Information about the regional and city bus transport system…
Madrid is well served by buses, with both state-owned and private services.
The transportation section of the Comunidad de Madrid website gives details about travelling by metro, bus, suburban rail and suburban buses, including fees and passes.
- Comunidad de Madrid
Tel: 012 and 915 804 260
- For information on public transport options in municipalities in the Comunidad de Madrid: Click here
- For a map and information on bus routes in Madrid: Click here
- For information on suburban bus options in the Madrid area: Click here
EMT Urban Buses
The Madrid Municipal Transport Company, called EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid) provides regular group transport services in Madrid. It is owned by the Madrid Town Council.
Passengers can purchase their ticket (billete) on the bus, which is valid for one trip on that bus. A Metrobús ticket, good for ten journeys, can not be purchased on buses but can be purchased at newspaper stands, Metro stations and tobacco shops. Passengers using multi-trip tickets must validate their ticket using the machine onboard the bus.
Late-night busses (búhos) are available in Madrid, departing from Plaze de Cibeles.
Note: bus passengers at bus stops must indicate, with a wave of the arm, that they want an approaching bus to stop.
- EMT Customer Service
Tel: 902 507 850
- For EMT bus itineraries and routes: Click here
- For an interactive map of bus routes and stops in Madrid: Click here
- For a touristic map of Madrid that includes transportation lines: Click here
- For information on bus tickets, bus passes and pricing: Click here (in Spanish)
- For information on transportation interchange stations in the Madrid area: Click here
Information on when the next EMT bus should arrive at a particular stop can be obtained via text message. Send a text message to the number 217 217, starting with the word “espera”, enter a space, then add the bus stop number (which can be found on the bus shelter), enter a space, then add the line number of the bus. EMT will answer within a few minutes.
Smartphone users can access up-to-the-minute information and directions to the nearest bus stop using downloadable applications.
Suburban and interurban buses are operated by a number of private companies.
- For a list of the lines, with timetable, line diagram and fares: Click here
Madrid City Tour is a double-decker tour bus that goes on a 75-minute panoramic tour of Madrid, on one of two possible routes. Tourists can hop on and off the bus any time they wish on either of the routes. The routes are: Modern Madrid and Historical Madrid.
The bus has an open top-deck and is provided with a low floor and a ramp for handicapped access. Tourist information is offered in eight languages. All customers receive a map with routes and discount vouchers for museums, monuments and other attractions.
- Madrid City Tour (MCT)
At: Calle Felipe IV (between the Prado Museum and the Ritz Hotel), Madrid
Tel: 902 024 758
- Madrid City Tour Information Point
At: Plaza España 7, Madrid
Tickets can be bought online, at travel agencies, hotels, MCT information points and on the MCT buses.
Several Spanish companies offer long-distance transportation from and to Madrid. Among them are the following:
La Sepulvedana links Madrid with the mountain range to its north (Navacerrada, Guadarrama, Villalba etc.) It also has long distance lines to Segovia:
- La Sepulvedana
At: Moncloa Transport Interchange, C/. Princesa, Paseo Moret, Madrid
Tel: 902 119 699
Tel: 918 515 592
The Cevesa buses join Madrid with San Martín de Valdeiglesias and the Gredos Mountain range:
At: Avda. Petróleo 28 Leganés 28919 Madrid
Tel: 902 393 132
Alsa provides routes to international destinations:
Tel: 902 422 242
Eurolines is a booking and information service for long distance coach journeys across the European continent. There are departure points across Spain. Their tour buses operate in Madrid.
- For booking and information on routes and destinations in English see the Eurolines website: Click here
Main Madrid Bus Stations
- Estación Sur Méndez Álvaro Sur
Tel: 914 684 200 (customer service from 06:30-00:00)
Metro stop: Menendez Álvaro (circular line 6)
Metropolitan-area trains: Menendez Álvaro buses 113-141-8
- Avenida de América Intercambiador
Tel: 902 302 010
Metro stop: Avenida de América
- Chamartin Estación
At: C/. Agustín de Foxá
Tel: 902 320 320
- Atocha Estación
At: Glorieta Carlos V
Tel: 902 432 343
Metro stop: Atocha