Madrid is a beautiful and effervescent city, with that buzz and rush typical of a capital. We have visited a few times and in the last demos we have a tour with the Madrid City Bus, the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus that runs through the city on two routes. Keep reading on this Madrid tours bus guide…
The experience is interesting and can help those who have little time in the city to get an overview of the most important sights. Or for those who do not like or can’t walk much. In this post we will tell the details and our opinion about the Madrid City Bus.
How Madrid City Bus Works
The Madrid City Bus has two ticket options:
Ticket for 1 day: € 21,00 / person
Ticket for 2 days: € 25,00 / person
You can buy in advance the ticket for the touristic bus in advance, to avoid queues. On the day you want to start your bus ride, take the printed voucher. The collector will exchange for another ticket, which you must keep and keep in good condition throughout the period you will use.
There are 2 routes with several stops. With your ticket you can go up and down at any stop within your days of use, as many times as you want. The use is unlimited in this timeframe and you can use both to know the sights and simply to get around and save on transportation on that day.
As soon as you enter the bus you pick up a headset to connect to the audio input of your seat and enjoy an audio guide explaining details about the stops and about the city. There are several language options to choose from. You are also entitled to a city map with the bus route and a discount coupon. That’s pretty cool, it’s a little bag with discounts at various stores and restaurants. To use just go to the indicated places and present the coupon.
In this same ticket comes discounts to use the tour buses of the City Tour brand in other cities in Spain, such as Barcelona or Malaga.
The Madrid City Bus offers two routes: Route 1 passes through the historic part of the city, and Route 2 covers a less central and more modern, alternative area. With your coupon you can walk on both routes, change from one to the other … Anyway, make the combination you want.
Route 1 passes has the following stops: Prado Museum, Puerta de Alcalá, Barrio de Salamanca, Plaza de Colón, Plaza de Cibeles, Gran Vía, Plaza de España, Plaza de la Moncloa, Cable car, Temple of Debod, Puerta de San Vicente, Segovia Bridge, Toledo Bridge, Royal Theater, Royal Palace, Puerta de Toledo, San Francisco el Grande, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Fine Arts Circle, Thyssen Museum, National Museum of Art Reina Sofía, Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid.
Route Two has the following stops: Plaza de Neptuno, Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Colón, Sculpture Museum, Nuevos Ministerios, Plaza de Cuzco, Plaza de Castilla, Paseo de la Castellana – Cuatro Torres, Santiago Bernabéu, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Scientific Museum, Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Sales Plaza de Toros, Casón del Buen Retiro, Atocha-Glorieta Emperor Charles V, Neptune Square, Archaeological Museum, Puerta de Alcalá, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de las Cortes.
Hot Tip: If you are a football fan and want to visit the Barnabéu stadium, one of the best ways to get there is exactly this tourist bus. The stadium is slightly away from the center and Route 2 has a stop right in front of it.