Atocha Station

Atocha Station, located just 10 minutes away from Prado Museum, is the main railroad center of the nation. However, unfortunately, the station is famous worldwide for the terrifying attack occurred on 11th March, 2004 when nearly 200 people were killed. This attack shocked the country and marked the history of this fantastic train station. On the upper floor of the station there is a memorial to the victims of this despicable act.

The station, opened in 1892, was designed by Alberto de Palacio who was pupil of Gustave Eiffel from whom he learnt to dominate iron structures. With the passage of time Madrid was growing and the station increased dramatically its passengers. This situation forced the Government to expand existing facilities on numerous occasions.

Atocha Train Station in Madrid
Atocha Train Station in Madrid was built in the 19th century. Today it is the busiest train station in Spain | Image credits: OgoTours

The biggest transformation undergone by Atocha Station took place in 1992 with the advent of the high-speed train (AVE).

Between 1985 and 1992 the great architect Rafael Moneo designed a spectacular project: the old platforms were converted into a huge garden and a completely new station was built behind the old station.

And if this were not enough, Rafael Moneo linked the metro station with Atocha and designed a new commuter train station. With this transformation Atocha Station entered directly in the 21th century.

Atocha Train Station Madrid
The former platforms of Atocha Train Station were converted into a beautiful tropical garden | Image credits: OgoTours


Don´t forget that AERO EXPRESS BUS connects directly Atocha Station with Madrid Barajas Airport (5€) in about 40 minutes.

Atocha Train Station: Useful Information

-Address: Glorieta Carlos V s/n

-Passengers per year: 88 million people

-Telephone: (+34) 902432343

-Metro: Atocha Renfe (Line 1 and Cercanías RENFE)

-Opening Hours: 05:00am – 01:00am

-Services: Elevators, Baggage Room, Cafeteria, Restaurants, Shops, Tourist Information, Parking, ATM Machines, Rent a Car, Disabled Toilets, Police.

About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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