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Arranging your vehicle rental online before the actual trip makes sense for a handful of reasons

- The fully inclusive price will not be increased
- It saves time at at the car rental desk (although you won't believe that if you've ever seen the queues at Alamo in Miami)
- It ensures that you drive away in the model of car that you require
- The whole booking process is done at your own pace rather than at your destination where you could well be surrounded by a tired partner and a small herd of unruly youngsters

Start planning your trip to Madrid by booking car rental provided by two of our leading car hire companies. We offer online bookings with cheap car rental at Madrid airport. Both of our car rental suppliers have specialist telephone support specialists on hand waiting to answer any extra questions that might occur before or after hiring your vehicle.

Clicking on the link below will enable you to obtain car hire quotes from our suppliers for cheap car rental at Madrid airport. The airport is 13 km from the city of Madrid.

A leading tourist destination in Spain even without a beach!. Situated in central Spain, Madrid makes up for not having a beach by offering a cornucopia of activities and stunning tourist attractions that in their plentiful supply will make your head spin! A welcoming city situated in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid has great shopping, fantastic nightlife, superb atmosphere and the best selection of art galleries in the world!

The capital of Spain for nearly five hundred years, Madrid is said to be the highest capital in Europe. Closer to the sun than most, it is not surprising Madrid is one of the hottest destinations you can choose during the summer. The ideal weather for touring Spainís most impressive inland city is found during the spring and autumn when a temperate climate can be enjoyed Ė perfect for relaxing from long walks and picnicking with a long refreshing mid-sightseeing break. The winter, on the other hand, in Madrid is considered pretty harsh and visitors would be well advised to steer clear until the latter end of February.

Once the site of a Moorish fortress, Madrid became Spainís capital primarily because of its centrality. Over the years, there have been various periods of upheaval and social unrest with none more significant than the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. Under a persistent state of siege for in excess of three years, the Civil War took its toll but thanks to some quick thinking by the government, many important monuments were actually protected. In addition, through heavy investment, the fifties brought about a concentrated effort at restoring the city to its former majesty.

Madrid has a lot to offer in terms of monuments, museums and places of interest but this is not all. A lively place to visit, you will find you are spoiled for choice of restaurants within which to dine, nightclubs within which to dance the night away and a huge swirling network of excellent cultural venues to enjoy plays, dance, cabaret and more! The locals of Madrid (also known as the Madrilenos) are famous for living life to the full, so expect plenty of company in the small hours! For flamenco dancing, head over to the Centro Cultural de la Villa as well as the Teatro de la Zarguela. Madrid tends to attract the top flamenco dancers to the Plaza Mayor so be prepared for a treat! For cinemas, the Gran Via is the best place to go and jazz lovers should aim for the Huertas district where there is a concentration of trendy clubs.

Madrid has an excellent public transport system although many of the attractions are within close walking distance from one another. Driving around Madrid is made difficult by the serious traffic congestion here as well as the distinct lack of parking opportunities. Hiring a car for a trip around the outskirts of Madrid and to join the open roads for enjoying the surrounding country and outlying towns and villages is much recommended. The roads are very easy to navigate and negotiate so if you have a free day or two, why miss out on the joys of the outskirts of Madrid?

The Metro or subway system is very efficient and the quickest way to get from one point to another and is highly recommended for travelling around the city. The one hundred and ninety stations of the Metro allow you to visit everything that needs to be visited including the airport. You can buy a book of ten tickets to travel around Madrid for 5.20 euros (GBP 3.50) or a one-way ticket for 1.10 euros (GBP 0.75). If you would much rather travel above ground, why not book a taxi, but only if its not raining as taxi drivers tend to hide themselves away when the driving conditions get tough!

Donít expect to be able to hail a taxi during the busy Carneval time in February and March mainly because all the taxi drivers will be out revelling with the best of the partygoers! Other giant festivals to look out for are in May called the Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and Fiestas de San Isidro. These lively events generally bring the capital to a stand still as the Madrilenos set about the business of celebrating hard! In addition, things get lively around town when the bull-fighting season begins in February with the main event in May during the four weeks of the Fiesta de San Isidro.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia are connected together to form Madridís Golden Triangle. The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum (once a family owned collection) was originally amassed over several generations to produce a substantial showcase of world-class works of art. Expect to savour the paintings of Rubens, Matisse, Durer, Picasso and many more within this nineteenth century palace. The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia focuses on contemporary Spanish artists like Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso while the Museo del Prado can offer its visitor a rich historic collection of works by Spanish painters such as El Greco, Velazquez and Goya.

Other top tourist attractions in Madrid include the Baroque Palacio Real with its 2800 rooms. Fifty rooms are currently open to the public allowing its visitors to taste the opulence of the palaceís former glory. Another top tourist attraction in the city is that of the Museo Arqueologico Nacional with exhibits that date back to prehistoric times through to modern times. Donít miss out on this one!

Once used to burn heretics, the Plaza Mayor is nowadays a much more friendlier place. A town square that dates back to the early seventeenth century, this is a dramatic spot to enjoy some light refreshment while pondering the events here of days gone by. Another square that shares Madridís early history is that of the Plaza de la Ville. Here you should expect to enjoy a peaceful repose while surrounded by fifteenth century architecture. The statue in the middle is that of Alvaro de Bazan the former commander of the Spanish Armada!

Getting lost in Madrid isnít easy to do with the assistance of the extended tree-lined Ďstreet with three namesí the Castellana. There is, in addition, the Retiro Park, which provides a lovely change of scenery from the busy touristy streets of the capital. Close to the Museo de Prado is the district of Sol where you will enjoy the atmosphere and the wide variety of restaurants, bars and delightful nineteenth century architecture.

Madrid Airport

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Madrid Marajas International Airport is located 13 kilometres (eight miles) North East of central Madrid and is the busiest airport in Spain.

If driving the NII in the direction of "Madrid Centro" will deliver you to the airport.

Opened in 2002 the airportís Metro boarding station can be found in Terminal 2. Journeys last 12 minutes with a change of trains twice when travelling downtown.

Line 8 (pink) links Barajas Airport terminal 2 to Mar de Cristal Train Station where you take Line 4 (brown) to get to the city centre (the whole journey takes about 40-45 minutes).

Buses exit the airport every 15 minutes, depositing passengers underneath the Plaza Colon in downtown Madrid. The station conveniently connects with the Metro subway system. Rides generally last 30 minutes and cost around EUR 2.50

Madrid's red-and-white striped taxis are easy to locate outside the terminals. Depending on traffic downtown rides journeys average between 20-30 minutes. Only board taxis that operate via meter for the others are notorious for overcharging. A usual fare into town averages around EUR 17-EUR 25 (GBP11-17).

A special Airport Bus operated by the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) leaves from the airport every 10 minutes to the Plaza Colon terminal (takes about 30 minutes). Costs EUR 2.40 (GBP1.60).

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