#innsiders, you started a new, big adventure, going to a city in another country.. Things work different and what do you need to arrange to enjoy your stay to the fullest? Mi Casa Inn explains everything down here:
Public transport card
In Madrid it’s so easy to travel with the public transport! The only thing you need to do is get a public transport card. First you need to make an appointment online to request the card at https://www.tarjetatransportepublico.es/CRTM-ABONOS/entrada.aspx. You choose the option ‘Quiero obtener una Tarjeta Transporte Público’ and click on ‘Aceptar’. On the next page you choose ‘El solicitante tiene entre 7 y 25 años’ or if you’re older then 25, you choose ‘El solicitante tiene 26 años o más’. Then you need to select your type of documentation and fill in your document number. The next step is to choose ‘Pedir cita previa’. You can also ask for it online, but that’s more difficult. Then you can choose the date and place for the appointment and you click on ‘Buscar cita previa’. The last step is that you can choose the time for that date and you click on ‘Confirmar cita’. You will receive an e-mail with the confirmation.
You will need a passport photo for on the card, so you can bring one yourself, or they can make one when you’re at the office. To request the card it will cost you around 4,00 euro. They make the card right away, so after the appointment you can upload the card with money and start using it.
To travel with bus, metro and tram in Madrid it will only cost you 20,00 euro per month. So if you got the card on the 5th of January, you need to reload it every 5th of the month. With the same card you can also travel to other places, such a Toledo and Alcala de Henares!
Connection to universities
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
25 minutes from Plaza de España
Metro: Plaza de España: yellow line (3) to Moncloa > Moncloa: caminar 750 m a Avenida Séneca 2
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
45 minutes from Plaza de España
Metro/bus: Plaza de España: dark blue line (10) to Tres Olivos > Plaza Castilla Urbano: bus 714 > Calle de Einstein N10: caminar 230 m a Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
30 minutes from Plaza de España
Metro: Plaza de España: yellow line (3) to Moncloa > Moncloa: grey line (6) > Metropolitano: caminar 400 m a Calle Ramiro de Maeztu 7
IE Business School
20 minutes from Plaza de España
Metro: Plaza de España: dark blue line (10) to Tres Olivos > Gregorio Marañón: caminar 650 m a Calle de María de Maeztu 11-13-15
If you would like to enjoy discounts at a lot of places, you should get an Erasmus card. You can get the card at your university at the Erasmus department. The only thing is that you need to pay 10,00 and you need to bring your passport or identity card. It is valuable during your whole stay in Madrid. For more information you can go to www.esncard.org.
Spanish telephone number
It’s very easy to get a Spanish telephone number. The only thing you need to do is go to a telephone store to purchase a prepaid chip in case you don’t have a Spanish bank account.
If you have a Spanish bank account, you can get a contract with benefits, such as more Internet and the price is lower, but you need your passport or identity card to complete the contract.