Méndez Alvaro Transport Interchange & Estación Sur Bus Station
Estación Sur de Autobuses, or Bus Station South, is the largest bus station in Madrid
and is located within the enormous "intercambiador" or Interchange
Station called Méndez Álvaro.
The Méndez Álvaro Interchange
also contains a Metro and train station. Estación Sur de Autobuses is the main station for medium to long distance travel, especially to the south of the country.
This large bus station was given a major renovation and reopened in July of 1997 as the biggest and most modern bus station in the city. Forty bus companies operate out of Estación Sur
de Autobuses, and there are cafés and shops, around 30 in total. There are also banks and cash dispensing machines, money exchange points and travel agencies.
Unlike some of the older stations in Madrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses has disabled access throughout, including in the toilets. The information available is very comprehensive. Timetables for each bus company are readily and conveniently available and easy to understand, and each bus company's phone number is included as well for easy contact if required.
Tourist Accommodation Near the Mendez Alvaro Interchange & Bus Station
Getting to Estación Sur de Autobuses is easy. You can take the Metro to Méndez Álvaro station, or one of the Cercanias trains from Chamartin or Atocha stations. Méndez Álvaro station is attached to Estación Sur
de Autobuses. You can buy tickets to many far away destinations from the ground floor. The ticket booths are all in a long row and well signed. To get to the buses you have to go further down to a lower floor.
There are a number of city attractions close to Estación Sur de Autobuses. These include, the huge cinema complex of Cartelera Cine UGC Cine Cité, and another cinema, but with a difference, IMAX Madrid in the Parque Tierno Galván that screens very realistic 3-D and Omnimax shows featuring wildlife, travel and scientific subjects.
Also in Parque Tierno Galván is La Planetario de Madrid, a place well worth a visit for the sheer spectacle it presents. And in the nearby suburban district of Puente de Vallecas, Antonio Galbis cooked the biggest paella in the world, subsequently eaten by 100,000 people to make the event worthy of an entry into the Guinness Book of Records.
Estación Sur de Autobuses also serves international routes. These include the Algarve and
Lisbon in Portugal, Paris in France and Venice in Italy, as well as destinations in Morocco, Poland, Romania and Germany. The station has three main access points: from Calle de Méndez Álvaro, Calle del Ombú, and from Calle de Retama.
Address: C/. Méndez Álvaro, 83. Madrid 28045
Tel.: +34 91 468 4200