ESPEN 2018 - Venue Map
Transportation to venue (IFEMA)
- Madrid international airport has 172 direct flight destinations all over the world. The airport is only 12 km from the city centre.
- Subway: is the fastest and most efficient way to move in and around Madrid. Currently, there are twelve metro lines and three Metro Ligero (tramway) lines. Just by 1 or 2 stops (depending on the Terminal), the subway Line 8 connects Madrid Barajas International Airport with IFEMA. Additionally, IFEMA is only 4 stops from the city centre. 1 single ticket (with an one hour validity) costs between: 1.5 €- 2€ and 1 single ticket to/from Airport is: 4.50 – 5€
- Bus: Madrid has an extensive city bus network, run by the company Empresa Municipal de Transporte (EMT), which covers the whole city. All the vehicles that make up the EMT fleet, 2,000 in total, are air-conditioned. Madrid’s buses have special systems providing access for disabled persons. The cost for a single ticket is 1.50.
- Taxi: There are more than 16,000 taxis in Madrid, so it is not very difficult to find one available in the city’s main thoroughfares. Just make a sign and they will be keen to stop! Prices are quite reasonable, considering that a one-way trip from the city centre to the airport is around 30 euros.
A warm welcome from Madrid
Madrid is the political and financial capital of Spain with 3.1 million inhabitants (6.4 million in the region), making it one of the main metropolises in Europe. It has excellent hotel capacity, beautiful architecture and a pleasant climate that confers brightness and warmness on the city. Additionally, the local Mediterranean cuisine adds flavour to all these ingredients. These, together with the city’s good value for money, make Madrid an excellent place for business, meetings and leisure.
The city combines a bustling modern city with impressive new infrastructure and skyscrapers in the Madrid skyline with an outstanding historical legacy. You only have to think as far the Madrid of the Habsburgs and Bourbons and artists like Goya and Velázquez to get an idea of what historical wonders await you here.
Madrid’s cultural offering is huge with nearly one hundred museums and two hundred historical and artistic monuments. Walking through the Paseo del Prado Avenue you can visit four of the most visited picture galleries in the world (Prado’s Museum, Reina Sofía, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Caixa-Forum).
Madrid is also one of the greenest cities in the world, where you can enjoy walking through its many gardens in the centre (Retiro Park, West Park) or in the surrounding area (Casa de Campo, Madrid Rio).
In terms of leisure and entertainment, the city offers everything one can imagine during summer days and nights, including excellent restaurants with a big variety of dining options (16 Michelin starred restaurants), live music, terraces, nightclubs and shops for every taste.
Madrid is the only city in the world which is surrounded by six UNESCO World Heritage sites within a 100 km radius, which are less than an hour drive: Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Alcalá de Henares, El Escorial and Aranjuez. These places include perfectly preserved architecture, monuments and art from Roman times to our days.