This page offers you information about some of the tour options available through the tourist information office, in conjunction with the town hall. We have given you links to more detailed pages about each tour in Madrid that we tried. By following the links we provide, you can also find out how long each tour takes, how to get tickets, along with prices and the starting point of the tours. Because we've been on the tours, we have also given you some detailed key sights that you will see on each tour.
This Madrid tour is available in either English or Spanish, and leaves from the main tourist office in the Plaza Mayor. It only costs €3.90 for adults, and takes place every Friday morning at 10:00. An experienced guide took us around one of the most picturesque barrios (districts) of Madrid centre. We saw the house that the famous author Cervantes lived in, and learn all about Madrid's Golden Era. The tour is interesting and I was surprised at how many famous writers lived in this little quarter of the city.
This is another interesting tour that is available through the tourist information office in the Plaza Mayor. It leaves every Tuesday at 10:00 and is also available in either Spanish or English. It's excellent value for money as it costs only €3.90, and you get to see some of the city's most charming buildings. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken through some of the tinier streets that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to find on my own. Follow this link to learn more about this Madrid tour.
You can't miss the bright orange topless tour buses that circle Madrid. There are 2 routes to choose from, and once you've bought a ticket you can hop on and off each bus whenever you choose. They are an excellent way to travel around the city, and they drop you off right outside the key sights, so there's no way you can get lost. Headphones are provided so you can listen to a pre-recorded audio guide to each site as you pass. With the Madrid Vision tour bus you can hop on and off all around the city.
This Madrid tour is available in either English or Spanish, and leaves from the main tourist office in the Plaza Mayor every Sunday at 10:00. It takes you through some of the most prestigious parts of the city. I felt dwarfed by some of the monumental buildings and tree-lined avenues. The tour passes by the majestic Prado museum and the botanical gardens that are next door. The price is the same as for the other walking tours, just €3.90, and I would highly recommend getting out of bed on a Sunday for this one.
This tour offers you a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Real Madrid stadium, Santiago Bernabéu. Tickets for the tour have to be bought at the stadium, and you are free to make your own way round with the guide book that is supplied. To get to the Real Madrid stadium the quickest way is to take the metro. Metro: Santiago Bernabéu (Dark Blue Line, L10)
If have previously bought the Madrid Discount Card, this tour is included in the price, so you can get in for free.
More information on the Real Madrid tour.
Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, 27
28012 Madrid, España.
Telephone: +34 91 578 7810
Official tourist information website
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2), (Light Blue Line, L1), (Yellow Line, L3) plus 5 minutes walk; or
Metro: Opera (Green Line, L5), (Red Line, L2) 10 minutes walk
16 September - 14 June: Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 20:30
Saturday: 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 09:30 - 15:00
15 June - 15 September: Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 20:30
Saturday: 12:00 noon - 17:00
Sunday: 09:30 - 14:30