Getting around Madrid by Metro

  • Metro Madrid
  • Metro de Madrid

The Metro is the fastest, most efficient and reliable way of getting around Madrid. It is one of the largest metropolitan networks in Europe, connecting the entire city and a large part of the suburbs. Undoubtedly the most practical and economical option to move from the airport to the center and vice versa.

As of 4 November 2023, and until further notice, it is forbidden for users to access the Community of Madrid’s public transport network (buses and metro and Plaza de Castilla, Moncloa, Príncipe Pío, Plaza Elíptica and Avenida de América interchanges) with electric scooters in order to guarantee the safety of passengers.

Boasting over 300 stations, the Madrid Metro currently comprises twelve metro lines, three Metro ligero tram lines and a special Ramal line connecting Ópera and Principe Pío stations. Particularly useful for people visiting Madrid is Line 8 which goes from Nuevos Ministerios in the centre to Adolfo-Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport (20 mins to T4 and just 12 mins to T1, T2 and T3). It also goes to the capital’s trade fair centre Feria de Madrid.

The Metro runs from 6am to 1.30am, 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. When lines suffer closures due to engineering works, alternative bus services are usually availabe at no extra cost.


Line 7

Service is currently suspended between San Fernando and Hospital del Henares due to works on the line. There is a free bus service that covers the same route.

Line 10:

10-18 Aug: Service to be suspended between Fuencarral and Chamartín stations due to the installation of elevators at Begoña station. 

2 Aug-1 Sept: As a result of these works, access to Hospital La Paz via Begoña station will be closed.


Download the Metro map (1.7MB)
Download the Tourist Metro map (2.3MB)


All pay-per-ride 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. It 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 or 10-ride tickets).


The current fares are as follows:

Metro ticket (Metro Zone A and ML1) (*) €1.50-2
Combinado Metro (**) €3
10-TRIP TICKET - 50% discount available until 31 December 2024  
Metro Zone A, EMT (bus) and ML1 ticket (Metrobús) €6.10
Combinado Metro (**)  €9.10
Single ticket (*) + Extra Airport Fee €4.50-5
Extra Airport Fee €3

(*) Journeys of up to 5 stations: €1.50.
Journeys between 6 and 9 stations: extra €0.10 per station.
Journeys of 10 stations or more: €2.00.
When you purchase your single ticket from the ticket machine, simply select your destination and it will automatically calculate the shortest route.
(**)Valid for the entire Metro network, TFM and on Metros Ligeros de Madrid (ML1) and Metro Ligero Oeste (ML2 and ML3) trams

For fairs that apply to less commonly used tickets (such as those for Metro ligero or Metro lines that go to the suburbs), check out this section on Metro's website.


Many of Metro's stations, especially the busier ones, have one or more lifts. The official Metro map clearly marks which stations are accessible.                               

Useful tips and information

  • Single Metro tickets expire on the day they are purchased.
  • Single bus tickets cannot be loaded on to the Tarjeta Multi smartcard, they must be purchased on the bus.
  • Tickets for the Airport Express shuttle cannot be loaded on to the Tarjeta Multi, they must be purchased on the bus.
  • Metro's website offers an online journey planner that helps you find the fastest route to your destination.
  • 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.
  • 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 about travelling with dogs.
  • Bicycles can be folded on the platform and can be used all day at weekends and at different times during the week. More info about carrying bikes.

Travelling around the Comunidad de Madrid

If you wish to travel to towns in the Region of Madrid you can do so by Cercanías. This Renfe service has nine train lines that leave or pass through Atocha station and go to towns and villages in the region, including World Heritage sites such as Alcalá de Henares, the Monastery of El Escorial and Aranjuez. It also stops at T4 of Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport.

Madrid Metro Store

Metro de Madrid has an official store where you can buy official tourist products including home accessories, decorations, books, items for children, and pictures. In addition to the online shop there are two physical stores located in the Sol Metro Station and the Plaza de Castilla Metro Station. 

Podcast Metro Madrid

Thanks to the Metro de Madrid podcast, you can find out all about the daily life of this public transport, and get to know more about its history, services, and some fascinating facts. Available on all major podcast platforms.


If you have any questions or problems with the service, please contact the @metro Twitter account and they will help you as soon as possible.

Consult the Metro Madrid communication section


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The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.