‘Be On The Ball’ when travelling to watch football abroad. Our advice and guidance is designed to help you have an enjoyable and hassle-free time.
- Passport and visas
- Getting to the stadium
- At the match
- Useful contacts
Passports and visas
- British nationals do not 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.
- 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 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.
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).
- From Atocha, Paseo del Prado, or Plaza de Cibeles you can also take bus 14 or 27 to get to the stadium. Take bus 14 in the direction of Avenida Pio XII. It passes the stadium on the Paseo La Habana. Take bus 27 in the direction of Plaza de Castilla, and get off at Plaza Lima, right in front of the stadium.
- From metro station Callao in the city centre, you can take bus 147. Take the bus in the direction of Barrio del Pilar and get off at Plaza Lima.
- From Puerta del Sol you can take bus 150 in the direction of Colonia Virgen del Cortijo. Again, get off at Plaza Lima.
At the match
- Manchester City fans are located in the two 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 kick off).
- 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 500ml are not allowed in the stadium. Soft drinks are available inside the stadium.
- Drinking alcohol in the streets in some areas of Spain is illegal, and you can be arrested for doing so.
- Visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 15 to 20 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.
British Consulate-General Madrid
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1.30pm.
For more information, please visit British Consulate-General Madrid website.
The local emergency services contact number is 112.