Airfare to Madrid, Spain
As Spain’s capital, Madrid boasts a nightlife other large cities can only dream about – but there are plenty of attractions to keep a travller occupied during the day too. The Golden Museum Triangle, made up of the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre, Museo del Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, should not be missed, as well as the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and El Retiro.
Airfare to Madrid will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Lisbon, Portugal; Paris, France or Barcelona, Spain. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Germanwings flies to Madrid. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Spanair and Iberia Airlines are the national airlines. However, Air Europa, US Airways, Iberworld and other airlines also stop in Madrid.
The most expensive air tickets to Madrid are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Lisbon, Portugal; Paris, France or Barcelona, Spain and traveling overland to Madrid via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Madrid, check out BootsnAll’s Madrid Travel Guide.