The Madrid Metro is one of the largest metro systems in the world!!
The Madrid Metro is the large metro system serving the city of Madrid. It is one of the largest metro systems in the world, which is especially remarkable considering Madrid's population of approximately 3.5 million (Madrid city) to 6 million (metropolitan area). In fact, it is among the top 10 longest metros in the world. It is also one of many fast growing systems in the world, rivaled, among many others, by the Seoul Metro or the Beijing Subway. Madrid Metro trains use left-hand running on all lines. Instead Spanish trains runs usually on the right side.
The Metro network has 231 stations on 12 lines plus one branch line, totalling 282 km, of which
approximately 92% is underground. There are a number of tickets available, be sure to buy the right one. Change the display at the machine into English and you'll see a number of options. Most of them pertain to areas of the Metro you are unlikely to use, so ignore them.A number of tourist
tickets available. These require a passport or Spanish ID card to be purchased (your details need to be put on the card so no one else can use it) so you must buy these from the manned booths.
The tickets available are:
No more tourist ticket like in Barcelona but a one trip ticket at 2€ and a 10 trips ticket at 12€
Metro runs from 6am till 2 am on almost all lines Morning rush hours every 2-3 minutes, daytime every 4-6 minutes, every 15 minutes after midnight
Children under 11 years: 50%. discount. Free under 4 years.