Metro (subway), Madrid
The metro goes all the way from the airport to the rest of the city so it is easy and fairly quick. We never had to wait long and the journey was a fraction of the price of either the bus or taxi.
A One-way ticket is €1.15 and is valid for any one way journey within the whole network
A map of the metro can be downloaded from the website.
The journey from the airport to the Puerto del Sol took about 40 minutes.
And for any out-of-towners looking for preplanning help on the metro, at this site:
you can download a map of the Madrid metro system and print it out...
The Metro runs from T2 and T4. It is about 5 -10 mins walk from T1 to the Metro.
The Metro service runs between 0600-0200hrs.
Tickets can be purchased from machines or at ticket offices in the metro entrance.
A 1 euro supplement is paid for the airport service - a normal 1 journey ticket is 1 euro. (so 2 euros from airport to city)
There are 'saver tickets' for unlimited travel - I later purchased a tourist 2 day ticket for 6.80 Euros, which I used quite a lot to get from my hotel to the city and back.
Tickets are validated at the turnstyle when first using.
On my second visit to Madrid, I purchased a 3 day tourist card from the airport metro station Info office. (pic 2)
Free Maps are available at the metro stations. There are 11 lines- identified by number and colour.
Line 8 (pink) runs from the airport. it terminates at Nuevos Ministerios, where You can change to line 6 (grey) which is the circular route that runs around the city centre if Your hotel is central.
You might need to change lines again, for example to reach Sol, exit at Legazpi then follow the sign for the line 3 (yellow).
I found it quite easy to use the metro, but I was travelling alone, with a light case. It might be slightly more stressful for you if travelling with lots of luggage/ children / or if you have mobility problems.
There are steps/ escalators and lifts (elevators) at most stations-but not all!!
I expected the busy times on the metro to be around 07.00-09.00 and around 17.00hrs. I hadn't accounted for the lunch time siesta, when the carriages were quite full, so allow for this if returning to the airport mid afternoon
In Madrid we only experienced the underground metro, taxi and walking. Madrid has range of public transport. One of the transport systems is the metro network which connects to different stations and they run every 3 to 5 minutes from 6 am to 1:30 am. The fare costs between €2 and €1 for single journey. The cost including EMT bus journey or metro ticket only respectively. You can buy metro tickets at the ticket office or the automatic ticket machine. Be sure to get metro map, we got ours from our hotel.
The efficient & cheapest way is to take Metro when travelling in Madrid.
There are tourist passes for 1, 3 or 7 days. Get one of them according to your stay. These passes are valid in buses as well.
You can get a Metro Map from the metro stations. Check the closing hours of the stations as some of them are closing early like around 9 p.m.
Madrid airport (MAD) has four terminals (T1, T2, T3, T4). The first three terminals (T1, T2, T3) are linked together and served by one metro stop. The fourth terminal (T4) is separate and has its own metro stop. Arriving at the first three terminals (T1, T2, T3) you can get to the metro by crossing one of the two pedestrian bridges on the departure (upper) level. One bridge connects T1, T2 and the other bridge connects T3, but both bridges converge at the entrance to the metro. The metro entrance has TV screens indicating the terminals and check-in counters to be used for departing flights. Newly landed tourists mill around the top of the escalator until the guard convinces them to remove their luggage from their trollys. At the bottom of the escaltors is a bank of automated ticket machines with few people waiting as well as a single human teller with a long line of people waiting. Obviously, using the machines is the way to go and the trick is to first select the button on the screen to change the language to English. Choose to buy a metro ticket and add the airport supplement (E2, both going to and coming from the airport). Slip in your money then retrieve your ticket and change in return. You'll notice that the line for the human teller hasn't moved. Head for the automated gates to the subway. Insert your ticket in the turnstyle and push your bags ahead of you so they won't get caught behind you. One more escalator down and then turn left and look for a sign to the Centro.
You can buy 10 rides on the metro for 8 euros as opposed to one ride for 2 euros (this only applies if you buy your ticket from the airport, otherwise it is 7 euros for 10 rides and 1 Euro for 1 ride). I am so used to getting the tube in London that I keep getting my ticket out as we exit the station. You don't need to do that, you only need to put your ticket through as you enter the station. To see how many journeys you have left check the markings on the back. Also the ticket machine indicates how many journeys you have left as you go through.
The Metro is easy to use (especially compared to the London underground). The lines are colour coded and numbered. Most of the time the front of the train will tell you the direction of the train (i.e the final destination), if not it is displayed on the information board on each platform.
There are currently a few line or part line suspensions ( I don't know how long for, I will ask my friends on Sunday). We ended up walking, which wasn't that far.
When arriving in Madrid, you can catch the metro into the city centre quite easily. To find the metro station you need to follow the signs, the metro station is in Terminal 2. It may seem a bit of a walk (depending from where you land) but the metro is so cheap and easy that it just isn't worth taking a taxi. There are staff at the metro station who are more than happy to help.
Metro is the most convenient way to move around Madrid.
Modern, fast, reliable, with frequent rides, the metro network covers grat part of the metropolitan area, including the airport and it's still increasing.
It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1.30 a.m..
Downtown Madrid is not very big so if you're a good walker, chances are you'll be able to walk to pretty much all the major attractions in the city. However, if you ever get tired and would rather go by metro, don't hesitate to do so! Because I lived a little bit outside of the city center, I had to take the metro every day to go to school and I have to say, this is the best metro system I've ever had a chance to use! It runs from 6:00 am to 2:00 am, and usually I wouldn't even bother checking the schedule before leaving as trains were never more than 5 or 6 minutes apart, even on the weekends. And if the city itself tends to get a bit dirty, it certainly doesn't apply to its metro which is always spotless clean! Another great thing is that it really isn't expensive - a single trip costs only 1 Euro, and you can also get a 10-trip ticket for 6.70 Euros (it's the same ticket you use 10 times). The metro also goes all the way to Barajas Airport (there's an extra 1 Euro fee to get to the airport). So to sum it all up, it's a cheap, easy, safe and effective way of getting around in Madrid!
The most efficient and by far the cheapest option for travelling around Madrid. It's clean, it has modern trains and it's safe.
For a tourist the best option is to purchase a Tourist pass (Abonos Tousticos) - these come in the option of a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 day passes. I bought a 3 day one and it cost 9.60 euro. this can be used for travel from Bajaras Airport too, single purchase tickets would require a 2 euro supplement if travelling from Barajas Airport. The ticket also allows for travel on Buses and the local train network (within zone 1).
My previous trip to Madrid I used a taxi from the airport to Sol and this was about 28euros, one way! and it took 35mins, whereas the metro took 1 hour for the same trip - a fair compromise I think... more money for Tapas!
When taking the Metro from the Airport to Atocha train station, there are several staircases you'll have to navigate in the Metro stations, and I had to do at least two train transfers to get to Atocha station. I was on my own too. It can be done but, if you have kids in tow or are with a large group, a taxi or shuttle might be a better option for you.
Well... i don`t know how is it on rush times (though some locals said that is not bad at all), but on holiday period we found it pretty efficient. The line covers all of the tourist. points and several neighbourhoods up to the airport. Trains go by every 2 minutes at most, everything is clean and cheered out by local music.
Metro is the cheapest, fastest, and most comfortable way to get around Madrid.
Buy a 10-rides ticket, called Metrobus, and you’ll save a lot of money. The metrobus card costs 6. 70 Euro, which makes your single metro ride, probably, one of the cheapest in Europe. Madrid’s metro is very clean and safe. Just remember that it doesn’t run 24 hours a day and you may have to use taxi if you need a ride between 1:30am and 5am
You can get a metro map at the ticket booth.
The metro is cheap, efficient and runs very often. From Barajas airport you take line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios (end of journey) and from there (or before, it depends on where you're headed) you change lines to your final destination. A map of the metro can be found at Metro de Madrid (in Spanish, but you'll get the idea ;)).
A single ticket costs 1€ but there's the Metrobus ticket, which is valid for 10 trips and costs 6.70€ and there's of course different kinds of travel cards (abonos). The prices are found at the link below, when you click on "Billetes y abonos".