Moncloa Bus & Metro Station
Moncloa Bus Station, or Estación de Autobuses de Moncloa, is located on the western edge of Madrid, about 10 minutes walk along Calle de la Princesa from
Plaza de España. Just north of the station stands the impressive and imposing Arch of Victory, Arco de la Victoria, sometimes wrongly called Puerta de la Moncloa.
Moncloa Bus Station serves mainly the north-western suburbs of Madrid. It is a hub
or interchange station, Intercambiador de Moncloa, and it is served by two Metro lines. The 15 kilometre long Metro Line 3 with 18 station stops has it final and most northerly stop at Moncloa. From this Metro stop there is easy and quick access to the bus station. Metro Line 6 also connects to Moncloa.
The new upgraded transportation hub at Moncloa Station was jointly inaugurated in February of 2008 by the mayor of the city of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, and Esperanza Aguirre, president of the region of Madrid. Some 30 municipalities in the northeast of the region will benefit from the new station.
Moncloa Station transportation hub houses 34 bus departure and arrival points connecting to 47 intercity bus lines. The facility is on three levels and cost 97 million euros to construct. The new station is largely under the Plaza del Arco de la Victoria and covers some 46,000 square metres of surface. Some 360,000 a day move through the new Moncloa transportation hub.
Moncloa Bus Station is close to most of Madrid's universities and the
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which means that a large number of students use the station during term time. The universities of Saint Louis University and Suffolk University lie to the northeast of the station, and Vanderbilt University and Syracuse University Center in Spain lie to the east of the station, with the Escuela de Diseño Fashion University 1980 about 10 minutes walk south at the west end of Plaza de España, and Bircham International University a little further away to the southeast.
The very popular and very impressively imposing San Lorenzo del Escorial, the massive monastery some 50 kilometres to the northeast of Madrid, has its main access point from the city from Moncloa Bus Station. The Herranz bus company run a very regular scheduled bus run to San Lorenzo del Escorial, which takes about one hour each way. Bus 661 is the bus for Escorial.
A number of good hotels are served by Moncloa Station. These include the five-star, Hotel Husa Princesa, the
adjacent Hotel Husa Moncloa, the four-and-a-half-star Sofitel Plaza de España, and the four-star Gran Versalles Hotel. There are also a good number of Hostals and other accommodation places within easy walking distance of Moncloa Bus Station.
Tourist Accommodation Near the Moncloa Bus Station