Getting around Madrid by Bus

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Madrid has a large bus network operated by Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT), whose services travel across the city. Buses go to places the underground doesn’t reach. Although main streets have dedicated lanes, buses can be slower than the tube during rush hours.

Most bus routes operate Monday to Friday between 6am and 11.30pm, every 4 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day. Less frequent weekend services start at 7am, the last one being at 11pm. The 200 bus line links Barajas Airport (T1, T2, T4) and Avenida de América. The fare is the same as that of regular buses: €1.50. Line 101 departs from Canillejas and ends at T1 or T2.

Madrid has as many as 26 late night bus routes, popularly known as búhos (Spanish for ‘owls’), all of them departing from Plaza de Cibeles. Fares are the same as during day hours, but the frequency is lower. From Sunday to Friday and on holidays, late night buses run every 35 minutes, from 11.55pm to 4am. The next bus departs at 5.10am. On Saturday and on days before a bank holiday, búhos depart from Cibeles every 15 to 20 minutes, from 11pm to 7am.

For more information on bus services, visit EMT Madrid website. To check timetables and routes, click here.

All 2,022 EMT buses are equipped with air conditioning and automatic transmission, and they’re accessible to disabled passengers.

You can only get on a bus at bus stops, where you can view the routes on a map. If you’re on the bus and want to get off, press the stop button. If you’re at a bus stop, signal to the driver with a wave when you see the bus approaching.


  • EMT ticket: €1.50
  • 10-journey card for Zone A (tube), EMT buses and ML1 (light rail train): €12.20
  • 10-journey card for EMT buses with line change option: €18.30

You can get your Metrobús ticket in tube stations, and at some newsstands and tobacconists – never on the bus. Once you get on, validate your ticket in one of the two validating machines on board. Keep your ticket with you at all times in case an inspector asks to see it.

Airport Express shuttle

The Exprés Aeropuerto/Airport Express provides 24/7/365 service. The journey from the centre of Madrid to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport takes about 40 minutes. From 6am to 11.30pm, buses depart every 15 minutes; from 11.30pm to 6am, they do so every 35 minutes. For more information, click here.


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