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Madrid City Tour: 1 or 2 Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus

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  • Enjoy sightseeing across the city of Madrid on a bus with hop-on-hop-off privilege.
  • Discover Madrid on a bus that frequently departs every 7 - 15 minutes, taking you through two routes with over 35 stops.
  • Enjoy complete flexibility over your itinerary by hopping on and off at any of the stops that catch your fancy.
  • With free wifi facilities, tour maps, and discount booklets, the bus journey allows for a seamless and well-connected experience.
  • Discover a rich blend of history and art at top tourist attractions like Puerta de Alcalá, the Temple of Debod, Museo de Arte Público, and more.
  • With an audio guide available in 14 languages, gather a deeper understanding of your surroundings.
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  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

The capital city of Spain, Madrid is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Europe. It is the seat of the World Tourism Organisation and is home to royal palaces and major art museums, and the city receives more than a million tourists each year. 

Madrid has a well-developed public transport infrastructure, but navigating it can be quite daunting for a new visitor. With Madrid’s Hop On Hop Off Buses, you can see all the top spots in the city in just a few days. And, with this convenient mode of transport, all you need is one ticket!

Read along to learn more about Madrid hop-on hop-off bus tours.

Why Choose Madrid Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours?

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Here is why you should choose Madrid hop on hop off bus tours to travel around the city:

  • Open-Top Buses: The double-decker buses offer an excellent vantage point to see all city’s sights.
  • Visit the Top Landmarks: Hop-on hop-off bus tours operate on various different routes and cover all the top historical and modern landmarks of the city.
  • Easy and Convenient: You can board easily and disembark at any of the stops along the route, thus making traveling more convenient.
  • Save Money: Hop-on hop-off bus tours are also more economical than forking out different transportation fares to take in the sights of Madrid.
  • Pre-Recorded Commentary: There are audio guides on board that offer commentary on the attractions you will visit.

Your Madrid Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Options Explained

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  • Choose between a 1-day or a 2-day pass for a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Madrid from an open-topped double-decker bus.
  • See all the top tourist attractions by hopping on and off at any of the 35 designated stops on 2 distinct routes.
  • Popular stops include Museo del Prado, Plaza de Cibeles, Real Madrid Stadium, and Puerta de Alcalá.
  • Ride on buses that are well equipped with services like WiFi, air conditioning, and comfortable seats.
  • Listen to an audio guide in 14 languages* to get a better insight into the history and culture of the city.

Flexible Cancellation Policy: You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Discounted tickets: Children aged 7-15 and senior citizens above 65 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets. Tickets for families with 2 adults and 2 children can also be purchased at a discount.

* Audio Guide Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Gallego, Euskera, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Japanese. Kids’ Channel available in English and Spanish

Madrid Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Timetable

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Route 1 - Historical Madrid

  • Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM (from Museo del Prado)
  • Frequency: Every 15 mins.

Route 2 - Modern Madrid

  • Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM (from Plaza de Neptuno)
  • Frequency: Every 15 mins.

Madrid Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Route

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There are two curated routes that cover over 35 tourist attractions.

Route 1: Historical Madrid

Stops at popular historical landmarks with 21 stops. These include the Museo del Prado, Puerta de Alcalá, Barrio de Salamanca, Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de España, Templo de Debod, Puerta de Toledo, Plaza Mayor, Museo Reina Sofía, Jardín Botánico, and more.

Route 2: Modern Madrid

Cover modern attractions with 16 stops such as Plaza de Neptuno, Plaza de Colón, Museo de las Esculturas, Nuevos Ministerios, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Museo Arqueológico, Puerta de Alcalá, Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid Stadium, and more.

Madrid Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Highlights

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Museo Nacional del Prado

The Pardo Museum is one of the most famous in Madrid, housing over 8,000 artworks and 700 sculptures. Many classics can be found in its vast collections, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, with masterpieces from the likes of Goya, Titian, Reubens, and El Greco.

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Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is one on the main public squares in Madrid. It was once the center of Old Madrid, built during the reign of Philip III the 15th century. Just a few blocks away you can find another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol.

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Reina Sofía Museum is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art. Here you can find Impressionist and Expressionist art, as well as paintings by modern masters like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

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Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the home of the popular football team Real Madrid since 1947. This stadium is one of the most-visited stadiums in the world. You can visit the stadium and its museum, which showcases awards, team memorabilia, and various exhibits.

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Palacio Real de Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid was completed in 1755, and is the Spanish royal family's official residence in Madrid, and is now used for state functions. When not in use it is open to the public, and you can explore the 3,418 rooms, spread across a vast 135,000 sq m. 

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Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Queen Isabella II established the National Archaeological Museum in 1867. It is located on Calle de Serrano beside the Plaza de Colón, and features a vast collection of antiquities from prehistoric times to the 19th century.

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Zoo Aquarium de Madrid

The Madrid Zoo Aquarium opened in 1770 and is spread across 20 hectares. It houses a wide variety of diverse terrestrial and marine species. It is also one of the only zoos in the world that houses several giant pandas, as well as leopards, lions,  giraffes, zebras, sharks, dolphins, and more.

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen Museum, is an art museum that is part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", with the Prado and the Reina Sofía national galleries. The museum was established by Baron Thyssen, and houses a collection of over 1,600 paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries

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Templo de Debod

The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple dedicated to the Egyptian sun god Amun which was disassembled and reconstructed at Parque de la Montana in the heart of Madrid.

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Plaza de Cibeles

The Plaza de Cibeles is a square in Madrid that is surrounded by a complex of neo-classical buildings, marble statues, and fountains. Also here is the Cybele Palace which serves as the city hall.

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El Retiro Park

Once the private park for the Spanish Royal Family, Retiro Park is one of the largest parks in the city. It has a rode garden, a glass pavilion (called the Crystal Palace), hundreds of statues, and a lake where you can go boating.

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San Miguel Market

This covered market in Madrid, located near  Plaza Mayor. Here you can find all kinds of gourmet tapas, baked goods, wine, and more. The San Miguel Market was originally built in 1916, and renovated and reopened in 2009.

Madrid Hop On Hop Off Visitor Tips and Guidelines

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Madrid is during mid to late spring (April to May) and early autumn (September to October). The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds during these shoulder seasons.
  • Get HOHO Tickets Online: Purchase the hop-on hop-off tickets in advance online, so you can get on the tour without any delays.
  • Know the Route: Find out the route that your hop-on hop-off bus will take, so you can decide which stops you would like to get off at beforehand.
  • Research the Attractions: Do some research on the attractions you want to visit near the HOHO stops, so that you can make the most of your Madrid bucket list.
  • Free Hours at Musuems: Take advantage of the free hours offered by some of the best museums in Madrid when the public is given gratis admittance.
  • Buy Attraction Tickets: If you can’t make the free museum hours, or wish to see other sights that require entry tickets, be sure to purchase these in advance to avoid long wait times outside the attractions. 
  • Set out early: It is best to start the day early and get enough time to explore the city. 
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes as you might be on your feet for hours. Also ensure to carry a jacket, raincoat, or umbrella in case of rain.
  • Carry Snacks: Keep some light snacks and a water bottle to tide you over when sightseeing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Madrid Hop On Hop Off

Q. Does Madrid have a hop-on hop-off bus tour?

A. Yes, Madrid has a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Q. Where can I buy Madrid hop-on hop-off tickets?

A. You can buy Madrid hop-on hop-off tickets online.

Q. Are Madrid hop-on hop-off tickets available online?

A. Yes, Madrid hop-on hop-off tickets are available online.

Q. How much does hop-on hop-off bus cost in Madrid?

A. Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket prices start from €23.

Q. How do hop on hop off buses work in Madrid?

A. Hop-on hop-off buses in Madrid allow you to get on and leave the bus at any of the designated stops to see the major city landmarks whenever you want.

Q. How often are the hop-on hop-off buses in Madrid?

A. Madrid hop-on hop-off buses run between 10 AM to 6 PM and arrive at a frequency of 15 minutes.

Q. Are there audio guides on the Madrid hop-on hop-off bus tours?

A. Yes, there are audio guides available for adults in over 14 languages on the Madrid hop-on hop-off bus tours. Audio guides for children are available in English and Spanish.

Q. Are Madrid’s hop-on hop-off bus tours accessibility-friendly?

A. Yes, Madrid’s hop-on hop-off bus tours are accessible to wheelchair users.