The Road to Madrid: A Red’s guide to the Champions League Final in Madrid
Allez Allez Allez! We’ve got your travel, digs and tapas sorted for an epic weekend in Madrid.
The race is now to on secure Champions League final tickets as Liverpool send Barcelona back to Spain with a bitter taste in their mouths. Known for their determination, LFC fans will take any route possible to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, home of Atletico Madrid on Saturday 1st June 2019.
Despite being one of the cheapest European capitals, a Champions League jaunt is going to set you back a fair whack. Luckily, we’ve got a few travel and accommodation ideas lined up, plus info on how to get to the ground, places to eat and indulge in a few pints of San Miguel before hand too.
This is your guide to the Champions League final in Madrid…
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport with RyanAir are still available (EasyJet already a sell out) but they’re not direct and they will cost you in the region of £600. Madrid flights from Manchester are a little easier to come by and are slightly cheaper around £530 on average. Latest flight info across all regional airports here.
Coach travel overnight from Liverpool to London airports might also save you a pretty penny. Check out National Express here for local pick up points.
There’s a huge number of private coach operators offering Champions League Final packages. From local pick up points, luxury coach travel, accommodation, food, match tickets, you name it, but its going to cost you big time. We’re talking in the region of £7k this close to the game.
Ferry travel from the UK could be an option for any fans who fancy taking on the 2400 mile round trip from Merseyside to Madrid. Brittany Ferries offers a service from Poole to Cherbourg for around £140 return for a car and two passengers. Book a ferry crossing here.
Trains are a great way to get around in Spain. High speed services connect the main cities such as Barcelona and popular resort Alicante and so getting a flight to a different Spanish destination and hopping on a train to Madrid could save you time and money. Info on Renfe – the Spanish train line here.
Metro stations in Madrid are really handy for getting around the city. If you’ve had to stay miles away from the ground, fear not. Estadio Metropolitano is the nearest and largest station to the ground. You can also get directly into the centre of Madrid from the Airport using the metro. Check out the tube map and plan your journey here.
Uber is popular in Madrid too so if you’re running short on time and can’t fathom out the bus or metro network, get on the app and jump in. Madrid Uber info here.
Time, Money & Weather
Time in Madrid is GMT+1 so don’t forget this when you’re booking flights. Kick off at the Wando Metropolitano Stadium is 8pm local time.
Money is a bit of a sore point after you’ve paid out for your flights and hotel. Euro is local currency and at the time of publishing 1 euro is worth about 86p. We’re hoping you get a better exchange rate! A pint will cost you anything from 1.50 € to 4.50 € depending on your choice of bar.
Weather will play a part in your Madrid trip. The average temperature for early June in Madrid is around 21 degrees. It’s been as hot as 29 before though so maybe stick a bit of sun block on your fod to avoid being burned to a crisp and looking like a div on the flight home.
Where to Stay
Booking.com still has a vast array of central Madrid accommodation on offer, some with brekkie included too. The cheapest price we found was nearing the £600 mark to two sharing. Search for and book your Madrid accommodation here.
Air BnB might be your best bet for a cheaper, one night stay in the Spanish capital. Prepare to make some new Spanish mates as family guest rooms and shared bathrooms get spruced up ahead of the game. Fairly central Air BnB stays will cost you in the region of £100 to £845 per night. Find your Madrid digs here.
Madrid Hostels might be worth a look if you’re literally only crashing for a few hours. Hostel World is offering dorms beds for as little as £50 per night. Find out more here.
5 thing to eat in Madrid
No doubt you’ll be running on adrenalin this close to kick off but if you do need a little sustenance, these are the top 5 cheap eat recommended restaurants in Madrid according to Trip Advisor users.
1 – Pizza 3Cruces
This inconspicuous pizza joint on Calle De Saulde ranks 7th out of all Madrid eateries. People love the freshly made pizzas for a quick bite on the go. Menu here.
2 – Bocadillos Oink
Nothing beats a chunky butty and after all that travelling, Trip Advisor users recommend tucking into a bocadillo/sandwich from this outlet, stuffed full with Iberico meats, cheeses and more. Menus here.
3 – El MiniBar
Sound like our kind of place this! But rather than being stocked full with mini spirits bottles, El MiniBar, serves up amazing tapas in a friendly atmosphere. When in Rome as they say! Menus here.
4 – Cherry Pecas
Famed as the ‘ultimate burrito spot’ in Madrid, Cherry Pecas prides itself on dishing up the freshest, most generous portions of all things Mexican cuisine. Nerves gone? Get some tacos down you. Menu here.
5 – Gandario
With 30 years experience of serving traditional tapas and Spanish dishes to the masses, Gandario on Calle Gaztambide specialises in iberico meats, sharing plates and plenty of cider, portions are huge and really reasonably priced. Menus here.