Madrid Puerta de Atocha:  Click for station plan & location map...

It's one of my favourite stations, a beautiful historic trainshed now a tropical garden, next to a modern terminus with high-speed trains to Barcelona, the Costa del Sol and Andalucía.  There has been a station here since 1851, although the old trainshed dates from 1892.

  The old trainshed & tropical garden

  Leaving by train from Puerta de Atocha

  Leaving by train from Atocha Cercanías

  Arriving at Atocha by high-speed train

  Left luggage

  Sala Club 1st class lounge

  Local transport to/from the city centre

  How to transfer between Atocha & Chamartin

 

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The historic station trainshed...

Madrid Atocha's beautiful original train shed opened in 1892.  A hundred years later, it had its tracks removed in 1992 and is now a lovely tropical garden complete with turtle pool.  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, roughly level with all that greenery.

Madrid Atocha's old trainshed

The old trainshed of 1892 with cafes, bars, tropical garden & turtle pool.  This photo is taken from roughly where the white arrow is in the photo here See panorama photo of Madrid Atocha old hallCourtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

Turtle pool at Madrid Atocha station   Food at Madrid Atocha station

The turtle pool in Madrid Atocha's tropical garden.  Give my regards to the turtles!

 

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

Leaving by train from Madrid Puerta de 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.

Barcelona Sants main concourse

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

Leaving by train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías...

Ticket gates at Atocha-Cercanias   Train at Atocha-Cercanias

Ticket gates to Atocha-Cercanias platforms...

 

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

Arriving at Atocha by high-speed train...

Left luggage lockers...

The 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...

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How to transfer between Madrid Atocha & Madrid Chamartin...

Trains to and from Lisbon and 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.  Metro line 1 links these two stations, but it's easier and faster to transfer between stations by frequent suburban train as this is just a handful of stops.  The Spanish for suburban train is Cercanias, look for the orange and white 'C' logo.

  Spanish suburban train ('Cercanias')

An air-conditioned Spanish suburban train at Madrid Chamartin, going to Madrid Atocha...

Madrid Chamartin ► Madrid Atocha

Madrid Atocha ► Madrid Chamartin


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