The Madrid Metro (Subway)

Metro in Madrid

The Metro in Madrid (subway) is the easiest way to move around the city. It’s a relatively cheap mode of transport and also fairly frequent too. The Madrid Metro is also clean and safe, as well as very extensive, covering much of the city, so you can get to almost everywhere by tube.

The network of the Madrid Metro System has 238 stations on 12 lines (plus one shuttle and a tram system) and almost 300 kilometres of rail-roads  That makes it the second largest network in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, only behind Shanghai, London, New York, Moscow and Tokyo. The Metro in Madrid moves about 2.5 million passengers per year.

Madrid Metro SystemLines and distribution of the Madrid Metro

The network of the Metro in Madrid includes 12 lines, one shuttle and 3 lines of  tram, called Metro Ligero. Each line is numbered and represented by one colour.

Currently, the Madrid Metro lines consist of:

  • Line 1 (light blue): Pinar de Chamartín – Valdecarros
  • Line 2 (red): Las Rosas – Cuatro Caminos
  • Line 3 (yellow): Villaverde Alto – Moncloa
  • Line 4 (dark brown): Argüelles – Pinar de Chamartín
  • Line 5 (light green): Alameda de Osuna – Casa de Campo
  • Line 6 (grey): Circular
  • Line 7 (orange): Hospital del Henares – Pitis
  • Line 8 (pink): Nuevos Ministerios – Airport (Terminal 4)
  • Line 9 (purple): Mirasierra – Arganda del Rey
  • Line 10 (dark blue): Hospital Infanta Sofía – Puerta del Sur
  • Line 11 (dark green): Plaza Elíptica – La Fortuna
  • Line 12 (light brown): Circular (Metrosur)
  • Shuttle, called ‘R’ or ‘Ramal’ (white): Opera – Príncipe Pío
  • Metro Ligero Line 1(light blue): Pinar de Chamartín – Las Tablas
  • Metro Ligero Line 2 (purple): Colonía Jardín – Estación de Aravaca
  • Metro Ligero Line 3 (red): Colonía Jardín – Puerta de Boadilla

The Metro in Madrid covers all the territory of the city and also extends to other cities located in the surrounding areas, such as Coslada and San Fernando (Line 7), Rivas and Arganda del Rey (Line 9) and the main cities of the south thanks to Metrosur (Line 12): Alcorcón, Leganés, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Getafe.

General and special fares of Metro in Madrid

The price of the Madrid Metro has increased a lot in the last years but it is still considered to be cheap.

Current fares are as below:

 How much is a metro ticket in Madrid?

  • Single ticket: 1.50 euro for 5 stations (plus 0.10 euro each additional station, up to a max of 2 euro’s)
  • Combined ticket (Madrid Metro and Metro Ligero): 3 euro’s
  • 10 journey ticket: 12.20 euro’s
  • Combined 10 journeys ticket: 18.30 euro’s
  • Ticket to the airport: from 4.50 euro’s, depending on the station of departure

There are special passes for tourists to travel on the Metro in Madrid. Prices start from 8.40 euro’s (1 day) to 70.80 euro’s (7 days), which include unlimited journeys.

There also are special monthly passes for the Madrid Metro from 54.60 euro’s (35 for young people and 12.30 for the elderly).

Metro in Madrid at night: timetable

The Metro in Madrid doesn’t run24 hours a day, but its timetable is still extensive. It starts at 6.00 AM and finishes at 2.00 AM. The last Metro trains in Madrid depart at 1.30 AM from the first station on the line.

At night there is a service called ‘Buhometro’ that replaces the Madrid Metro service: the route of each line is covered by bus overground, except for a few sections with low demand in the outskirts of the city. This Madrid Metro service  is available on the nights of Friday, Saturday and on the eve of major public holidays.