IBERGRID Conference. Porto (Portugal). May 12 - 14, 2008
 
IberIAN GRID INFRASTRUCTURE CONFERENCE

City Information:

How to arrive:

Madrid Airport Transport to the Congress Venue:

  • Taxi: Madrid airport is 15 km from the Congress Venue, Hotel Meliá Castilla. On arrival it is best to get a taxi from the airport so that you can get to the hotel without walking through the streets with your luggage. The taxi costs about 20 €


  •  Bus: EMT is the public bus company that operates throughout Madrid. The 200 bus service runs from T1, T2, T3 and T4 to Avda. de América, the service "Línea Exprés" (the express bus) runs from T1, T2 and T4 to Atocha-RENFE Transport Hub and the service 101 runs from T1 and T2 to Canillejas Transport Hub.
    The bus services stop in the departures and arrivals of each terminal. You can travel between any terminal by a free shuttle bus service that runs every 5 minutes.
    The fare is 1.5 € and 5 € for the express bus. Pay the driver in cash when you get on.
    EMT Madrid







  •  Metro (underground or subway): The airport falls within zone A of the metro, and the metro on line number 8 leaves directly from the first floor of T2 (Stop Aeropuerto) or T4. The metro does not run from the T1 and T3 terminals however you can catch a free shuttle bus service to take you from one terminal to the next.
    The metro system is cheap, quick and efficient, and an excellent choice of transport if you don't have too many bags. Trains run from 06:00 - 02:00.
    A one way ticket costs 4.5 € (includes the 3€ airport supplement). If you think you will be using the metro more often during your stay, then I recommend that you buy a 10 journey 'metrobus' ticket for 12€.
    Journey time to the venue is around 25 minutes. Line 8 from the airport terminates at Nuevos Ministerios, (a large station not far from the airport) and from here you have to change to line 10 to Cuzco. You can also change onto the overground train network from here. Click here to view an official metro map and then select 'Travel in the metro', followed by 'Metro Map' from the drop down menu.











Sightseeing:

Madrid

The Community of Madrid is a destination as well as a million other things. For many centuries a meeting point, it offers a great deal of cultural, leisure and entertainment activities to please millions of people who visit it every year.

Its capital, the city of Madrid, with its cosmopolitan air and its growing amount of tourists who visit it the whole year round, still is the open city it has always been and its well known night life has not lost any of its vitality. This modern air harmoniously contrasts with its important old quarters and its cultural traditions. Its great transportation network makes getting around to any place you wish easy and quick, adding to this the best and most exclusive hotel accomodation network. Tradition and vanguard live together harmoniously, welcoming a dynamic and modern society. The Community of Madrid is a must if you want to get to know the Spanish culture.

Useful tips:

Entering Spain:

Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either a passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic representatives abroad.

Language:

Spanish is the main language spoken in Madrid. English, and to a lesser extent French, are also fairly widely spoken. Tourist information, menus, etc. are nearly always available in English, French, and German.

General Safety Advice for Visitors:

Madrid is a safe city, with almost no violent crime, and tourists and visitors can stroll around and sightsee at ease. However, as in any big city, some basic safety precautions should be observed. When walking around typical tourist spots, be especially vigilant of handbags and wallets.

Health Regulation:

No international immunization is needed when entering Spain. However, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of all countries through which you may have to pass on your way to Spain.

Liability and Insurance:

The Congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to Congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the Congress. Please check the validity of your own insurance.

Banks:

Banks are open from 8:30h to 14:00h from Monday to Friday during the summer months.

Credit Cards:

Currency and Exchange: AII major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.

VAT:

There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 8% to 18% applied to most items and services, but most prices you see will include it. When it is not included, it should be clearly indicated.

Shopping:

Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00; however, in the city center and shopping malls, many shops stay open all day from 10:00 to 21:00.

Duty Free:

There are no restrictions on visitors entering Spain with goods bought in another European Union member country, as long as they are for their own use and not to sell.

Public Transport and Car Rental:

Madrid has a good, comprehensive public transport network, with special ten-trip and one, two or three-day tickets valid on bus, metro and local trains. Taxis are abundant and reasonably priced. Free parking is very limited in the city center and car parks are expensive, so car rental is only really recommended for excursions outside the city.

Taxis:

Taxis in Madrid may be ordered by phone, picked up at authorized taxi stands, or flagged down in the street. Always check that the meter is running. Taxis must usually be paid in cash though some accept credit cards.

Tipping:

In restaurants, hotels, taxis, hairdressers and so on, a gratuity is not included in the price. Although optional, tips are readily accepted and a general guideline is between 5% and 10% of the bill, depending on the quality of the service. Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on the luggage you have, 1€ to 3€.






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