Friday, January 28, 2011

Open-top sightseeing buses return to Madrid

From next Monday 31st January, the open top tourist buses will be making a return to the streets of Madrid after being suspended for a month due to the withdrawal of MadridVision's licence. However for the moment it will be run by the EMT (the public tranpsort consortium for Madrid) until another operating company can be found to run it on a long term basis.

The relaunched service will run every day from 10am until 7pm at frequencies of every twenty minutes, and tourists have a choice of two routes: Historic Madrid and Modern Madrid. These routes will be the same as those of the old service. The point of departure for both routes is the Neptune Fountain on Plaza Cánovas del Castillo (opposite the Prado Museum on Paseo del Prado), although there are numerous stops around the city. New to this service is the addition of a team of multilingual stewards who will be on hand to help tourists out. Tickets costs 17.50€ for adults and 9€ for children between 6-16 years and over 65s, you can buy the tickets on the bus or to save hassle, you can buy them online here. For more details check the EMT website.

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