Book Cheap Flights to Madrid from South Africa
Bring your travel dreams to life with cheap international flights to Madrid, and uncover the incredible sites, eats, sounds and culture of one of the oldest and proudest nations in the world – the Spanish.
Madrid is a beguiling city with a tangible zest for life, based on a fundamental approach to enjoying all the good things on offer, at your own pace. This warm and welcoming Spanish city will capture your heart with its architecture, artistic treasures, legendary nightlife and unforgettable food.
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Cost of Flights from South Africa to Madrid, Spain
We analyse searches for flights from South Africa to Madrid that have been made during the last 24 hours. The tables below show the top 5 cheapest flights from Johannesburg, Cape town and Durban, South Africa to Madrid in Spain.
The Best Time to Book Cheap International Flights to Madrid
The springtime is best to visit Madrid, especially the months of April and May, with beautifully mild weather, inexpensive flights, hotels and not too many crowds.
The summer months from June – August can be fiercely dry, hot and overcrowded, and flights tend to be at their most expensive.
The winter months from October – February can be cold, but even in winter, you will find fun things to do in this lively city.
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Madrid is serviced by Europe’s 6th busiest airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International, and as such offers an extensive network of over 100 airlines, which fly to all major continents across the globe.
Some of these international airlines include:
- Aegean Airlines
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air Europa
- Air France
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Delta Air Lines
- Easy Jet
- Egypt Air
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- LATAM Brazil
- Qatar Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
International Airports in Madrid
Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is serviced by the country’s busiest and largest airport, Madrid–Barajas Airport, located within the city limits, just 13km from the historic city centre.
Getting To and From the Airport and Exploring Madrid
From Madrid–Barajas Airport you can catch the Metro rail which runs every 30-minutes, or the Exprés Aeropuerto bus, which runs for 24 hours between Puerta de Atocha train station and Plaza de Cibeles. There are also private minibuses and taxis for hire.
To get around Madrid, travellers have access to:
- The Metro: runs from 6am – 1:30am to all parts of Madrid.
- Public bus: runs from 6.30am – 11.30pm, with over 200 routes across the city.
- Taxi: cheap fares compared to other parts of Europe and plentiful all over Madrid
- Walking: the compact city centre and streets radiating out from it are easy to navigate and make for easy exploring of the city.
Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest and Events in the City
- Museo del Prado – one of the world’s top art galleries, housing over 7000 paintings
- Parque del Buen Retiro – the city’s beautifully manicured, landscaped gardens, dating back to the 17th century
- Plaza Mayor – Madrid’s grand central square surrounded by stunning architecture
- Basílica de San Francisco El Grande – one of Madrid’s most intricate and grand Baroque churches
- El Rastro Market – Madrid’s most popular Sunday market
Food in Madrid
With more bars per capita than any other country in Europe, Spain is a treasure trove of possibilities when it comes to delicious food. Some of the top local delicacies to try include:
- Cocido Madrileño – Madrid’s take on a delicious, traditional Spanish stew
- Huevos Rotos – a Spanish dish of freshly fried potatoes, topped with perfect easy-over eggs
- Bocadillo de Calamares – known as the city’s most famous sandwich of fried squid rings topped with garlic mayonnaise or tomato and paprika puree
- Churros con Chocolate – a sweet fried treat served with steaming hot, thick chocolate sauce
- Oreja a la Plancha – not for the faint-hearted, this is lightly seared pig ears, a popular local must-try
Know What Visa You Need Before You Book Flights to Madrid
A Schengen Visa is required for all South African nationals wishing to enter Madrid, Spain. Visa applications can be found online, but must be sent to the Embassy of Spain in Pretoria Cape Town for approval.
The visa is generally valid for 90 days of travel, while its recommended travellers apply at least two – three months in advance.
Fun and Interesting Facts about Madrid
- Madrid is the third biggest city in the European Union
- The Spanish king does not reside in the Royal Palace of Madrid, but rather in the Palace of Zarzuela on the outskirts of the city
- Madrid lies at a 700-metre altitude above sea level
- Madrid is known as an unsurpassed hot-spot for university education in Europe and has a large student population
- Madrid has been the capital of Spain since as far back as the 16th century
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Madrid is often overlooked when compared to its flamboyant cousin Barcelona, although it’s a city rich in culture, history and some of the world’s finest museums, art collections and cuisine.
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