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Madrid, Spain

Date of opening17 Oct 1919
Network length293 km (182.10 mi)
Stations289 (239*)
Lines13        Line history
Stations per line22.23
Avg. station distance1,062 m (0.66 mi)
Avg. line length22.54 km (14.01 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 1 Jan 2017
ML1, ML2, ML3 not included (27.8 km, 37 st.; Embajadores=Acacias)
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)1.74 million (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)5,940 (3,690)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)1.00 EUR (as of 2009); gates
TrackLeft, gauge: 1445 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 600 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doorsTests in 2010, plans for 2011
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Official map
Source: pdf, © 2013

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Madrid

Of approximately 300 km of metro lines in Spain's capital, more than 100 km have been built in just a few years around the turn of the millennium. Many of the newer stations and some of the older ones have interesting designs or architecture.

Photo []: Entrance building of Lago station of 1961.
Photo [unknown origin,]: Nuevos Ministerios station in Madrid, inaugurated in 2002.

Guided Tours

Tours of the metro system, guided by experts. For dates and reservation contact the tour operator or check their website.

A guide accompanies you to normally inaccessable places. Includes the Anden 0 Chamberi exhibition and museum metro station as well as archaeological displays in another station. Fee: 30 euros. Tour operator:

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

Interesting stations on line L8 are Campo de las Naciones (one station away from Aeropuerto station, impressive mural about people from all the countries) and Nuevos Ministerios (big mural about Madrid and other works of art). Change there to line L10 and go to Chamartín (new big mezzanine for the L1 extension), Alonso Martínez (walk north to the historic Andén 0 Chamberí underground station which has been turned into a museum), Príncipe Pio (built under the Norte railway station, with nice views of the old station). Change there to line L2 and go to Retiro (nice station with tile murals by Mingote).

Metro Museum

specialty museum Andén 0 Chamberí. The goal is showing the public a little piece of underground life in the capital at the start of the 20th century. The museum consists of a restored metro station by architect Antonio Palacios, abandoned in 1966. Old ticket counters and gates and old ceramic advertisements are still present, videos are on display. The museum has a branch at the Engine Shed at calle Valderribas, 49 near Pacífico metro station. Since 2008. Location: Abandoned Chamberí metro station from 1919.
Address: Corner of Calle de Luchana and Calle de Sta Engracía. At Iglesia, Bilbao, Rubén Darío metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): Thu 10am to 1pm, Fri 11am to 7pm, Sat+Sun 11am to 3pm. Admission: free.
Reference: (official website).,,


The remodelling of stations led to the discovery of major archaeological and palaeontological findings, now turned into museums and open to the public, like the Caños del Peral Museum at Ópera or the paleontological site at Carpetana station. [25]

Exhibits in stations:
  • Carpetana: This is a significant site for paleontological remains in the suburban region. When installing elevators at the station in 2008, experts found over 5,000 animal remains of a wide range of genuses, dating from the Middle Miocene period (about 14 million years ago). Replicas of some of the fossils were installed, thus converting the station into a downright museum, including explanatory boards and showcases with replicas of the flora and fauna that once inhabited the place.
  • Opera: The station houses the Caños del Peral archaeological museum (230 square metres), featuring audiovisual displays, a 16th century fountain and other water supply works discovered during the station remodelling works in 2008, such as the “Arenal Sewer”.

Other Rail Transport in Madrid

Cercanias (suburban metro)

Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.

Express Services

Cercanias lines C2, C3, and C10 have express trains called Civis, inbound in the morning and outbound in the afternoon. On light rail line ML3 between Boadilla and Madrid, some trains skip the underused stops in between.

Circle Lines

Isolated circle - Line 12 ('MetroSur') - 40.5 km - 28 stations - round trip 75 minutes - opened 2000 - completed 2003 - in southern suburbs.
Isolated circle - Line 6 - 23 km - 28 stations - round trip 67 minutes - opened 1979 - completed 1995.
Pan-shaped loop - Cercanias Line C7 - 16 stations.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Buzzing before departure. Before arriving to the station, a recorded announcement says: "Próxima estación [name], correspondencia con línea [number]". This is Castilian and means: "Next station [name], transfer with line [number]". Sometimes, especially in old stations on line 1 they have also this text: "Próxima estación: Tirso de Molina. ¡Atención! Estación en curva, al salir tengan cuidado de no introducir el pie entre coche y andén", which means: "Next station: Tirso de Molina. Attention! Station is in a curve; while you get off the train, mind your step, don't step between the train and the platform." Line 6 and 7 have older trains and those have a whistle sound when the doors close.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1999: Los sin nombre

Handpicked Resources Official website
Various authors90 años de Metro en Madrid. La Librería, 2010. A comprehensive book about Madrid's metro (In Spanish)

Generic Links for Madrid Metro

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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