The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is home to Real Madrid, Madrids official football team. The real in the teams name means royal in Spanish, and it is an honour that the King of SpainAlfonso XIIIbestowed on the team in 1920. For that reason, the club emblem features a crown set upon the letters MCFshort for Real Madrid Club de Futbol.
With a long list of record wins and trophiesincluding winning 5 consecutive European Cups, 13 UEFA Champions League titlesthe club has one of the biggest followings worldwide. Real Madrid also ranked as the highest-earning football club worldwide in 2018.
As the home for such an impressive club, the Santiago Bernabeu is a glorious site to visit. Even when a game isnt being played, its still a great time to visit the stadium and experience a bit of football.
What to Know
The stadium is open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day. You can score a ticket to tour the facility for approximately 18 euros.
Hours are from 09:30 to 19:00 from Monday - Saturday, and from 10:00 to 18:30 on Sundays and holidays.
The tour ticket includes:
- Panoramic stadium view
- Club room
- Photo ops
- The field
- Presidential box
- Dressing rooms
- Benches and coaching area
- Press room
- Audio-visual experience
- Official store
Where to Stay
- Hotel NH Madrid Paseo de la Habana:This 4-star hotel features a contemporary property and delicious dining. Its just a walk across the street to get to the stadium.
- Residencias Urban Madrid:This hotel is great for those sticking to a budget, traveling alone, or looking for a good place for large groups. You can pick to stay in a single room or double up with others to save money. The best part is the quick walk straight to the stadium.
- Airbnb:For a unique lodging experience, you dont have to stay in a hotel. You can check out local options in Madrids section of Airbnb. You can rent out a room in a locals home or an unused apartment for an authentic experience.
- AC Hotel Aitana:Marriots AC Hotels are known for fine quality at a price that wont put you over budget. Sophisticated rooms are located just a brisk walk away from the stadium.
- H10 Tribeca:This elegant hotel will prove to be a warm respite from your busy travel days. A bit further from the stadium than other options, youll get a chance to stroll through the city streets on your way there.
What Else to Do in Madrid
After youve soaked everything in from the stadium tour, youll probably be excited to explore the rest of the city. Enjoy tapas and expertly paired wine at La Carbonera and then dance the night away at one of Madrids famous nightclubs. Check out our list of things to do in Madrid for more suggestions!
How to Get There
If you stay at one of the hotels listed above, youll be positioned close enough to the stadium that you can walk. If walking isnt your thing, you can always hop on a train or book a car hire from the Madrid Chamartin Station. You can also find a bus that will take you on the same route.
If you land at the Madrid Barajas Airport, you can either take a flat-rate ride back to your hotel or you find a car for hire in Madrid. Car hires are popular in the city because you can get around with relative ease. For visiting the stadium and parking your car, youll likely find parking at the hotel where youre staying. If not, you can often find parking at big attractions or train stations.
Another popular way to come to Madrid is via ferry port at either Santander or Bilbao. From there, take a cab or hire a car to drive from the coast to Madrids city centre.