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Tour code: 2140MADRIDHOPON
A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the 37 stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums and theaters with the provided map and guidebook. Upgrade to include a Madrid Essentials Passport with access to local wine and food tastings.

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off 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

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

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

Take a seat on an open-top double-decker bus for a 1- or 2-day sightseeing tour of Madrid that lets you create your own itinerary. This hop-on hop-off Madrid bus tour offers 37 stops along two routes that interconnect around the city — your ticket is valid on both. 
Remain on the bus for each loop while you listen to onboard commentary via an audio headset, or hop on and off at any stop to explore city sights on your own (admission fees are not included).
Follow Route 1 (Blue Route) to view the Belle Epoque buildings of historical Madrid. Disembark to explore the Royal Palace, Almudenao Cathedral and the Prado museum, or admire the Gran Vía, Madrid’s main thoroughfare.
Switch to Route 2 (Green Route) to focus on 19th- and 20th-century Madrid. Travel past skyscrapers and the legendary Bernabéu stadium — home to Real Madrid FC — along the Paseo de la Castellana. Perhaps stroll through the elegant bourgeois enclave of Salamanca, or visit the city’s many museums with a focus on archaeology, sculpture, natural science and more.
Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Madrid Essentials Passport:Upgrade to add on the Madrid Essentials Passport and experience the Spanish capital like a local. You'll taste the best of Madrid including coffee, cheese, wine, olive oil and other culinary specialties.
View the Itinerary for a list of hop-on hop-off stops and Madrid Essentials Passport activities and experiences.

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Itinerary

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

FLRogers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Friendly easy to introduce the neighborhoods of Madrid. The audio was good even my hearing challenged husband was comfortable with it. Would use them again and definitely if your time is limited it is a great way to go,

rshapiro100

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really enjoyed the tour bus. We stayed on in for the entirety of route 1. We had a short time in Madrid so this was an excellent way to see the sites!

Lee R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great to see areas of Madrid you may never see it is great that you can hop off and hop on as you like, would recommend do the full tour then take note of areas you wish to visit and on the second time round you can get of at the areas of interest you wish to see. Would recommend using your own headphones though

Audrey P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very simply exchanged my voucher when I got on the bus and was given a 2 day ticket that covered both routes. Very good price, fantastic sights and friendly service. Highly recommended!

Pawan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was good fun

Guillermo I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent and very practical way to move around Madrid. The audio recording help you understand your surrounding and highlight the important things.

I we go back to Madrid well be back on the Hop-on/off buses.

anna s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommended

kmy888

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I love the hop on/off tours - I got a real sense of the city and the option is there - helped me plot out the day - totally worth it.

gargipatil07

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a great ride. The staff on the bus was very helpful as we needed to get our passes from the office of the agency we were dropped off at the right place and dealt with great patience and kindness. I wish however that more universal information was provided about the city and its culture.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent

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