Madrid Atocha Railway Station - find inter-city trains, buses, the metro, taxis as well as car hire! To get to the car hire desks at the station, the best entrance to use is the one just beyond the round building in the background of this picture.
Atocha Station car hire
Whether you’re arriving into Madrid by train or just want to enjoy the city on foot and by public transport, a Madrid Atocha Railway Station car hire is perfect for day trips out of the city or even to drive over to the coast for one of those things that Spain is so famous for – its beaches!
Here, we have a quick run-through collecting and dropping off your car hire at Madrid Atocha Railway Station.
Jungle in the city
Even if you’re not using the station to catch a train, it’s worth having a wander around the main waiting area of the station – you might be surprised to find a mini-jungle there!
The biggest station in Madrid, it’s a big transport hub with both commuter and inter-city trains, the Metro, buses including the Airport Express as well as taxis and car hire available from there. The station is huge and is made up of two terminals. Car hire can be found in the newer, smaller terminal (not the one with the jungle!) but both terminals are connected through walkways so you might not even notice you’ve moved from one to the other.
Car hire at Atocha Railway Station
Puerta de Atocha
From inside the station, follow signs to Puerta de Atocha, car parks P2 or P3 or if you spot them, signs to car rental.
this way to car hire
You’ll eventually find yourself in the newer terminal – quite noticeable as it’s white walls make it lots brighter than the old terminal. On entering, you just need to go left to car hire – just like the sign above says!
From outside of the station, you’ll find them closest to the entrance / exit for Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona. This entrance is behind the main entrance of the station – you’ll find two giant baby heads outside the Ciudad de Barcelona entrance / exit… so you can’t miss it!
Outside the Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona entrance to the station. Here is one of two heads just outside by artist Antonio López.
ramp down to car hire
Once inside, go down the moving ramp down on your right.
this way to car hire
And then right and right again towards car hire. Just before the car hire desks, you'll also find a Madrid tourist information desk as well as a small cafe in case you were wanting a caffeine fix before you picked up your car.
Car hire companies based at the airport include: National Atesa, Avis and Europcar.
And now to actually pick up your car hire
To P2 & P3
The car hire car park is in P3 outside the station. To get there, leave the station using the doors to car parks P2 & P3 opposite the Avis car hire desk.
Turn left here
Keep on walking through the car park following the signs and you’ll eventually be led to turn left.
Turn right and down
Once outside, keep following the signs that take you downhill towards your right.
Car park entrance
At the bottom of the road, you’ll find a mini-roundabout and the entrance to the car hire car park. Sorted!
Madrid’s Atocha Railway station is located centrally, close to attractions including the Reina Sofia Museum and Retiro Park. It’s also very handy for driving south towards the beautiful towns of Toledo and Aranjuez as well as south-west towards the beaches in Valencia.
Save yourself a packet and book your Madrid Atocha Railway Station car hire now. And see how to return your car hire at Atocha Station here.
You might also be interested in reading our guides to Madrid Airport:
Arriving into Madrid Airport
Collecting your car hire at Madrid Airport
Returning your car hire to Madrid Airport
Departing from Madrid Airport