The European Committee of the ACA WSO* cordially invites all ACAs from around Europe to join us in Madrid, Spain for a weekend of sharing and fellowship.

Please register for the event here.

Venue

CENTRO GALLEGO de MADRID
C/ Carretas, 14 – 3º, 28012 Madrid, Spain

http://www.centrogallegodemadrid.es/index.html

Program

Friday 15 September
Fellowship dinner in a nearby restaurant (paid separately).

Saturday, 16 September

Morning program in English and Spanish:

09:00 – Registration

09:30 – Welcome and celebrate Castilian Spanish Big Red Book*

10:00 – WSO/European Committee service structure presentation

10:30 – Networking break

11:00 – Panel discussion and sharing on the topic: How to get sponsors

12:30 – Networking break

13:00 – 18:45 Dual tracks in Spanish and English with a joint lunch in the venue restaurant

 

18:30 – 19:00 Joint closing shares and comments in Spanish and English in the main hall.

20:00 – Fellowship dinner in a nearby restaurant (paid separately).

Sunday 17 September
Morning walking tour of Madrid for those who are able and interested.

Costs

EUR 20 entrance fee for Saturday event (this includes hot buffet lunch)

Friday and Saturday night dinners everyone pays for own food and drinks.

Accommodation

http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/spain/madrid/

These are the hotels in the centre of Madrid which are more expensive, hopefully the search that I did; which is the one on the link will appear to you as it is. So you will find the hotels near the CENTRO GALLEGO first.

Transport

The venue is located in the city center, closest subway/ underground station is SOL, LINE 2 or red one. As I believe, people would travel by plane mostly so here are a few options you might want to take into account.

  • Metro. The subway is the most popular means of transport. Ups: There are two stations, one in Terminal 2 (T2) and another in Terminal 4 (T4). Downs: Changing lines once you exit line 8 (pink) can be a hassle if you carry lots of luggage. If you are not travelling alone buying a 10 travel ticket would be the cheapest option. As it is 12.20€; and can be used by more than one person.

Barajas airport has two Metro stations, one at T2 (floor 1) and the other one at T4 (floor -1). Both are part of line 8 (pink), you will need to change to line 2 (red). Before using the subway, you will need to purchase a ticket. You can do so at the ticket counters and ticket machines. Have a look at a complete explanation on the different types of Metro tickets and how to buy them.

To check the map google Metro Madrid.

  1. Go From Terminal 1 (T1) To Terminal 2 (T2) Metro Station

It’s a less than 10 minutes walk. You will exit the baggage claim area through Arrivals hall 1 or 2. As soon as you go through the sliding doors, look for the Metro signs. You need to go upstairs, to the 1st floor. You can use the elevators, but the easiest way is to use the moving ramps located next to each of the Arrivals halls. As soon as you reach the 1st floor, keep walking straight across the different check-in counters. Then, take three consecutive moving walkaways. Once you exit the last moving walkaway, a sign indicates to turn left. Use the moving walkaways to get to a big glass-window hall. From there you can access the Metro station, T3 and the car park. To get to the Metro station, just follow the signs. The access is located on the left hand side and you need to go downstairs, to floor -1.

  1. Go From Terminal 2 (T2) Arrivals Hall To Terminal 2 (T2) Metro Station

It’s a less than 5 minutes walk. You will exit the baggage claim area through Arrivals hall 5 or 6. As soon as you go through the sliding doors, look for the Metro signs. You need to go upstairs, to the 1st floor. You can use the elevators, but the easiest way is to use the moving ramps located next to Arrivals hall 5. As soon as you exit the ramps, a sign indicates to turn right. Use the moving walkaways to get to a big glass-window hall. From there you can access the Metro station, T3 and the car park.  To get to the Metro station follow the signs. The access is located on the left hand side and you need to go downstairs, to floor -1.

  1. Go From Terminal 4 (T4) Arrivals Hall To Terminal 4 (T4) Metro Station

It’s a less than 5 minutes walk. As soon as you exit the baggage claim area through the sliding doors, you will see a Metro sign indicating you to take the moving ramps to go to downstairs, to floor -1. There are signs both at the ceiling and on the floor. Just follow them. The last moving ramp leads you to a big hall where both the Metro and train stations are located. The entrance to the Metro station is the first one on your left.

Exiting Barajas Airport By Train

The Madrid airport has one train station, located in Terminal 4 (T4), floor -1.

Arriving to T4 train station takes 25 minutes from Atocha, 18 minutes from Nuevos Ministerios and 11 minutes from Chamartín. There are trains every 30 minutes. Before using the Cercanías train, you will need to purchase a ticket. You can do so at the ticket counters and ticket machines. Don’t forget to keep your train ticket with you at all times during the trip because you need it to go through the exit barriers at your destination.

If you need to get to T4 train station from any other terminal (T1, T2 or T3), all you have to do is exit the terminal following the bus and taxi signs.

  • Going from T1 to T4. Use the moving ramps to get to the Departures hall. Exit the terminal through the sliding doors and walk to your right. The bus stop is a few steps away.
  • Going from T2 to T4. Go upstairs, to the Departures hall, using the moving ramps. Exit the terminal through the sliding doors and walk towards the shuttle bus stop. Don’t catch the shuttle at the Arrivals hall or you will end up going to T1 first before arriving to T4.
  • The shuttle bus connecting the terminals is free and operates 24/7.

Exiting To Madrid Airport By Bus

The airport is very well connected by road and there are three public transport bus routes that you can use. Each one takes you to a different destination and has a different fare.

  1. Airport Express Bus

The Línea Express Aeropuerto buses offers a direct trip between the airport, c/ O’Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha train station. The buses are yellow with a big 24 horas exprés sign on the windows. The Airport Express bus has two schedules:During the day it operates from 6:00 to 23:30 and goes to Atocha, stopping at c/ O’Donnell and Plaza de Cibeles. (This one is the nearest one from CENTRO GALLEGO) At night it operates from 23:30 to 6:00 and goes only to Plaza de Cibeles. The buses frequency is between 13-20 minutes during the day and 35 minutes at night. The trip to Atocha should take no more than 40 minutes under normal traffic conditions. The stops are generally located next to the taxis, and are easily recognizable –look for a metal pole with a big yellow sign including a plane and all the information.

Using A Taxi To Exit Madrid-Barajas Airport

Getting to the city center by taxi is the fastest and most comfortable option. It is also the most expensive despite it could be interesting if you are a travel party of at least 4 people. Every terminal has a large taxi stop and it is clearly indicated by signs located inside the terminal. All you have to do once you are in the Arrivals hall is follow the signs. The taxi stops are usually managed by the airport staff. Please stand in line and wait until you are designated a taxi.

The trip between Madrid and the airport takes about half an hour but it depends very much on the traffic conditions and your accommodation location. Terminal 4 (T4) is further away compared to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (T1, T2 and T3) so your trip will be 10 minutes longer and the fare higher. The trip from the airport to the center of Madrid should cost you €30. All taxis must have a fares chart displayed on the rear windows.

Please note that there are two very specific fares: Trips from the airport to any origin located inside Calle 30 (also known as M-30, Madrid’s inner ring road) have a flat fare of €30. No extra charge can be added to this fare, even if you have booked a taxi on the phone or through an app. If the flat fare does not apply, you will be charged a €5.50 airport arrival fee, and €20 for the first 10 km. After that the meter will keep on going until you reach the airport. In addition to this, you could be changed extra night or bank holiday fees.

No taxi driver is allowed to charge you for your luggage, as long as it fits in the boot or on the roof rack.

Barajas airport’s web has a list with all the official fares.

  • Train. It is a very good and sometimes faster alternative to the subway, especially when traveling to Atocha or Chamartín (you could also get off the train at other city center stations, such as Recoletos or Nuevos Ministerios). The airport train station is located in Terminal 4 (T4). Approximate cost: between free and €2.55 (€5.10 return)
  • Bus. While it is not always be the fastest option, there are several bus routes serving the airport. Approximate cost: €1.50 or €5.
  • Taxi. Obviously the most comfortable and fastest option, but also the most expensive. Approximate cost: €30.