How do you get to the College?
You can fly via London (Heathrow or Gatwick) to Madrid on all major carriers (especially B.A., Iberia and Easyjet).
Another option would be to fly via Amsterdam with KLM or via Dublin with Aer Lingus.
There is also a direct Easyjet flight Edinburgh – Madrid, mostly in the late morning, which is often a convenient option.
In 2015, Iberia Express began operating a direct service Edinburgh – Madrid too, although mostly the Madrid-Edinburgh leg has been scheduled to depart Madrid before 8.00am, necessitating a 4.00am or 4.30am departure from the College or an overnight in Madrid. However, this service seems only to be availabole in the summer months at present.
Our considered advice would be to “shop around” to get the best deal. The College can arrange transport for groups from Madrid Barajas airport while individuals or families may prefer to make use of the airport’s car hire facilities or the Avanzabus option noted below.
For individuals or smaller groups, there is a direct bus service (comfortable, non-stop coach) from the airport (Terminals 1 and 4) to Salamanca (times vary, so check the website for the timetable). The bus station in Salamanca is only a 5 minute walk from the College. Tickets can be bought at the “El Corte Ingles Viajes” shop in the airport terminals or online at www.avanzabus.es (click on the top of the page for the English version). The journey takes about 2 hours 40 minutes (longer if it first passes the bus station in Madrid centre).
Trains from Madrid to Salamanca run via Ávila from Madrid-Chamartín station (from the airport or Madrid city centre take the Metro) or from “Principe Pio” station (from the airport there is a train line to this station). The train takes between 2 hours 45 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes. You would need to get a taxi from the train station in Salamanca to the College. Train tickets and information can be found at www.renfe.com .