Metro (subway), Madrid
1. Get yourself a map over the metro system in Madrid.
2. Buy a ticket for 10 travels or a tourist card for 1 or more days. A tourist card will give you access to museums etc.
3. Get out!
Each line has its own rails, this means you always have to walk a bit when you are changing line. If you have much to carry, it might be "hard work".
Each ticket is valid for one journey. It means that you can go on one ticket in the metro, while taking the bus may consume various numbers of tickets.
Trains are short and goes frequently (each 3 minutes).
Ticket price: Ticket for 10 travels, 5.20 euro.(There are special tickets on MetroSur and on TFM, nothing I had to bother about)
The Metro of Madrid has 11 lines and operates between 6:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.
A single ticket (Bilette Sencillo) costs 1,10 EURO, while 10 Metrobus tickets (Bilette de 10 Viajes) cost 5,20 EURO (2003). The Metrobus tickets are either valid on the Metro and the local buses.
The subway system in Madrid is, inmho, one of the best (if not THE best) in the world. In the past few years, it has improved substantially: it has become safe* and the amount of lines and stations has grown. It is the best and easiest way to go around the city other than the bus system (which is harder to use if you don't know the city), except for walking that is! =D
It is also the cheapest and fastest way to arrive to the city from the airport and vice versa!
Single tickets are 1.10 euros and tickets including 10 trips are 5.20 euros... do the math! ;-) (btw these tickets are valid for the buses too)
* even if it is safe, as everywhere and with everything use precautions and common sense (for example don't take the subway alone at 3am and close your purse if the wagon is packed...)
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.
The easiest way to go to Old Madrid is to take a Metro’s line 1 till the station “Gran Via” or “Sol”. Metro’s lines 2, 3, 5 and 10 stations are near the sights too. If you want to go there by bus 51, 52 and 150 busses are going till Puerta del Sol.
The line 8 (pink) of the Metro takes you to the Barajas airport in 20-30 minutes from the city centre.
You just have to pay 1 euro for the ride, though you will have to make transfer from any line you take to the pink line, and that might be hard with many suitcases.
If tou are flying with national spanish airways, U can check in all your luggage at "Nuevos Ministerios" stop, at the Castellana Avenue and make the ride with no luggage...
Honestly, i don't like to ride in an underground transportations. yes, i am afraid :) This is my first time metro and i can say, it is the best way to reach a destination quickly.... and comfortably (if not rush hours though). My friend Aida bought two tickets for me. Each has 10 rides for 6.40 Euros and also valid for buses within the city.
6:00 A.M. to 1:30 A.M.
As with most of the large cities of Europe, we found the Metro in Madrid to be excellent. The Madrid Web site is very good and can be found at http://www.metromadrid.es. You can also check out http://www.travelinginspain.com/metro.htm for more general info on how to use the metro.
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.
You can get a free small map but with all the stations and information in any metro station. Ask for it in the ticket office.
Tickets are 1,10 € 1 trip or 5,20 Euros for 10 trips.
There is a line to/from the airport. In 20 min. you can go from the airport to the center of the town.
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.
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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Metro is a good way to move around in Madrid. Normal fare is 1,10 euro, but you can buy 10 tickets (ask for a "MetroBus" in any station or at most tobacco shops) for 5,20 euros. This MetroBus you can use them both for Metro and for Bus. Monthly passes which cost 33.60 euros and can be used on the buses and on the Cercanías trains within the city.
Metro runs from 6 am to 1:30 am, that meaning that the last train leaves its origin at that time.
After that time you should have to take the "Buhos (owls)", night buses departing from Cibeles Square.
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.
Madrid's metro is claimed by locals to be one of the best in the world. It is pretty reliable and clean, recently non-smoking and very easy to use. Make sure you know the direction you are going which is towards the last stop on each line.
From the airport it is very easy to take the Metro into the city. You take the line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios and can transfer there to the Line 6 or 10 to take you where you need to go.
I recommend getting a 10 trip "METROBUS" pass that can be shared by several people and is valid for metro and buses. However there are no free transfers from Metro to Bus as in many other cities of the world.
10 Trip METROBUS costs 6.15 Euros