Shopping center and train station Principe Pio, Madrid of course!

So here I am getting a thin line, going all out to the outskirts of central Madrid and going by bus line 46 and then walking back ! A long walk but worth it, as I said walking is best in a city. I like to take you to the shopping center Principe Pio and the Cercanias suburbain train station of same name.

The building that houses the spectacular shopping extravaganza started life as the Estacion del Norte or North train station. It still performs that duty, though to a much lesser extent today than it once did. It also has some bus lines such as lines 25, 33, 39, 41, 46, 75, and 138. We took the line 46 going all the way to the Puente de los Franceses or bridge of the French and then walk back to the Royal Palace !. It has as well a Metro station Principe Pio , all of which means that access to and from Principe Pío Shopping Center is about as good as it gets in Madrid. It is located at Paseo de la Florida no 2. The shopping center has three floors where you will find shops, restos and a cinema.In addition direct access to the cercanias train station. The Cinema info is here: Cinesa cinemas Principe Pio

The Centro Comercial Principe Pio  is very nice airy big as a train station and very clean facilities a wonderful place to spend some time and recharge for our walks,we had a nice shake yougurt ice of banana and mango here at Illallao store on the Cercanias station side upper level.

Official Shopping center Principe Pio

Tourist office of Madrid on the shopping center Principe Pio




The Estacion del Norte was a train station in Madrid. Originally a now extinct company built it in 1861 provisional facilities in the place where the station was later built, due to the inauguration of the railway that went from Madrid to Irun (French border). The definitive station was inaugurated in 1882, becoming one of the most prominent of the North network as well as the Madrid stations. After the inauguration of the Chamartín station, its decline began when the rail traffic was transferred to the new station. In 1993 it was finally closed, being rehabilitated as an exchanger and a commercial center and renamed as the Principe Pío station.


The works completely modified the facilities by opening a large hole in the center of the station under the canopies to accommodate the new metro lines 6 and 10, modifying the tracks to adapt the facilities to the Cercanías train service, as well as expanding the capacity of the railway ring road that was reformed, buried and fully integrated in the city under the action known as the Green Rail Corridor. With this action, the Cercanías service from the northwest corridor was allowed to pass through the station and continue south on the way to the Atocha station. Finally the new station was inaugurated in 1995, with its new name of Principe Pío.

Tourist office of Madrid on the Principe Pio train station


And now you have great connection, good shopping center and the chance to leave the tourist center and see a bit more of my beloved city of Madrid. Hope you enjoy and the shopping at Principe Pio is nice indeed.

For the anecdote, who is the Principe Pio? well , he is Francisco Pío de Saboya y Moura was an Italian aristocrat and military men, in the service of the Crown of Spain. He held the titles of Marquis de Castel Rodrigo with Grand of Spain, Duke of Nocera, Count of Lumiares and Prince Pio (principe pio) and of San Gregorio.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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2 Comments to “Shopping center and train station Principe Pio, Madrid of course!”

  1. We always used La Estación del Norte on our trips from and to La Coruña. Happy days!

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