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Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a stunning place to visit that celebrates amazing art and grandiose architecture. In this beautiful city, you will certainly discover lots to keep you and your camera occupied and, by hiring a rental car you could experience even more. With the lavish history of Spain to soak up on every street corner, the stellar Spanish cuisine to be savoured in every tapas bar, and the phenomenal art galleries and museums, renting a car becomes a great way to get the best out of your trip.

Hiring a Car from Madrid Airport (MAD)

The main airport in Madrid is the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). It has four terminals with car rental companies currently operating out of terminals one and four. To help you get between them, there is a free shuttle bus service (provided by the airport) which runs regularly all day, every day. The service is quick and reliable, allowing you to get to the terminal that houses your preferred car hire company in very little time. With various globally recognised car hire companies operating at the airport, you are likely to have little trouble hiring a vehicle.

Hiring a Car in Madrid

There are several major, and minor, car rental companies that operate in and around Madrid, and the city's metro service adds to the convenience, making it easy to reach the car hire company that suits your needs. You could even save time in the rental process by using Expedia’s booking tool to choose the right company and vehicle for you, placing you on the road quicker and creating more time to explore this beautiful city.

Popular Driving Routes

Once you find your ideal car, you can enjoy the freedom of the road. Why not take a road trip (taking just under one hour via the M-607) to the great outdoors and enjoy the lakes and mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park? The park lies just over an hour from Madrid.

Alternatively, you could take a driving tour to admire two of the most visually impressive cities in the world: Ávila and Salamanca. Ávila is an incredibly well-preserved fortified, medieval town complete with massive walls and turrets and Salamanca is an ancient city dating back to the 12th century. Taking just under three hours one way without stops - take the A-6 through to the AP-51 to Ávila, and then the A-50 to Salamanca - the journey through Ávila to Salamanca may be long, but it's rewarding.

Madrid Attractions to Visit by Car

Without a doubt, The Prado and Reina Sofía Museum are two places worth driving to, as both house some of the greatest artworks in the entire world. With a car it is also easy to get to and from such must-see sights as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Plaza de Cibeles, and the Almudena Cathedral. And let’s not forget the enormous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the home of Real Madrid football club – even if you are not a football fan it is a real spectacle to behold.

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