Madrid, Spain (2) – Puerta de Atocha

Madrid’s largest railway station is the hub of all types of trains (commuter, intercity, regional and high speed).  Serving all these types of transit comes with confusion for those, like us, who are unfamiliar with the building.  With three floor levels and a variety of ticket machines, we spent a portion of our time on wandering through the wrong level or standing in front of the wrong machine.

However, the busyness of the main ticket area is offset by a wonderful garden area located in the old terminal.  Quiet and relaxing, it’s a perfect place for those waiting to catch a train.

The old terminal is converted to wonderful greenery.

Plenty of sitting benches

Upper level restaurant

Perfect lighting

View of the station where the ticket machines and platforms are located

View of the station from our hotel room

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