Going to an Atletico Madrid match at the Vicente Calderón stadium is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Madrid.
Getting Tickets To Watch Atletico Madrid
If you are looking forward to watching Atlético Madrid, then the good news is that it is going to be easier on your wallet, than if you wanted to watch the likes of Real Madrid at home. The best way to grab a ticket is to follow the link on the official website where you can reserve your ticket online (it has an English translation). On the day of the match they have yellow ticket dispensers at the main ticket office known as ‘Servicaixa’ where you can pick your match ticket up.
Again the price of your ticket does depend on where you want to sit and whom Atlético are playing. Alternatively you can also buy Atlético Madrid home tickets from a number of online ticket agencies but remember that you will be paying somewhere between 30-50% more.
Going To A Match At Vicente Calderón
Madrid itself offers great transport links to and from the four stadiums of Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Getafe. Whatever team you decide to see, be assured that getting there is easy as Madrid has some of the cheapest transport links anywhere in Europe. So with this in mind… here are details of the transport links to each of the four stadiums, so that you can plan your day.
The main airport that serves Madrid is Madrid Barajas International. It is situated around 12kms from the city centre. It is one of the busiest airports in Spain and transport links are very good from here. Costs into the city from the airport are around 2 Euros for the metro, 2 Euros for a bus and around 20-25 Euros for a taxi.
Address: Paseo Virgen de la Puerta 67 28005 Madrid
Stadium: Estadio Vicente Calderón
The Vicente Calderón is the closest stadium to Madrid city centre and as a result transport links are plentiful
The metro in Madrid is known as one of the cheapest in Europe and as a result it will cost you around 1 Euro to get to the ground. The line that you need to look out for is green line 5 and the stop you are looking for is called Piramedes station, which is around 6 stops from the Gran Via right in the heart of the city centre. A short walk down the hill will see you into the stadium. Just simply follow the crowds.
There are over a dozen bus routes that go past the Vicente Calderón, so buses are plentiful. The best buses to look out for are 17, 18 and 23 as these are direct, to and from the stadium. Other buses will get you there but tend to go ‘around the houses’.
Taxi’s to Atlético’s ground are plentiful and it will cost somewhere between 8-10 Euros. Although again, similar to Real Madrid’s stadium there might be a short wait for one when coming out.
Walking from the city centre to the Estadio Vicente Calderón is fairly easy to do and will take only around 20 minutes. Starting from the Royal Palace, head along Gran Via de San Francisco towards the river Manzanares. Keep walking, and you will see the stadium
Hotels, Eating and Drinking
Finding a hotel can often be a little problematic, especially if you don’t know the area. Also you might want something to eat or drink, either before or after the game. It is worth remembering that most matches in Spain occur on a Sunday, unless it is a mid-week European match. Sunday kick off is around 5pm in the winter and 7pm in the summer. Therefore, the Spanish themselves like to take a long lunch on a Sunday, as this is their main meal of the day.
Even if you aren’t ready for a full-blown feast, then there are still plenty of bars in and around the stadiums which will serve a selection of tapas, or bocadillos. So with this in mind, here’s a selection of hotels bars, and restaurants in and around the Vicente Calderón stadium.
Home of Madrid’s second football club, the Vicente Calderón stadium is the closest to the city centre. Situated in the Arganzuela district, it is an easy walk from the heart of the city.
Bars and Restaurants
El Chiscón De La Ribera – Calle San Epifanio 7
El Chiscón isn’t the cheapest place in the world but what you get here are some amazing salads. They are pretty big so you can order a salad between two and split the cost. Prices are between 7 and nine Euros. The restaurant is just across the road from the stadium so it couldn’t be in a better location.
Recines – Paseo Melancólicos 73
Recines is a typical Spanish cervecceria situated right next to the stadium. It specialises in pinchito’s and offers some of the best in the area, at prices that won’t break the bank. Pinchitos are Spanish style kebabs, often of pork or prawns that are grilled ‘a la plancha’. You will see the supporters flocking here after the match, to order a ‘tubo’ (glass of beer) and a pinchito.
Restaurante Animatiko – Paseo Melancólicos 67
This restaurant is always busy and serves a good selection of Spanish fayre ranging from fish such as Rosada to meats such as pork fillet. Prices are reasonable and you get a lot of food for your money. It is situated perfectly as it is right across the road from the stadium.
Cervecceria Jamoneria Leomar – Paseo Virgen De la Puerto 63
This Cervecceria is a great little tapas bar situated a stone’s throw from the stadium, where you can get a plate of Jamon Iberico, Manchego cheese and a cold beer for the price of a starter in some restaurants. This is where hoards of supporters flock to before and after the match.
Plaza De Santa Ana – 281012 Madrid
If you are in a party mood after the game, then you should go to the Plaza de Santa Ana. To find it, simply head west from the stadium down the Paseo Los Pontones, continuing up the Calle de Toledo until you reach the plaza. This is a large square where you can find a selection of bars and clubs and is great for people watching and dancing the night away. Distance from the stadium is 2.9kms and will take you around 35 minutes to walk.
Ganivet Hotel Madrid – Calle Toledo 111-113
This four star establishment offers surprisingly good value for money and with prices starting at around 82.00 Euros for the room per night, this is the perfect place to relax after a day spent watching the game. The distance from the stadium is around 1km.
Ribera del Manzanares Hotel – Paseo Virgen del Puerto
This is a modern looking 4 star hotel with a great location that overlooks the river Manzanares and is only a stones throw away from the stadium. Prices start from 62.00 per room per night.
Rafael Piramedes hotel Madrid – Paseo de las Acacias 40
This hotel is another modern looking 4-start establishment that is situated right near the metro stop and is only a short distance down the hill to the football ground. Prices here start from 75.00 Euros per room per night.