Move around Madrid easily

Published April 19 2023

Madrid’s public transportation is very well connected, but it can get confusing sometimes as there are so many options. That is why we will explain all you need to know to move easily through Madrid!

Madrid uses the same reusable card for every public transportation within the city (Metro, Tram, Bus, local trains), so it is very easy and comfortable to use.


The different types of cards for you

  • Tarjeta transporte público: you can put the amount of money you want so you only spend if you are going to use the metro or other transportation. There are two types, the personal (called Público Personal) and non-personal one (called Público Multi). If you get the second one, you will be able to acquire the abono turista or tourist transport pass. With it, you can select the number of days you’re staying in the city and pay a fixed price to use the card as many times as you please within those days.
  • Billete de 10 viajes: its name already says it, it’s a ticket of 10 rides you can charge into your public transportation card.


Important things you should know

  • You have 1 hour once you use your ticket or card to make any transhipment within different buses. It usually takes way less time to make any type of transhipment, but it’s always good to have it in mind!
  • Kids under 4 years old don’t have to pay to use the public transportation.
  • Be aware that the price for the metro rides depend on the number of stops you take and the areas you move within (further from the centre it will be more expensive). If you move out of the A area, you will have to recharge your card.
  • There are apps and websites that can guide you through all public transportation options, times and schedules! Our personal favourite is citymapper. You can select the transport you want or your destination and easily check how to get there through its interactive map.
  • If you forgot to buy your ticket or you prefer not to get one, you can still take the bus and pay to the driver in cash (they do not accept credit cards).

Last updated: 18th of April, 2023.