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Either if you want to travel round Spain or if you just intend to go on a few trips round Madrid, train is definitely the most comfortable means of transport, and the one that allows you to see the best scenery.
Madrid's main long distance railway stations are: Atocha and Chamartín. They run both long distance and commuter trains. There are three more stations for commuter trains: Príncipe Pío, Recoletos and Nuevos Ministerios. More info on stations below.

RENFE is the National Railway Company. They run all the railways in Madrid. In their website you can see timetables, prices, destinations...You can also buy your tickets online with their Tiknet service. it is also possible to book your tickets on the Renfe phone below (Contact Renfe). If you want to get them personally you'll have to go to the ticket offices in Chamartín, Atocha, Nuevos Ministerios or Príncipe Pío. In any of them you can get national and international tickets. Offices in Atocha and Chamartín are open everyday, including weekends from 6.30 to 21.00, and those in Príncipe Pío and Nuevos Ministerios from 8.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday. See below for the location of stations.

National information and reserves: 902 24 02 02
International information: 902 24 34 02

Spain Flexi Pass:
This combined ticket exclusive for tourists allows you to travel round Spain by train. You buy a determined number of days in which you can travel (3 to 10) within a month. Commuter and regional trains are free and for long distance journeys you have to pay a supplement which depends on the type of train you take. For more information you can turn to the Interrail page where you can also get the pass. The pass is available too in the ticket offices mentioned above.


Madrid's main Railway Stations:

Atocha Station
Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V (at the end of Paseo del Prado)
Metro: Atocha Renfe
Map: M-19
Area: Atocha
Atocha is the largest and most used train station. It is close to the city center. The photo shows the front of the old Atocha station now renovated by architect Rafael Moneo and converted into a sort-of botanical garden for high humidity plants. Long distance trains arrive into a modern station inside the old one, which is called 'Puerta de Atocha'. Note that the metro station named Atocha IS NOT directly connected with the train station, the one which does connect is ATOCHA RENFE.
Atocha is the main station for trains to the South, East and West of Spain.

Chamartín Station
Agustín de Foxá s/n
Metro: Chamartín
Area: Castellana
Located in the north of the city, not far from Plaza de Castilla. From this station leave trains heading to the North of Spain, although some of them also have a previous stop at Atocha.

Príncipe Pío (C)
Paseo de la Florida, (corner Cuesta de San Vicente)
Metro: Príncipe Pío
Area: Príncipe Pío - Casa de Campo
Zone: Casa de Campo - Principe Pío
What used to be the old Norte Station is nowadays a totally restored "Cercanías" (Commuter trains -C -) station. Not far from Plaza de España. For more information on 'cercanías' trains go to our page on commuter trains.

Recoletos (C)
Paseo de Recoletos, (next to Plaza de Colón)
Metro: Colón
Map: M-4
Area: Colón
Commuter trains (C )station between the Cibeles and Colón squares.

Méndez Álvaro (C)
c/ Méndez Álvaro 73
Metro: Méndez Álvaro
Area: Embajadores
Commuter trains and metro station next to bus station Sur.

Nuevos Ministerios(C)
Pº de la Castellana (corner Raimundo Fernández Villaverde)
Metro: Nuevos Ministerios
Area: Castellana
Commuter trains station close to the finance center area of Azca.