Boarding Metro in Madrid

 Metro in Madrid is the easiest and cheapest mode of transportation


Metro in Madrid (Spanish: Metro de Madrid) is the metro system service that runs throughout the city of Madrid, capital of Spain. It is so far the easiest and cheapest way to move around the city. The cleanliness and security of the trains are one of the priorities of Metro in Madrid to ensure their unique service throughout the whole people and tourists of Madrid.



The network of the whole Metro has up to date, 238 stations on 12 lines (plus one shuttle and a system of tram) totalling up to 300 kilometres worth of railroads making up almost 92% of Madrid’s underground. The network is considered to be the 6th largest and longest network in the world.



It is growing exponentially and expanding throughout the possible positive outlook to serve people and tourists of Madrid better. It is a competing network against Shanghai, London, New York, Moscow and Tokyo. An average of about 2.5 million passengers per year was found to be boarding the trains of Metro.


Metro Lines and Station distribution of Metro in Madrid


Metro Ligero is a system of tram under the network of Metro in Madrid. Including 12 lines, one shuttle and 3 lines of Metro Ligero, each of them has distinct features. On all the 12 lines, each line is numbered and represented by one colour.


Each line colour and station connections are the following:

  • Line 1 (light blue): Pinar de Chamartín (connection with Lines 4 and ML 1) – Valdecarros
  • Line 2 (red): Las Rosas – Cuatro Caminos (connection with Lines 1 and 6)
  • Line 3 (yellow): Villaverde Alto (connection with Renfe Cercanías (regional railways)) – Moncloa (connection with Line 6 and regional buses)
  • Line 4 (dark brown): Argüelles (connection with Lines 3 and 6)– Pinar de Chamartín (connection with Lines 1 and ML1)
  • Line 5 (light green): Alameda de Osuna – Casa de Campo (connection with Line 10)
  • Line 6 (grey): Laguna (connection with Renfe Cercanías (Local Trains)) - Lucero
  • Line 7 (orange): Hospital del Henares – Pitis (connection with Renfe Cercanías)
  • Line 8 (pink): Nuevos Ministerios (connection with Lines 6 and 10 and Renfe Cercanías) – Airport (Terminal 4)
  • Line 9 (purple): Mirasierra – Arganda del Rey
  • Line 10 (dark blue): Hospital Infanta Sofía – Puerta del Sur (connection with Line 12)
  • Line 11 (dark green): Plaza Elíptica (connection with Line 6 and regional buses) – La Fortuna
  • Line 12 (light brown): Puerta del Sur – San Nicasio Shuttle, called ‘R’ or ‘Ramal’ (white): Opera – Príncipe Pío
  • Metro Ligero Line 1 (light blue): Pinar de Chamartín (connection with Lines 1 and 4) – Las Tablas (connection with Line 10)
  • Metro Ligero Line 2 (purple): Colonía Jardín (connection with Line 10 and ML3) – Estación de Aravaca
  • Metro Ligero Line 3 (red): Colonía Jardín (connection with Line 10 and ML2) – Puerta de Boadilla

General and special fares of Metro in Madrid

If you are planning to ride the metro during your whole trip in Madrid, it is wiser to get familiar of the packages and special fares to know which could be the most appropriate fare fee. Over the years, the fares are gradually changing but still maintain its reputation of being cheap in terms of general and special fares.

Fares are as follows:

  • Single ticket: €1.50 euro for 5 stations (plus €0.10 each additional station, maximum of €2.00 addition)
  • Combined ticket (Metro in Madrid and Metro Ligero): €3.00
  • 10 journeys ticket: €12.20 Combined 10 journeys ticket: €18.30
  • Ticket to the airport: minimum of €4.50, depending on the station of departure

Special fare packages that are offered for tourist are as follows:

  • €8.40 euro (1 day) to €70.80 (7 days), with unlimited journeys.
  • Monthly passes: Minimum of €54.60 (€35 for young people and €12.30 for elder people).

Metro in Madrid at night: timetable



Unfortunately, the operation time for Metro in Madrid is not 24 hours per day although rest assured that the trains are always available from 6:00AM to 2:00AM. Last trip for the Metro departs on 1:30AM from the first station of the line. An alternative way of travelling the route of Metro is a service called ‘Buhometro’. The route of each line is followed by a bus on the surface with exception to those places with low demand for travelling in the surroundings of the city. This service is always available during Friday nights, Saturday nights and precedent day of an eve.