Getting around Madrid by Bus

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Run by EMT (the Municipal Transport Company), Madrid’s efficient bus service is composed of 2000 vehicles and over 200 bus lines. Most of the city’s main thoroughfares have a bus and taxi lane to ensure the free flow of transport through the busier parts of the capital. 

Monday through Friday, buses run from 6am till 11.30pm. They generally pass every 4 to 15 minutes, although frequency depends on the line and the time of day. On weekends and public holidays, they run from 7am till 11pm and tend to be slightly less frequent.

After 11.30 the city operates night buses (known as búhos, the Spanish word for owls). They run till the early hours of the morning and the fare is the same as for daytime buses. There are 27 lines (N1 to N27), and they all start or end in Plaza de Cibeles. They run every 35 minutes from Sunday to Friday and on public holidays, and every 15-20 minutes on  Saturdays and on the eve of a public holiday. You can check the frequency for each line at the corresponding bus stop.

To travel to and from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas you can take the Aiport Express shuttle which goes to the centre of the city, or take one of the two EMT lines that go to the airport: Line 200 runs between Avenida de América and T1, T2 and T4 and Line 101 goes from Canillejas to T1 and T2. Both lines only run during the day and the fare is the same as for other ordinary EMT buses.

Buses only stop at designated bus stops, and only upon request. If you wish to alight the bus at the next stop, you must press the button before you reach it. If you are waiting at the stop, as the bus approaches you must signal to the driver that you wish to board.


All 10-trip tickets must be loaded onto the Tarjeta Multi, a contactless, transferable plastic smartcard that is valid for up to 10 years. You can purchase it for 2.50€ at all Metro and Metro ligero stations from ticket machines that have a red sticker saying Tarjeta MULTI Disponible AQUÍ, as well as from Estancos (tobacco shops) and other authorized retailers. The Tarjeta Multi is free if you purchase the 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7-day Tourist Travel Pass, and once the pass expires, you can top up the smartcard with pay-per-ride tickets (single Metro tickets or 10-trip tickets valid on buses and the Metro)

Single bus tickets cannot be loaded on to the Tarjeta Multi smartcard, they must be purchased on the bus.




Valid for one trip only (the ticket must be purchased onboard)      




Metrobús (also valid for Metro Zone A)*


Bus+Bus (valid for two bus journeys within one hour)**


(*) Valid for 10 trips on any EMT bus, Metro Zone A and ML1 tram.

(**) Valid for 10 trips that allow you to change buses once within one hour of first touching in (on sale at Estancos).


All buses are fitted with a retractable ramp and have space for at least one person in a wheelchair. Wheelchair users must enter the bus using the middle door (not the front door), which is where the ramp is installed.

Prams and pushchairs are also allowed on all buses, space permitting. The buggy must have the break on and must be placed so that the child is rear facing. 

Many buses have a pre-installed car seat that enables young children to travel safely.

Foldable bikes are allowed on the bus, space permitting. If a wheelchair user or a person with a pram wishes to get on the bus and there is a shortage of space, the cyclist will need to alight.

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed on all buses but must carry their identification tag.


Online Interactive Bus Map 
Download the Tourist Bus Map (2.4 MB)


The express bus runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It passes through terminals 1, 2 and 4, and makes three stops in the city: next to O’Donnell metro station, Plaza de Cibeles and next to Atocha train station (only during the day). It runs every 15 minutes from 6am to 11.30pm and every 35 minutes from 11.30pm to 6am. Single tickets cost 5 euros and must be purchased on the bus.


  • EMT buses do not accept notes that are larger than 5€.
  • EMT's website offers an online journey planner that helps you find the fastest route to your destination.
  • Tickets for the Airport Express shuttle cannot be loaded on to the Tarjeta Multi, they must be purchased on the bus.
  • If you are planning on using public transport a lot during your stay, consider purchasing the Tourist Travel Pass which entitles you to unlimited travel over your selected time period.
  • Children under the age of 4 travel for free.
  • Folding bikes are allowed on buses, space permitting. Should a wheelchair user or a person with a pushchair wish to get on the bus, the passenger with the bike will have to get off if there is not enough designated space for both.
  • Madrid's excellent transport system allows you to get around the city quickly and safely by bus, metro, train or taxi.

    Getting around Madrid
  • Get around the city easily, quickly and economically with our tourist travel card which gives unlimited use of all public transport.

    Tourist Travel Pass
  • Abono Transporte Turístico Madrid
  • Discounts on museums and transport. Find out how to save time and money during your stay in Madrid.

    Tourist Passes
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  • The airport express shuttle coach will get you from Barajas straight to the centre of Madrid in just 40 minutes for just five euros.

    Airport Express Shuttle
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