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Madrid Metro

It's not a big secret; El Metro is the most convenient transportation system in Madrid. It is cheap, reasonably punctual, easy to use, and fairly safe. Don't expect any interesting view while using it, though. Only if Latetia Casta is seated next to you in the train... but no, this is not going to happen ;-)

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Aug 31, 2003

Explore Madrid by Metro

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.

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Jun 09, 2003

Metro in Madrid "two thumbs up! !

Subway is in Madrid very clean and modern. If you have not too many things to carry. I suggest to take subway from airport to the city. It takes about 35 to 45 min.
single ticket is 1,15 euro. Ticket for 10 trip is 5,80 Euro which I always buy it.

Hours; closes at around 1:00 am

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May 04, 2005

Easy going around ...

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)

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Aug 04, 2003
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The "metro" (subway) is an excellent, comfortable and cheap way to go everywhere in Madrid; you can buy your ticket at the Metro stations or at the "estancos" (tobacco stands). I think is very convenient to buy a "metrobús", a 10 trips ticket (metro and bus).

El metro es una forma excelente, cómoda y económica de ir a cualquier parte en Madrid; puedes comprar tu boleto en las estaciones de Metro o en los estancos. Creo que es conveniente compar un "metrobús" que permite 10 viajes en metro y en bus.

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Aug 17, 2003

Passes on the metro

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.

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Jan 01, 2012

THE subway

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...)

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Jul 08, 2003

How to go to the Old historical Madrid

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.

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Dec 20, 2004
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"¡Bienvenido a Madrid!/Welcome to Madrid!"
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"Madrid is where I live"
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"Madrid: My home for 3 fantastic weeks!"
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"Home is where you're always from"
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Metro to the airport

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...

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May 26, 2003

Metro de Madrid

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.
Opening hours:
6:00 A.M. to 1:30 A.M.

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Jul 17, 2007

Metro links

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 You can also check out for more general info on how to use the metro.

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Aug 22, 2004

Subway-Metro, The best way of getting around

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.

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Mar 07, 2003

Things To Do Near Madrid

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Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

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Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

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La Casa Encendida

So La Casa Encendida is a kind of socially-conscious project/creative and learning space sponsored by the Caja Madrid bank.... The building has several floors with various different spaces, most...
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El Parque del Buen Retiro

The Retiro Park (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is the largest Public Park in Madrid and was formerly a private park of the Spanish Monarchy. This park has historical significance as is was formerly...
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Retiro Park

Retiro Park is one of the top places I visited when in Madrid. With around 125 hectares of grounds to explore and numerous routes and walkways around the park, you will not get bored here. Many of the...
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Palacio Cristal

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