Riding the metro in Madrid (for tourists)

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Riding the metro in Madrid (for tourists) Reviews

alicia_en_madrid alicia_e…
2 reviews
Metro de Madrid: one of the best things of this city Jun 21, 2011
I would say that those of us who live in Madrid find that our Metro system works really well. You can reach almost every corner of this city by Metro. If you are a tourist you can probably walk to the main attraction in the center, but if you pick a hostel which is not so close to the center, make sure that you have a Metro station close, and you would have no problem to reach the places you want to visit.

The Metro in Madrid is fast and not so expensive. You normally only have to wait 3 minutes for the next train in case you missed one.

The main disadvantage is that it closes at 01.30 and opens 1t 6.30, so there is no service in between.

Ah, if you want to save some money, forget about taking a taxi to go to your accomodation from the airport. If you can go by Metro, it is much better
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lokababy lokababy
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Riding the Matro in Madrid (for tourists) Aug 05, 2009
PART ONE: Riding the metro in Madrid.

The first thing you need to know is that the metro is the fastest and effective way to move in Madrid. The bus is OK, all over if you want to get an idea of the city by viewing its streets. BUT the metro is a great option for people that don't want complications or that is in short of time and want to go from one hotpoint to another without losing time!

The f***ing ticket machine: how does it work??

When I am totally new in a city, I get anxious when reading the different options to travel and not having any idea of what to choose (and the queue behind me makes this anxiety higher ¬¬). So, that is:

'BILLETE SENCILLO METROBÚS' (one-way ticket by bus or metro): 1'00 €

'METROBÚS 10 VIAJES' (it allows you to ride the metro or the bus 10 times): 7'40 €

'SENCILLO + SUPLEMENTO AEROPUERTO' (you will need it if you come from Barajas airport): 2 €

'ABONO TURÍSTICO' (specially for tourists: it will allow you to ride any bus or metro during your stay in Madrid):

*ZONA A: just Madrid.

*ZONA T: Madrid + trains to Guadalajara and Toledo.

Unless you are planning to go far away from Madrid city (I don't know, to a specific town :S), just FORGET ANY OTHER OPTION FROM THE MACHINE ('metroligero', 'metrosur', 'metronorte', etc).
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mcphistino says:
I was surprised about the simplicity of the Madrid metro system, when I stayed there in August 2008! Well, I do speak Spanish but the f***ing machines (:-) are quite easy to handle. Furthermore it is unbelievably cheap!!! As you say only € 1 and only € 2 to Barajas. In Munich, which is by far smaller than Madrid you pay € 2,30 for a normal ticket and € 10 to the airport!
Posted on: Nov 04, 2009

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