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Traveling with children is a challenge for parents, you have to organize and plan everything well and be well informed. If you plan to travel to Madrid, the first thing to do is to know what the different options are for getting to the city.
In this guide we recommend different options for greater comfort for children depending on distance and budget. Once you have arrived, you also have to know what means of transport are in Madrid.
Being the capital of Spain, Madrid is a city very well communicated with the main European cities and with the capitals of almost all the countries of the world, as well as with other Spanish cities.
To travel long distances, the plane is always the best option, even if long journeys are a bit tedious for children.
Madrid Barajas airport receives millions of visits a year, is located in the northeast area of the city and is accessible by car, taxi, bus or metro.
The companies that operate at Barajas airport are very varied: all T4 flights are operated by Iberia, which offers a wide range of destinations but at a slightly higher price than other companies that operate in other terminals: Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling ... they travel from cities around the world, and of course also from different parts of Spain such as Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville or Valencia.
The best recommendation is that you check the prices and schedules in different companies to be able to choose the one that best suits your needs.
The journey from the airport to the city center can be done by metro from T1 (there are shuttle buses that connect the terminals), you need to pay a special rate that is indicated at the ticket sales points.
We can also use taxis, which are usually found at the exit of each terminal, but the price is quite high due to airport charges. A cheaper option may be to rent a shared taxi. There are also car rental services at the airport.
If we are going to travel with children from a Spanish city, or even from Portugal and France, it is possible that the car is the best choice.
Traveling by car offers us greater flexibility in schedules, routes and breaks, we can stop when necessary or the children get tired, and visit other cities along the way. Against it are the long hours of travel and the increasingly high price of fuel.
Different highways and motorways (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 and A6) connect the main cities of Spain with Madrid.
Madrid has two train stations, Atocha and Chamartín, which connect it with all of Spain and several European cities. The development of high-speed trains (AVE) has made it a comfortable and easy way to travel, since it reaches the city center directly, although faster trains have a considerable price increase compared to regional ones , so it is best to consult the Renfe website.
In Madrid there is a very complete and efficient public transport system, both buses and metro, which are the most comfortable options for getting around with children or babies.
Tourist areas are usually well signposted and communicated, and in a few minutes we can visit a large number of monuments.
The Madrid Metro is the fastest way to move between different parts of the city, the metro network is very wide and takes you to all the tourist spots in the city.
It has 12 metro lines and 3 light rail lines, which in total cover more than 280 kilometers.
The price of the metro varies depending on the distance we are going to travel: € 1.5 for 5 stops (children under 4 years old do not have to pay) and 10 cents more per extra stop, up to a maximum of € 2.
The ten trip voucher, useful if you are going to make several trips, has a price of € 12.
The most comfortable option if the trip is going to last several days are tourist passes, which have different prices depending on the number of days in which they are valid:
1 day - € 8.00
2 days - € 13.40
3 days - € 17.40
5 days - € 25.40
7 days - € 33.40
Children under 11 years old have a 50% discount on the price of this tourist pass.
Madrid has an extensive bus network that connects the entire city, as does the metro, although due to the intense traffic its use is not recommended unless the place is not accessible by the metro network.
Prices vary according to the distance traveled, the normal single ticket costs € 1.50 (it can reach € 4.20) and the ten-trip ticket costs € 12 (up to € 29.15).
There is a double-decker tourist bus that runs through the most important places in the city. A good choice for a day in which the children are tired and do not feel like walking but still enjoy the monuments of Madrid.
Taxis are an option to move comfortably and quickly, but their price is quite high, so you have to take into account the possible cheaper alternatives.
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