Getting around Madrid by Train

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This Renfe service consists of 9 railway lines running all over the Autonomous Region of Madrid. They all depart from or stop at Atocha. In some zones, you can use the same ticket as for the metro and buses.

The Cercanías suburban service lines currently run the following routes:

  • C-1: Príncipe Pío - Atocha - Recoletos - Aeropuerto T4
  • C-2: Guadalajara - Alcalá de Henares - Atocha - Chamartín
  • C-3: Aranjuez - Atocha - Sol - Chamartín - El Escorial
  • C-4: Parla - Atocha - Chamartín - Cantoblanco - Alcobendas - San Sebastián de los Reyes
  • C-4: Parla - Atocha - Chamartín - Cantoblanco - Colmenar Viejo
  • C-5: Móstoles El Soto - Atocha - Fuenlabrada - Humanes
  • C-7: Alcalá de Henares - Atocha - Chamartín - Príncipe Pío - Atocha - Chamartín - Fuente de la Mora
  • C-8: Atocha - Chamartín - Villaba - Cercedilla
  • C-9: Cercedilla - Cotos
  • C-10: Villalba - Príncipe Pío - Atocha - Chamartín - Fuente de la Mora

The Cercanías suburban trains are cheap and fast, making them the best option for getting to and from towns near the capital. In fact, they are ideal for daytrips to the environs, to the Guadarrama Mountains and nearby towns such as Aranjuez or El Escorial. You can also catch a Cercanías train within the city. Travelling between Chamartín and Atocha stations, for example, is much faster on this suburban line than by Metro.

The Cercanías start running every day between 5am and 6am and stop at around midnight. Trains normally run every 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the line. The price varies according to the distance travelled. You can buy a single ticket or a bonotren, which is valid for ten journeys. The following fares apply according to the zones:





1.70 €

10.00 €


1.85 €

13.70 €


2.60 €

18.55 €


3.40 €

24.30 €


4.05 €

28.55 €


5.50 €

38.45 €

Green Zone*

8.70 €


*Green Zone: A flat rate of 8.70 € for a single journey and 17.40 € return is established from any zone on the Cercanías network on the C-9 line.

Children under 6 travel free provided they do not occupy a seat. Discounts are also available for children under 12, groups and large families on presentation of proof of  large family.

Leisure suggestions

Apart from the usual services offered by Renfe, travellers can enjoy special offers aimed at promoting culture and entertainment in the Autonomous Region of Madrid: For more information on Knowledge Trains, Culture Trains, Fun Trains and Special Trains, visit the Renfe official website (also available in English and French).


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