If you’re planning a visit to Madrid, chances are that you’ve already figured out what you want to see there, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve made a big list. If that list has a lot of museums and similar attractions on it, it's definitely time to consider investing in the Madrid City Pass.
The Madrid City Pass is a card designed for tourists. It provides you with a discount for a lot of Madrid's top tourist attractions. And in this review I will go into detail on how and why it makes sense for you.
Note: Since there are several "Madrid Cards" available for purchase, I’ll be focusing on the City Pass available on gomadrid.com in this review.
These are just some of the many attractions available to you at a discounted price, if you get the City Pass. And, they are so worth it!
Goya, Velázquez, Rubens and El Greco are just a few artists whose paintings you can see in this museum. It is one of the largest museums in Spain, and one of the most visited museums in the entire world. Honestly, it should be a crime to visit Madrid and not visit the Prado. You wouldn’t leave Paris without going to the Louvre, would you?
It is the home of Picasso’s Guernica, and I think this alone is a reason to pay a visit to this museum. It is mainly dedicated to Spanish 20th century art, but it does feature a number of works by international artists. The Reina Sofia Museum is also one of the largest museums in the world, which is the home of modern and contemporary art.
I myself am an FC Barcelona fan, so this doesn’t really sound like an appealing way to spend my time. However, for any die-hard Real Madrid fans, this sounds like a dream come true. You get to see the locker rooms, the trophies exhibition, the presidential box, and literally every corner of the stadium.
Even though the Spanish Royal Family does not actually reside here, it is their official home. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see the change of guards. It is an incredible event that happens just a few times every year, and it involves hundreds of infantry, cavalry and horses! A must-see if you happen to be in Madrid when it happens. If you want to really experience the history of Spain and the way its royals lived, definitely check out the Royal Palace.
The double-decker bus will take you to all the destinations I mentioned above, and to many others. You can also experience both the new modern Madrid, and the historic one, with the 2 different routes of the bus tour. Choose a route and stick to it, or hop off the bus and get on the one doing the other route – it’s completely up to you. You can even just stay on the bus all day long, admiring the architectural beauty of Madrid, with audio commentary in 14 different languages!
If you love to go on tours, then you shouldn't miss this one. The Beer Bike Madrid is a city tour on a tandem bike for 16 people. It's the perfect way to experience a new city, especially if you are travelling in a large group. Single tickets are also available, if you don't mind riding around with a bunch of strangers. Since it is a Beer bike, you can actually order beer and sangria, which is really cool. You just can't drink them during the ride itself, but feel free to do so before or after the tour.
I honestly don't know, as this entirely depends on the amount of time you want to spend in Madrid. If you're just visiting for a couple of days, then it will be very hard for you to get your money's worth out of the pass. If you're going to stay in Madrid for a while, then the card is a good investment.
The best advice I can give you is to sit down and make a plan. Figure out what attractions you really want to visit, and check out how much the individual tickets cost. If the individual tickets will cost you less than the pass, then there's no point in getting it. You don't want to feel an obligation to visist museums you aren't even interested in just to get your money's worth.
On the other hand, if you want to visit more than one tourist attraction a day, and you will stay in Madrid for a while, then the City Pass is a really good investment. Especially because you get to skip the line for the 2 busiest attractions in Madrid. The card really does have a ton of benefits, and if you think you can get your money's worth with it, it really is worth purchasing.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!