Madrid has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. The program will provide you with a monthly public transit card (tarjeta de tranporte público) for the duration of the program that will give you access to unlimited rides on the subway (el metro), as well as on local buses (autobús urbano) and commuter trains (Cercanías) within zone A. For students under the age of 26, the public transit card is valid within the whole Comunidad de Madrid.
The metro runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; however, the monthly public transit card will also allow you to ride the night buses (búhos) from Plaza de Cibeles once the subway has closed for the night.
If you arrive in Madrid before the program dates or stay after your transportation card has expired, below you’ll find information on the different ways to pay for public transportation in the city.
One-trip metro or local bus ticket (billete sencillo). The cost of the ticket varies from €1.50 to €3.00 depending on the number of stations you’ll be traveling through and the distance between your destination and the city center. Tickets can be obtained from touch-screen kiosks at each metro station.
Ten-trip tickets (metrobús) which are valid on both the metro and local buses. The cost of the metrobús can vary from €12.20 to €18.30 depending on the distance between your destination and the city center. The metrobús can also be obtained from the touch-screen kiosks at each metro station or from authorized newspaper vendors.
If you travel to or from the airport by metro, you must also pay a €3.00 supplement each way. The supplement can be purchased from the touch-screen kiosk; however, it comes included in monthly public transit pass.
If you choose to renew your monthly public transit pass after the program dates, you may do so through the touch-screen kiosks or at any tobacco shop (estanco).
A relatively inexpensive and popular way to travel through Madrid is by taxi. Nevertheless, it’s important to know your rights as a passenger. Popular tele-taxi services are:
- Radio Taxi: 91-447-3232
- Tele-Taxi: 91-371-2131 or 3711
- Radio Tele-Taxi: 91-547-8200 or 8500
If you’ll be traveling with a smartphone, a reputable app for licensed taxis is MyTaxi.
You can obtain information on flight departures and arrivals by calling the Aeropuerto de Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas at 902-404-704 or 91-321-1010. You can also visit AENA.
For mid to long-haul trains, contact RENFE at 902-24-02-02 or visit Renfe.