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New airport bus to Atocha Station


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The EMT, Madrid's bus system, is going to inaugurate a new Airport Express bus, which will have stops in terminals T1, 2, and 4 at the airport and will make three stops in Madrid. One at Calle O'Donnell intersection with Dr. Esquerdo (for transfer to Metro line 6), one in the plaza Cibeles (where many bus lines pass, especially late night buses), and one at Atocha RENFE. The bus will run 24 hours a day every 15 minutes during the day, and every 30 minutes at night, and cost 2 euros. Expected travel time about 40 minutes, no doubt more with heavy traffic.

The existing buses from the airport terminals to Avenida de Americas bus station (which I have taken -- quick, reliable, no changing) will continue to operate.

Here's a short news item about the new bus: http://www.enlatino.com/actualidad/madr ... drid-19986

Seems the taxistas are none too pleased. But for those of us who would otherwise take the metro, it is a much less stressful alternative because you're likely to be seated and not have to worry about pickpockets.

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Thanks Laurie, I was just wondering how to get to the bus or train station in Madrid. We must be on the same psychic link. :shock: Only kidding, I really appreciate it. Would much rather fly in on Air France, but will have to get to Santiago from Madrid.


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I have read that the new airport bus is up and running. Here is a report from another travel forum, posted on Nov. 7:

"Yes! The Airport Express is running. I took it yesterday from the Atocha-Renfe station. It leaves every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, and every 20 minutes on weekends and holidays. It costs 2€ and took about 30 minutes with little traffic.

The stop at Atocha is just outside the round Cercanias building on the upper street level. This is at the easterly side of the main station above where the Cercanias platforms are. Take the escalators to top. The stop is marked by a vertical yellow sign. Pay the driver.

They're new bright yellow buses and have plenty of space for luggage on board (not underneath) and seating for a couple dozen people with lots of standing space.

It makes two other quick stops (Plaza de Cibeles and O'Donnell) before getting to the airport. It makes three stops at the airport: Terminal 1 departures, Terminal 2 departures and Terminal 4. At Terminal 4, the stop is at the upper arrivals level, so you have to take the elevator or escalators. It runs to and from Atocha between 6:00 AM and 11:30 PM. Between 11:30 and 6:00 AM, it only goes as far as Plaza de Cibeles.

It was fast, efficient and couldn't be any handier - or cheaper."


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Just to bring this up to date, the charge for the airport bus is now €5.

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I noticed your post about the Atocha Renfe station. Do you know if this is the station to catch the train to Hendaye-Bayonne-SjPP? My husband and I are goint to walk the Camino Frances in May 2013 and wasn't sure where the train station was located. Thanks for giving the info. on the new airport bus. Very beneficial. Would appreciate the input.

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