HOW TO USE THE METRO IN MADRID

The fastest, convenient and affordable way of getting around Madrid is by using their Metro, which also happens to be one of the biggest metros in Europe. The Metro of Madrid connects throughout the entire city as well as its suburbs; one can easily go to the airport by using the metro, that is how reliable it is. Tourists and international students may be scared using the metro when first arriving but don’t be! This will be the best, easiest guide in how you can easily use the metro in Madrid like a local in no time.

It is easy to spot the metro from far away with its distinctive red, white and blue sign; all you have to do is find the “Entrada” sign to enter. The first step into understanding the metro system is the metro cards and its cost. For those studying or visiting Madrid for more than a month, get the Personal Transport Card where you pay the monthly pass (‘Abono’) and have unlimited usage. If you are under 26 years old, you can get the Abono Joven and only have to pay 20€ a month for all transport zones; if you are over 26 years old, the base price will be 54,60€ and increases if you leave the main part of the city of Madrid. For more information on the monthly passes and to apply for one, click here!

However, if you are only visiting Madrid for just a few days or you do not use public transportation that often, it is best to purchase the metro’s Multi Card. To first purchase the card, just go to any of the ticket machines at any metro station and it will cost only 2,5€; it offers both single tickets, that cost between 1,5€ to 2€, and 10 trip tickets for 12,20€ if you do not want to recharge your card. With the Multi Card, you can also share it with others such as friends, family and even strangers. If you need more information on the prices and the zones, click here!

Now, the Madrid Metro has 12 metro lines and over 300 stations that take you to even the most remote places in the city as well as having hours of operation from 6 in the morning to 1:30 in the morning, making Madrid the city that never sleeps. However, the best way to understand the metro lines is by having the map of the metro and look for the name of your destination. Every line has both a number and different color to them so people will not get confused or overwhelmed. Here are the metro lines with their start and end stations in Madrid:

  • Line 1 | Light Blue | Pinar de Chamartín – Valdecarros
  • Line 2 | Red | Las Rosas – Cuatro Caminos
  • Line 3 | Yellow | Villaverde Alto – Moncloa
  • Line 4 | Brown | Argüelles – Pinar de Chamartín
  • Line 5 | Light Green | Alameda de Osuna – Casa de Campo
  • Line 6 | Grey | Círcular
  • Line 7 | Orange | Hospital del Henares – Pitis
  • Line 8 | Pink | Nuevos Ministerios – Aeropuerto T4
  • Line 9 | Purple | Mirasierra – Arganda del Rey
  • Line 10 | Dark Blue | Hospital Infanta Sofía – Puerta del Sur
  • Line 11 | Dark Green | Plaza Elíptica – La Fortuna
  • Line 12 | Khaki | MetroSur

You will most likely need to transfer lines to get to your destination so the walk between stations can be from 10 to 12 minutes which may affect your travel time.

There are several things to remember before and while you are using the metro to get to your destination. Pickpockets are very common on trains so beware of your belongings and keep them close to you. Avoid any unusual interactions such as people offering you unwanted help, picking up a coin for you, or just getting too close. To ensure that you get to where you want to go, download the Guru It App to get tips and easy access to the metro cards in Madrid. More importantly, have fun and get to know the beautiful city of Madrid with every metro stop!

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