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Madrid Metro

Madrid Trains & Metro

Madrid Metro system covers a total of 284 kilometers and has 294 stations on it's system and over three million passengers use it every day. It's clean, efficient, cheap and cheerful and can take you anywhere within the this capital of Spain. There are 450 lifts and endless escalators - the Metro in Madrid is the subway with the largest number of lifts and escalators in the world.

There are some 13 lines which make up the metro, each designated with a different coloured number for easy reference, both at the stations and on metro maps. Line 6 is the circular route and line 8 takes passengers to and from the Airport.

There is a whole range of tickets available from single journeys at 2€ for anywhere on the system and 3€ for a journey to or from the terminals at the airport. There are also tickets available for different sections of the system, for 10 journeys and there are seasonal tickets. All are extremely reasonable by today's standards. Children under 4 years old travel free. Tickets can be purchased at any kiosk or station (from booths or automated machines).

Madrid Metro Map

One oddity of the Madrid Metro is that unlike the roads and trains in Spain, the metro runs on the left side of the tracks.The metro runs from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. and you can expect a metro train every 2 to 4 minutes, at most stations. A very good service. One other point of interest - on the Madrid Metro, pickpockets are frequent, in particular singling out tourists. Beware.


Madrid Trains
Madrid has two long distance railway stations which are Atocha and Chamartín. They run both long distance and local commuter trains. There are three other main stations which serve commuter trains, they are Príncipe Pío, Recoletos and Nuevos Ministerios, and of course a host of other stations throughout the city.

Atocha is the largest and most used station and serves the areas to the south, east and west of the city (and Spain), while Chamartin is used for trains heading in a northerly direction.

Madrid AVE

Many of the long distance trains from Madrid run on the AVE system (using two versions of fast trains), and a local service being the Cercanias (commuter trains).

Cercanias Train


Cercanías Madrid is the commuter rail service that serves Madrid, the capital of Spain, and its metropolitan area. It consists of nine routes and operates between 4 and 5 in the morning until midnight (with the exception of the C9 route), and the frequency varies depending on the route, from 3 to 4 minutes during the week, to one every 2 hours at weekends.

Cercanias Map

The cost of tickets is based on zones encircling the city from 1 to 7, with prices from 1.25€ to 4.25€. Tickets are also available for 10 journeys and monthly. Prices are subject to change.
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