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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.