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Getting to Madrid by Train. Atocha & Chamartín

RENFE (Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles), has two train stations in Madrid: Chamartín and Atocha. The two stations combined offer service to all of Spain.

Chamartín train station and Atocha train stationChamartín Train Station, located in northern Madrid (Calle Agustín de Foxá s/n), has trains leaving for France as well as the north and the east of Spain. Chamartín Station is also a Metro station (Metro Chamartín), therefore connecting to the rest of the city is easy and quick. The station has a checkroom available (7 a.m. to 11 p.m.), tourism office, eatery and ATMs. A taxi from Chamartín to the city center can cost around 13€ plus the station tax of 2.20€.

Atocha station: botanic gardem insideAtocha Train Station is located in the southern part of Madrid’s centro area (Glorieta Emperador Carlos V). It has trains to Lisboa as well as the south and east of Spain. Atocha also has AVE trains (high-speed trains of up to 350km/h-220 MPH) with destinations to Cordoba, Sevilla, Vealencia, Lirida, Zaragoza and nearby Barcelona. Atocha Station is also a Metro station (Metro Atocha-RENFE) and the local train station. Atocha is only four stops from Puerta del Sol (Metro Sol), the main center of Madrid. The station has checkroom service (open 6:30 a.m. to 10:20 p.m.), eateries, restaurants and an information office. A taxi from Atocha to Puerta del Sol can cost about 6€ plus the 2.20€ station tax.

The two stations are connected by an underground tunnel, hence it is common to have the same train stop at both stations.

Tickets can be purchased directly at the stations, at travel agencies, on the RENFE web site or at the central office Calle Alcalá 44 (9:30 AM to 8 PM Monday to Friday; Metro Sevilla). The information and reservations line is 902 240 202 (902 243 402 for international information).

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