with instructions in English and Spanish. The price will vary depending on whether you buy an ‘abonado,’ or annual pass.

With its transportation system as user friendly as it is, navigating around Madrid becomes an easy feat to accomplish.