Plan your journey from Madrid Atocha Ave train station
Once you arrive you’ll find yourself in the Atocha neighbourhood of Madrid, an area named after the station. The area is most famous for the Reina Sofia Museum.
Atocha station is made up of Madrid Puerta de Atocha station (Madrid underground) and the Atocha Renfe station (Spanish national railway).
The Atocha station sits on the site of Madrid’s first ever railway station, founded in 1851 under the name Estación de Mediodía. The majority of the original building was destroyed in a fire. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. Built in a wrought iron renewal style, its architect was Alberto de Palacio Elissague, who was a student of Gustave Eiffel.
Road trips from Madrid Atocha Ave train station
Madrid to Toledo Enjoy the comfort of your Avis hire car and head south on the A42 for an hour (depending on traffic) and you’ll find yourself in Toledo, a beautiful hilltop town.
Set high above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo is best-known for the incredible religious monuments that still reside within. Islamic, Christian and Jewish monuments all live within the walls of the old city as does the home of the artist El Greco. One of the most culturally diverse towns in all of Spain, a true wonder.
Madrid to Segovia Head north from Madrid on the A-6 to begin your journey to Segovia, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the northwest of Spain. The journey shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half dependent on traffic and you’ll get to enjoy some typical Spanish towns on your journey including Guadarrama and El Espinar.
Segovia has a rich architectural history with buildings dating back to medieval times. The former royal palace is a must-see but you’ll also find Romanesque churches, a Gothic cathedral and medieval walls. The most visited attraction in Segovia is the well preserved roman aqueduct.
Driving rules in Spain
Which side of the road? In Spain, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
Mobile phones may not be used at all whilst driving
Do not use headphones when driving (except hearing aids)
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility
Always use indicators, you will be fined for not using indicators when needed
Cyclists have right of way, at all times
Speed limits All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph)
Motorways: 120km/h (74mph)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
Children aged under 12 and less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
Children aged under 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.