Is the Madrid Card Worth the Purchase?

••• The Madrid Card. Image: Viator.com

The Madrid Card is a discount card which gets you in free or at a reduced rate to a number of attractions in Madrid. Read on for details of exactly what the card gets you.

Types of Madrid Card

  • 24-Hour (One-Day) Madrid Card 
  • 48-Hour (Two-Day) Madrid Card 
  • 72-Hour (Three-Day) Madrid Card 
  • 120-Hour (Five-Day) Madrid Card 

Free Activities with Madrid Card

The activities below are the ones that are free with the Madrid Card.

Major Museums with Free Entry and Priority Access

  • Prado National Museum
  • Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre
  • The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
  • The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de Escorial
  • Benedictine Abbey of the Sacred Cross in the Valley of the Fallen

Lots of Guided Tours

  • Various Descubre Madrid (Discover Madrid) Guided Tours
  • Tour of Bernabéu Stadium (with priority access)
  • The Atlético de Madrid Tour
  • Tour of the bullring

Free Leisure Activities

  • Faunia Nature Park (with priority access)
  • Madrid Amusement Park (with priority access)
  • Madrid Cable Car, Zoo Aquarium of Madrid (with priority access)

Discounted Activities with Madrid Card

  • 49 restaurants
  • 24 Shops
  • 17 Bars and Nightclubs
  • Seven Theaters
  • Six Tours
  • Four car hire companies

Is the Madrid Card Good Value for Money?

You're going to have to work hard to get your money's worth, especially now the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus is no longer included.

Madrid's top two museums, the Museo del Prado and the Reina Sofia are 14€ and 8€ respectively, but both museums are open for free most days for a couple of hours. The question is - do you want to visit the museum when the hordes of people arrive for the free period?

If you want to spread your museum visits out, you'll need one of the longer Madrid Cards, which are much better value for money.

 

When deciding if the five-day card is right for you, take the following into consideration:

  • If there are two museums per day that you want to see, you will get value for money.
  • Normal price tickets to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium tour, Faunia nature park and the Madrid Amusement Park all cost more than one day of your five-day pass. In fact, Faunia and the Amusement Park, at about 25€ each, both cost nearly two days' worth of your pass.
  • The priority access you get at some of the biggest museums could be worth at least half an hour of your time every time.
  • The restaurants on the Madrid Card are generally high-end restaurants, so expect to pay a lot at these establishments, even with your discount.