Connecting via Madrid Metro?
The Madrid Metro is a vast network of just over 300 stations linked by 300 kilometres worth of track. Madrid Atocha is linked to the Metro on Line 1, providing connections across the city. You can see the full map and download a copy that’s easier to read by clicking: Madrid Metro map.
Only one line?
Madrid Atocha might seem poorly connected with only one line on the Metro reaching it. But that would be to ignore the Cercanias (local train services), which is an entire network of transport connections across Madrid. And most Cercanias train lines pass through Madrid Atocha.
Going to Madrid Airport?
You can travel to Madrid Airport via Line 8 (the light pink line) on the Metro, which starts from Nuevos Ministerios in the city centre. The airport has two stops on Line 8:
- Madrid Airport T1, T2 and T3
- Madrid Airport T4
In addition to this, you can also take the Cercanias to Madrid Airport. Click on the links below for our guide to taking the Cercanias to Madrid Airport and a guide if you’re arriving at Madrid Atocha on the AVE first. We also explain how your AVE train ticket may already have the fare to Madrid Airport included!
- Travel from Madrid Atocha to Madrid Airport via the Cercanias
- Connecting to Madrid Airport from the AVE
The days of just buying a paper ticket are over. The Metro recently moved to a contactless card payment system, called the Madrid Transport Card. It’s similar to the London Oyster card and is now Madrid the only type of ticket can be used on the network.
Where to get a card?
You can purchase a transport card from the vending machines at every Metro entrance. They cost 2,50 Euros each. You can load them up with one journey or a block of 10 journeys (with a discount).
Where is the Metro station?
Access to the metro station is available from two levels:
- On the Ground Floor, once you’ve left the Cercanias exit gates
- On the First Floor, close to the exit for long-haul AVE trains.
Like many European capitals, the Metro started life in the early part of the 1900s. This means that many of the older stations are not step-free. The Madrid Metro map shows the step-free access stations across the network.