International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Culture Corner

Getting Around Madrid

Madrid is a large city. The main tourist areas of the city can be traversed by foot. However, students will depend on public transportation to get around during most of their experience. Madrid has a great metro system, with metro stops throughout the city that makes Madrid fairly easy to navigate. Visit the website for a downloadable map, accurate prices, and more information: 

To learn more about the different ways to navigate Madrid, please read descriptions below.

Types of Transportation

One metro trip costs 1.5 - 2 euros, and a monthly pass will cost approximately 53 euros. For those under the age of 26, there is a youth pass which costs approximately 20 euros. This pass, called an "abono" is highly recommended, as it will give you unlimited access to the metro, trains, and buses of Madrid. The main bus stations in Madrid are located at Méndez Alvaro, Avenida de América, and Plaza de Castilla.


There are both local trains, national trains, and international trains available in Madrid. The two main train stations are Chamartín and Atocha. Current schedules and prices are available at

Madrid's Barajas airport is located about 30 minutes from the city center and is a convenient starting point for air travel within Spain and throughout Europe.