The Madrid taxi network is an institution in the city. There are literally thousands of taxis on the streets and they can be the quickest and simplest way to get around – providing you are outside the city’s four rush hours : 08:00 – 09:00, 13:00 – 14:00, 16:00-17:00 & 19:00 – 20:00

The four rush hours are the result of the typical Spanish working day. This usually comprises four hours in the morning followed by a two or three hour break before a further four hours in the afternoon/evening. By far the worst rush hour is the morning one which can assume biblical proportions. You’d be well advised to avoid driving in it.

See our pages on the Madrid Metro and Cercanias, which are worth considering during rush hour times.

Where to find taxis at the station

You can find taxis on the Ground level of the station, outside the Embarcadero area. This is the main hall where you’ll find station’s famous tropical gardens. Use the exit by La Barilla, which is a snack bar and cafe. From outside the station, the taxi queue is close to Calle de Mendez Alvaro.

There is another taxi queue close to the Metro and Cercanias part of the station, on the Second level and by the P1 car park.

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