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Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

1. Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages. Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Princesa esq. Alberto Aguilera • Plaza de la Moncloa • Teleférico • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puente de Segovia • Puento de Toledo • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco el Grande • Catedral de la Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo de Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía • Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

2. Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

Explore Madrid’s past and see its contemporary side as well on a comprehensive sightseeing bus tour, which ends with a guided visit to the Royal Palace.  Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city. Spot significant sights such as the Puerta de Sol on our way to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most artistic street in the city and look at the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. There will be stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring where your guide will share some insights on this famous monument. The last sights you will see on the first part of the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, well-known as the Broadway of Madrid. But no trip to Madrid would be completed without a visit to the Royal Palace. Thus, a local guide will pick you up from our office for a guided visit to the same. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace.  Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931.  Once your guided visit finishes, you can stay inside the Palace and go to the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square.

Madrid: Private 3-Hour Tour

3. Madrid: Private 3-Hour Tour

Discover the highlights of the inner city of Madrid on a tour catered specifically to your wishes and interests. Decide between a classic route covering the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor and more historical buildings, or an alternative route following in the footsteps of poets and thinkers, learning all about the Golden Age. Tour the hip districts and experience neighborhoods like Chueca, Malasaña and Lavapiés. Visit a viewing platform with an incredible view over the city or integrate a museum visit into the tour. Relax at countless tapas bars and enjoy the relaxing Spanish way of life.

Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

4. Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

Discover the main sights of Madrid on a 2.5-hour orientation tour, and visit the most important monuments, squares and commercial avenues. Learn the history of the Spanish capital, from the old Habsburg and Borbon quarters, to the contemporary developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Discover the art deco buildings of the Gran Vía. Go to Plaza de España at its western end to see 2 of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers. Venture into Ciudad Universitaria (University City) to see the Palace of Moncloa, official residence of the Prime Minister of Spain since 1977. Continue down Calle Mayor to Puerta del Sol, where you will discover the clock with the bell that marks the traditional eating of the “Twelve Grapes” on New Year's Eve. Marvel at the monumental gate of Puerta de Alcalá, and go to Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square) for a complimentary soft drink at the Hard Rock Café. Continue along the wide Paseo de la Castellana to the Real Madrid stadium of Santiago Bernabéu. See some of Madrid’s most striking contemporary architecture in Plaza de Castilla, including the Caja Madrid Obelisk. Then, go inside the Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish kings, and look at the opulent furnishings of the official reception rooms, Royal Chapel, Throne Room and private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.

Madrid City Bus Tour and Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Madrid City Bus Tour and Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Accompanied by a local expert guide, begin your 2.5-hour tour at Ferraz St. Pass through Gran Vía street, Plaza de España, Moncloa, Mayor street, Puerta del Sol, and Puerta de Alcalá until the Bullring. Visit Columbus Square, Paseo de la Castellana, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Prado Museum. The Magnificent 18th-century building holds masterpieces by Spanish masters including Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, and Murillo. It also displays works by important foreign painters including Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian.

Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

6. Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Walk through the medieval streets and the majestic squares of the Old Town accompanied by your friendly local guide. The tour begins at Debód Temple and heads to Puerta del Sol square. Along the way, see the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Plaza de Oriente, the outside of Sabatini's Gardens, the Almudena Cathedral, the Plaza de la Villa, the core of Medieval Madrid and the winding streets around it, San Miguel Square and the famous market, Arco de Cuchilleros, and Plaza Mayor.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Prado Museum. The Magnificent 18th-century building holds masterpieces by Spanish masters including Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, and Murillo. It also displays works by important foreign painters including Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian.

Madrid: Private Guided Night Tour by Car

7. Madrid: Private Guided Night Tour by Car

Join this private tour with a live guide and see Madrid light up at night. Discover the hidden face of the city as the sun goes down, visiting its most iconic places in a different way, all in the comfort and safety of a private vehicle that will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation in Madrid. Your official guide will accompany you at all times and will detail the secrets and history of the most emblematic places of Madrid. Admire everything from the monument to Philip IV, to the most remarkable modern buildings in the recent history of the city. and then to some of the imperial and classical musts, each of them with its own style and history. See sights such as the Almudena Cathedral, Teatro Real, Plaza de la Villa, Metropolis Building, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles, Congress of Deputies, Royal Palace, Plaza del Dos de Mayo, Temple of Debod, and Alcala Gate. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel or at the location of your choice.

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What people are saying about Puerta del Sol

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 2,406 reviews

We participated in both Route 1 and 2 and were very pleased. Luckily, both buses had windows that we didn’t have to tint in the wind and blizzard, as we saw on some buses being fairly open upstairs. Both routes showed Madrid so widely that we would not have been able to reach it by public transport ourselves.

I would 1000% recommend. Take the time to see the whole city and make notes of metro stations and attractions that you want to go back to. I also used it as my mode of transportation. Buy. 2 day pass and hop and off to wherever you want to go. Didn’t need to buy a bus pass or metro pass.

First time user of this bus tour --- EXCELLENT way to hit any highlights of the city. I am sold on my return trips to Europe !

Comfortable bus, welcoming and helpful staff. We recommend doing the 2 routes twice to better appreciate the visit.

I recommend the trip, to get an overview of the city. And then enjoy and go out in the places you want to visit.