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Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Real Madrid: advice for fans travelling to Spain

Advice for fans travelling to Spain for Tottenham Hotspur FC’s match with Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Group Stage on the 17 October 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur match with Real Madrid

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid

Kick off time: (local time) 8.45pm

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Spain here

Passports and visas

  • British nationals don’t need a visa to travel to Spain. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • you must provide ID (your passport) if requested by a police officer. The police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed
  • always take care of your passport, as obtaining a replacement is costly and time-consuming. Remember to keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport somewhere safe

Getting to the stadium

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is located in central Madrid on the Paseo de la Castellana, one of Madrid’s main streets. The stadium lies about 4 kilometres north of the Plaza de Cibeles, where the Paseo de la Castellana starts. It is a similar distance from Puerta del Sol, one of Madrid’s main squares.

The stadium is best reached by metro line 10. The nearest metro stop, Santiago Bernabéu, lies right next to the stadium. In the centre, you can get line 10 from Plaza de España or Tribunal, but you can also change metro lines (e.g. line 1 from Sol or Atocha train station).

Spanish police have designated Avenida de Brasil as the meeting point for Tottenham Hotspur FC fans to congregate before the match which is a 10 minute walk from the stadium.

Police recommend that away supporters arrive early to this area (3-4 hours before the game) and police will escort fans to the stadium before kickoff. It is strongly recommended that you arrive early to the stadium as entry will be slow due to the exhaustive security checks that will be carried out.

Link to stadium here

At the match

  • Tottenham Hotspur FC fans are located in the 2 top tiers on the North stand and should enter through tower block D
  • access to the stadium can be slow. There will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles. To avoid a last minute bottleneck you should get to the stadium early - doors will open at least 90 minutes before kickoff. Tottenham Hotspur FC stewards will be present at some check points to assist fans
  • anyone who is obviously drunk or bearing racist insignia will not be allowed into the stadium. Also, any banners bearing political slogans will not be permitted inside the stadium
  • flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, bottle tops or containers over 1/2 litre are not allowed in the stadium. Soft drinks are available inside the stadium
  • drinking in the streets, on the metro and in some areas of Spain is illegal, and you can be arrested for doing so
  • visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 20-30 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse


  • as in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport. Only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits.

Useful contacts

British Consulate-General Madrid
Torre Espacio
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046, Madrid

Telephone +34 91 714 6300 (also for out of hours emergencies)


Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1.30pm.

For more information please visit the British Consulate-General Madrid website

Emergency services numbers

The local emergency services contact number is 112.

Further information

Published 10 October 2017