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First of all, for many of you probably first time coming Madrid, We are here to give a information about Madrid City living-expenses cost. You can compare your monthly budget, visualize right now the lifestyle you can afford in Madrid, including all costs for living (rent,mobile phone, bills, food, transportation etc.) per person:
- Bare necessities in Madrid’s city center for a student life, 800 -1000 € Minimum level.
- 1100 – 1500 €: living a bit more comfortably, eating out with some week-end excursions
- 1600 – 2000 €: professional type living, traveling and enjoy the Madrid city.
- 2000 – 4000 €: living comfortably, think about investing, charity and buying a home if you’re planning to stay for years, able to sustain a family,
- Over 4000 €: we can talk of a luxury lifestyle.
1.Accommodation, Housing and room
In the Madrid city center room price mimimum 330€ beetwen 600€ per monthly. Some rooms bills included some of them not included, it is depend owner the flat policy. Find more information on housing in Madrid (www.housinginmadrid.com) and www.erasmusmadridflat.com
- Transportation Madrid
Transportation Madrid is the best in the Europe. (Metro,public buses and renfe also trains) and a relatively cheap and abundant taxi service. We would like to inform you public transportation in Madrid,there are monthly public transportation passes at affordable prices that allow for unlimited traveling in different modes of transportation within their zones. The monthly pass for the city center costs around 55€ between 110€. If you are under 23 years, you will be able to save money. One round metro cost 1,50€ which is cheap in Europe.
- How to get Abono Transportation-Metro Card
These are the documents you need to get your transportation monthly card: Aplication form (www.tarjetatransportepublico.es)
- A standard passport sized photo (which you can get at the photo booths in most metro stations, Sol Metro)
- EU ID, residence ID or passport (photo copy)
Once you have prepared these three things, you have two options to process your abono.
- The first option is the easiest if you don’t speak the language–you can make an online request, you’ll be asked to upload all three required files. Once they process your request, your card will be sent to your address in less than 20 days.
- The second option is a bit faster–make an appointment on the internetor by calling 012 (press 4; calling hours M-F from 8am to 10 pm). Then, choose a place, day and time. At the appointment you will hand in the three documents in person, and they will tell you in how many days you should return to pick up your Metro abono card (from 1-3 weeks).
In my opinion, the first option (online) is the best because you won’t have to waste your precious time waiting on line.
If you have any questions during the application process you can email (in Spanish or English) the customer attention service of the Consorcio de Transporte de Madrid: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mobile Phone and internet
Monthly pre-pay or Contract mobile phone cost 15€-50€, depending on use too much.
When an international student comes to Madrid, becomes ERASMUS, and needs a phone to keep in touch with friends both at home and in Madrid.
But, how can you do this if you don´t have a Spanish number? It´s quite easy if you know perfectly how. Lets see…
Sometimes it is hard to go to a phone shop and ask for prices, so here they are. Have a look and compare!
First you have to choose between “CONTRACT” or “PAYPHONE”. This is not quite easy both in economic and practical ways so let´s have a look on each one.
Contract Mobile Phone:
Supposes signing a contract with the company for at least 12 months. Can be cheaper than a payphone but we only recommend this way if you are staying for a full year here in Madrid. You should choose a “VOICE+DATA” fare; we suppose you actually own a smartphone.
To sign a contract with the operator you need to get the shop. Once there you must carry your PASSPORT and a CURRENT ACCOUNT Nº. BASED IN SPAIN. So if you want to get this way you should open an account at an Spanish bank.
Easier way of getting an Spanish number. Just get the shop and ask about fare. We recommend you a “VOICE+DATA” fare because we suppose you own a smartphone. When the fare has been choosen you just need your ID CARD and some cash to pay for it. It is the best way and we recommend you to purchase this kind of line.
There are a lot of things going through your head when you move to a new country, one of those things is finding the best cellphone (mobile) deal out there. Madrid is home to many cellphone providers, most of them you have never heard of, unless you have visited other places in Europe or South America. These providers are the first ones you will see and hear about, but they are not necessarily the best option for you.
Below you will find a list of the best and not so great cellphone companies in Madrid.
- Orange (Good)
This company has really good deals for students, they also give away some pretty good phones when you sign up. You can get a prepaid plan and put in as much money as you want every week/month. Every week the company will deduct (if your phone has credit) three something euros and with that you get: 1gb data on your phone, free texting and some free minutes. No hidden fees and no need to sign a contract.
- Vodafone (not so good)
This company is huge and very well known, but not great with customers and their phone plans. They charge ridiculous rates, sometime you get an obscene bill for calls you never made and they do not have good deals (phone wise).
- Yoigo (good)
This is probably the best way to go. Yoigo is very popular amongst foreign and national students. Not only do you get great phones when you sign up with them, but they have a plethora of amazing prepaid plans. The deals are very cheap and you get a great service…fast internet on your phone, free text and minutes every month.
- Movistar (not so good)
Like a same as Vodafone. These guys might just take the cake when it comes to lousy cell phone service. Laughable rates, that you never actually know where they come from, because they never send you a bill. If you get a pay as you go plan both the internet service and minutes are exceeded as soon as you get them.
Internet costs around 37€-53€ well-know companies Jazztell, Movistar, Orange etc. only one time paying instalitaion for internet 37-60€. Internet is already installed and costs are included in the monthly rent.
- Supermarket and Food
Monthly supermarket expenses around 150€-300€ per person. Most wel-known supermarkets, Mercadona,Lidle,Simply,Dia atc.
- Hair Cut & Beauty salon
Madrid City Well-Known hair cut place Marco Aldany. Haircut price 10€.
- Leisure Activities
There are lot of things you can do in Madrid apart from sightseeing. One possibility is to explore in Madrid city, the shopping paradise. If you prefer to relax, you can chill out in one of the many green oases of the city, which you can also use for sports. It is very hot during the summer, perfect weather to cool down in a swimming pool or would you like to discover the neighbouring cities in Spain?
The Cost of Living-Expenses in Madrid – Housing in Madrid
Top 15 Things to do for free in Madrid
- Grab some beers
Madrid is one of the locals’ preferred pastimes enjoy and relax. And it’s made even better when the weather’s nice and all the bars and restaurants open up their terraces. Among the favourite areas to whet their whistle are La Latina in Plaza de la Cebada, a meeting point for many, especially younger crowd. At weekends it’s near impossible to make your way through streets like Cava Baja or Cava Alta, where you’ll find most of the bars and restaurants.
Other recommended areas for going out for a tipple include Malasaña, where modern bars with vintage decor co-exist with gritty taverns that have stood their ground for generations; Alonso Martínez, neighbour of one of the richest areas in the capital; Tribunal, where you want to head if you’re planning to be out till the wee hours; Moncloa, a favourite among university students; and Chueca, with the best gay nightlife in the city.
- Sit back and Relax in Plaza Mayor
It is so turistic place, there is nice bars and restaurants. This Madrid square is steeped in history and has seen public executions, royal ceremonies, bullfights, Inquisition trials and many celebrations. Today it is surrounded by three storey buildings, many cafes and restaurants with terraces to sit out in and take in this busy square.
- Enjoy the Mercado San Miguel
This market right outside of Plaza Mayor is one of recent travelers favorite things to do in Spain. Visitors can purchase some wine and to eat tapas. People enjoying the variety of delicious foods, and they also gave it high marks for its non-touristy feel, saying it was a good way to mix with the local people.
- Free entry into world class museums
Madrid prides itself on the variety of art and culture on offer in the city. It is also home to some of the world’s top museums, housing some top class art works. Two of Madrid’s most famous museums are the Reina Sofia Museum and the Prado Museum both of which charge an admission fee.
However, if you plan your visit to either museum before hand you can get in free of charge. For FREE admission to the Prado Museum visit Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 8pm, or Sundays from 5pm to 8pm. For FREE admission to the Reina Sofia Museum visit Monday to Friday from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday from 2.30pm to 9pm, or Sunday from 10am to 2.30pm.
- Bullfighting in Madrid
Las Ventas is Madrid’s bullring. Not only can you see regular bullfights here, but you can also check out the free bullfighting museum. Where is Las Ventas Madrid Bullring? On the other side of Barrio Salamanca, in the east of the city. Nearest Metro: Ventas
- Enjoy the Parque del Retiro
Retiro Park as it is known locally, is the city’s best loved park, as well as being one of Madrid’s top attractions. Retiro Park is the perfect place to enjoy the great summer days that Madrid gets plenty of. In this city park you will find many beautiful sculptures and monuments as well as a boating lake. There are also some free outdoor concerts that take place in Retiro Park during the summer.
- Walk around Royal Palace
The Palacio Real is Madrid’s Royal Palace and is also the largest palace in Europe with over 2,800 rooms. It is the official residence of the Royal family; however it is only used for state ceremonies these days. The palace is open to the public but even just a walk around its grounds and courtyard is a great free thing to do in Madrid. The Royal Palace is a beautiful building to look at and once you have taken in this architectural splendour, check out the view from the side of courtyard. Location is 5 minute walk from Opera metro station.
- Go to see the Templo de Debod
This Egyptian temple once stood in the village of Debod but today resides in Madrid in the Parque del Oeste. This piece of Egyptian heritage came to Spain when a dam was being developed in Egypt and many historic pieces were at risk of being ruined. Spanish engineers helped the Egyptian government to move these monuments and in return, Egypt donated the Templo de Debod to Spain as a thank you. It’s a popular attraction today and lies in one of Madrid’s popular parks. Just behind it you will be greeted with some stunning views.
- Spend an evening in Puerta del Sol
This popular city square was once the home of Madrid’s city gates. This is also Madrid’s most central location and where you will find a stone slab marking ‘Kilometre Zero’ – the official starting point for Spain’s 6 National Roads. There are many noteworthy aspects to Puerta del Sol such as the monument of “El Oso y El Madroño” – the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, a statue of King Carlos III and two fountains where people gather to sit around, especially in the evenings. Puerta del Sol comes alive at dusk with people going through the square as well as stopping off in one of the cafes or restaurants in the area. It’s a great place to watch the city go by.
- Go treasure hunting in El Rastro
Every Sunday it seems like the whole of Madrid is in one place: C/Ribera de Curtidores, in the La Latina and Embajadores neighbourhood, where dozens of stalls are set up selling second-hand clothes, vinyl records, jewellery and just about any object you can imagine. This is El Rastro, the most famous and oldest flea market in town.
Get there early in the morning unless you’re really into crowds, because later in the day the street turns into a raging river of shoppers trying to elbow their way against the current as the vendors wage a shouting war over who has the best deals. Bar and café owners have taken advantage of the draw El Rastro has and have opened up nearby, so you can always find a place to duck out for break or an energy boost. And don’t forget to visit the antiques shops down the side streets. Located Metro la Latina.
10. Taste chocolate con churros at San Ginés
Over a century ago this chocolatier’s opened its doors in a hidden alleyway between Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Ópera. Today San Ginés serves up the most famous churros in Madrid, and it’s a popular meeting point for clubbers heading home after a serious night out.
Surrounded by authentic decor and the classic snapshots of celebs on the walls, you’ll wait anxiously for your mug of warm dipping chocolate, churros or porras (just like the tasty fried bread of churros, but even bigger around). Be sure to get a glass of water to wash all that delectable sweetness down. The waiters are constantly running up and down the stairs, inside and out, to satisfy the never-ending cravings of their clientele. The churros and porras are made by San Ginés, using the same reliable recipe since 1894. The chocolate is also made on the spot and can be mixed with any of the liqueurs they’ve got to hand for an added jolt.
11. Walk along the Gran Vía
The city’s main tourist artery runs the famous Metrópolis building to the Plaza de España. Shops, bars and even a casino line this wide street that stretches for more than a kilometre. If you start walking at the Metrópolis building, with its stunning dome crowned by a bronze statue, the next landmark you’ll come to is at Gran Vía 1, the address for Grassy jewellers since 1952. A bit further on, the Hotel de las Letras deserves a peek inside before you’re wowed by the window display at the Loewe shop or stop to have a drink in the legendary Museo Chicote, which, despite its name, isn’t a museum at all, though there is some art on the walls in the form of photos of celebrities who have passed through the swinging doors.
12. Celebrate with a local festival
If you can stand the heat, Madrid’s summer festival season is the best time to see the capital in all its splendour. Spring has its share of celebrations, with Dos de Mayo, marking the 1808 uprising against French occupation; and the San Isidro festival honouring the patron saint of Madrid with outdoor concerts, street stalls selling food and drink, and spending the day in the park named after the saint.
Once those are history, the parties really pick up, with the streets filled with festivals and merry-makers virtually every weekend throughout summer. The big one in mid-July is the Virgen del Carmen, which is a big deal in the barrios of Puente de Vallecas, Chamberí and Villaverde Alto. And August celebrates the Verbena de la Paloma in La Latina, honouring the neighbourhood’s very own patron saint.
13. Enjoy the winter snow
When you’re planning your skiing holiday, the first destination that pops into your head probably isn’t Madrid. But keep in mind the city is surrounded by mountains where you can slide into winter. Valdesquí is the most popular resort, with 27 tracks (3 red, 15 blue, 9 green), 15 ski lifts, 9 snow-making machines, and several cafés and rest areas.
Families in Madrid more typically spend the day at Puerto de Navacerrada, where they can rent sledges for the kids to play on gentle slopes. As the first flakes fall, the nearest parking area is immediately overstuffed, and traffic jams can be monumental. If the weather’s not cooperating, you can always have a go on the covered slopes at Snowzone, open all year round in the Xanadu shopping centre. Located is Nava cerrada.
14. Take a picture with ‘El Oso y el Madroño’
The quintessential symbol of Madrid and the meeting point for lost tourists and friends heading out on the town, ‘The Bear and the Strawberry Tree’ sculpture, at 4 metres and 20 tonnes of bronze, is not only in the centre of the Puerta del Sol, which is in the heart of Madrid, but is also the starting point (0 km) of all the motorways in Spain.
Don’t shy away from the typical tourist photo. Be sure to wait your turn with the groups of admirers crowding around for their shot of ‘El Oso y el Madroño’, which also appears in Madrid’s coat of arms. For years the statue was in front of C/ del Carmen, but now stands at the mouth of C/Alcalá and the Carrera de San Jerónim.
15. Enjoy a really good party
The streets of the Malasaña neighbourhood were the centre of Madrid’s post-Franco ‘Movida’ countercultural movement, and they’re still abuzz with nightlife. Bars like El Penta, Tupperware are heaving with party people into the wee hours at weekends. It’s worth wandering around the barrio to stumble upon some of the new spots that have opened in recent years.
If a night out dancing is more your thing, you’re also spoiled for choice. You’ll hear a lot of talk about Teatro Kapital, pumping out house and dance music – the funkier the better – in its seven floors. To boogie the night away to the top pop hits of the day, head for Joy Eslava has 4 floors located Metro Opera and Sol city center in Madrid.
Madrid’s nightlife never stops. From Monday to Sunday, you can go out until the early hours of the morning and end up eating churros with chocolate for breakfast in any café, along with taxi drivers starting their shift. You’ll have no trouble finding just the right spot to fit your mood among the myriad bars, big nightclubs, and small pubs that have earned their place on the scene. Here’s our selection of the best clubs in Madrid so you can head out and not worry about a thing except having a good time, whatever your taste in music and ambience.
Unusual in that it retains some original trappings of its former incarnation as a 19th-century theatre, in every other respect this is an ordinary high-street club. The vast crammed dancefloor runs the gamut from teenage tribes through to housewives, enjoying staple disco house. One of the classic venues in Madrid where you’re likely to see some famous faces, Joy Eslava also hosts live performances that range from concerts to monologues.
The Godzilla of Madrid clubs, with splendid views of the main dancefloor from many of the upper balconies: dance voyeur heaven. Of seven storeys, each has something different to offer – the main dancefloor and bars are at ground level; the first floor has karaoke; the second, R&B and hip hop; the third, cosy cocktail bars; the fourth is Spanish disco; the fifth has a cinema and more cool sounds; and at the top is a terrace with a retractable roof. Though you’ll be doing a lot of walking, wearing trainers will leave you standing out on the street.
This club in La Latina that has everything that nocturnal fun seekers need. Commercial music to dance to and the occasional live performance make for a mix that attracts scores of young people every weekend. Miniskirts, tight dresses and polo shirts move around the dancefloor here, changing colour along with the LED lights. The clientele, which is around 20 years old, obviously spends some time at the gym and applying make-up in front of the mirror. On Thursdays, there’s a ‘kisses’ session and an open bar with the ‘Kiss Kiss Bang, Bang’ session, while Sundays are given over to hotter beats like urban, latin and reggaeton.
Pacha Madrid & T-Club
At this hot mega-club, the bouncers in black suits and tuxedos are only slightly better dressed than the clientele inside, as Pacha draws the Malasaña neighborhood’s hippest clubbers into an unstoppable night of pulsating light and rhythm.
The line doesn’t start until 3am when patrons all show up from their pre-parties and get ready to keep the action pumping until dawn, and once past the ropes, the customers will find themselves in a multilevel world of musical madness.
This dance club exudes luxury and class. Its clientele flaunt their luxury cars and expensive clothes. That’s why one of its main strengths is its discretion. There’s an imposing stage, lit by a large array of LEDs and plenty of chairs lining the walls to sit back and have a drink. The long drinks list includes vodka and gin in Magnum, Jeroboam and Mathusalem formats and, of course, expensive champagne. There are also a number of VIP zones which are frequently occupied by celebrities.
One of Madrid’s clubs converted from an old theatre, Changó never falls out of fashion in the city. They’ve got a session for every night of the week, with a different DJ hosting each, where you can find whatever you’re into: deep house, break beat, funk, indie, pop or trance. Though not elegant, this place is a lot of fun. Instead of rich boys dressed in shirts and posh girls wearing top brand names you’ll find a more varied crowd, some even on the grungy side. That explains why the spectacular go-go dancers show off all their muscles and the dancers’ intimate areas are covered by the skimpiest of thongs.
This is a large and rather select club offering 1,800 square metres for your dancing pleasure. Thursdays begin with hot Latin beats in the ‘Rumba sessions’; Fridays are for ‘Yo Soy Bohemia’ with more commercially-oriented music that have bodies sculpted in gyms moving to a selection of dance beats and top 20 hits. New Garamond is full of the beautiful and the glamorous, peppered with the occasional gold earring and excessively revealing top. You might come across the odd familiar face from the world of television on the dance floor. There are two VIP zones with sofas and a chill-out area upstairs with views of the goings-on below.
If it’s a bit of glamour you’re looking for and you actually feel up to the challenge of getting through the door, then you should probably check out Moma 56. Multifunctional in a New York style, the venue is a restaurant, bar and nightclub, with stylish decor and a semi-celebrity crowd. When you set foot on the dance floor, you’ll be dazzled in equal parts by the brands sported by the patrons and the pink and green LED lights moving to the beats of dance and pop music. Be prepared to dig deep into your wallet when heading to any of the four bars. There’s even a valet parking service to offer the posh a completely worry-free experience.
The Fortuny Restaurant-Club is immersed in an exclusive XIX century palace , located in the heart of Madrid. The gourmet restaurant has been decorated by the famous interior designer Pascual Ortega , who has created a unique and surprising place within the Mansion Fortuny , creating an island of tranquility and good taste , where the elite meet every day business, political and cultural world the Capital of Spain . Step into this beautiful Venetian palace courts and taste wonderful as their tempura prawns with vegetables and rosemary reduction or porcini risotto flavored with white truffle of Piedmont. After dinner, you can enjoy the best music of today and always , with a cocktail prepared by our renowned mixologist . And that’s not all , you will still enjoy our Palace late in the morning, surrounded by the most exclusive atmosphere of the night in Madrid , in the first and second floor of the Palace, where the Club – Disco .