While I was in Madrid I purchased a Madrid Card. It was advertised as ‘the smartest way to visit Madrid.’ I wanted to see if this was true.
There are four versions of the card available.
24 hours costs €39, 48 hours costs €49, 72 hours costs €59 and 120 hours which costs €69. Further savings can be made if you purchase online. As I was staying in Madrid for five full days I chose the 120 hours card.
What does the Madrid card give you? You get admission to the following:-
- Over 50 of the city’s museums and monuments.
- Guided tour based on the ‘Discover Madrid’ theme.
- Bernabéu and Atlético de Madrid stadium tour.
- Las Ventas Bullring tour
- Discounts on various tourists attractions, shopping, restaurants, nightlife and car hire.
You also get priority access to the following:-
- Prado Museum
- The Royal Palace
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
- Renia Sofia Museum
- Wax Museum
- Bernabéu Stadium Tour
- Parque de Attracciónes
- Zoo Aquarium
This means you avoid the long queues to these popular attractions.
With your card you are given a useful guidebook that details all the attractions and discounts available.
Your card becomes activated once you first use it. It is also important that you sign your card.
Is the card worth the money? I have to say that I found it to be excellent value for money. Just using it to visit the major attractions I found that it had paid for itself in no time. The discounts on restaurants can be particularly useful for those travelling on a budget. I recommend the discount for the Hard Rock Cafe. By showing your card you can have a set three course meal for €20 which I found excellent value.
There is so many discounts on offer that you will have to make a return trip to Madrid to take advantage. Overall, whatever card you purchase it represent excellent value and makes sense if you are travelling on a budget.
Until the next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.