Metro (train & bus) (Madrid): the city’s subway system is rather impressive and is the sixth longest in the world. In existence in 1919, there are 13 train lines and 288 stations with the Madrid Metro’s system. Fares run at €1.50 for a ride covering up to five stations, and €2.00 for a ride covering more than nine stations (this, while the bus fare is a flat €1.50). Metro tickets can also be used on the local Metrobus service. The Metro train stations are open from 6:00 am to 1:30 am. There is also Metro train service between the city’s main airport (Barajas) and other Metro stations. That, as well as the “Metro Ligero” tramway service, which currently has three lines.
Tourists staying in Madrid for a period of time (at least a week) have the option of buying a “tourist travel pass”, which can be used on all public transport in the Region as many times as necessary within the valid dates. There are five passes valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. The card can be purchased at all stations of the Metro network, at the Centro de Atención al Viajero (Passenger Assistance Centre) at both airport stations (line 8), at Tourist Offices, Offices of the Regional Transport Consortium, tourist attractions and over the Internet (www.neoturismo.com/en/destinos/madrid). See the Metro’s website for further details and maps: www.metromadrid.es