The most efficient, quickest and cheapest way to get around Madrid, it provides fast transport from 06:00 to 01:30 hours. The extensive network covers almost all parts of the capital and is the most practical option for getting from the airport to the city centre and vice versa. Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Airport T4) links the capital with the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas international airport. It takes less than 20 minutes to T4 and only 12 minutes to the rest of the terminals.

FARES: Check the current fares on the Metro de Madrid website.



Madrid has an important network of city buses belonging to the Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT), which covers practically the entire city. There are areas that are not served by the Metro but are served by buses.

Most of the lines run from Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 23:30, with an interval of 4 to 15 minutes. Except on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, when the service runs from 07:00 to 23:00.

To travel from the capital to the airport and vice versa, line 200 connects terminals T1, T2 and T4 with Avenida de América; line 101 connects Canillejas with T1 and T2.

Express bus to the airport

The “Airport Express” bus takes approximately 30 minutes (to T1, five minutes to T2 and another five minutes to T4). It runs every 15-20 minutes during the day and 35 minutes at night. The fare is 5 euros.
The head of the service is at T4 and there are stops at T2, T1, O’Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha Station (operating between 06:00 and 23:30). The buses have modern luggage racks to make the journey as comfortable as possible. Any type of luggage (suitcases, trolleys and travel bags) weighing less than 23 kilograms can be carried.


There are over 15 600 taxis in Madrid, so it is usually no problem to find a free one on the city’s main thoroughfares. There are many taxi ranks throughout the city marked with a blue sign and the letter “T” in white. At train and bus stations and at the airport, taxis are available at the taxi ranks, and in the rest of the city you can hail them on the street.

All vehicles accept payment by credit card and cash is also available. It is worth noting that some taxis have wifi service available to passengers.

Madrid 360 / Low emission zones

Madrid 360 includes the creation of different Low Emission Zones (LEZ) to improve environmental protection in the 21 districts. The entire municipality will be declared a LEZ in a progressive manner and by territorial rings from 1 January 2022 to 2025, making the fight against pollution and the development of economic activity compatible.
Madrid 360 includes two Low Emission Special Protection Zones (ZBEDEP), Centro (the former Madrid Central) and Plaza Elíptica, where pollution problems are most acute. In these zones, shopkeepers will have the same access and circulation rights as residents.

For more information, see the website:

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