Madrid’s transport network is one of the best and most efficient in the world.
Public Transport in Madrid
Getting around Madrid by public transport is easy, fast and safe. On the other hand, getting around by car is impractical due to traffic, parking spots, and traffic restrictions.
Metro of Madrid
Metro is the most efficient and fastest way to get around Madrid. It is made up of 12 conventional metro lines as well 3 extra renfe ctrain lines known as “metro ligero“. In addition, there is another type of train that connects the surroundings and suburbs of the city named Renfe Cercanías. Madrid counts with 238 stations reaching 296 kilometers in length.
METRO SCHEDULE: From Monday to Sunday from 6:00 am at 2:00 am (Last train starts its route at 1:30 am).
On top of that, there is a night Network of Buses called “Búho” or Owl in English. These night buses carry out almost the same routes as the metro lines during the nights of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information visit the official website.
Sol Station, Madrid Center
Madrid suburban trains connect different points of the city with each other, taking advantage of the main Metro stations and also connecting Madrid’s main town with others provinces nearby.
TIMETABLE From Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 00:00pm. This is approximate, since it can change according to the lines. –
For more information visit the official website of Cercanías.
Buses in Madrid (EMT)
Madrid has an extensive fleet of buses with more than 200 lines that connect practically all points of the city due to the 10,000 bus stops throughout all of Madrid.
DAYTIME SCHEDULE From Monday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 00:00 p.m. This is an approximate schedule, since it can change depending on the lines.
NIGHT BUSES There are 26 night lines available, known as “Owls” normally working from Monday to Sunday from 11:20 pm to 5:30 am. However, on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays nights there are other lines known as ¨Búho¨ that make similar routes to the Metro, but when it is closed.
For more information visit the official website of the EMT.
Taxis in Madrid
Getting around by taxi is the best choice to go calm and comfortable but it is not an economical means of transport, although it is true that the prices can be lower than other cities in Europe. More than 15,000 taxis circulate in Madrid every day, so it is easy to find one at the right time.
The taxis are white with a red stripe on the front door and with a taxi sign at the top, which lights up green when free.
SCHEDULE From Monday to Sunday (holidays included) 24 hours a day. These are some of the taxi companies in Madrid:
To prevent scams, it is important that you take into account the amount of the supplements and the taximeter. There are many taxi drivers who, due to the client’s ignorance, try to take advantage by marking or adding supplements that do not correspond.
Beside the regular taxis, you also can find Uber and Cabify. These two offers private cars with a driver to transport you around the city. But instead of calling or taking them over the streets, you must download their apps and set a credit/débit card to order your journey. In our experience they provide high quality of service and high safety standards. In a few minutes you’ll have a car with a driver waiting to take you wherever you want in the city.
Bicycle rental in Madrid
The capital counts with BiciMAD that offers a service provided with 100% electric bikes. Which is a practical, simple and sustainable way of transportation. BiciMAD has more than 2,500 bicycles and nearly 200 stations. Thereby you can get around in a healthy and ecological way, enjoying the fresh air and the streets of Madrid at your own pace, while you exercise.
SCHEDULE From Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day.
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