Transportation

Learn details about air, rail, bus and car transportation, along with costs and safety information. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:  

The country’s major cities have buses and tranvías (trams), and are also linked by a rail system managed by Renfe under the name of Cercanías (‘vicinity’ in Spanish) or Rodalies (Catalan website for Barcelona only). Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Málaga and Valencia also have metros (subways). Madrid’s metro is the fastest-growing system in Europe, having doubled in size over the past 15 years. With over 13 lines, more than 300 stations and 294 kilometers of routes, the capital has the eighth-longest metro in the world.

In the Madrid Metro system (Spanish, English), transportation costs range from a single metro and bus ticket in Zone A at 1.50 EUR to a monthly travel card in Zone A at 54.60 EUR. There is a 3 EUR extra fee to pay on your metro journey ticket if you travel to or from the city airport, Barajas. Single travel paper metro-only tickets do not exist any longer, and all travelers need to buy a rechargeable Public Transport Card (Tarjeta de Transporte Público) to access the network.

In Barcelona’s Metro network (Spanish, English, Catalan), a single metro or bus ticket is 2.20 EUR, and a 30-day pass within Zone 1 is 54 EUR. As well as a local transportation card, you can also download and use the free TMB app (Spanish, English, Catalan) to navigate both the city’s bus and metros networks and pay for tickets.

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