When I am travelling I generally try to use public transport, partially for reasons of budget but moreso because I think it is a great way of immersing yourself in the everyday life of wherever you are. Be it a Philippino jeepney, a Burmese pick-up truck or a big red London bus you can really get "up close and personal" with the locals. Sure, you can sometimes get a little too "up close and personal" especially on the London Underground but I still like it as a general principle.
I don't like airport taxis as they generally hike the prices and I had decided to go from the airport to my hotel on the Metro as I knew there was a station within easy walking distance. I had bought a five day travelcard which I deal with in a seperate tip on this page and headed down into the system.
I was able to go through a wide access gate with my reasonably sized rollalong bag but be aware that most stations do not have such an option. It was only after I had been in the city for a few days that I read you are not actually supposed to take large pieces of luggage on the Metro except on Line 8 which is the line to and from the airport. I did not see any signage to that effect on the system and nobody said anything to me even though I transferred to other lines but I did find myself on occasion having to physically hoist a pretty heavy bag over a standard entry gate which was not much fun with my bad back. Although I have researched it, I cannot find what the definition of large is in relation to this. I suppose that if you can lift it over the barrier you can take it.
The airport station isn't too deep but I did notice during my time that much of the system is fairly far down and you may have to go up or down three or four fairly long escalators. As the image suggests, parts of the system are fully accessible although I did go through other stations that appeared not to be so. This webpage gives full details of accessibility and also suggests that further work is ongoing to improve the situation. As a small point of etiquette, you should stand on the right on the escalators so that people can pass you on the left.
Another sign indicated that mobile (cell) 'phone coverage is also available here although, again, I did not see this in every station.
My first impressions were very favourable and were to be reinforced the more I used the Metro. The rolling stock is modern, comfortable and spotless as are the stations, signage is excellent and on the one occasion I had to seek assistance from a member of staff she was charming and helpful albeit she spoke not a word of English. She got the job done though.
The Tube is open 0600 to 0130 every day of the year which is certainly an improvement on the service I get in London. I have been checking periofically on the attached website since I returned home. There is a live travel information board on there and I have yet to see anything indicated for any line other than "Normal Traffic. Trains running to normal timetable." Again, a much better service than my home city. I promise you I did not make this up. I am writing this tip at 1318 hours on 02/12/2013 and I just checked the London Underground website which shows severe and minor delays on one line and sever delays on another. Madrid Metro is running perfectly.
I have only one slight gripe about the Metro and it really is minor and did not affect me as I had the tourist travel card. If you travel to or from the airport you pay a €3 excess each way. Line 8 is nowhere near the furthest out of town and this smacks to me of profiteering which I dislike. Other than that one small issue, I thoroughly enjoyed travelling on the Metro which does not seem to get overly crowded at any time of day and is a very pleasant way to get around. I recommend it.
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Madrid has an excellent metro system, you will nearly get everywhere using it.
The price of the ticket depends on the distance you are travelling. Inside Madrid it's between1,50 and 2 EUR. If you you are buying to ticket for 10 rides it's 12 EUR. You'll have to pay a surcharge of 3 EUR when travelling to and from the airport.
The metro de Madrid is unique. It was opened on October 17 1919 by the king Alfonso XIII with the first line been from Puerta del Sol to Cuatro Caminos, it had a length of 3,48 km and 8 stations. The time was 10 minutes. On October 31 1919 it was officially opened to the public.
Even during the Spanish Civil War, 1936_39 the line 3 of the metro is opened! By 1967 a great expansion plan begins, that I was able to when arrived in Madrid in 1971, the photo is from 1975 when I left the city to return many times later.
It has a total of 300 stations, 26 interchanges, 13 lines, 351 lobbies, 1694 mechanical stairs, 519 elevators or lifts, 38 rolling stairs, 293 kms of tracks,and 601 Millions users in 2012.
In the 1995-99 planning period the metro reaches the airport on line 8;airport of Barajas
By 1999 MetroSur was created with a circular line 12, serving folks in the adjacents towns of Alcorcón, Leganés, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles ,and Getafe. This line has 40,5 kms of tunnels and 28 stations.
In the period 2003-07 you have MetroNorte, that takes the metro to towns such as Alcobendas ,and San Sebastián de los Reyes; and MetroEste,that does it to way to Alcala de Henares getting closer to towns such as San Fernando ,and Coslada; and the new Metro Ligero, that takes you to towns such as Pozuelo de Alarcón ,and Boadilla del Monte.
In the period 2007-11, the one important to me is the extention of line 2 that united with Madrid the districts of Las rosas with the station of La Elipa, that finally allow this district connection to Madrid (I used to play baseball and football here so took the bus P13 now it is the 113) . During this period you have 4 new stations such as La Almudena, La Alsacia, Avenida de Guadalajara,and Las Rosas.
The metro is 94 yrs old this year,and it has advance when my times in the city to take line 5 and go to Canillejas you needed an electric car train, now is just the extention of line 5 all the way past it to Alameda de Osuna.
The map of the metro had a refreshing and its now back to the old format which tends to be clearer for everyone. Passenger info at http://www.metromadrid.es/en/atencion_al_cliente/index.html
the metro is well posted and the line follows the destination to end direction. Get a map of any metro station with a person counter,or the dept stores like El Corte Ingles or at the entrance of it at the Barajas airport.
Madrid Metro offers a safe , fast, clean, comfortable way to get around the city. If you are going to be in Madrid for awhile, you might consider the 7 day Metro travel card, you can ride almost anywhere in Madrid using the Metro or buses. All stops are anounced and there are overhead digital destination signs located in each car or in the bus. There is also an announcement made for each station, but only in Spainish. Riding the Metro is fun, you will enjoy it.
metro of madrid is easy and extensive, the distances might seen long with a huge network you are all over within minutes.nice to use while tired of walking Madrid.
the price from T4 to nuevos ministerios is 4,70€ however, once inside Madrid it cost only 1,50€ to 1,70€ with an additional euro fee if goes into the B zone areas.
the city of Madrid is in Zone A. The reason the airport to city is more expensive is that as in many other cities the airport is not in Madrid limits but actually in the town of Barajas also on line 8. You have two stops one for terminals 1,2,3 and other one for T4, the satellite T4S can be access by an automated train for free.
once in madrid the metro is really easy,and well posted, with the end station as a guide,and the color coded lines. There are machines that takes credit cards, money bills and coins. They also have cashier and information offices to guide you if needed. Over 1000 security cameras protect the public,as well as many security personnel, really a nice safe feeling.
I am not for trains or metros, subways etc, if you read the forums, but the metro in a large city is the best fastest method.
Our hotel was near the airport so we used the Metro to get to the city center while visiting Madrid (except for the one morning we caught the free hotel shuttle). Only a 10-minute walk from our hotel and we had the freedom to go just about anywhere in the city.
We purchased a discounted ten pack of tickets, which was actually just one ticket that you could use ten times. Because there were two of us and we actually used the Metro five times while there, it worked out perfectly. As one went through the gate, we simply handed the ticket to the other person for their turn through. This was quite legit as the Metro guard showed us how to do it. And this way we saved several euros over the course of the weekend, not to mention we didn’t have to purchase tickets each time we got to the station.
Overall, I found the Metro to be clean and fast. Rarely did we wait more than three minutes for a train and the connections were very well marked as well as the stations themselves so we knew where to exit to get to which street above.
During the busy times and especially in the middle of the city, the trains get very crowded. People using the Metro need to use common sense precautions to protect their valuables – keep your valuables hidden and keep you purse or other bags in front of you and always in your sight.
Bring a book with you on the Metro! I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people read books while passing the time traveling. Our journey from near the airport to the city center took about 45 minutes, including changing trains once.
The best way to reach Madrid Airport from the city is to use metro. However, the metro ticket that I mentioned in my earlier transportation tip is not good enough. You also need to get a supplement ticket which costs 3 Euros. This way you can reach the airport easily and conveniently.
You can get a day pass, 2 day pass, 3 day pass, 4 day pass etc. We purchased a three day pass for 13 Euros and found it great value as we could hop on and off the metro as often as we liked. Individual metro journeys are 1 Euro 50 cents. to the airport it is 2 Euros 50 cents. Tickets and passes can be bought from the machines in the metro station. Instructions can be found in English on the machines. Machines take notes and coins.
Just like many European cities, Madrid is no exception with there excellent metro system. The metro gets you to just about all the sites you need to see. And the metro is cheap. The cost of individual rides is only 1 euro, or you can buy a 10 ticket pack for 8 euro's. From the Airport it cost 2 euro's to get into town and a 1 euro supplement to get to anywhere from the final stop on the airport line. The metro is easy to navigate and it's clean and safe. This is the way to get around Madrid.
Since moving inside Madrid its easy to do, the best way is to buy or the Viajes Metrobus for 10 times use , or, and that the better option is to buy a ticket that you can use between one day or one week, depend the price.
Ask for the Abono Transporters Turisticos. Costs 5.20euros a day, 8.80euros tow days, 11.60euros theww days and 23.60euros for a week.
11 different lines in differents color are in Metro of Madrid, and its active from 06:00AM till 02:00AM
There was a Metro strike in Madrid during the week of June 28, 2010. The first three days were a total strike with no trains to the airport on two days, followed by Thursday and Friday with a 50% work schedule (trains running but very crowded). At the Atocha train station, I was able to get a taxis to my hotel. The wait in line was about 25 minutes. Surprizingly, the line moved fast, considering there were over 100 travellers in line.
This is a very nice system.
I hear it is the second largest subway system in Europe after Paris, so that is impressive.
It was quick and pretty easy to follow for the most part.
I felt safe, although obvious safety should be followed.
The Madrid metro is clean, easy to navigate, and inexpensive (€1 or US$1.50, a fraction of the London underground or Paris metro). As others have noted, every station has system maps and the lines are color-coded with marks that indicate transfer points – but without the fine electronic routing instructions of the Paris metro.
A minor annoyance is the odor that permeates most stations. It suggests a too-close relationship between the metro and Madrid’s sewers.
More serious is the issue of getting to and from the tracks. Some stations have escalators that take passengers all the way down (and up). Others have escalators for part of the way, stairs for the rest. And a few have only stairs. At busy Callao, for example, there are two (2) escalators for part of the ascent (and descent), but five (5) stairways with a total of more than 40 steps for the rest. People traveling with luggage will find that a considerable hassle.
The combined metro/bus ticket is best. Available in machines at all stations. "abono10"
The metro is well sign posted and easy to use.
Free metro map available.
Trains run frequently.
The metro is clean and safe.
A single trip anywhere in Madrid cost Euro 1.00 in September, 2009.
The abono10 cost 7.50 for 10 rides.
Usable on both the metro and buses.
There is a surcharge for the airport metro.
1 ticket may be used for up to 10 persons for one trip, 2 people for 5 trips and so on e.g. it is not personal to the individual.
The Metro in Madrid is one of the largest systems in the world. It is also amongst the top seven longest in the world covering around 283kms. Using the Met is the easiest way to get around the city and is relatively inexpensive. There are day tickets which tourists can purchase for up to 7 days use. There are 12 lines and each are colour coded for ease of use. Some 231 stations on the Metro network which are dotted around the city. The Met runs until about 1.30am daily.