Local buses, Madrid
The bus service is really good; clean, comfortable and cheap buses, well distributed bus stops, where you can find city maps with a lot of information about the routes. You can buy a "Metrobús", the ticket that allows you 10 trips of bus or subway.
El servicio de autobuses es realmente bueno; autobuses limpios, cómodos, con conductores amables, con paradas bien distribuidas en donde puedes encontrar planos de la ciudad con mucha información acerca de los recorridos. Puedes adquirir un "metrobús", un boleto que te permite 10 viajes de metro o de bus.
The Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) is the company of the Madrid bus network. There are more than 180 lines in service between 6:00 a.m. and midnight. Special nightbuses (buhos) operate from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Two interesting lines are No. 5 which goes from Puerta del Sol via Plaza de Cibeles to Estacion Charmartin; No. 27 operates along the Paseo del Prado and the Paseo de la Castellana.
See also my Off The Beaten Path Tip.
Excellent and wide network. You can buy a single ticket from the driver or a 10 trip ticket, but not on the bus but the metro stations for example. With that ticket, called MetroBus, you can save much money and it's valid for both, bus and metro.
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Madrid has a modern & efficient buses net. In bus stops you can see detailed city maps posted (useful even if you're not planning to take a bus) where you can see bus routes. Prices are 1,10 euros for a single journey. You can buy METROBUS, a 10-journeys ticket valid for both bus and metro (at Metro Stations, Tobacco shops, and some press kiosks, 5,20 Euros). Monthly passes, which are also valid on the metro, can be purchased in Estancos where you'll need your DNI card (for Spaniards) or your passport (for non-Spaniards) and a passport-sized photo; they can be shared for travel by more than one person on a journey. From 33,60 euros. The buses run from 6:00am to 23.30pm, after which you will have to rely on night-buses (called 'buhos', meaning owl - see below) or taxis.
BUHOS: if you go out late at night (after midnight), you might need to take one of these night buses. They leave from Cibeles square. They leave every half hour (on the half hour) between midnight and 3:00 am and every hour on the hour between 3:00 am and 6:00 AM.
Buses run normally till 23.30pm. From that hour till 6:00am you'll have to go to CIBELES square if you wanna take a bus. From there leave 20 radial lines (every 30 minutes till 3:00, every hour from 3 to 6am) to the main cardinal points. Take a look at the signs on the stop to see if anyone goes your way.
There are three main bus terminals in Madrid – Estacion Sur de Madrid, Estacion de Avenida de America and Estacion de Conde de Casal. The buses are called EMT and are red. There are special bus lanes for them to operate on and usually their times are from 6.00am to 11.30pm. Madrid also has night buses which operate from 11.30pm through to 5.00am.
There are a number of different bus routes that run within Madrid. Buses here are similar to those in most European capital cities, prone to lateness and can take a while to arrive at their destinations. However, taking a bus will you the opportunity to see the city at a slower pace, and if theres no traffic, they're not that bad!
This is the typical tourist hop on hop off bus of many cities. I dont take it, for information only.
If you are short on time and want to see the main highlights of the city than its very useful. In addition to the official webpage in contact, here is the Madrid tourist office take on it
hope it helps your stay in wonderful Madrid, see some photos of the bus in the city
Buy a 'metrobús' ticket - 10 trips, bus or metro - for €5. There is a sales office in each metro station, but you can also buy these tickets at any 'Tabacos', especially the one in the Arrivals hall at Barajas airport which lets you travel the 13km into the centre for 50 céntimos (In £ that's approx 30p!). You don't need to have a ticket each, just get one and cancel it the required number of times.
as with everything in travel you need to compare prices on those passes and the tickets. THe bus will take 8 persons if seats available,no standing allowed.
I never buy the pass and go often with family and business there. But in your group you need to compare all.
Thet ticket is good for the metro too.
normally if you visit 3 or more places the passes should work out ok, but again compare.here
hope it helps
The best way to get around is with the buses. They are great and cover almost all Madrid. It's a very easy way to get around and visit the museums, since there is a stop in every central place. Even if you don't knoe spanish, read the stations and hop off !!
The best way to get to Madrid is flying from the States (duh!). I just love the way VT organizes the formatting of these pages ;-)
The best way of getting around Madrid is by using public transportation (metro, taxi, bus) or by using your own two feet.
The picture to the left shows people at a bus stop.
The Moncloa Station has been a recent addition to Madrid. Opened by the Mayor of Madrid and the President of the Region of Madrid in 2008, the new bus station is over 3 levels, mostly underground, and allows for 34 bus arrival and departure points. These buses connect to around 47 intercity bus lines. Buses to El Escorial also depart from this station.
Buses who wants to get on them, well I thought this was a great way of moving about specially when your are lost. We where totaly lost.....and I was told by one of the locals to get on the bus to my final destination we did just that. A bus operator getting of his shift told us exactly what to do, he rode with us to one stop telling us where to get the next bus and where to get off. I thought this man was a hero! I was overwhelmed by his courtesy.
THE bus system is so fine and is on time. The bus goes every were. the buses are clean and often have pleanty of room .the whole time I traveled I was able to get a seat on the bus.Thw buses had air they were clean and cool and on time .What more could you want.