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You may be tempted to rent a car while in Spain. Getting to Madrid by car is easy: Spain has a modern road network and the city is particularly well connected.
Depending on how much you like driving, you should consider organizing a road trip. It is a fun and independent way of seeing the country. Not only can it be a cost-effective way for small groups to get around, but it also lets you see what’s off the beaten track.
However, don’t forget to respect certain rules while driving around Spain to have a safe trip and avoid fines.
As the capital of Spain, Madrid is the central hub to which all roads lead. In fact, there is a plaque in Puerta del Sol indicating the center (km 0 or kilometer cero) of the radial network of Spanish road.
Being located in the center of the country, Madrid is not more than 6-7 hours driving from the furthest Spanish town (except those outside the Iberian Peninsula, of course). The main highways linking Madrid to other important cities are:
Additionally, Madrid has three orbital highways, the M-30 being the closest to the center of the city, the M-40 and the M-50 the furthest one, – although you are not probably to use the latter.
If you are a planning a road trip around the country, read more about the international driver’s license. Moreover, you should also have a look at some information about moving around Madrid by car. Drive safe!
Although I don’t advise it, you can also choose to rent a car to do some day trips from Madrid. Why isn’t it a good idea?
You should definitely try to get there either by train or bus.