Options to park a cheap rental car in Madrid
In Madrid there are numerous public and private parking lots that charge for the time the vehicle remains parked, as well as many dissuasive parking lots (most of them free) in the vicinity of Metro or Cercanías de Renfe stations.
Regulated Parking Service (SER)
Street parking is limited at certain times in the most central districts of the city by the Regulated Parking Service (SER). In car parks marked as green zones – that is, only residents park there for free – you can leave your vehicle there for a maximum of two hours at around €2.5/h. In the blue zone, you can park for a maximum of four hours and the price is around €1/h. Not all vehicles are required to pay in the SER zone of Madrid, the price of the fee or its exemption will depend on the label of the vehicle you want to park in each of the zones. Depending on the type of engine in your car, you can benefit from discounts ranging from 10%, 50% or 100%. By entering your license plate when making the payment, the parking meter will immediately calculate your vehicle type and apply the corresponding rate.
- Vehicles with label B: this type of vehicle does not have any type of discount in the Regulated Parking Areas, therefore, if you want to park a car or van with this classification, you must pay the conventional rate.
- Vehicles with label C: have a 10% discount on the rate in SER zones.
- Vehicles with ECO label: your discount will be 50% on the SER rate.
- Vehicles with a Zero Emissions label: they can park for free in any space in the SER zone.
- Vehicles without a label: must pay a penalty of 25% of the established rate for parking in SER zones.
At Samocar you can rent a car in Madrid with an ecological badge. More information.
In addition, always keep in mind the measures that are established when the anti-pollution protocol is activated and that the Madrid Central area has limited access to private vehicles.
Madrid Central is a low-emission zone that began operating at the end of 2018. This measure, the first of Plan A for Air Quality and Climate Change, favors pedestrians, bicycles and public transport, which gains prominence and space also with the reform of streets such as Gran Vía or Atocha.
There are 472 hectares of the center of Madrid in a perimeter that coincides with the first traffic belt of Madrid (that of the roundabouts and boulevards). More information at https://www.esmadrid.com/aparcar-madrid
The speed limits in Madrid are rigorously implemented and controlled, with radars that detect speed in different areas. The general limits for vehicles, depending on the road, are:
- Highways and highways: 120 km/h.
- National roads: 100 km/h.
- Urban roads: 30 km/h.
- Cycle lanes: 30 km/h
- Residential areas: 20 km/h.