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Madrid – Public Transportation

Madrid Metro
Serving the city’s population of some six million, the Madrid Metro is one of the most extensive and fastest-growing metro networks in the world.  With the addition of a loop serving suburbs to Madrid’s south-west “Metrosur”, it is now the second largest metro system in Western Europe, second only to London’s Underground. In May 2007, Madrid’s metro system will be expanded and it will have more than 175 mi. The province of Madrid is also served by an extensive commuter rail network called Cercanías.

Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles (Renfe)
Spain’s railway system, the Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles (Renfe) operates the vast majority of Spain’s railways. In Madrid, the main rail terminals are Atocha in the south and Chamartín in the north.

The crown jewel of Spain’s next decade of infrastructure construction is the Spanish high speed rail network, Alta Velocidad Española AVE. Currently, an ambitious plan includes the construction of a 7,000 kilometer (4,350 mi) network, centered on Madrid. The overall goal is to have all important provincial cities be no more than 4 hours away from Madrid, and no more than 6 hours away from Barcelona. As of 2005, AVE high-speed trains link Atocha station to Seville (to be extended to Málaga in 2007) and Toledo in the south and to Zaragoza and Tarragona in the east (to be extended to Barcelona at the end of 2007).

The Airport bus to the Plaza de Colon (Route 89) departs from the Arrivals level of each terminal from 04:45 am until 02:00 am. They operate every 15 minutes until 06:00, then every 10 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00. After 23:00 they operate every 16 minutes.

Fare: €2.40. If you have more than two travel bags add €2.31 for each extra piece of luggage.