Getting Around Madrid
Spainís capital is a fascinating and exciting city with its own unique style and atmosphere that attracts thousands of tourists year after year. While Madrid may not have the obvious allure of other major European cities such as Paris, London and Rome, there is still plenty to keep you entertained. Madrid is a welcoming city with the locals not put out in the slightest by tourists, so you may well find yourself in one the many cafes and bars dotted on Madridís side streets, deep in conversation with the regulars.
Like all modern, cosmopolitan European cities, Madrid has an extensive public transport system, viewed as one of the best in the world, and incorporates the second largest metro network in Europe. Within the city the Metro is by far the cheapest means of transport and very easy to use for visitors to the city, if you have planned to see some of the sights of Madrid you will certainly find a metro station not too far away.
If you are interested in travelling further afield of the city limits, car rental in Madrid can be very reasonable and a great way to hit the road for a sun filled drive. Not the ideal form of transport for getting around within the city but if you are looking to see a little more of Spain and perhaps head to another beautiful city, Valencia, it can be a great experience and provide the opportunity to see more of this stunning country in your own way at your own pace.
The local Madrid train services also provide a handy way to view some of the cities suburbs and those historic sites located outside of central Madrid. Also, some of Madridís nicest outdoor areas, such as Retiro Park, are situated further afield and can offer so time to relax in the sun. And if you are feeling more adventurous, bicycles can be a great way to see the city without having to face the hustle and bustle (at rush hours) of the metro and trains. Madrid is slowly adapting and areas of the city are now more pedestrian friendly with designated bicycle lanes. A ride along the river can be especially pleasant.
So whether you choose Metro, Train, cheap car rental in Spain, or your own leg power, I am sure you will no problem taking in all that this fantastic city has to offer.
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Latest update: April 30, 2013