Madrid Transport

Madrid Transport

The system of transportation in Madrid is constantly being developed. Yes, it is not perfect, but you can see it has improved through time. During rush hours, the situation of trains and buses is affected especially in the capital from 8:00AM to 10:00AM & 6:00PM to 7:00PM (Fridays, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM). On the other hand, during the rest of the day except for those periods, Madrid’s means of transportation are quite manageable.

There are different options to choose when travelling around Madrid. One of them is Metro (subway), which is considered the simplest one. The second option is the EMT bus service that allows you to travel downtown without skipping a place. This is the most complete service. The third option is the Cercanías local train, which can take you to the farthest places, compared to the other means of transportation previously mentioned. The fourth alteative is the fastest: the taxi. Of course, there are other options of transportation in Madrid such as private car rental, motorbikes or bicycles. These last options are ideal when you want some privacy and comfort.
Madrid is very proud of how tourists treat the city and consequently they focus on transportation, especially tourists. These means of transportation include tourist buses, the cable car of the Casa de Campo and the tourist trains organized by RENFE, the one responsible for all railway conces throughout Spain. Every means of transportation has its own characteristics and benefits. Many options are given to you so that you can choose the most comfortable and useful alteative during your visit in Madrid.

Public transportation in Madrid

Public transportation in Madrid is guaranteed to be safe, clean, fast (there are different degrees of speed), cheap and, especially, efficient.

Metro / Subway

It has 12 lines and 213 stations of different railways that travel throughout the capital. Tourists can enjoy the efficiency of Metro when getting to the most important places in Madrid including the airport, the attractive downtown and the business commercial areas. Going from one place to another can be really easy and efficient by using this transportation. The frequency of the trains varies. It is quite easy to board the trains, since the waiting period during rush hours (e.g. 7:30AM to 9:00AM) is only 2 or 3 minutes and during the rest of the day trains arrive to the station every five minutes regularly. Read more...


This is the most used means of transportation by most Madrilenians. There are two kinds of buses that are easy to distinguish: the regular buses, which are blue and the red buses, which work with diesel and offer up to 10% discount in fare. EMT buses can take you everywhere with its very precise drop-off points that you can find close to your destination. They work everyday from 6:00AM to 12:00MN with an interval from 5 to 15 minutes. During the night, this is the most popular means of transportation. At night, there are the buses called “búhos” that run from 11:45PM to 6:00AM every 15 to 30 minutes. Approximately, these “búhos” buses travel the same path of the subway lines departing from Cibeles Square. Read more...

Local Trains

This is the best transportation choice when travelling from the Great Madrid to the capital or vice-versa. It can take you to the popular Paseo de la Castellana and Nuevos Ministerios. With a frequency of 3 to 5 minutes, it runs from 6:00AM to 11:00PM. As you can see, the frequency of local train is lower than the Metro, but keep in mind that it stops fewer times. Important places such as Puerta del Sol and, of course, the airport (terminal 4) can be easily reached by using local trains. Read more...


Taxis are the most flexible and fastest means of transportation. It can take you anywhere with the expense of paying for the distance, of course. It is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The prices are not very expensive (e.g. approximately €25 from downtown to the airport) but they are much higher compared to local trains, buses and metro. They can be accessed at several taxi stops around the city, especially near big stations and hotels. Tourists who need special assistance such as wheelchairs can use this transportation and ask for adapted cars. Read more...

Private transportation in Madrid

Private transportation in Madrid is also a good choice. Renting a car in Madrid is the best choice if you are going to travel from one city to another. This offers you the luxury and the freedom to go anywhere you like with the comfort of travelling and site seeing. The main companies work in the city, as well as other platforms that rent motorcycles too.
How about renting a bicycle? Yes, there are long bike lanes within the city; however, they are not connected to downtown. Unfortunately, in Central Madrid, cyclists must share the road with vehicles to go around. Hence, it may be dangerous, especially for people that are not accustomed to bicycles and who don’t know the centre of the city. Up to now, bicycles are still considered as a weekend entertainment and not as transportation. Read more...

Transportation While Traveling Madrid

Madrid is a big and wide city. Therefore, transportation is a matter that tourists should take into consideration before travelling to the city. If you are coming to Madrid, has elaborated useful information so that you can manage yourself when you arrive.
Throughout this helpful information, we explain everything you have to know about the means of transportation you can use in Madrid: Metro, train, bus, taxi, bicycle and car. How many lines does the Metro have? How much does a jouey to the airport cost? Can I get to the surroundings of Madrid by train? All these and many other questions are clearly answered in the articles we have published for you.

Besides this, ‘Things to do in Madrid’ has gathered all the maps you need to move throughout the city. If you visit this section, you will be able to download a plan of Metro, a map of commuter train services and other convenient resources. All of them are available in PDF format.
In addition, if you want to be even more independent, we give you tips to move by bicycle or by car. Bike lanes in Madrid have some particularities you must know, as well as the roads and highways for the car. Although renting an automobile in the capital of Spain is easy, we give you more useful information such as where to take and where to leave you vehicle.
The information has been written by tour guides who live in Madrid, so they know much better than anyone else the advantages and the disadvantages of every means of transportation.

Be informed by and choose the means of transportation you like!