Madrid, in collaboration with Grupo Gowex, offers free wi-fi hotspots in newspaper kiosks
("kioscos de prensa"), municipal buses, shops and cafés, and other free hotspots dotted about the city. The connection on the buses is totally free, as are many of the other hotspots, although with a limited bandwidth. But it is more than enough to browse the Internet and pick up your emails.
If you want higher speeds, you can check out the latest prices here)
order to connect to these hotspots, you first need to register on the Gowex.com website, and then look for a hotspot named "GOWEX WiFi" or "Madrid WiFi", and you should be able to connect with your chosen username.
A map of the Gowex wi-fi hotspots can be found here
Apart from this project, there are many other hotspots you can connect to in the city, indicated in the map below:
This map of Madrid's free wi-fi hotspots was created by
available on MadridMeMata)
and shows all known wi-fi points with free Internet access in Madrid.
These access points are owned in some cases by large department stores such as
El Corte Inglés, by hotels such as the HighTech chain of hotels, by cafeterias
and shops or by individuals.
In some cases, the access point is provided by the local authorities, as in the
case of the Plaza de Santo Domingo.
If the origin of the free wi-fi access is unknown, it is likely that these
access points are owned by individuals who haven't yet configured an access key.
In these cases we recommend you do not connect to these points of
uncertain origin since you may be unwittingly using somebody else's connection
Please just click any of the points for more information on each one, or zoom in
using the controls on the map itself.
If you know of any other free wi-fi hotspots in Madrid, or if any of the
hotspots on the map is incorrect, please
let us know and we will inform
the map creators to update the information.