Madrid, along with Barcelona, is one of our favorite cities in Spain. The world famous Museo del prado, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Chueca neighborhood are some of our favorite hangs. The city has loads of fun activities, great (and affordable!) hotels as well as a thriving culinary scene.
Our INSIDR guide has the best tips on best activities, accommodations, public transportation and what to eat in Madrid.
INSIDR Madrid must see guide
INSIDR Guide to the main sights in Madrid
INSIDR practical travel tips for Madrid
Tipping in Madrid
Foodies, it’s time to celebrate. Madrid is definitely a culinary hotspot. You must try the Cocido Madrileno, traditional tapas or decadent churros. The city is also known for its lovely wines and bustling craft beer scene.
While you’re out enjoying all of these delicious meals, you’ll need the lowdown on the tipping culture. In Spain, tipping is entirely optional and not a common practice. People sometimes leave their change and might tip in upscale restaurants, but it remains rare.
The country code for Spain is 34. During your time traveling in Madrid, if making calls from a non-Spanish number make sure to dial the country code before the local number. If you need to contact emergency services, dial 061 or 112. For the fire department, dial 080. You can also use the tourist emergency help line by dialing 902 102 112 for emergency help in English.
SIM Card & Wifi in Madrid
Vodafone, Movistar and Orange are three of the biggest phone and internet providers in Spain. We do recommend renting or buying a local mobile phone to avoid paying excessive roaming charges and to easily access local information while traveling in Madrid. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
Madrid Travel Pass
Madrid has a solid publication transportation network. Depending on how long you’ll be in the city, you might want to consider getting a travel pass. There are a number of options to choose from. “Tourist Passes” can be purchased and used on all public transportation for 1 to 7 days, based on your needs. For longer stays, go for the monthly option. Discounts are available for large families, children and seniors.
Post Box in Madrid
Purchasing stamps to send postcards about your time in Madrid is a snap! You can buy stamps at “Estancos”, newsstands or of course the post office. You’ll find post boxes all around the city, simply drop your letter or postcard in one of them.
The Post Office, or Correos, is usually open from 10AM to 10PM Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday and public holidays.