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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:Varies
Discover Madrid’s highlights aboard an open-top double-decker City Sightseeing bus. Step aboard and watch the passing sights on both the two interconnecting routes. Admire the spectacular Royal Palace, hop off to visit the Prado museum, and see the mighty Bernabéu stadium. Choose a 1-day or 2-day ticket and hop on and off at any of the 37 stops to create your own sightseeing itinerary. Listen to the informative onboard audio commentary, and upgrade to include a Madrid Essentials Passport to enjoy a string of delicious local wine and food tastings.


  • Hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus tour of Madrid
  • Create your own itinerary and travel around the city on an open-top, double-decker bus
  • See top Madrid attractions such as the Royal Palace and Gran Vía
  • Follow two different routes and hop on and off at any of the 37 stops
  • Choose a 1-day or 2-day ticket and listen to the informative audio commentary on board
  • Receive valuable discount vouchers and a tour stops guidebook
  • Upgrade to include a Madrid Essentials Passport to enjoy a string of delicious wine, food and tapas tastings

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Look for Madrid’s unusual Bear and Strawberry Tree statue at the Puerta del Sol stop on this tour. This quirky bear is the city's official symbol, and well worth a photo or two.

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What You Can Expect

City Sightseeing Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Food Tastings

See the sights of Madrid City on an enjoyable hop-on hop-off tour

Board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of 37 stops around the city. Then, hop on and off as you wish, or remain aboard for the entire loop. The two routes interconnect, so you can switch between them — your ticket is valid on both.

Follow Route 1 (Blue Route) around historical Madrid with its grand royal buildings. Hop off at the Paseo del Prado to visit the magnificent Prado; disembark to explore the Royal Palace, or sit back and admire the Belle Epoque buildings of the Gran Vía, Madrid’s main thoroughfare.

Switch to Route 2 (Green Route) to focus on 19th- and 20th-century Madrid. Delve into elegant Salamanca, Madrid’s first bourgeois enclave; and travel the Paseo de la Castellana past skyscrapers, museums and the legendary Santiago Bernabéu — home to Real Madrid FC.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Madrid Essentials Passport:
Upgrade to include the Madrid Essentials Passport with your hop-on hop-off tour and experience the Spanish capital like a local! The passport entitles you to a range of Madrid’s best culinary tastings, including wine, olive oil and other delicious food experiences.

View the Itinerary for a list of hop-on hop-off stops and Madrid Essentials Passports activities and experiences.

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Route 1 - Blue Route (80-minute full-loop duration):
  • Museo del Prado
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Barrio de Salamanca
  • Plaza de Colon
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Gran Vía
  • Plaza de España
  • Templo de Debod
  • Teatro Real
  • Palacio Real
  • Puerta de Toledo
  • San Francisco el Grande
  • Catedral Almudena
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Círculo Bellas Artes
  • Museo Thyssen
  • Museo Reina Sofia
  • Jardin Botanico

Route 2 - Green Route (65-minute full-loop duration):

  • Plaza de Neptuno
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Plaza de Colón
  • Museo de Esculturas
  • Museo de Ciencias Naturales
  • Nuevos Ministerios
  • Santiago Bernabéu
  • C.S.I. Científicas
  • Museo Lázaro Galdiano
  • ABC Serrano
  • Museo Arqueológico
  • Puerta de Alcalá *
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Las Cortes
Schedules and departure times are subject to change without notice. *Please note that due to building works in this area, this stop may be temporarily omitted

Madrid Essentials Passport Included Tasting Experiences:
  • Tasting of three wines at a winery
  • Tasting of Iberian specialities, including Manchego cheese
  • Tasting of Spanish extra virgin olive oil
  • Coffee at a stylish Madrid coffee lounge
  • Tasting of churros (fried dough sticks) at typical Madrid chocolate shop
  • Glass of sangria or beer at a Madrid patio (June to October only)
  • Typical Spanish tapa (small plate) at one of six traditional Madrid taverns (paella, Spanish omelette, croquettes, fried green peppers, alioli potatoes or chicken wings)

Customer Reviews

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

bus very good,staff helpful useful trip....!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great way to see the city

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

By far the best Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour--great commentary and such a great way to have transportation and see the entire city! I highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I usually explore a city on foot but due to tempratures of 43 degrees I chose this option. Its an excellent way to explore the city buses were on a regular basis. However, to save time and repition of sites take the extended tour which is twice daily in the summer. This includes the bullring and the Bernabau stadium. Staff are friendly and polite.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

These tours are the best way to get to know what is available in a place, and easy to use. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Staff were really friendly and we were able to see parts of Madrid that we wouldn't have been able to without the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely fantastic way to see the sights of the city. Buses run about every 8 mins, and made easier by ordering e tickets before hand. We bought a 2 day pass and well worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

easy to get off at stops and see sights then hop on. Several of the stops when we changed routes
were difficult to find where the other bus route stop was located. We had to search around a bit.
Great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Perfect for getting around all of Madrid. This tour stopped at the best photo opportunities and there was a new one just about every 5 minutes. Would recommend to anyone's first time in Madrid.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent. We don't have to wait long to catch for the next bus. Staff are friendly

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