Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.
Getting From the Airport
The Metro (Line 8) connects Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD) with the city centre, as does the 24-hour Autobús Exprés (cash only), which makes stops at Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid Atocha Train Station, the O’Donnell Metro stop and all airport terminals. Both public transportation options cost €5. Taxis charge a flat rate of €30 and get you into town in about 25 minutes.
A one-way fare on the city’s Metro and buses is €1.50 to €2, depending on the length of your journey. First-time riders will have to buy a reloadable Multi Card for €2.50. (Children under four travel free.) The Metro runs from 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily, and buses operate 24/7. Get a new card, or top it up, at any Metro station. Visitors planning to use public transit often should opt for the 10-trip option for €12.20.
Taxis are available at all hours across the city, and all accept credit cards. Uber and Cabify are also everywhere and generally more affordable.
Radio Taxi Independiente: 914-05-12-13
Radioteléfono Taxi: 915-47-82-00
Taxi Mercedes Madrid: 915-93-20-20
Tele Taxi: 913-71-21-31
BiciMad’s electric bikes, available for rent at 165 stations around the city, work well but only suit cyclists accustomed to riding in traffic: Madrid has sparse dedicated bike lanes, and it’s illegal to cycle on the sidewalk. It costs €2 to rent a BiciMad for up to an hour.