Here you can find information about how to get to DrupalCamp and what to do during the event.
DrupalCamp Spain will take place at La Casa Encencida, located at the heart of Madrid, and a 10 minutes walk from the Puerta de Atocha railway station. Here is a map where you can locate the venue and things to do in the area.
Whether you are coming with friends, colleagues, or relatives, there are plenty of AirBnB options nearby La Casa Encendida.
These are hotels that we found well balanced between confort, price and distance from La Casa Encendida and the city centre:
- SLEEP’N Atocha, Calle Doctor Drumen, 4 (10min walk to the venue). 10% discount in final price.
- Urban Sea Atocha 113, Calle Atocha, 113 (10min walk to venue), 5% discount in final price. You need to book by phone or email, not via their website.
The closest airport is the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Once you get out of the gate, search for the Taxi signs and grab one to your accommodation. Taxis in Spain are white with a red diagonal that crosses the front doors. The cost of the taxi ride from the airport to the city centre is fixed: 30€. Alternatively you can take the underground from the airport itself, take a train or a bus.
Train is perhaps the most comfortable way to arrive to DrupalCamp. The Atocha Railway station is a 15 minutes walk from La Casa Encendida. Furthermore, we have 30% of discount to use RENFE (the Spanish train company), using this discount coupon when you book the ticket.
If you want to drive to DrupalCamp, notice that parking in the streets of the center of Madrid is regulated and you will have to pay every two hours during normal office hours. Therefore, it is better if you find an underground parking lot (there are plenty in the area) and leave the car there during the event.
Alternatively, you can find a buddy to take you there using BlaBlaCar.
The main bus stations in Madrid are Avenida de América and Méndez Álvaro. If you arrive to any of these, we suggest you to use the underground service or take a taxi (right outside the station) to arrive to your accommodation.
Moving through Madrid
Madrid has a superb taxi, bus and underground service. If you are going to take several trips by bus and/or underground, we suggest you that you buy a 10 trips ticket (called MetroBus - 12,20€) at the machines located at any underground station. These tickets can be used both in buses and underground.
Madrid also has a public bike service called BiciMad. There are plenty of stops to pick and park them. If you want to use the service, go to the totem located in these stops and enter your details to obtain a card that you can then top up with money. You can also install their app in your phone to refill your account balance and find bikes.
Madrid has two hop and drive car services: Car2Go and Emov. Car2go has cars in some capitals in the world and if you have an account, you are ready to go. Emov is a local electric car sharing service, you have to register in the app and upload a photo of a European driving license and other personal form of identification. They need 24h to validate the cards, so do it before traveling to Madrid. In both cases, since the car is electric, you don't have to pay for parking in the streets of Madrid.
Citymapper is also a good mobile app to find routes when traveling through Madrid. The app has information about bus, underground, taxis, and also BiciMad. It provides information about best routes, waiting times, touristy areas, biciMads left, etc.
Do you need more information? Take a look at this awesome guide about Madrid!