The Atocha train station is the largest and most central railway station in Madrid, serving metro, local (Cercaniías) and long distance (Renfe and AVE) trains. It is a huge architectural marvel featuring a large indoor botanical garden in the lobby.
The station is Madrid’s main hub for the commuter trains (Cercanías), intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high speed trains from Barcelona, Zaragoza, Seville and Valencia.
The lobby has many cafes, shops and restaurants which make the waiting more pleasant.
On March 11. 2004. the station was hit by a series of terrorist attacks killing 191 people and wounding over 1800.
Atocha train station served 88.000.000 passengers in 2013.