The School of Architecture is located in Ciudad Universitaria, very close to Madrid’s city centre. The closest Metro station to the Campus is “Ciudad Unviersitaria”.
Address: Av. Juan de Herrera, 4, 28040 Madrid
Getting to Madrid
From the airport
The Madrid-Barajas Airport is strategically located just 12 km away from the city centre. It has four terminals, and it is possible to transfer between terminals using buses that are free for all passengers.
Terminal 4 is divided into T4 and T4S (Satélite). You can transfer between them using the train between terminals with an approximate journey time of four minutes.
Take the commute train (Cercanías) at the Terminal 4 (T4).
Clicking http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/madrid/ you can access the train timetables.
When you leave the Barajas Airport, you should keep in mind the arrival terminal. If you arrive at the T4, you have the following buses to take you to the city centre: Line 204 – Avenida de América.
If you arrive at T1, T2 or T3, you can use: Line 101 Canillejas-Aeropuerto-Pueblo de Barajas, Line 200 Avenida América. For more information, visit EMT
Travelling to the city centre by taxi is the most convenient but also the most expensive option. To take a taxi, you must go to the designated taxi stop located at the exits of each one of the terminals.
All taxis must display information on the rate for the flag fall and additional charges. 17
Radio-taxi phone numbers: 902 478 200/ 91 5478 20091 405 12 13 / 91 40 55 500 902 50 11 30 / 91 371 21 31 91 447 32 3291 539 04
The metro is still the quickest, most effective transport for arriving at the city centre. It is easy to use from any of the terminals.
There are various types of tickets and a fare called “Servicio Especial” from the Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 and Aeropuerto T-4 stations. For travellers using a Transport Pass or Tourist Travel Pass, it is not necessary to pay this special fare.
If you take more than five means of transport a day, you should consider buying a tourist ticket valid from one to seven days.
One-way Metro Ticket + Supplement (1.20 € + 3 € ).
This ticket allows you to take the metro between any Metro Madrid station within fare zone A and the Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 and Aeropuerto T4 stations. For more information visit METRO. See also https://www.metromadrid.es/en/
Here are some suggestions on how to spend some of your time in Madrid:
Museums: in Madrid there is a wide variety of museums and exhibitions for those who enjoy art.
Museo del Prado: one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. Its permanent collection is filled with masterpieces of European art (such as The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Christ washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto, The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, and The Three Graces by Rubens). It also includes key works of Spanish artists such as Las Meninas by Velázquez, Jacob’s Dream by Ribera and The Third of May: the Executions on Príncipe Pío by Goya. Entrance is free from 18:00 to 20:00 Monday to Saturday and 17:00 to 19:00 Sundays.
Museo Reina Sofía: it is now a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. Two of the floors are devoted to temporary exhibits, while the other two are for the permanent collection which also covers Abstract, Pop, and Minimal Art movements. The highlight is the 20th century’s most famous painting, Picasso’s Guernica, but you will also find there pieces from Miró and Dalí. It closes on Tuesdays.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Many critics see this museum as the world’s most important private art collection. Assembled by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans Heinrich, it illustrates the history of Western art from the primitive Flemish and Italian painters up to 20th century Pop Art. On Mondays temporary collections are closed but the permanent collection is free 12:00 to 16:00.
Museo Sorolla: This is a small, but very charming, museum dedicated to the Spanish painter from the 19th century Joaquin Sorolla. The exhibition is settled in the house of the artist and the collection is modest but very beautiful. Saturdays from 12:00 and Sundays entrance is free. It closes on Mondays.
Retiro park: This is the most famous park in Madrid, and it looks great in this time of the year. It has a small lake with boats to rent and in weekends it is full of Madrilians (as well as tourists) enjoying a nice walk under the sun.
The city centre: There exists a direct train from the university to Sol station. Once you arrive in Sol you must visit the Plaza Mayor (a big square -Castillian style- full of terraces to enjoy a nice beer). It is really nice to walk around this area and not far from there you can find the Royal Palace, La Almudena (Madrid’s cathedral) and the Royal Opera Theatre. It is strongly recommended to continue up to Plaza de España, where you can find a nice statue of Don Quijote, but especially because very close to it you will find the best sunset in Madrid: at Debod’s Temple (a small Egyptian temple that, surprisingly, stands in Parque del Oeste and from there you can enjoy a really nice view).