Okay, we took the Madrid metro from the airport into the city center. I already explained a little bit on Day 1. But I wanted to give some extended information for those who want to use the metro in Madrid. Well, I took some pictures inside the metro to show you which lines to follow! But first of course, you have to buy a metro ticket. This you can buy at an automatic ticket machine.
- Single Metromadrid ticket -> 1 €
Valid for one journey only between Metro stations in the municipality of Madrid (Price Zone A) y ML1
- 10 Metrobus journeys -> 7,40 €
The Metrobus ticket is valid for 10 journeys either on MetroMadrid or EMT (buses), indistinctly, with which it is not necessary to have a different ticket for each form of transport. This is the one we bought when we arrived, because with more people it’s cheaper this way.
DON’T FORGET if you’re coming from or going to the airport you have to pay an airport supplement of 1 euro!
- Single Underground Ticket + Supplement Airport -> 2 €
Enables entry and exit in any journey between any MetroMadrid station within the Zone A tariff area, and the Airport T1-T2-T3 and Airport T-4 stations.
- Combined Single Ticket + Supplement Airport -> 3 €
Enables entry and exit on journeys between any of the MetroMadrid, MetroSur, MetroNorte, MetroEste and TFM stations, and the Airport T1-T2-T3 and Airport T-4 stations.
Within the city centre of Madrid a MetroMadrid ticket is enough.
MetroSur, MetroNorte, MetroEste and TFM stations are located outside the city centre:
TFM: Line 9 between Puerta de Arganda and Arganda del Rey
MetroSur: The whole Line 12 and Line 10 between J. Vilumbrales
MetroNorte: Segment of Line 10 between La Granja and Hospital Infanta Sofia
MetroEste: Segment of line 7 between Barrio del Puerto and Hospital del Henares (B1 zone) stations.
Another possibility, if you have the intention of using the public transportation a lot, is buying a Madrid Tourist ticket. More information on the prices and use, can be found here.
Click here for a MADRID METRO MAP.
To and from the airport, you have to use Line 8. We changed at the end station of Line 8: Nuevos Ministerios.
Our hotel was located closest to Gran Via metro station, so for us, we had to take line 10 (direction Puerta del Sur). Change at Tribunal station to line 1 (direction Valdecarros). You can also take this line to Sol (Puerto del Sol), which is the city centre of Madrid. It took us an hour to get to Gran Via.
For all information on the metro in Madrid, visit the website www.metromadrid.es
The metro stations we saw were clean and easy to use, but be aware (as in any metro or city) of pickpockets!!!
*: Prices were accurate at time of publishing.
Hi there i am going to Madrid in May, i am planning to buy a Madrid Touristic Ticket for 3 days, will be enough to use it from the Airport T1 to downtown ? or i have to pay extra from the Airport ? thank you for your information
Hi Armando, I haven’t used the Madrid Touristic Ticket myself, but I just did some research online and it looks like the surcharge is included. Here’s the link: http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/travel-pass.html Hope that helps. Have a great trip! Madrid is a beautiful place.
Chris Heath says
Hi Isabelle, very informative reading about your trip to Madrid, I was just wondering if you could help me out slightly. I’m staying in the Hotel Room Mate Alicia in the Las Letras district and was wondering could you tell me the nearest metro line to place like Salamanca, Santiago Bernabeu and Plazo Mayor??
Hi Chris, I`ve had a look at the hotel website and their location. It looks like the closest metro stations are Anton Martin and Tirso de Molina which are both on the light blue line as you can see on this PDF: http://www.metromadrid.es/export/sites/metro/comun/documentos/planos/Planomayo2013.pdf Hope the map helps you to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and the places you want to visit. Enjoy Madrid!