How to Use the Metro

It’s Irma here! I love to walk, I prefer it than taking public transport, maybe because I’m from a small city in Mexico. But now that I live in Madrid and have to take longer rides, the metro is my best option because it’s really easy to use and it’s not expensive. I know what you are thinking: the metro is one of the hottest places in Madrid! You are right, but hey, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Before you hop on one, here are some facts you will want to know. From lines 1 to 12, the metro lines are divided by numbers and colors. Each line has two directions, so be careful to not get on the wrong one! Before entering each line, you have signs that indicate the direction and all the following stations. Without further ado, follow these tips:

  1. Once you get off the metro and you get caught in the rush of the people trying head out, follow the green signs that read “Salida/Exit” or the green signs with a person walking. This means that you are being led outside of the metro station and into the city!
  2. The most economical way to travel in the metro as a tourist is buying the 10-trips ticket that costs €12.20 or the tourist travel card that allows 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days of trips and the price varies depending on the days you need (ranges between €8.40 to €35.40).
  3. If you are a student under 26 years old, I recommend buying the monthly card that allows you to take as many trips as you want for an entire month – not only for the metro but also the buses. The cost is €20 a month, but if you’re older than 26 years old, the ticket is €50 per month.

For all the metro formalities you can go to the following stations: Sol, Avenida de América, Atocha, Príncipe Pío, Nuevos Ministerios among others.