COMING TO MADRID MADRID? Here are some tips about how to move around inside the city:
The best way to move inside Madrid or its region is by public transportation. Moving around is even simpler, with Madrid’s extensive, modern metro system all you’re likely to need. There are also plenty of buses, as well as reasonably priced taxis.
From/to the airport:
Taxi - € 30
Bus - number 200 connects to Avenida de America Metro and bus station. Linea Express goes to Atocha Train Station in about 40min. Tickets € 5
Inside the city:
Taxi - You can pick up a taxi at ranks throughout town or simply flag
one down. Flag fall is €1.95 from 6am to 10pm daily, €2.15 from 10pm to
6am Sunday to Friday and €2.95 from 10pm Saturday to 6am Sunday; make
sure the driver turns the meter on. You pay €0.92 per kilometre (€1.06
between 10pm and 6am). Several supplementary charges, usually posted
inside the taxi, apply; these include €5.25 to/from the airport; €2.75
from taxi ranks at train and bus stations, €2.75 to/from the Parque
Ferial Juan Carlos I; and €6.50 on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve from
10pm to 6am. There’s no charge for luggage.
Among the 24-hour taxi services are Radio-Taxi (91 405 55 00, 91 445 90 08, 91 447 51 80) and Tele-Taxi (91 371 21 31, 902 501 130).
Radio-Teléfono Taxi (91 547 82 00, 91 547 86 00; www.radiotelefono-taxi.com) runs taxis for people with a disability in addition to normal services. Generally if you call any taxi company and ask for a ‘eurotaxi’ you should be sent one adapted for wheelchair users.
A green light on the roof means the taxi is libre (available). Usually a sign to this effect is also placed in the lower passenger side of the windscreen.
Tipping taxi drivers is not common practice, although most travellers round fares up to the nearest euro or two.
Metro - Madrid’s modern metro (http://www.metromadrid.es/es/index.html)
is a fast, efficient and safe way to navigate Madrid, and generally
easier than getting to grips with bus routes. There are 11 colour-coded
lines in central Madrid, in addition to the modern southern suburban
MetroSur system as well as lines heading east to the major population
centres of Pozuelo and Boadilla del Monte. The metro operates from
6.05am to 2am. In theory most trains are air-conditioned in summer, but
that doesn’t mean it always works.
Colour maps showing the main central Madrid metro system are available from any metro station; the MetroSur is unlikely to be of interest to visitors.
The metro covers 284km (with 282 stations), making it Europe’s second-largest metro system, after London. To give you an idea of its scale and popularity, passengers make around 650 million metro rides in Madrid annually.
All those informations are updated. Enjoy Madrid!