Madrid Metro

Madrid Metro

Madrid Metro is the fastest and most efficient means of transport to get around the city. The first metro line was constructed in 1919 and connected Sol with Cuatro Caminos.

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.  

Madrid Metro is approximately 293KM long, making it the seventh longest metro system in the world, after London, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Moscow and Seoul.


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
Airport supplement €4.50
10 trips  €12.20

Where to buy tickets 

Plano Metro de Madrid
Map of Madrid Metro

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.

Running times

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.