Getting around Madrid by Metro

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The Metro is the fastest and most efficient and affordable way of getting around Madrid. The city boasts one of the largest metropolitan networks in Europe, serving the whole city and some of the suburbs. 

There are currently twelve metro lines, three light rail lines and a special line connecting the Ópera and Principe Pío stations. Of these, the modern Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios – Airport T4) is particularly useful for tourists, connecting the capital to Barajas International Airport - taking less than 20 minutes to T4 and only 12 minutes to the other three terminals - and to the Madrid Trade Fair Centre (Ifema). The lines connecting the city to new urban developments are also useful (Line 11 to PAU (Urban Development Plan) in Carabanchel and Light Rail Line 1 to Sanchinarro and Las Tablas).

Apart from running through the city’s historical quarter, shopping areas and financial districts, the extensive metropolitan network connects the capital with neighbouring towns. Line 9 reaches the municipalities of Rivas-Vaciamadrid, La Poveda and Arganda del Rey; MetroSur (Line 12) runs through Alcorcón, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Getafe and Leganés; MetroNorte (Line 10) links up with Alcobendas and San Sebastián; MetroEste (Line 7) links up with Coslada and San Fernando de Henares, and Metro Ligero Oeste (Light Rail Lines 2 and 3) link up with Pozuelo and Boadilla del Monte. Finally, Line 11 links the capital with the neighbouring area of Barrio de la Fortuna.

Madrid Metro Network (Download the Madrid Metro map)

  • Line 1: Pinar de Chamartín – Valdecarros
  • Line 2: Las Rosas – Cuatro Caminos
  • Line 3: Villaverde Alto – Moncloa
  • Line 4: Argüelles – Pinar de Chamartín
  • Line 5: Alameda de Osuna – Casa de Campo 
  • Line 6: Circular
  • Line 7: Hospital de Henares – Pitis
  • Line 8: Nuevos Ministerios – Aeropuerto T4
  • Line 9: Paco de Lucía – Arganda del Rey
  • Line 10: Hospital Infanta Sofía – Puerta del Sur
  • Line 11: Plaza Elíptica – La Fortuna
  • Line 12: MetroSur
  • Ramal (R): Ópera – Príncipe Pío

Light Rail

  • Line 1: Pinar de Chamartín – Las tablas
  • Line 2: Colonia Jardín – Estación de Aravaca
  • Line 3: Colonia Jardín – Puerta de Boadilla

The Metro is a fast means of transport running from 6 am to 1.30 am, with trains departing every 2 minutes in the morning rush hour and every 15 minutes in the early hours (after midnight). At weekends, trains are less frequent during the day. Pitis station (Line 7) and stations between Puerta de Arganda and Arganda del Rey station have different opening hours to the rest of the network.




Metro ticket (Metro Zone A and ML1) (*)

1.50 -


MetroEste, MetroNorte and MetroSur ticket


TFM ticket


Combined Metro ticket (**)




Metro Zone A, EMT (bus) and ML1 ticket (Metrobús)


MetroEste, MetroNorte and MetroSur ticket


TFM ticket


Combined Metro ticket (**)




Single ticket + Extra Charge (*)



Combined Single ticket + Extra Charge


Extra Airport Charge Ticket



(*) Journeys up to 5 stations: 1.50 €.
Journeys of between 6 and 9 stations: extra 0.10 € per station.
Journeys of 10 stations or more: 2.00 €.
Select your destination on the ticket machine and the price corresponding to the shortest possible journey will automatically be calculated.

(**) Valid for the whole of the Community of Madrid network, TFM, Madrid Light Rail (ML1) and Metro Ligero Oeste (ML2 and ML3).

- Children under the age of 4 travel free.

- Dogs are allowed to travel on the Madrid Metro. Only one dog is allowed per passenger, and it must have a lead and muzzle, and travel in the last coach of each train. They are allowed at any time, except during the morning and afternoon rush hours. More info.

- Bicycles can be folded on the platform and can be used all day at weekends and at different times during the week. More info.


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