5 things to do in Madrid for free

The old saying among the locals goes "From Madrid to heaven", and it's not for nothing! That’s because walking around the Spanish capital is like walking through paradise itself. It's beautiful! Besides its stunning landscapes, impressive architecture and history, Madrid offers endless activities for those who want to discover them: museums, parks, day trips and so much more. And the best part: some of these adventures are free! 

Museo del Prado 

Are you an art lover? El Prado Museum is a treasure in which you’ll find masterpieces by renowned artists such as Velázquez and Goya. If you have a student ID and you are between 18 and 25 years old, or if you are a student over 25 studying something related to art, you can enter the museum for free. The free entry is available from Monday to Saturday between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, and on Sundays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Don't forget to see Las Meninas, one of the most beautiful paintings in this museum! 


Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza 

The Thyssen Museum showcases the creativity of different artistic movements through many diverse exhibitions. The good news is that there’s free entry on Mondays. In addition, if you have the Young travel pass (Abono Joven), you have free access to the museum every day of the week.  


Daytrip to Toledo 

Grab your Young travel pass and head to Plaza Eliptica metro station. From there, hop on a VAC 023 bus and in just one hour, you'll arrive in Toledo (Don’t forget it’s free!). Gather your friends, pack some snacks, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.  


Enjoy a sunset picnic at Templo de Debod 

El Templo de Debod is a stunning ancient Egyptian temple located in the heart the city, it’s inside a beautiful park in which you can go with your friends and enjoy some of the best sunset views that Madrid has to offer.  


El Rastro 

El Rastro in La Latina neighborhood is an open-air flea market in which you’ll experience Madrid’s vibrant atmosphere. It takes place every Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Narrow streets with vintage clothing, antiques, crafts, and unique gadgets that will captivate you. El Rastro is more than a market, it’s a cultural experience that captures Madrid’s spirit.