In Madrid there are several means of transport to get you around town, namely the subway network, the bus service and the train.
Taking a taxi or renting a moped is also an option. Bikes are not that common here as in other European cities...and given the chaotic traffic it is really no wonder.
* Metro: In total, the metro network connects 161 stations. Trains run every 3 to 5 minutes from 6 am to 1:30 am. The fare costs around €1.15.
* Bus: Madrid has a total of 170 bus lines servicing the city and the outer suburban areas. Schedules and frequency vary according to times and areas being serviced. Buses generally run between 6 am and 11:45 pm. Around 25 bus lines run during night hours.
* Trains: The commuter trains are another transport option. Run by the state company RENEFE, trains run from Atocha and Chamartín stations and reach many great sightseeing destinations as well as the airport. The service runs every 3 to 5 minutes from 6 am to 11 pm. If you’re keen on using the public transport system more frequently, it may be a good idea to get a “Diez Viaje“ or a ten-ride ticket for around €5 that is valid for both buses and the metro. Another possibility is purchasing an „Abono Turístico“ – with this special ticket you will have access to various means of transport for a certain period of time without having to pay the fare each time you climb on a bus or take the subway.
* Taxi: Official taxis in Madrid are white with a diagonal red stripe and the city shield on the door. Taxis are very convenient to get around town in but remember that the meter keeps running!
* Rental cars: many important rental car companies have agencies in Madrid. Having a car at your disposal is a convenient option although you may have to get used to the somewhat chaotic traffic behaviour. Parking can also be an issue.
* Roller Blading: a fun way of getting around Madrid if you have the time and the energy is sporting a pair of roller blades...you’ll get plenty of exercise and at least parking won’t be a problem! But hectic traffic conditions don’t really make this the best option.