Among the world's public transport systems, Madrid's is one of the best. Find out everything you need to know about commuter buses in Madrid. In this system alone there are about 200 different lines.
This transport network covers the entire city and even some nearby areas. It is made up of the light rail, RENFE commuter trains, metro and urban and extra-urban buses.
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Commuter buses in Madrid
There are two types of commuter buses in Madrid. The extra-urban ones are green in color. Their routes go outside the city council and within the limits of the community. Then there are the urban ones, which are light blue. They only cover the territories that are within the city council of Madrid.
The suburban bus network in Madrid is very extensive. It has more than 10,000 stops and covers more than 3,000 kilometers
Information for travelers
All suburban bus units in Madrid have a free Wi-Fi network. Each route is identified with numbers and its stops are perfectly defined. You can only take the bus at the established stops. In addition, in order for the bus to stop you must make a precise sign with the hand well in advance.
Commuter buses in Madrid work all year round from 6:00 am to 11:30 pm. With intervals that vary between 4 and 15 minutes between each unit. Except on weekends and holidays. On these exceptional days the service runs from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Then, during the night there is a special service that is less frequent but just as effective. The night buses, known as "owls operate from 11:55 pm to 5:50 am. There are 26 different lines that operate at night and cover almost the entire city. They depart from Plaza de la Cibeles and the fare is the same as the daytime buses.
The "búhos" work from 11:00 p.m. at intervals of 35 minutes between each unit until 4:00 a.m. The last night bus passes by at 5:00 a.m. Finally, the last night bus passes by at 5:00 hours. On weekends and holidays their interval is 15-20 minutes until 7:00 hours.
There are a number of local bus passes in Madrid that you can purchase and that are very useful. According to your needs you can choose the one that suits you best.
The Multi card includes a tourist season ticket . This is a personal ticket with which you will be able to travel unlimitedly through the public transport network of Madrid. You can buy it at the barajas terminal, at the T1, T2, T3 and T4 terminal stations and at the metro stations. According to the age of the user the ticket will be normal or child.
The price of the rates change depending on the zone. Zone A coincides with the municipal area of the city. And the T zone coincides with the coverage of transport passes. In zone A the fares range from 8.40 € and 35.40 €. While in the T zone they cost from 17 € to 70.8 €. This depends on whether the pass is between 1 and 7 days.
However, according to the areas you want to move around, you can purchase different transport passes. With them you can take public transportation whenever you want including commuter buses in Madrid. Although they have a validity period of 30 days.
In the Public Transport Card you can recharge the youth pass that costs 20 € in all zones. The normal one can be purchased for 54,60€ in zone A; 63,70€ in B1; 72,00€ in B2; 82,00€ in B3; 89,5€ in C1; 99,3€ in C2; 47,9€ in B1-B2, B2-B3, B3-C1, C1-C2; 110,6€ in E1; and 131,8€ in E2.
You can also purchase an annual pass, whose price also varies according to the zones: 545€ in zone A; 637€ in zone B1; 720€ in zone B2; 820€ in zone B3; 895€ in zone C1; and 993€ in zone C2.
Since 2015, children under seven years of age travel free of charge. In the case of senior citizens, they pay only €9.30. This discount is valid for travel on all areas of the capital Madrid. As well as for any of the annual season tickets, throughout Madrid pay only 93 €.
Disabled persons also enjoy a discount of 20% on commuter bus passes in Madrid. As well as large families, who in the general category have a discount of 20%. While in the special category the discount will be 50%.
Cash rates (regular)
The regular fare or single ticket is priced at €1.50. While the bono that covers 10 trips in metro and commuter buses in Madrid costs 12,20€.
Lines and stations
There are hundreds of bus lines commuter trains in Madrid. They provide regular services within the capital and to the surrounding areas. Of the hundreds of stations that exist there are six that are distinguished as the main ones. Each one corresponds to the main axes or roads leading out of Madrid.
- Burgos highway: A1. Plaza Castilla interchange, Madrid mountains and northern municipalities.
- Barcelona highway: A2. Av. América interchange, Henares corridor and eastern municipalities.
- Valencia highway: A3. South Bus Station, Madrid-Barcelona, Andalusia, Galicia and international destinations.
- Toledo Highway: A42. Plaza Elíptica Interchange. Southern municipalities.
- Extremadura Highway: A5. Interchange of Príncipe Pío, Segovia and Sepúlveda. Municipalities south of the capital.
- La Coruña Highway: A-6. La Moncloa Interchange. Buses to Valladolid, Palencia and León. Municipalities in the west.
Contact lines, mobile applications and social networks for customer service
If you have doubts about buses In Madrid there are lines and networks that you can use:
There are hundreds of apps for using public transportation around the world. However, here we will tell you a few that will be useful to take commuter buses in Madrid. Bus Madrid Classic is very useful to plan your routes, schedules and stops. You will also be able to see the traffic.
EMT Madrid is the official application of public transport in the capital of Madrid. In it you will find all the information you need about the service of suburban buses in Madrid. You can even know what is the balance of your card. As well as capture with your cell phone the codes that are at the stops to know precisely where we are.
The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid designed the mobile application Mi Autobús. With it you will be able to know which bus to take and how long you have to wait. You will also be able to know the traffic, the temperature and the estimated time to reach your destination.
The customer service office of EMT (Empresa municipal de transportes de Madrid) is located at: Calle cerro de la plata, 4 28007 in the Adelfas neighborhood. But you can also contact them through the telephone line 914 068 810. Or through the website wmtmadrid.es.
We can also contact EMT directly through their social networks. Now we can find them on Twitter and Facebook. They also have a blog where you can clear all your doubts.
Other means of transportation in the vicinity
As we said at the beginning, the Spanish capital has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. Therefore, buses are not the only way to get around Madrid.
Another very popular means of transport, in addition to the local buses in Madrid, is the train. It is an extensive railway network that covers the entire capital and nearby areas. It is also connected with different lines of the subway and local buses in Madrid.
On the other hand, there are cabs and subways. Both are methods fast, convenient and economical to move around the capital of Madrid.