Madrid in 3 days, the best itinerary


This Madrid guide in 3 days It is designed to tour the most tourist places and the most charming neighborhoods of one of the most essential cities in Europe. During the first two days you will have visited many of its most famous places in the city such as the Prado Museum, the Retiro, the Gran Vía, the Plaza Mayor, the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, the Debod Temple, the Puerta de Alcalá, some of the best viewpoints in the city, the historic center and the neighborhoods of Las Letras, Chueca and Malasaña.
On this third day, in addition to continuing with the gastronomic route of the previous days, you will visit the Reina Sofia Museum, the La Latina neighborhood and the popular Rastro market, among many other things.
Based on our numerous visits to the city, we have made this guide to tour Madrid in three days and not miss anything important. We start!

Transfer from the airport to the center of Madrid

For the transfer from Barajas airport to your hotel or the center of Madrid you have several alternatives:

  • Subway: The subway ride from the 4 terminals of the airport to the station New Ministries, is half an hour and has a price of less than 5 euros. From this subway station you can connect with lines 6 and 10, or with the suburban train, which will leave you at the Atocha or Chamartín stations.
  • Train: The journey by train from T4 to the Puerta del Sol, Nuevos Ministerios and Atocha stations is about 20 minutes and its price is 3 euros.
  • Bus: He Express Airport With 24-hour service, it leaves you at the Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha stations from T1, T2 and T4 in 40 minutes for about 5 euros.
  • Cab: Taxi prices have a flat rate of 30 euros.
  • Private transport: It is the most comfortable option when waiting for a driver at the airport with your name, which will take you directly to the hotel. You can book it here.

For more information about the transfer you can consult this post on how to go from Madrid Airport to the center.

Our recommended hotels in Madrid

Although there are many accommodation alternatives, our two recommended hotels for a getaway to Madrid in 3 days are:
- The Room007 Select Sol, which stands out for its location in the city center, with nearby metro stops and a good quality / price ratio.
- The Room Mate Óscar, located in Chueca, one of the neighborhoods with more atmosphere, which in addition to its good location, stands out for its fantastic rooftop bar overlooking the city.

For more recommendations on the city you can consult this post of tips to travel to Madrid essential.

First day in Madrid

The first day of Madrid in 3 days Start breakfast with the typical churros with chocolate at the Chocolatería San Ginés, then lower the breakfast by taking a walk through El Retiro, the most famous park in the city. To get to the park you can take the subway at Puerta del Sol and get off at the Retiro stop, from where you can take advantage when you finish the walk to pass in front of the magnificent Puerta de Alcalá and continue walking to the Plaza de Cibeles, where they are located the Fountain and the Cibeles Palace, where from the top floor of this huge building you will have good views of the city.
The itinerary continues along Calle Alcalá until you reach the building of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, whose rooftop is the best viewpoint in Madrid, which we recommend you not to miss.
Continuing along Calle Alcalá you will arrive at the famous Puerta del Sol, one of the essential places to visit in Madrid. Very close to Sol is also the Plaza Mayor with its magnificent Bakery House and the Cuchilleros Arch.

Map of the route of the third day of Madrid in 3 days

If you have more days you can follow this guide in Madrid in 4 days or book one of the considered best excursions in Madrid:

- Excursion to the Escorial on the train of Felipe II
- Full day excursion in Toledo
- Half day excursion in Toledo
- Excursion to Cuenca and the Enchanted City
- Excursion to Salamanca and Ávila
- Excursion to Toledo and Segovia
- Don Quijote tour of La Mancha
- Excursion to Ávila and Segovia