Madrid is full of taxies 24 hours a day, specially at the city center. Taking a taxi from the airport could cost aroud 25-30 euros. If front of the hotel you will find a taxi stop

Useful numbers:

Radio Telefono Taxi: +34 91  547 82 00

Servitaxi Madrid: +34 91 230 26 69

Radio-Taxi: +34 91 447 32 32

More info about taxis


Madrid citizes are applying a big effort to bring this transport alternative to the city in a safe and user friendly way. Although new cycling paths have appeared lately in the center of the city and other green areas around it, there's still a long way to fully incorporate this way of moving within the city. Bicicriticade Madrid demosntrates every last Thursday of the month by inviting cyclist to enjoy the city center on a bike.


Madrid-Barajas airport

From airport to the Senator hotel:

Visit the Madrid Consortium of Transports webpage There is an English version.

In Starting point select Aeropuerto T1 T2 T3 or Aeropuerto T4 (the terminal you arrived in)

In Destination select Gran Via 21 as street address (this is the hotel address).

You will get a detailed description and different alternative paths to get to the hotel in Gran Via.


Metro Madrid

City buses:

EMT Madrid

Other useful links for transport:



Pharmacies can be recognized by a green cross. All kind of emergencies (ambulances, police,...): call 112 (free). In the event you need to go to a hospital or doctor contact the local organizers.


Madrid is a city that comes under the Mediterranean climate. Due to high altitude winters are cooler with periodic snowfalls. Minimum temperature falls below 0 °C (32 °F). Madrid’s summer is hot with temperatures touching 30°C (86°F) in July and that can often reach up to 40°C (104°F). Due to its high altitude base and dry climate Madrid experiences cooler nights in the summer, compared to the scorching heat of the day.

Precipitation levels are low, but precipitation can be observed all throughout the year. Summer and winter are the driest seasons. Most of the rainfall occurs in the autumn and spring.

Useful links: AEMET | El tiempo | Meteosat





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Electricity supply is 220 volts throughout Spain with 2 pin wall sockets. For any European countries that utilise 240 volts e.g. UK and Ireland most electrical equipment will function adequately.

If you intend to use the UK electrical plugs then you will need an electricity plug adapter that will convert the standard 3 pin socket into a two pin socket. In the US where the electricity supply is 110 volts a transformer would be required to step down the voltage to 110 volts. Damage to the electrical appliance can occur if you attempt to use a 110 volt rated electrical appliance with a 220 volt supply.


Money Exchange

You can exchange currency, travellers cheques, euro-cheques, personal cheques, obtain credit card cash advances and arrange money transfers at all banks, cajas de cambio (exchange offices), most travel agencies, airports and major hotels.

Hotels and stores tend to give less favourable rates of exchange and usually it is more economical to change your money or travellers cheques at a bank. If you are exchanging Travellers Cheques you will have to take your passport with you.

Traveller's checks in U.S. dollars are not very widely accepted therefore it may be necessary to exchange these in banks or exchange offices. You pay commission every time you convert money therefore avoid changing small amounts often.

Credit Cards/Debit cards

All major credit cards are accepted throughout Spain. The most popular companies being VISA, MASTERCARD, American Express, Eurocheque, and to a lesser extent DINERS.

If you have a debit card that is connected to a credit card company such as Mastercard or Visa you can withdraw money and pay for goods where these cards are accepted, i.e., the majority of shops, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Cash Machines

Check with your bank that you are able to use your card abroad before you leave home and note that cards with PIN numbers longer than 4 digits will not work in Spain. Check also the fees you will be charged for withdrawing foreign currency. There are two different  cash machines systems in Spain, 'Telebanco' and Servired. Most Spanish banks are affiliated to one or the other. If you are experiencing problems withdrawing cash try a machine with the other system. Most cash machines issue up to  300 euro.


Banks are open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm.


(date: 15.07.2013)

1 US Dollar = 0.77 Euro

1 Australian Dollar = 0.77 Euro

1 British Pound Sterling = 1.16 Euro

1 Chinese Yuan = 0.12 Euro

1 Czech Republic Koruna = 0.038 Euro

1 Swiss Franc = 0.81 Euro

1 Japanese Yen = 0.0077 Euro

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