Madrid Puerta de Atocha:  Location map

It's one of my favourite stations, a beautiful historic trainshed now a tropical garden, next to a modern terminus for the high-speed trains south and southeast to Barcelona, Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Cadiz, Algeciras & Granada.  There has been a station here since 1851, although the old trainshed dates from 1892.  Note that since August 2022, most trains to Valencia & Alicante now use Madrid Chamartin.

small bullet point  The old trainshed & tropical garden

small bullet point  Arriving at Madrid Atocha

small bullet point  Changing trains at Madrid Atocha

small bullet point  Leaving from Madrid Atocha

small bullet point  Left luggage

small bullet point  Sala Club 1st class lounge

small bullet point  Getting to/from the city centre

small bullet point  How to transfer between Atocha & Chamartin


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small bullet point  General information for European train travel

small bullet point  How to buy European train tickets online


The historic station trainshed

Madrid Atocha's beautiful original train shed opened in 1892.  A hundred years later, in 1992 it had its tracks removed and is now a lovely tropical garden.  There are several bars & restaurants with outside tables, making this a great place to wait for your train.  The left luggage lockers are in the far right corner in the photo below.  There's an exit to the ground level taxi rank on the left.

Madrid Atocha's old trainshed

Exterior of the old 1892 trainshed.  Photo courtesy of Simon Andersen

Madrid Atocha's old trainshed

The old trainshed of 1892 with cafes, bars & tropical garden.  See panorama photo of Madrid Atocha old hallCourtesy of

Madrid Atocha's old trainshed

A wider shot, showing the ramps up to the departures lounge.  Taken from roughly where the white arrow is in the photo hereCourtesy of

Turtle pool at Madrid Atocha station   Food at Madrid Atocha station

The former turtle pool in Atocha's tropical garden.  Sadly, it's now been removed...


Egg, eels & chips (well, why not?) at a bistro table in Madrid Atocha's tropical garden...

Arriving at Madrid Atocha

Changing trains at Madrid Atocha

Leaving from Madrid Atocha

Access to the departures area from the old trainshed at Madrid Puerta de Atocha

This photo shows the south end of the old historic trainshed, facing away from the tropical garden.  It shows the travelators up to the departures area on the first floor.  The white arrow indicates the gateway with the X-ray baggage check through to the departures lounge.  The modern high-speed platforms are out of sight behind all of this.  To reach the Atocha-Cercanias platforms, walk through the wide passageway on the ground floor in this photo and turn left.  Courtesy of Willy Kaemena.

Madrid Atocha platforms

The modern high-speed terminus platforms.  This photo is taken from the arrivals overbridge.  Courtesy of

Ticket gates at Atocha-Cercanias   Train at Atocha-Cercanias

The staffed entrance to Atocha-Cercanias platforms for long-distance passengers.


A media distancia service to Badajoz about to leave platform 6 at Atocha-Cercanias.  Photos courtesy of

Left luggage lockers

Sala Club 1st class lounge

Sala Club lounge at Madrid Atocha   Boarding an AVE train at Madrid Atocha

Madrid Atocha Sala Club with complimentary WiFi and refreshments.


Down the travelator from departures area to platform to board an AVE to Barcelona.

Getting to/from the city centre

How to transfer between Atocha & Chamartin

Trains to/from northern Spain usually use Madrid Chamartin station in the north of the city.  The trains south to Seville, Granada, Malaga leave from Madrid Atocha station, although for capacity reasons most trains to Alicante now use Madrid Chamartin.  Metro line 1 links these two stations, but it's easier and quicker to transfer between stations by frequent suburban train.  The Spanish for suburban train is Cercanias, look for the orange and white 'C' logo.

Atocha ► Chamartin

Chamartin ► Atocha

Suburban train at Madrid Chamartin

An air-conditioned suburban train (Cercanias) at Madrid Chamartin.  Courtesy of

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