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LiviLion Dec 23, 07 7:02 pm

Anyone help me find the nearest metro station to here in Madrid?
 
I need to get to Oracle in Madrid as shown on this url:

http://www.oracle.com/global/es/educ...aps/index.html

Could anyone tell me if there is a metro station near here? If so, which one?

I've used the Madrid metro before so know how to find my way around. Just trying to find where this actually is in Madrid to determine the best way to get there.

Thanks

LosAngeleno Dec 23, 07 8:19 pm

I'm fairly certain you cannot get there using the Metro; you can, however, use the Cercania commuter train. The map in your link shows the station "El Pinar" to the right (east) of Oracle's facility. It's marked by the red circle with a slightly tilted white U inside of it. This page will help you calculate trip routes and times on the Cercanias: http://www.ctm-madrid.es/servlet/Pun...3&CODBOTON=311

It looks like it normally takes a little over a half hour to reach El Pinar (de las Rozes) from Atocha (the main station). Of course, depending on your starting point, you may begin your trip at Chamartin, Prinicipe Pio or other stations (where you can also connect from the Metro). If you enter Oracle's address on mapquest (Jose Echegaray 6, Las Rozas 28230) and choose option 2, zoom in until you can match it up with the streets on Oracle's site, then look a few hundred feet to the east and you'll see railroad tracks and "Etacion (sic) Ffcc El Pinar" (the Cercania station). Sorry I can't give you a link, but mapquest doesn't recognize the exact address.

LapLap Dec 23, 07 9:44 pm

LosAngelano has explained it pretty much perfectly.

You can see Pinar on this map
http://www.renfe.es/cercanias/madrid/mapa_zonas.html
(North West 'corner' of the central circle - C10 & C8 lines, zone B2)
You can change to the Metro service at any of the stations with the red and blue Metro Sign

graraps Dec 24, 07 5:56 am

Also bear in mind that taxis in MAD are very reasonably priced. Personally, if you have an appointment and you are totally unfamiliar with the city and/or carrying luggage with you, I'd just jump in a cab. During daytime it should cost you around 20 (absolute max 25) Euros from the airport and under 15 from central Madrid. Sure, it's a lot more than the 64 cents the metro ticket costs (if you buy 10 together- single price 1 Euro), but IMHO it's not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things!

LiviLion Dec 24, 07 6:11 am


Originally Posted by graraps (Post 8947517)
Also bear in mind that taxis in MAD are very reasonably priced. Personally, if you have an appointment and you are totally unfamiliar with the city and/or carrying luggage with you, I'd just jump in a cab. During daytime it should cost you around 20 (absolute max 25) Euros from the airport and under 15 from central Madrid. Sure, it's a lot more than the 64 cents the metro ticket costs (if you buy 10 together- single price 1 Euro), but IMHO it's not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things!

Sounds like a plan. I will probably be staying at the Intercontinental Madrid.

I do like to use public transport when possible and the Madrid metro is so much nicer than the London Underground, might be easier to use taxis in this case though.

When I was in Madrid in June I was very surprised just how cheap a place it is.

Thanks for the advice.

LapLap Dec 24, 07 6:27 am

Taxis seem reasonably priced in Madrid until you hit some real traffic problems.

During the summer, when the city is filled mostly with tourists (all the locals clear the heck out then) taxis are incredibly swift, cheap and painless.

On a winter morning (or early evening) in rush hour, it's another story entirely. Gridlocks are not uncommon and journeys can be slow, expensive and incredibly frustrating.

You should be able to trust the concierge at the Intercontinental for some advice, but, in general, I would avoid taking a taxi during the rush hour.
You might like to check here for first hand data:
http://www.traficomadrid.com/Camaras...mapa=PRINCIPAL

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Spaniards love their cars - it takes bribery to get them to use the Metro (services are heavily subsidised)

graraps Dec 24, 07 8:52 am


Originally Posted by LiviLion (Post 8947549)
I do like to use public transport when possible and the Madrid metro is so much nicer than the London Underground, might be easier to use taxis in this case though.

The London Underground is one of the worst Metro systems in Europe, and by far the worst for VFM (even with the Oystercard, it costs 4 times the MAD price!); there is no reason to compare it with anything else. :D

RocketmanBRU Dec 31, 07 2:49 pm

Pop the address into http://www.mappy.com/ ... this site is excellent for maps & routes in Europe. Metro stations are marked with (M) and you'll see their names on mouse-over.


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