Attend a Real Madrid in the renowned Santiago Bernabéu stadium. A football trip to Real Madrid is a memory you’ll cherish. Santiago Bernabéu offers seating for 81,044 spectators. Real Madrid was selected by UEFA as the best club of the twentieth century. In 2020, they were in third place behind Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. Marvel at players such as Benzema, Modric and Kroos during your football trip. Aside from the Champions League matches, the derby against fellow Madrileño Atlético Madrid is also something to look forward to. Real Madrid’s major rival is FC Barcelona. There’s an annual blowout during these match ups known as “El Clásico”.
Madrid is the perfect destination for a city break. Make the most of the amazing weather and the inviting outdoor bars.
To ensure your football trip to Real Madrid goes as particularly smoothly as possible, here we have our top tips for you. From insider tips on Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, to great advice on exploring the global city of Madrid.
Ever since 1947, Santiago Bernabéu has been the stadium where “Los Blancos” have played their home games. At 81,044, it’s the second largest stadium in Spain: only Camp Nou is bigger. The stadium is currently undergoing a makeover, with a new roof on its way that can open and close. The venue is named after Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste, who was first a Real Madrid player and went on to spend thirty-five years as its president. With him at the helm Real Madrid burgeoned into a top international club. It is of course possible to take a stadium tour during your football trip to Real Madrid. Read more about this below.
The stadium is found in the northern district of Chamartín, and is easy to reach by public transport. As with several other stadiums, we advise against getting there by car. Parking spaces are few and far between.
This is the easiest way to get to the stadium, with line 10 (dark blue) stops right there. This connection runs through the centre, and is the quickest way of reaching the stadium. Get off at Tribunal or Plaza de España. Buy a ten-journey ticket. This is of obviously cheaper, and a great deal easier than continually buying separate tickets.
Santiago Bernabéu address details
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Av. de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid, Spain
The stadium can also be reached by bus, using the following lines. 14, 27 40, 43, 120, 126, 147 and 150.
Taxis are also a good way of getting to the stadium. Be sure to set off well in advance on match days, when the highway to the stadium is extremely busy.
The sides in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium are:
All of these sides are subdivided into four different categories (and two additional VIP categories).
The football trip to Real Madrid is book, and you’ve got your tickets! We’ll be happy to explain how to find your seat.
First, check which side you’re sitting on. Then you’ll see the gate (puerta) where you enter the stadium. After this, look for your Vomitorio: this is the name of a number of sections together. Once here, look at which specific section and which seat you’re sitting in.
Puerta = gate (stadium entrance)
Vomitorio = Number of sections together
Sector = Section you’re sitting in
Fila = Row number
Asiento = Seat number
No football trip to Madrid is complete without a stadium tour. There are a number of different options to choose from. The cost of a tour varies between €20 and €30.
On this tour, you have a guide taking your around the various sights. These feature the players’ tunnel and taking a peek in the “presidential skybox”, and obviously include the trophy cabinet. There’s also a walk around the pitch, the Real Madrid museum and the press room.
Reserve your tickets online well in advance. The groups are of thirty people, and can get full up.
Mondays to Saturdays at 10.30, 12.30, 15.30 and 17.30
Sundays at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00
It’s match day! There are plenty of great spots around Santiago Bernabéu for having a drink and a bite to eat. These places really top off football trip to Real Madrid.
If the ultimate football-trip dinner experience sounds good, book a table in Santiago Bernabéu with views over the pitch. The prices are reasonable, and are between €30 and €50. Eating here is something you’ll never forget; and is ideal for combining with a stadium tour. Reserving in advance is compulsory. If arriving on a match day, be sure to check the opening times.
This bar is also in the stadium. This is the place to come for a drink and spectacular views over the pitch, and is slightly less formal than the restaurant section. This bar consists of two floors: above you have a glass wall eighty metres in length, where you can relax and order a drink.
Real Madrid is of course one of the largest and most recognisable teams in the world. Not just in football, but in all sports. The club was founded in 1902, known as Madrid Football Club at that time. In 1920, the then King Alfonso bestowed the name Real (Royal), and the crown was added to the logo.
Real Madrid’s most significant rivals are FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, with “El Clásico” in particular being a match that fans of Los Blancos look forward to the most. The derby against Atlético is also absolutely worth attending.
Los Blancos (the Whites): the name says it all. Ever since the club was founded, Real Madrid has – apart from one season – played its matches in white. The only year this wasn’t the case was in 1925, when they were wearing black shorts. This was because they’d seen Corinthian FC playing in this stylish combination during a tour of England. That fortunately only lasted a year.
With their away kits, Madrid often attempts to include blue or purple, as a reference to the stripe in the logo.
Real Madrid’s very first logo was extremely simple, consisting of its initials only: MFC, Madrid Football Club. Despite its change of name in 1920, Real retained the initials in the logo.
The crown was removed from the logo in 1931, due to the political turmoil in Spain. The logo was given a purple stripe: standing for the Castile region. The crown was to return in 1941 – two years after the civil war – and the purple stripe remained. The purple stripe was made slightly bluer in 2001, and this is the logo we know today.
Madrid is not only the city of Real, but also the beautiful capital of Spain. There is plenty to do and see outside the stadium during your football trip to Real Madrid.
This park has long belonged to the Royal Family, but is now open to everyone. A wonderful, huge park in the very heart of Madrid. Unquestionably worth a visit.
An Irish sports pub, albeit in an entirely Spanish style. Here you can enjoy tapas and a drink, and watch sports games. The place to come for the international atmosphere and Spanish charm.
Don’t walk into here wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt! This compact bar is all about Real Madrid; located on the outskirts, and is ridiculously inexpensive!
This charming, vibrant district is not to be missed during your football trip. This place is packed with restaurants and bars, with all kinds of different markets there on Sundays. Perfect for an afternoon browse.
This is the second time I’ve used football break and this was as excellent a service as the first time, the flight was quick and comfortable and using the metro from the airport is really easy and used it all the weekend. The hotel is modern very clean friendly helpful staff room cleaned everyday and is a great location for everything in Madrid, the Spanish fans of Real Madrid are really friendly and the atmosphere is electric. Booking with football break is so easy and will continue to use them in the future.
Tip: Other than the 2 football teams to watch in Madrid this city is one of the most stunning vibrant cities I’ve been too, please use the open top buses to see the sites they have 2 routes and it’s the best way to see the sites and if you see something you like you can get off and explore and then get back on and carry on they run till 10pm so you can tour Madrid at night all lit up it looks completely different. The royal palace and the parque de Madrid are stunning places to walk around the park is huge with loads of places to grab a drink, food and relax. Madrid is stunning with a street upon street of bars and restaurants I think if you lived there for the next century you’d struggle to eat and drink at every bar and cafe or restaurant.
All very smooth and professionally organised. Made it stress free.
Tip: Get there early for the stadium tour as 30 min queues regardless of when you turn up or if you have booked a time slot. You just join the back of the queue.
What a weekend! We booked via football break to go to Madrid and take my son watch Real Madrid (his favourite team) against Real Sociedad and it was just brilliant! Hotel was great, seats at the Stadium were amazing and they won 4-1! Such brilliant memories and lovely to see the city at the same time. Thank you! ⚽️
Tip: Make sure you go! We were due to go 2 years ago but due to Covid it meant we went this month and it was worth the wait! Pay a bit extra to get the best stadium seats - we did and so glad we did!
From initial recommendation to final flight home everything went so smoothly. All staff at footballbreak.co.uk were very helpful and made everything so simple!
Tip: Very easy to reach stadium by underground .
The whole package was excellent. Flights were fine, the Hotel was well located in Madrid and our seats for the game had a great view.
Tip: If you do a stadium tour, book online and this will save you having to queue up and buy your tickets (very long queue when we visited) but we walked straight in!
Start to finish the trip was fully planned by football breaks I literally had to just check in and enjoy
tip: Have a city map there’s a lot to see
On the whole the package was as advertised
1st class service - totally worth booking trips for football matches through yourselves. The atmosphere was electric in the stadium and the seats were amazing. Hotel was nice - however on arrival the guy at reception was totally rude which did not start our weekend very well. However once he left cannot fault the other staff within the hotel. Very central and close for everything. The service from our rep - Rebecca was excellent, left nothing to chance and we were confident all would be in place for our trip. As this was for our sons 21st.
Tip: would recommend getting the stadium tour tickets before you go and take Route 2 hop on hop off bus to get there. We took a 2 day ticket and was able to do the tour the day before the game and then took the bus to the game the next day. The queues were long for tour tickets. Well worth the money.
Overall I can safely say that I was extremely pleased with the service and package I received from footballbreak.co.uk From choosing the hotel to the match (Real Madrid v Sevilla VIP Tickets) I was eased through the process and everything was taken care of. I arrived at the hotel and my tickets were there. Simple and no hassle. What else do you need when going on holiday? Madrid is a beautiful city albeit we had poor weather and The Bernabeu is simply amazing as is the atmosphere. We were also treated to 4 goals and majestic Ronaldo! In short - I would 110% book again!
Tip: Please check the weather as it can get cold and wet! 4 nights is probably just about right and don't underestimate the Metro system. So easy and cheap! The stadium is only a few stops from the City Centre!
We recently visited to Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon. I think the total package was an amazing bargain. We paid for flights, hotel and tickets around £200. The Bernabeau was amazing. We had pitchside seats and the game was amazing. We received amazing service as it was my 21st. I would highly recommend Madrid, it is a lovely city with amazing sights.
Tip: Utilise the metro! It's super cheap and easy to use!