Transport in Madrid. Tips and advice


The Madrid subway was launched by Alphonso XII and continues to provide transportation in the Spanish capital. The subway system connects 161 stations. The frequency of subway is 3 to 5 minutes. They operate from 6am to 1:30. Madrid also has a bus network whose coverage is more important. Buses provide transportation in the city center between Madrid and its suburbs. The price of bus and metro tickets are a little over 1 euro. It is possible to buy transit passes that allow discounts.

trains link Madrid with other Spanish and European cities. They also provide transportation within the city itself and make the connection with the airport and with several shopping centers.

For a stay in Madrid, it is advisable to obtain a map "Abono Transporte TurĂ­stico "that can move in all public transport without limitation for its validity. This card is personal and bears the identity of its wearer. It costs 6 euros per day and 25 euros for a week for area A. It is more expensive for the area T. The validity of the card starts with the first use. This card comes with practical information about transport in Madrid and maps of the city.

Taxis in Madrid are white with a red stripe on both front doors. It is possible to book a taxi by phone. Otherwise the reservation can not be done from the airport or train stations. Additional fees are required for each from the airport (5 euros) and the Atocha train station and Chamartin and Ifema and Parque de las Naciones (2.50 euros).

Several car rental companies offer their services in Madrid. Renting a car is recommended for a family and in the suburbs. Indeed, in central Madrid, driving is chaotic and circulation is not fluid. The subway is faster in this case. In addition, finding a parking place is not clear.