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