Cheap Flights to Madrid

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Book flights to Madrid to sample the cultural delights and impressive architecture of Spain’s capital and largest city. It's the political, financial and administrative heart of the country, situated on a plateau 650m high, almost exactly at the centre of the Iberian Peninsula.

During October, the weather is lovely, hotel rates are lower and there are not too many visitors, making it an ideal time to book cheap flights to Madrid. The city has a wealth of galleries, museums and is home to El Rastro which is one of the best flea markets in Europe and has plenty of bargains waiting to be found. Madrid is one of the greenest cities in Europe with forested areas in several parks, of which the foremost is the Parque del Retiro. Originally the private gardens of King Philip IV, the park consist of 350 acres of formal gardens, fountains, lakes, sculpture, playgrounds, and outdoor cafes.

In 1561, Philip II established his royal court there, and successive kings commissioned grander and grander palaces, cathedrals, public buildings and triumphal monuments, turning Madrid into a splendid world city. If you’re interested in bull-fighting, Madrid gets the best matadors in the country. There are fights on Sundays and holidays throughout the year and for longer periods in the spring, especially starting with the feast of Madrid’s patron San Isidro.

The plateau on which Madrid is sited is high enough for clear skies and dry air. Summers are very hot (often hotter than 37 degrees Celsius), but it’s a dry heat. And the warm summer nights are a great pleasure. During May through to October, Madrid’s weather is usually warm and dry so you might consider booking your flights for this time.

The winters are quite cold (November – February), but Madrid’s cultural life is in full swing, and you can make a day trip to a ski resort. The spring (March – April) brings some of Spain’s most spectacular fiestas, starting with Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter. Madrid’s biggest holiday is the feast of San Isidro, the city’s patron saint, which begins on 15 May. It’s a popular party, so book your flight and hotel well in advance. This is a great time to travel to the city if you would like to be immersed in authentic customs and traditions, especially as the activities are free. Expect local residents dressed in typical chulapo and goyesco costumes, concerts, street parades and music.

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Barcelona may have the reputation as the capital of cool, but Madrid has plenty for travellers to "ooh" and "aah" at. Every year, millions of tourists take cheap flights to Madrid to gawp at the magnificent, treasure-stuffed Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia galleries.

The streets of Madrid, Spain's capital and largest city, are almost open-air museums so stately and grand are the public buildings. King Philip II set up his court in Madrid and he and later kings added grander and grander palaces, cathedrals and monuments.

Madrid is one of Europe's greenest cities; there are more than 40 parks. The Retiro is Madrid's best known. Other popular parks are the Casa de Campo and Parque Quinta de la Fuente del Berro.

As for food, the cuisine offers the best of Spain's regional dishes. The stews, hotpots, and most famously, tapas, provide the fuel for long, raucous nights. Madrilenos head out late and stay out even later. A Friday night out in Madrid may only end with a late breakfast on Saturday or later.

Getting around Madrid

Walking: you could see most of Madrid's must-see monuments in about two hours, but if you get tired, the metro (underground) is clean, fast and cheap. The bus system is great too - day buses run from early morning to late night and there are also night buses (buhos).

Taxis are white with a red stripe. Flag them down on the street, pick one up at a taxi rank or order them by telephone.

Getting Downtown

Madrid Airport (MAD) is located 13 km from the city centre.

There are several car-rental companies with desks at the airport. Taxis are readily available.

Buses serves the Avenida de America, from where you can catch the metro. Metro travels from the airport terminals to Nuevos Ministerios station.

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How much do things cost in Madrid?

Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 112.80
Pair of jeans
$ 111.92
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 2.84
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 10.00
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 4.29
$ 2.41
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 29.30
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.74
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 4.14
1 km taxi journey
$ 1.50
Large bottle of water
$ 0.89
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1.14
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 7.15
A dozen eggs
$ 2.26
How much does an apartment cost in Madrid?
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1323
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1020
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1934
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 753

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  • Party in the buzzing nightclubs and bars of Madrid’s thriving nightlife hubs like the Alonso Martinez district.
  • Shoppers and bargain-hunters will love El Rastro, Madrid’s sprawling flea market, whith almost 3500 stalls.
  • Sightsee in Madrid’s majestic Palacio Real, a huge and splendid building once home to Spanish royalty.
  • Culture vultures will enjoy trips to museums and art galleries like Museo del Prado and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
  • The Temple of Dobod, an ancient Egyptian temple, has been rebuilt in Parque del Oeste and is a must-see attraction.
  • Historic cities like the medieval Toledo, Segovia and El Escorial monastery are within reach from Madrid.

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