If you like touring Madrid city on a city sightseeing bus, then Madrid can offer you several alternatives. There are 2 companies who operate in Madrid which has a number of touristic bus routes. Let us discuss about them here.
In Madrid too, you can get open top tours on bus, also known as hop-on-hop-off, which is almost similar to what you must have seen in many other cities across the world. In case, you are not familiar with such buses or have never used them then we will explain here how they work.
The tourist bus companies may operate in one or number of routes that include most of the important places in the city. In each route, there are few number of stops, that will allow you to hop on or off the bus. All these stops usually are not located at the same places where any other public transport buses stop.
Generally, they provide double deck bus where an audio-guide service is also available in multiple languages, that provides comprehensive comments about the highlight about the places that you are visiting currently.
You will have to buy a ticket at certain fixed price which entitles you to make unlimited trips in all routes of the bus of that particular company for a certain period of time, which is usually for 24 hours or 48 hours depending upon your ticket. You are allowed to hop on and hop off the bus any number of times you would like, provided your ticket is within the time limit. Frequency of such busses are usually about 30 minutes to one hour.
Here are few good reasons why travelling in such hop-on and hop-off can be a good idea for sight-seeing in Madrid.
- If you are new to the city of Madrid then you need not look for any other public transport for travelling to important sight-seeing places.
- If you are in Madrid for only few days then you can cover some of the places by travelling these busses and the balance which are left, can be covered on your next day.
- With double deck bus, you will able to see almost same thing that you can see while walking.
- You will directly reach to the sightseeing spots.
- You can also travel at your own desired pace and can spend as much time you like to spend in any particular monuments.
On the contrary, if you prefer to go by any other city sightseeing bus then they will provide you certain fixed time at any location. Hence, you may not be able to spend sufficient time in any particular museum if you wish to. Besides that, tourist buses are pretty expensive too.
Following are two companies providing tour services at Madrid.
- Madrid City Tour
There are two routes offered by this company – the blue route covers the oldest city while the green route covers the all modern areas. Few extended routes are also available at night.
There are 37 number of stops and within 80 minutes the whole routes are covered. You may need to wait at least for 30 minutes to catch the next bus at their designated stops. The ticket that you have purchased will be valid for 24 hours or 48 hours starting from your first ride of the bus.
- Madrid Bus Visión
This company has only one route that covers both old as well as modern areas of the city. However, it is not hop-on hop-off service and your tour will complete in one and half hours and you will be provided certain time at each spot.
You may visit the website http://www.tripindicator.com/city-pass-bus-tour-madrid/hop-on-hop-off/compare-madrid-hop-on-hop-off-city-bus-tour-vs-express-toledo-bus-tour.html to get more information.