Arrival in Madrid and transportation to the meeting venue
Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas International Airport (www.aena.es) welcomes all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is located in the northeast, 12 kilometres away from the capital. The airport currently has four operative terminals: T1, T2, T3 and T4.
There are several ways to get from the Airport to Madrid:
- Metro (subway): The easiest, quickest and most affordable way to get from de Airport to the meeting venue and recommended hotels. Line 8 (Aeropuerto T4 - Nuevos Ministerios) connects Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas International Airport with the capital, in 20 minutes from T4 and only 15 minutes form the other terminals (T1-T2-T3).
The nearest metro station to the meeting venue is Ciudad Universitaria. Tickets cost 4.7 € (Single Ticket 1.7 € + a Supplement to enter an exit from Airport stations 3 €). See www.metromadrid.es for further information.
- Taxi: All terminals have clearly signed taxi ranks outside the arrivals area. Official taxis are white with a red stripe and the coat-of-arms of Madrid City Council on the doors. To take a taxi you must go to the appropiate taxi rank. Ignore any driver who offer their services unsolicited inside terminals. On trips with origin or destination between the Airport and the inside of M-30 (main circular highway around Madrid), a flat fare of 30 € will apply. Ask for a bill in the case of any complaint.
The subway (Metro is the fastest, most affordable way to move around in Madrid. The city has a vas metropolitan network, one of the most comprehensive in Europe, an covers almost all the points in the capital an many of the neighboring cities.Visit www.metromadrid.es to access detailed information related to this transport service.
A single ticket costs 1,5-2 € (depending of the number of stations of the itinerary) and a ten journey ticket (called METROBUS), which can also be used on buses, costs 12,2 €. These tickets are valid in all stations currently classed under pricing Zone A Metro Ligero ML1 (i.e, inside Madrid). To enter and exit from metro Airport stations, a supplement fare of 3€ has to be paid.
Taxis in Madrid are white a diagonal red band on their front door bearing the emblem of the city. They have a green light that is on when they are free. To hail a taxi all you need to do is to raise your hand.
There are also several taxi ranks around the city, indicated by a blue sign with a white letter "T". Al railway and bus stations and al the Airport taxis must be taken from the corresponding ranks. Throughout the rest of the city the can easily be stopped in the street.
Journeys are usually paid for in cash, though more and more taxis accept credit cards.
The standard opening hours for banks is: Mon-Fr: 8h30 to 14h30. You can also find some banks which are open on Thursday afternoons until 19h on Saturday from 9h00 to 12h00. There are several banks near the meeting venue.
If you whish to make a call to Spain from abroad, you should dial +34 (the code for Spain) followed by the telephone number (9 digits). If you wish to make national calls within Spain, just dial the number without the prefix. This number should have 9 digits, regardless of whethher it is a landline or mobile.
Electricity supply in Spain is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have a adaptors for different plugs. Make sure that the electrical appliances you are going to use (computers, mobile phone chargers, shavers...) work at this voltage.
If you came from an EU member state, you are entitled to free medical and hospital care: Having shown your European Card (EHC), you will be seen by a GP at a local health centre or at your accommodation if you are unable to make the journey. If you need to see a specialist or go into hospital, the GP will give you the relevant medical certificate or referral. Accident and Emergency services are available at hospitals.
If you forget your European Health Card (EHC), you will have to pay any hospital, medical or pharmaceutical bills in advance, and then seek reimbursement from the relevant organization in your country of origin, providing all receipts.
If you come from a non EU member state, contact the relevant office in your country of origin for full details regarding current requirements to receive medical care in Spain.
Medications are obtained at pharmacies. They are all marked with a green cross.
Emergency Phone Numbers
- All emergency calls: 112 (free of charge and valid throughout Apin. Service is provided in Spanish and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas).
- Medical Assistance: 112
- Police: 091
- Fire Department: 080
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