Getting around Madrid has never been easier thanks to the city’s state-of-the-art transportation system. While most of the historic center is easy to walk on foot, chances are that you may need to use transportation to head to destinations farther out. In this handy guide we’re breaking down public transportation in Madrid so you can get where you need to go, quick!
If you plan on using public transportation frequently in Madrid, especially the Metro, you should look into getting a Multicard. This contactless card is can be loaded with credit that you can use on the Metro and Metro Ligero (light rail network). Each time you use the card, a ride will be deducted from your account. You can purchase or reload this card at any Metro station, or the numerous tobacco shops across town. Prices per ride depend on the zones you are traveling in, so consult this table for full information.
To use the bus, you can buy a single ticket on the bus for 1.5€, or a multi-trip pass for more rides at a discounted rate. You can purchase 10 rides, an airport ticket or a special tourist ticket at any Metro station or tobacco shop. Again, prices vary by zone and ticket type, so check out this page to learn more about fares and tickets.
To use the commuter train, the Cercanías, you will need to buy a ticket at the train station. Prices vary by zone and destination, so you can find ticket information here.
Without a doubt, the Metro is the most popular mode of public transportation in Madrid. The network has 12 lines and more than 300 stations across the metropolitan area. The network also includes 3 light rail lines, and the Ramal, a special line that connects the Ópera and Principe Pío stations. In fact, it is one of the largest Metro networks in all of Europe. The Metro is open daily from 6:00AM to 1:30AM every day of the year. During peak hours, there are trains every two minutes, and during the slowest hours, like early morning or late night, about every 15 minutes.
EMT is Madrid’s bus network, has more than 200 lines and 2000 buses and vehicles to move people around the city every day. The bus runs from 6:00AM to 23:30PM Monday through Friday, and from 7:00-23:00 on weekends and holidays. Depending on the line, frequency is between 4-15 minutes. Starting at 23:30, the night bus lines begin operation. There are 27 lines that run about every 35 minutes Sunday-Friday, and every 15-20 minutes on Saturdays. The fare is the same as the regular bus.
The commuter train, the Cercanías, can take travelers to destinations both in the city or outside of the city limits. This train is a part of Renfe, the national rail system. The main train station in Madrid is Atocha, where you can purchase tickets, check timetables, or connect to the long distance or high speed trains.
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