2010 Madrid Public Transport Fares

MULTIMODAL

Multimodal tickets give you access to the entire public transportation network of Madrid and allow you to switch from one network to another for free, treating all networks as a single, unbroken supernetwork. This way you can start your trip on one network, say by catching a bus, and continue on any other networks, say by getting off at the train station and catching a train, until you reach your destination all while paying a single fare. The three networks in Madrid are EMT city busses, the Metro (underground rail) and Cercanías (regional rail).

ABONO TRANSPORTES (MONTHLY)

Abono Transportes Madrid

Abono Transportes Cost COST: The cost of the Abono Transportes depends on the zone(s) you want to travel within, between or out to. Different Abonos are issued for travel in different zones. Take a look at the zone map. Zone A covers the city of Madrid, Zones B1 - C2 cover the surrounding autonomous region of Madrid and Zones E1 and E2 are inside the neighbouring autonomous region of Castilla - La Mancha, in the provinces of Toledo and Guadalajara, as far as 71 kilometres away from the city of Madrid. The Zone A Abono is the most common one as Zone A covers practically all of the city of Madrid. The Zone A Abono grants travel within Zone A.

Abono Transportes Prices ABONO ZONE GUIDE: Below, we provide a guide to different Abono types and their associated prices. Zones you travel within allow unlimited travel within the indicated zone. Zones you travel out to include all preceding zones (eg., out to B2 means you have unlimited travel within Zones A, B1 and B2). Zones you may travel between include the indicated zones and any zones in between (eg., between B1 and B2 means you have unlimited travel within Zones B1 and B2). The prices for the different monthly Abonos are as follows:

For travel... You pay...
Within Zone A: 46.00€
Out to Zone B1: 53.70€
Out to Zone B2: 60.60€
Out to Zone B3: 69.00€
Out to Zone C1: 75.30€
Out to Zone C2: 83.50€
Between Zones B1-B2 40.40€
Between Zones B2-B3
Between Zones B3-C1
Between Zones C1-C2
Out to Zone E1 93.00€
Out to Zone E2 111.00€

Abono Transportes Trips TRIPS: Unlimited.

Abono Transportes Valid Until VALID UNTIL: One Natural Month. Each ticket is printed with the first three letters of the month (in Spanish, naturally) that it is good for (eg., ENE, FEB, MAR, ABR...) Practise those months!

Where you can use the Abono Transportes in Madrid USEABLE IN: Madrid Metro, Cercanías, EMT city busses and all Metro Ligero lines within the indicated zone(s). It can only be used by one person (its owner), and once you swipe to enter a Cercanías station you will not be able to swipe again to enter or exit the same station until either you've swiped to exit somewhere else or the automatically triggered waiting period has passed. You can, of course, quite legitimately exit a Cercanías station you've just entered by flagging down a station employee and simply asking to be let out. Just bear in mind that if you are with someone they will need their own ticket as Abonos are unipersonal and untransferrable. As trips are unlimited, you can switch from one type of public transport to another freely. (Eg., Metro to EMT city bus to Cercanías regional rail).

Savings with Abono Transportes SAVINGS: The Zone A Abono is worth it if you anticipate you will be making 52 or more trips on public transport within the month the ticket is good for. That adds up to an average of between 1 or 2 trips every day. Remember that a round-trip counts as two trips. It is also worth it if you switch a lot between different types of transport (like Metro and bus) in a single trip. This is the only ticket that lets you switch seamlessly between the Metro, EMT city bus and Cercanías (within your zone). Even if you don't plan on making 52 trips on public transport for the month, it might also pay to get one if you make relatively frequent trips to the airport, as Abono users don't have to pay the supplementary fare to enter and exit airport Metro stations.

Where to Get Abono Transportes SOLD AT: Abonos are a bit odd, though it isn't at all difficult to get one as long as you know what to do. The tickets themselves are sold at the usual venues: ticket machines in any Metro station and street kiosks. But to be able to buy your monthly tickets you must first sign up for the Abono. To do this, you will need to head to a tobacco shop. Yes, you read that right. Chalk it up to Spanish idiosyncrasy: tobacco shops in Spain are a state monopoly and so, by this logic, they also sell some other goods and services that are also state monopolies, including, as it would happen, public transport tickets.

Bring along your passport or national identity card number and a passport-sized photograph. Tobacco shops are unassuming little stores with big brown signs with yellow lettering reading TABACOS or sometimes ESTANCO. Just go into one, ask for an Abono and tell the shop employee which zone you would like your Abono to be for (Zone A is quite enough for most people). Hand over your passport-sized photo and you'll be given a form to fill out. Go ahead and fill it out. It's rude to fill it out at the front of the line making other people wait, so go over to one side and come back when you're done. Once you've filled it out you'll be charged around 5€ for a special card wallet with a barcode. This is not your ticket, but it will allow you to buy one. Now just go to anywhere tickets are normally sold and hand over your card wallet to get your monthly ticket. You can also do this at Metro ticket machines by selecting the ABONO option, inserting the card-wallet, barcode-first, into the optical reader and paying the amount indicated on the screen. Tickets for the next month go on sale beginning in the last few days of the previous month.

EMT BUSSES AND METRO

There are many options and fares for taking a ride on Madrid's extensive and efficient modern public transport network. Be aware that although some tickets are useable on both the Metro and EMT city busses, even if they are useable on both networks they are NOT multimodal. This means that you will be deducted a full trip if you switch networks. Unlike Barcelona, which does have several multimodal ticket options, the only truly multimodal ticket available in Madrid is the Abono Transportes. Additionally, most tickets are only useable on one network. Here are the most common types of billete on offer and the level of access they grant:

BILLETE SENCILLO (METRO)

Madrid Bus Tickets
  • COST: 1€ .
  • TRIPS: 1.
  • VALID UNTIL: Day of Purchase.
  • USEABLE IN: Madrid Metro Zone A and Metro Ligero (Light Rail) Line 1 (ML1). NOT useable on city busses.
  • SAVINGS: None.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket windows and automatic ticket machines in Metro stations, newspaper kiosks, and wherever advertised.

BILLETE SENCILLO (EMT BUS)

  • COST: 1€ .
  • TRIPS: 1.
  • VALID UNTIL: Immediate use.
  • USEABLE IN: The bus you purchase it in. NOT useable anywhere else.
  • SAVINGS: None.
  • SOLD AT: The front of the bus. Ask the driver for un billete.

BILLETE SENCILLO COMBINADO (METRO)

  • COST: 2€ .
  • TRIPS: 1.
  • VALID UNTIL: Day of Purchase.
  • USEABLE IN: The entire Madrid Metro including MetroSur, MetroNorte, MetroEste, TFM (Line 9 out to Arganda del Rey) and all Metro Ligero (Light Rail) lines. NOT useable on city busses.
  • SAVINGS: None.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket windows and automatic ticket machines in Metro stations, newspaper kiosks, and wherever advertised.

METROBÚS

Madrid 10 Trip Ticket
  • COST: 9€
  • TRIPS: 10
  • VALID UNTIL: One Year
  • USEABLE IN: Madrid Metro Zone A, Metro Ligero (Light Rail) Line 1 (ML1) and EMT city busses. It CAN be used by multiple persons at the same time. Doing a Metro-bus switch costs you an extra trip.
  • SAVINGS: 0.10€ per trip over the billete sencillo. Metrobús is worth it if you are a frequent user of public transport BUT won't be making more than 51 trips in the month or don't travel very much to the airport.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket windows and automatic ticket machines in Metro stations, newspaper kiosks, and wherever advertised.

BILLETE COMBINADO DE 10 VIAJES

  • COST: 14.50€
  • TRIPS: 10
  • VALID UNTIL: One Year
  • USEABLE IN: The entire Madrid Metro including all of MetroSur, MetroNorte, MetroEste, TFM (line 9 out to Arganda del Rey) and all Metro Ligero (Light Rail) lines as well as EMT city busses. It can be used by multiple persons at the same time so long as everyone has the same destination or is travelling within Zone A (this is because it is not necessary to swipe your ticket a second time to exit Metro stations within Zone A). Doing a Metro-Bus switch costs you an extra trip.
  • SAVINGS: 0.55€ per trip over the billete sencillo. Well worth it if you frequently use the Madrid Metro to travel in and out of Zone A. Remember, though, this does not grant you access to regional rail.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket windows and automatic ticket machines in Metro stations, newspaper kiosks, and wherever advertised.

SUPLEMENTO DEL AEROPUERTO (AIRPORT SUPPLEMENTARY FEE)

  • COST: 1€ .
  • TRIPS: 1.
  • VALID UNTIL: Day of Purchase.
  • USEABLE IN: This fare is paid to get in and out of the Madrid airport Metro stations. If you already have another ticket with you, like a 10-trip ticket, for example, you can simply insert it into the ticket machine in any airport Metro station and add on as many supplements as you like. Then just use it as you normally would to get in and out of the airport stations. Each time you enter or exit an airport station, a supplement will be deducted from your ticket along with a trip. Remember, one supplement is deducated to get in and another to get out.
  • SAVINGS: Users of the Abono Transportes are not charged a supplementary fare to get in and out of the airport Metro stations, as they are included in the unlimited travel of the Abono.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket machines at airport Metro stations. You can either print out a new ticket with a supplement included or you can insert a ticket you've already purchased to add supplements to it. In either case, just hit the appropriate button and follow the directions on-screen. Directions can be displayed in English.
CERCANÍAS
Cercanias Spanish Rail Ticket Machines

Cercanías connects the city of Madrid to its immediate surrounding areas (the entire rest of the Community of Madrid and some outlying parts of neighbouring Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha. Fares for short distance intercity travel vary depending on how long your trip is. There's nothing saying you can't do inner-city travel with Cercanías as well. Madrid is a big city and Cercanías has many stations within the city itself. In certain cases it can be a much faster alternative to the Metro for crossing the entire city from north to south (or viceversa). Just remember that, unless you have an Abono Transportes, the only truly multimodal public transport ticket in Madrid, switching from the bus or Metro to Cercanías is not free and you WILL have to buy a Cercanías ticket.

There are two main rail hubs in Madrid where you can board any line running through the city. These are: Puerta de Atocha in the south, known popularly as just Atocha, and Chamartín in the north. Most lines generally close by 23:00h, some by 22:00, but shuttle trains run between Chamartín and Atocha until about 00:30h. Even if you have a billete sencillo, be sure to keep your ticket with you until you exit the station at your destination as you will have to swipe it a second time to leave the network.

BILLETE SENCILLO (CERCANÍAS)

  • COST: Keep in mind that the cost of a trip on Cercanías does not depend on what zone you travel to, but rather how many zones you go through to get there. The more zones you pass through to arrive at your destination, the more expensive the trip becomes. If you buy a round-trip ticket you are simply charged double the cost of a one-way ticket. Bearing this mind, one-way fares are as follows:
    If you cross... You pay...
    1 or 2 Zones: 1.25€
    3 Zones: 1.45€
    4 Zones: 2.10€
    5 Zones: 2.70€
    6 Zones: 3.20€
    7 Zones: 4.25€
    Green Zone: 6.00€
  • THE GREEN ZONE in Madrid is the C-9 line, which runs into the Guadarrama Mountain Range. Note that if you cross the green zone your ticket cost is always the same, regardless of how many zones you otherwise cross.
  • TRIPS: 1 if you buy a one-way ticket; 2 if you buy a round-trip ticket.
  • VALID: Day of Purchase
  • USEABLE: The entire network of Cercanías Madrid.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket machines in any Cercanías rail station. Just follow the on-screen instructions (which can be displayed in English) to indicate your destination. You will be shown the appropriate price. If you want to proceed with the purchase you may pay in cash by just putting the money into the slot or you can pay by credit or debit card, though be aware that only Spanish cards are accepted. Once you pay for your ticket it will print out immediately and fall into the bottom compartment. Ticket machines do give change, which falls into the same bottom compartment.

BONOTREN

  • COST: The cost of a trip on Cercanías does not depend on what zone you travel to, but rather how many zones you go through to get there. The more zones you pass through to arrive at your destination, the more expensive the trip becomes. If you buy a round-trip ticket you are simply charged double the cost of a one-way ticket. The cost of the Bonotren is:
    If you cross... You pay...
    1 or 2 Zones: 7.20€
    3 Zones: 11.00€
    4 Zones: 16.65€
    5 Zones: 20.50€
    6 Zones: 25.55€
    7 Zones: 31.50€
    Note that with the Bonotren, in order to enter the Green Zone (Line C-9 through the Guadarrama Mountains) you will need a 7 Zone ticket, regardless of how many zones you cross before entering the Green Zone. The fare for entering the green zone is a flat rate.
  • TRIPS: 10.
  • VALID UNTIL: One Month From Day of Purchase.
  • USEABLE IN: The entire network of Cercanías Madrid.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket machines in any Cercanías rail station. Just follow the on-screen instructions (which can be displayed in English) to indicate your destination. You will be shown the appropriate price. If you want to proceed with the purchase you may pay in cash by just putting the money into the slot or you can pay by credit or debit card, though be aware that only Spanish cards are accepted. Once you pay for your ticket it will print out immediately and fall into the bottom compartment. Ticket machines do give change, which falls into the same bottom compartment.
  • SAVINGS: From about 0.50€ to over 1€ per trip over the billete sencillo. The Bonotren is a good deal if you use regional transportation frequently but irregularly, but if you use it daily you are much better off with the Abono Mensual.

ABONO MENSUAL

  • Cost: The cost of a trip on Cercanías does not depend on what zone you travel to, but rather how many zones you go through to get there. The more zones you pass through to arrive at your destination, the more expensive the trip becomes. If you buy a round-trip ticket you are simply charged double the cost of a one-way ticket. The cost of the Abono Mensual is:
    If you cross... You pay...
    1 or 2 Zones: 25.75€
    3 Zones: 32.65€
    4 Zones: 52.70€
    5 Zones: 61.05€
    6 Zones: 71.95€
    7 Zones: 82.55€
    Note that with the Abono Mensual you will ONLY EVER be charged for the number of zones you cross, EVEN IF you access the Green Zone (Line C-9 through the Guadarrama Mountains). This is the only ticket that allows you to access the green zone with normal fare rates instead of charging you a flat rate like the billete sencillo or the 7-zone rate like the Bonotren.
  • TRIP: 2 Per Day for One Month. Normally these would be round-trips.
  • VALID UNTIL: One Month From Day of Purchase.
  • USEABLE: The entire network of Cercanías Madrid.
  • SOLD AT: Ticket machines in any Cercanías rail station. Just follow the on-screen instructions (which can be displayed in English) to indicate your destination. You will be shown the appropriate price. If you want to proceed with the purchase you may pay in cash by just putting the money into the slot or you can pay by credit or debit card, though be aware that only Spanish cards are accepted. Once you pay for your ticket it will print out immediately and fall into the bottom compartment. Ticket machines do give change, which falls into the same bottom compartment.
  • SAVINGS: From 0.29€ to about 1.80€ per trip over the Bonotren. Trips cost anywhere from half to a third of the cost of a normal one-way ticket and you are not charged for entering the Green Zone. Abono Mensual tickets are a terrific bargain and if you make daily, long-distance trips it can save you literally hundreds of euros a month.
TAXIS
Taxi Meter GPS Madrid

First, you should know that taxi meters do not start at 0€ and count upwards, but rather have a Starting Fare. There are different Starting Fares depending on time of day. Fares are per kilometre, except the Starting Fare which is only charged at the beginning. Everything has zones around here, and taxis are no exception. Fortunately, taxi zones are very simple as there are only two: Zone A is the city of Madrid and Zone B is the rest of the Autonomous Region. Aside from that, there are three fare types. Type 1 is the normal type. Type 2 and Type 3 are charged on holidays, at night between 22:00 and 06:00 or when travelling in Zone B. Finally, there are a series of supplementary fees (suplementos) which are charged in certain circumstances. Supplementary fees are only charged once and are added to the total fare.

Starting Fares:
Hour Days Starting Fare
6:00h - 22:00h Monday 'till Sunday 2.05€
22:00h - 06:00h Monday Night 'till Saturday Morning 2.20€
22:00h - 06:00h Saturdays and Holidays 'till Following Morning 3.10€
Fare Scheme
Hour Days Starting Fare
6:00h - 22:00h Monday 'till Sunday 2.05€
22:00h - 06:00h Monday Night 'till Saturday Morning 2.20€
22:00h - 06:00h Saturdays and Holidays 'till Following Morning 3.10€
Supplementary Fees (Suplementos)
Trips To or From the Airport: 5.50€
Trips From Bus Terminals 2.95€
Trips From Train Stations
Trips To or From Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I (IFEMA).
Trips on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve from 22:00h to 06:00h. 6.70€

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