Booking a taxi is an easy and relaxing way to see Madrid in just a couple of days.
Madrid is a city packed with plenty to do. If you’re only visiting Madrid for the weekend, relax – you can definitely fit in the key sites in this fantastic city. With the help of this guide and by taxi, bus or underground, you can plan the perfect trip. Known as Barrio de las Letras or Madrid de los Austrias, the small streets of the city centre are full of secrets, history and pretty places to have a drink or a meal. So, what can you see and do?
- Monuments: Madrid has its own ‘must-sees’: Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía, Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalá.
- Museums: the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen museums – these are the main museums in the city centre. Not too far away, you can also visit the Wax Museum and the Sorolla Museum.
- Local markets: Next to Plaza Mayor you’ll find the San Miguel Market, with local products, beer, wine… You can order and consume your food or drink inside the market. But Madrid offers many other options: Mercado de San Antón, Mercado de San Fernando… All of them are a great way to savour the flavours of Madrid.
- Parks: although Madrid is a big city with a lot of traffic, it also has lovely, scenic outdoors sites. Some examples are the Retiro Park (next to Puerta de Alcalá) or Casa de Campo. You’ll also find restaurants, music and sports practice, as well as the chance to take a boat trip there.
How can I get around Madrid city centre
There are three options for transport around Madrid:
- Taxi. The best way to visit Madrid in an easy, fast and comfortable way. First, you can book a transfer to get from Barajas Airport to Madrid city centre. With English Taxi Madrid, you will have a local driver who speaks English. We offer personalised journeys and give advice on the city, events, restaurants… No need to wait for a bus or a train: just book a driver before your trip, and text them by phone to finalise all the details for your trip. Learn more about our prices.
- Bus. Madrid has a wide network of buses that travel around the city. It’s the cheapest option, but there’s a good chance you’ll have to stand during the journey. Tickets cost €1.50 per trip. Kids under 4 travel for free.
- Underground. Madrid’s underground has 12 lines. However, to visit the city centre you’ll only need to use one to three lines. It might be a good option but the underground is usually packed full of people around the city centre. You’ll have to buy a card (costing €2.50) and between €1.50 – €2 per journey. Kids under 4 don’t pay.
Learn more about booking a transfer with English Taxi Madrid
If you’re visiting with your family, travelling by taxi is probably the best way to visit this city. Book a group transfer with English Taxi Madrid. We also provide secure approved baby and child seats.