Transport

Transportation in Madrid

(Updated in October 2020).

Madrid is a very well connected city in Spain, so it is usually easy to move around the city, even if we do not have our vehicle.

These are the main means of transport in Madrid:

Metro

Metro Madrid

The Madrid subway is made up of 13 lines that connect to more than 300 stations. It is considered one of the best subways and is one of the longest in the world.

Madrid’s subway is open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (although the last train will run at 1:30 a.m.) The price of the single ticket is 1.50 €, although it is possible to buy monthly passes for between 20 – 55 € and multiple tickets for 10 trips.

Municipal bus (EMT)

Municipal bus (EMT)

The EMT municipal bus covers about 3,000 km along the route and has 10,000 stops. The timetable goes from 06:00 to 23:00h, although the schedule of some lines may vary. There are also night lines that run between 23:55 – 5:50h. As for the price, it will depend on the route, but it ranges between 1.50 and 5 €. Metro passes and multiple tickets are also valid for municipal buses.

Intercity buses

Metro Madrid

Madrid’s intercity buses are divided into zones:

We can travel within the northern area to Alcobendas, San Sebastian de los Reyes, Algete, El Casar, Buitrago, Torrelaguna, etc.

Within the eastern zone, with the intercity buses we can reach areas such as Paracuellos, Torrejón de Ardoz, Loeches or Velilla.

In the southeast we can reach Morata de Tajuña, Valdemingómez, Mejorada…

The price and timetables of the buses vary, so it is advisable to check with the transport company itself.

Commuter trains

These trains connect with the main subway lines with stations throughout the Community of Madrid. They are a practical resource to move around the region.

They have a schedule that covers from 5:00 to 00:00 and their rates depend on the area to be covered. For 1 and 2 zones, the price will be 1.75 €, and for 7 zones it will be 5.55 €.
They also offer multiple and monthly travel passes.

Cabs

It is estimated that more than 15,000 cabs circulate throughout the city of Madrid. This means of private transport helps us to get to the exact place we are looking for, in the fastest way.

There is no schedule for taking a cab, but from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 to 21:00 hours we will be charged 2.50 € for lowering the taxi flag, while the rest of the days will be 3.15 €.

The price per kilometer is 1.10 € between 07:00 – 21:00 and the rest of the days 1.35 €.

“VTC” Services: Cabify and Uber

Cabify and Uber are an interesting alternative to the cab service in Madrid.

They’re cheaper than cabs.

They’re more transparent since both the passenger and the driver will be registered on their platforms.

The user has the option to rate the service.

You can control the trip, knowing when the vehicle will arrive and exactly how much it will cost.

Besides, payment is made virtually through the app (via credit card or PayPal).

BiciMAD

If you are looking for an ecological option to move around the city, you should try the BiciMAD electric bicycles.

They can be used at any time: you just have to bring a card over the bicycle’s dock to release the anchor and start using it. Finally, you leave it in another dock when you reach your destination.

A card will cost 2 € for the first hour, 4 € for the second hour and a penalty fee of 4 € will be applied if it is not returned after 4 hours.

It is also possible to subscribe to a monthly fee of 25 €.

Mid-distance trains

With the mid-distance trains, we can go from Madrid to destinations all over Spain, in a reasonable time and at a quite affordable price. It is also a good option for the mid-distance intercity buses to consider.

AVE trains

AVE trains

Traveling by AVE (high-velocity trains) is the fastest way to get to Madrid and to move around other destinations. The price is indeed somewhat more expensive, but it is interesting so we save time and comfort.

Madrid – Barajas Airport (Adolfo Suárez Airport)

Madrid – Barajas Airport

We also have the option to travel by plane through Barajas airport, which is the closest airport to Madrid (only 12km from the city center). It is one of the largest and most important airports in Europe, with flights connecting to almost every country in the world.

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