Spain’s capital has a number of car hire locations throughout the city and include Madrid’s three main transport hubs: Madrid Airport, Madrid Atocha and Madrid Chamartin. In this post, you’ll find our guide to returning a car hire to Madrid Atocha Station. If you haven’t already, you might also find it useful to read our guide to collecting a Madrid Atocha Station car hire. And for a complete guide to Spain’s biggest train station, visit our sister site: Madrid-Atocha.com.
As well as being a big transport hub, Madrid Atocha is also very centrally located. The city centre is just 20 minutes walk away and attractions such as the Reina Sofia Art Museum and El Retiro Park are just a few hundred metres from the station. So if you’re looking to return your car hire to central Madrid, Madrid Atocha Station fits the bill. Of course, it’s also handy if you’re catching a train from here after dropping off your rental!
On-site car hire at Madrid Atocha Station
There are several big names located on-site at the station. As is increasingly common, affiliated brands share a desk. At Madrid Atocha, there are four car hire desks: Avis–Budget, Hertz–Thrifty, Europcar and Enterprise–Alamo–National. In addition to having desks inside the station, their cars are also parked in the station’s P3 car park.
Got a car with another supplier?
There are other car hire companies based nearby. Goldcar and Sixt are two companies we know that have an office close to the station. This guide, however, specifically deals with on-site suppliers. So if you’ve got a rental with another company, do make sure you check your booking voucher for instructions.
Driving to Madrid Atocha
The station is located towards the south of the city by Plaza Emperador Carlos V. As a big transport hub, it won’t come as a surprise that several main roads in the city lead to the station. Parking for rentals is located on a side road close to where Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona and Paseo de la Infanta Isabel meet. If you’re using a Sat Nav, the GPS coordinates for returning a car hire to Madrid Atocha are: 40°24’15.8″N 3°41’10.3″W.
The station is easily accessible from the M-30 in the southeast of the city. You’ll see signs for Atocha and Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona at exits 9B and 10. There is a petrol station right outside the station on Av. Ciudad de Barcelona, which is handy if you need to fill the tank before dropping it off. Otherwise, you should drive past it and take the left after it, towards the station. Move towards one of the lanes on the right as the road to the car park is on your right. Otherwise, you’ll be driving back down Av. Ciudad de Barcelona!
If you’re coming from the north or west of the city, you can also access the parking from Paseo de la Infanta Isabel. Once on Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, stay on the right lane. You’ll see the entrance to P4 Parking come up first. Ignore it! Continue driving towards the cylindrical building that is part of the station. You may also see the sculptures of the giant baby heads outside the station. You’ll see the road for the correct car park just after these heads.
The car park is at the end of this road. Each of the car hire companies have a cabin here so you should be able to return the keys and get the car signed off at the relevant cabin here. If you’re returning the car outside of office hours, each company has a drop box outside their desk inside the station. Remember that if you aren’t able to get sign-off on the car from a relevant member of staff, it’s worth taking a few pictures of the car so you have proof of the condition it was left in.
From the car park to the station building
Need to go inside the station? After leaving the car park, walk back up the road you drove down. There are signs to Car Rental, which will take you to a side entrance on your left. This will take you to a covered car park at the station and then into the station building. The car hire desks and Arrivals Hall of the station are here.
Travelling on from Madrid Atocha
You can continue your travels from Madrid Atocha by train, metro, bus or taxi from the station. There is also an Airport Express bus that stops at the station, which is useful if you need to go to the airport. You can find more information on all the various travel connections including the Airport Express bus at Madrid-Atocha.com.
In the picture below, you can see the Airport Express bus (it’s bright yellow) on the left-hand side. It picks up passengers at Plaza Cibeles and O’Donnell Metro as well as Madrid Atocha Station.