Madrid Transport Guide

Madrid has a variety of inexpensive and efficient public transport services including the metro, buses, trains and metered taxis. With traffic jams and limited city parking, driving in Madrid is not a great option, although a hire car is a good idea to get out of the city and explore the countryside.

How to get around Madrid

With most of the major sights within walking distance, it’s easy to strike out on foot to explore the centre of Madrid. For travelling further, with 13 lines the metro is the quickest and easiest way to get from A to B. Buses (including night buses) will also take you where you want to go in Madrid, but avoid the peak hour traffic jams. The cercanías or railway network is your best bet to get to the outer ‘burbs with most lines also connecting with the metro system. Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street or jump in at a cab rank located throughout the city centre, airport and railway and bus stations.