Nowadays, the metro system has 13 lines and 301 stations, as well as 3 light rail (Metro Ligero) lines, these are low trams that connect the peripheral parts of the city.
The city is divided into various areas (called zonas) with different tariffs, but if you move around the city centre, you won’t need to worry as the tariff is the same (Zona A).
The Metrobús is Madrid’s public transport ticket and is valid for both the metro and urban buses. Children under the age of four may travel by any means of transport for free.
|Type of ticket||Price|
|Single ticket||Between €1.50 and €2 depending on the number of stations|
Where to buy tickets
Tickets are valid for both the metro and the bus system, and children under 4 may travel without a card.
You can get a rechargeable card in the automatic red machines, tobacco shops, and other authorised sales points.
You can top up your card at any of these places, except for the tobacco shops.
The metro runs every day from 6am until 2am (The last train leaves the first metro station at 1:30am).
Unusual facts about the Madrid Metro
- The first trains were brought from Paris and were second-hand.
- Queues of people formed the day the metro was open to the public and 56,220 people used the metro on that day.
- The metro stations were used as an air raid shelter during the Civil War.
- During its early years, the metro sold “first-class” and “second-class” tickets.