Transportation in Madrid
You can pick up one of the ubiquitous official taxis, which carry a diagonal red stripe and a green light on the roof, at ranks or on the street. Expect to pay a small surcharge for each item of luggage, or for trips from the airport, bus and train stations. Rounding up the fare to the nearest Euro is pretty much standard, providing the service is to your approval.
Madrid's extensive bus service can be slightly confusing for visitors, compared to the easier to navigate metro system. The bus service is supplemented by night buses or búhos which run from Plaza de Cibeles to the suburbs from midnight to 6am.
The Consorcio Transportes de Madrid metro system is cheap, efficient and runs daily 6am-2am. Each of the 12 metro lines has a colour and number. A single ticket, which costs €2, can be used for any journey with the system. The ten-trip ticket, abono de 10 viajes, costs €9.30.
Most of Madrid's prime attractions are conveniently located in or near to the city centre. Walking is often the best option and can reveal surprises at every turn.
Rent your car
Madrid is ringed by several motorways that connect with major avenues radiating from the city centre. These are useful for getting your bearings, although the maze of central streets can still be hard to navigate. You're better off leaving the car in a hotel car park and exploring the city on foot or by metro.
Single tickets and carnets of ten tickets are valid for the metro and city buses. Monthly passes for metro, bus and train are also available. Rush hour is 7am-9am and 7pm-9pm Monday to Friday.