Getting around Madrid

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Metro & local trains

Madrid’s urban railway network is the second largest (after London) in Europe. Most of the city is covered by 12 color coded Metro lines and 3 Light Metro (Metro Ligero – ML).

The surrounding cities and towns are connected to Madrid by the RENFE (national railway operator) Cercanías (Local) trains.

Main hub stations connecting Metro and Cercanías trains are Atocha, Sol, Chamartín and Nuevos Ministerios.

More info about Metro at and about RENFE at Madrid Cercanías


Madrid buses are operated by Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT) and have a fleet of around 2000 buses.

Buses operate regularly from 6:30AM to 11:30PM

There are also night buses, commonly known as búhos (owls), serving 26 routes and operating from 11:45PM to 5:30AM. They all start at Plaza de la Cibeles.

Buses operated by Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid travel along most city routes regularly between about 6.30am and 11.30pm. Twenty-six night-bus  routes operate from 11.45pm to 5.30am, with all routes originating in Plaza de la Cibeles.

More info about Madrid buses is available here.

Metro & Bus Tickets

€1.50 for a single trip, €12.20 for a 10-trip Metrobús ticket. Single-trip tickets can be purchased on board.


Info coming soon. Meanwhile you can learn more here.


Madrid has an excellent road network. The medieval central core is limited to traffic.

More info coming soon. Meanwhile check the electric car rental service: car2go.


With nearly 16.000 Taxis on the streets of Madrid, finding a free one should be easy, though it is one of the most expensive means of transportation.

Taxis in Madrid are white with a diagonal red band on their front door bearing the emblem of the city. They have a green light that is on when they are free.

Starting (minimum fee): 2.40 € Monday to Friday from 6 am to 9 pm; 2.90 € Saturday and Sunday and at other times.

See all Taxi rates and surcharges here.