Getting around Madrid by metro, bus. Tickets, subscriptions, prices.

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In addition to a city full of charm and monuments, the Spanish capital boasts a highly efficient transport system. The metro, in this perspective, is the real flagship. Even the road network is enviable; active from morning until evening. In the latter case, however, it should be borne in mind that the city is rather chaotic and busy, especially during peak times. The Metro, therefore, is the ideal solution to move around Madrid.



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Twelve main lines, a connecting line, and 3 tramlines; a total of 320 kilometers and 326 stations. These numbers explain well the reason why the Madrid metro is one of the largest in the world. In Europe, only London and Moscow are ahead.

Not just simple numbers, though! The Madrid metropolitan system is highly efficient; center and periphery are connected in a capillary way. Impressive, among other things the frequency of the races, which for some lines touches even the three minutes. A train every three minutes ... impressive.

The meter consists of 12 main lines. Each is associated with a number (progressive from 1 to 12) and a color. The 6 line, Circular, is the busiest and makes stops at the nerve centers of the capital. Who decides to move to Madrid by metro, be sure that will often use this line! The meter is well highlighted on the outside by appropriate signs. Each line has its white number on the colored box. They are, absolutely, the best way to get around Madrid.

At twelve lines is the so-called Ramal, a simple connecting line of only 1,1 km, between stations Opera e Principe Pio. Outside, the Ramal is highlighted by special signs with a letter R in color and a blue box on a white background.

The so-called is active from the 2007 Metro Ligera, or the Light Metro. In reality, it is a tram line that consists of three lines for a total of approximately 28 km. The Metro Legera is highlighted by a number and colored box on a white background. Each line has its own number (progressive from 1 to 3) and its own color.

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The lines are generally active every day from 06: 05 in the morning to 02: 00 at night. For more info, please consult the official website from this link.

We also report that the official metromadrid APP is available. You can download it from the official website or from the Store. Free, interactive, allows you to better plan your travels.


EMT, Namely Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid is the company that manages public road transport. Currently, it is part of the Regional Transport Consortium Madrid which also includes the subway. The data are impressive: 204 lines and a total of 1900 buses. The network extends in a capillary way from the center to the periphery; is active, thanks to the night lines, 24 hours on 24.

The major defect in surface transport is traffic. Madrid, as a great European capital, is an extremely chaotic and busy city; especially at peak times. Even the buses are affected by the inconvenience. Despite this, buses are, however, an excellent solution to move around Madrid.

We report that, like the Metro, EMT also provides an interesting APP to move around Madrid. For this and other information, we invite you to consult the official website from this link.


Madrid is divided into different tariff zones. Zone A is the most central; C1 and C2 are the most peripheral areas. Purchasing one Billete Sencillo, you can make a single bus ride, Metro Zone A, ML1 and some stops Zone B1, B2. With this ticket you can make a trip ONLY WITHIN A SAME ZONE. Those wishing to move between two different areas must purchase TWO tickets, or alternatively, the Billette Combinado; with the latter, it is possible to move around Madrid on the entire Metro and Metro Ligero network in two different areas.

Il Billetes de 10 viajes, is a sort of booklet with 10 single-ride tickets. It costs 12,20 €, instead of 15,00 € that you would spend to buy them individually. Even the Billette Combinado has its "carnet" from 10 viajes, sold in this case at the cheap price of 18,80 €.

To reach Barajas Airport, the supplement must always be purchased. More info from here.

For those wishing to make more trips on public transport over one or more days, the TOURIST CARD It is the ideal solution. This is a sort of subscription from 1 to 7 days; thanks to it, you can travel unlimitedly on all the vehicles for the established time. The Card is personal and non-transferable. When used, it must be accompanied by an official document. It can be purchased at all Metro stations and Consortium offices.
With the ZONA A TOURIST CARD, you can travel on all public transport in Madrid. The 1 day version costs 8,40 €; 2 days, 14,40 €; 3 days, 18,40 €; 5 days, 26,80 €; 6 days, 35,40 €.
With the ZONA T TOURIST CARD you can also reach the E1 and E2 areas. Prices start at 17,00 € for the one-day version, up to 70,80 for the weekly subscription.

But not all. MADRID CARD it is the card with which to move for Madrid; you can travel on all means of the city, and FREE access to over 50 museums and attractions. The CARD from 24 hours costs 47,00 €, while the one from 48 € costs 60,00. You can access the Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen, Royal Palace and many other monuments. In addition, enjoy special discounts on restaurants, evenings, car rentals and more.

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