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Four ‘apps’ to get around Madrid, Central

last Friday The 30th of November, the Gran Via, Alcalá street and the paseo de la Castellana, they feel virtually no cars. That day launched the Madrid Central,

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Four ‘apps’ to get around Madrid, Central

last Friday The 30th of November, the Gran Via, Alcalá street and the paseo de la Castellana, they feel virtually no cars. That day launched the Madrid Central, an area of restricted traffic, which limits access to the private vehicle in function of its environmental labels and if your landlord is resident or not. THE COUNTRY, in addition to prepare a guide on the restrictions of movement in the center of Madrid, has made a selection of some applications that can help citizens move through the centre of the capital from now:


The restrictions of the Madrid Central affect an area of 472 hectares in the centre of the city. Non-residents can access the area provided they have a vehicle with label environmental and go to a parking lot for public use. But it is possible that from now on, many like to use public transport more. To do this, in addition to Google Maps, there are apps like CityMapper that can be downloaded both for Android and for iOS, and can be very useful.

This application, which has more than five million downloads and has a rating of four and a half stars on five on the Play Store, acts as a route planner in real time. Allows you to choose between different options to go from one point to another of the city on a single vehicle or a combination of several. “Our algorithm combines all the means of transport to find the best route,” explain its creators. Among them, the citizen can choose between going by bus, on foot, by metro, in shared vehicles, on rental services of vehicles with driver (VTC), or taxi.


This application works similar Betpark to CityMapper: combines all public transport options in a single app. “Moovit makes constant updates to any change or alteration of the service not to travel to a stop that does not already exist, or you don't expect a bus that is not flowing”, say its creators on the download page of the app in the Play Store. The aim of these application is to make your journey more comfortable to the user. Therefore, it indicates via notifications where it needs to go, how long the wait and how many stops are left up to fate: “So you'll be able to devote yourself to anything else during your trip, as Moovit will warn you when you reach your stop”.

Both apps let you save locations and lines are frequently used and provide real-time information such as which are the nearest, or even, in the case of CityMapper, to what subway car should get to be closer to the exit. While Moovit is available in more than 30 cities in Spain, CityMapper can be used only in Madrid and Barcelona. But this last app connects you with more alternatives of mobility services and car sharing that Moovit.


Free2Move offers users comparative to choose the provider of cars, scooters and bike-sharing most suitable for every moment. Cars with tag environmental ZERO can enter and park in Madrid Central without restrictions. Both individuals as well as the rental (Car2go, Emov or Zity) are allowed to access and the parking in this area. With this initiative, the City hopes to reduce by 40% the emission of pollutants in the area.

Thanks to Free2Move, users can choose between cars of Car2Go or eMov up the bikes eCooltra or bikes BiciMAD. The app, which is available in 20 cities across the world, shows them a map with the different alternatives, and allows them to compare the vehicles of different companies. To use the application you only have to register and connect to any of the accounts of carsharing existing.


taxis will be able to access the Madrid Central always and when they have the distinctive environmental. The application TxMad, created by the city Council of Madrid, it can be helpful to know where to park the car before entering in Madrid Central and what taxi stops nearby. Despite the fact that this app allows you to calculate the estimated price of the race, you don't ask for taxi since it is merely informative. To request a taxi or a VTC, citizens can use other apps such as Mytaxi, Uber or Cabify.

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