Independent Travel

If you plan to travel outside Spain, be sure to ask the consulate of the country you’ll be visiting if you need to apply for additional travel documents. Furthermore, make sure your visa will allow you to return to Spain.


Travel Registration Form

If you plan on spending the weekend away from Madrid, you’re required to fill out this form. We’ll only access the information in case of emergencies.

International SOS

As a student studying abroad with SU, you have access to Syracuse University member services with International SOS (ISOS). The ISOS 24-hour information line is especially valuable when thinking about pre-travel questions, traveling during breaks, or visiting destinations where you have no local contacts and need medical advice.

Keep your ISOS membership card with you at all times!

Before traveling on your own, register your trip itinerary and associated information with ISOS so you can utilize the benefits of their TravelTracker™ system. This will assist SU staff if you’re traveling in an area undergoing a critical event. ISOS will immediately contact our staff and facilitate evacuation/appropriate response if needed. Visit the ISOS website for more details.

ISOS can provide information regarding:

  • Medications you can take abroad
  • Recommended or mandated immunizations
  • State Department travel warnings
  • Currency, electrical adapter compliance, etc.

Additionally, ISOS will provide phone translation assistance for medical visits. However, while you have access to ISOS clinics and doctors around the world, you’re responsible for the cost of services that are provided.


There are many options to get to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport.

City taxi cabs charge a 30€ flat fare from the city center to the airport. The same fare is charged from the airport to the city center.

With your monthly transport pass you may take the metro (Line 8 from Nuevos Ministerios), the train (from Príncipe Pío, Atocha or Nuevos Ministerios to Terminal 4), or the bus (Line 200 from Avenida de América).

An express bus runs every 15-20 minutes departing from Atocha Intercambiador and stoping at Plaza de Cibeles, O’Donnell, Terminal 1 (Departures), Terminal 2 (Departures), and Terminal 4.

Departing from Atocha from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every 15 minutes.
Departing from Cibeles from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every 35 minutes.

The cost is 5€.

Popular low cost airlines are:

National Center for Transgender Equality offers transgender students tips regarding passports and security checks at airports.


Spain has many different coach companies depending on the route. You can use this website to figure out which company offers a bus to your destination. Afterwards, check out the bus company’s website for information on times and fares.

Main bus station

Estación Sur
Tel: 914-684-200
Metro: Méndez Alvaro

Airport shuttle services

All vehicles are provided with air conditioning and telephone.
Estimate price: 25 € (depending on number of passengers)
Tel: 917-477-570 (Terminal 1 – sala 2)

Mad Shuttle
Estimate price: 25 € (depending on number of passengers)
Tel: 911-251-007

Driving Abroad

SU Madrid forbids students from owning, renting, or operating a motor vehicle of any kind during your semester abroad.


Trains in Spain are run by RENFE . The Spanish railway is a modern, comfortable, and convenient way to get around the country. While it’s more expensive than a standard train, RENFE’s AVE (high-speed train) runs between Madrid and many other Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia and gets you there often under two hours.

Trains headed to Sevilla, Barcelona, Málaga and Valencia depart from Atocha station, while trains for San Sebastián and Valladolid depart from Chamartín station. For more information, check the RENFE website or call 902-240-202 (24 hours) / 902-243-402 (International Info).