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How to get around Madrid by bus or metro


There are lots of Madrid Spain transport options including walking! The city is easy to get around on foot. But you can also choose from regular metro trains and  buses. The city transport  is quite cheap and there are options for disabled people too.

There are 5 main ways of travelling around the centre of Madrid. The public transport system is excellent, and we would highly recommend using it.

The metro is a clean, safe and efficient service that is easy to navigate. The coaches are air-conditioned, and spacious. Many also have seating reserved for  the elderly and disabled. The metro is cheap, and you can buy a single ticket for just 1.00 euro . The cheapest option, is to buy a 10 journey ‘metrobus’ ticket that you can also use on the bus. This costs 9.30 euros.

To see more detailed information about the Madrid Metro, click here to go to our in  depth metro page.

To see up to date information regarding timetables and any works on any of the lines, click here to go to the official Madrid metro site.

A taxi is a great idea during the night time when the metro doesn’t run. Especially if you aren’t familiar with your surroundings. Official Madrid  Spain transport taxis are white with a red stripe, and can be either stopped in the street, or you can wait at a taxi rank for one. The taxi ranks are indicated by a blue sign that contains a white letter ‘T’.

The taxi will display a green light when it is available. The charge for setting the metre going is 2.05 euros, and after that it’s 98 cents a kilometre in the city centre between 06:00 and 22:00.

Car Hire
Another Madrid Spain transport option is to hire a car. Although it is great to be in control of your own timetable, and not have to worry about missing buses  or trains – I’d advise only hiring a car if you need to travel out of the centre. Parking is not easy in Madrid, and neither is navigating. Even if you have a good map, you will find that many road works will take you diversions that  can be confusing.

This is another clean, cheap and efficient means of Madrid Spain transport. You can buy a 10 journey ‘metrobus’ ticket for just 9.30 euros, that  is usable on both the metro and the bus. The EMT buses are red and run from 06:00 until 23:30. Once you’re on the bus, just punch your ticket in the machine. There is also a bus service that runs at night, but unless you can recognise where you  need to get off, we would recommend taking a taxi for night time trips.

If you buy a tourist travel pass you can get discounted travel on all types of public transport within the Madrid region. The pass is valid for either 1,2,3,5, or 7 days, and starts at 6.00 euros for a 1 day city centre pass.

Click here to see how to buy a Madrid travel pass

Walking around Madrid

If you rent any of our apartments located in the centre of Madrid, this is the better way to move around Madrid.

The main centre of Madrid is not really that big, and it is, in our experience, quite safe to walk around. Most points of interest are shown on special brown pedestrian signs with a picture of a walking man on them. As long as it’s not too hot,  it’s nice to walk around as that way you can get your bearings better, and see some lovely sights en route. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that nearly everywhere in the proper centro can we reached in less than 45 minutes on foot.

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