Do you know your way around the capital, but still have a certain amount of respect for certain modes of transport? The metro, for example, is not for everyone. We understand that, and that’s why the big city offers you a bus line in Madrid that can take you wherever you need to go without having to take any other means of transport. At Booking Madrid we tell you all about it!
What is the company that runs the buses in Madrid?
La empresa que gestiona la línea de autobuses de Madrid es la Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT). EMT is a public organisation in charge of urban transport in the city and operates an extensive network of buses in and around the capital.
In addition to conventional buses, EMT also operates other transport services such as light rail and special transport services for people with disabilities.
How many bus lines are there in Madrid?
Currently, there are more than 200 bus lines operating in the city of Madrid, more specifically 219, divided between daytime (191), night-time (27) and direct to the airport from different stops.
Interestingly, between them they total 3,977.666 kilometres in length and 10,884 stops, reaching different parts of the capital and neighbouring districts not served by the metro line.
Want to know which bus in Madrid you should take? It is very simple. You can download the official EMT app, search for the stop closest to your location and see the different timetables and waiting times.
If, on the other hand, you cannot open the app, you can be guided by the information signs at the stops, where you will see the destination of each line and the places it passes through before reaching its destination (these are usually circular lines).
What are the bus fares in Madrid?
The price of buses in Madrid depends on the type of ticket you buy and the origin and destination of the journey, but also on the type of travel pass you have (for example, the unlimited travel pass is valid for all types of urban transport). The standard fares are as follows:
Ordinary single ticket: 1,50 euro
Single ticket with transfer: 1.60 euros
10-trip pass: 13,20 Euros
Monthly season ticket for zone A (Madrid city): 54.60 euros
Annual season ticket for zone A (Madrid city): 567 euros
Bus schedules in Madrid
The Madrid bus schedule depends on the line and the day of the week. However, they usually start operating around 6:00 am and end their service around 11:30 pm. However, there are some night lines that operate throughout the night, especially on weekends and public holidays.
You can check the specific schedules of each bus line on the EMT website and the waiting times on their application. If you enter the stop you are at, it will be much easier to check how much time is left and at what time it stops operating.
Are there night buses in Madrid?
Yes, in Madrid there are night buses that operate throughout the night. These are known as “búhos”, special buses from 23:45 to 6:00 in the morning that cover a wide variety of routes throughout the city and are very useful for those who go out during the night and live in areas far from the centre.
The intercity owls have special fares depending on the area in which your destination is located:
- Zone 1: 1,30 € (single) | 8,50 € (10 trips)
- Zone 2: 2,00 € (single) | 12,20 € (10 trips)
- Zone 3: 2,60 € (single) | 16,10 € (10 trips)
- Zone 4: 3,60 € (single) | 23,00 € (10 trips)
- Zone 5: 4,20 € (single) | 29,70 € (10 trips)
- Zone 6: 5,10 € (single) | 37,40 € (10 trips)
Urban buses: Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Alcorcón...
To make the transportation network more accessible from other locations in the Community, the EMT offers a city bus service to residential areas, shopping centers, industrial parks, institutes or universities from the center of the city to other urban areas.
For example, it is aimed at residents or students from Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Alcorcón, Aranjuez, Arganda del Rey, Arroyomolinos, Boadilla del Monte, Cercedilla, Ciempozuelos, Ciudalcampo, Collado Villalba, Colmenar Viejo, Coslada, El Escorial, Fuenlabrada, Getafe, and many more. You can check it out on their website!
Madrid intercity buses are long-distance transport services that connect the city of Madrid with other cities and towns in the Community of Madrid and other autonomous communities in Spain. These are operated by different bus companies, and usually depart from Madrid’s bus station (also known as Madrid South Bus Station).
Among the main destinations served by this type of Madrid buses within the Community, you can find: Chamartín – Plaza de Castilla, municipalities along the Burgos road (A-1) and the Madrid mountains, Canillejas, Avenida de América, Barajas, Ciudad Lineal, and municipalities along the Barcelona road (A-2) and the Henares corridor…etc.
Do you want to know if they reach your locality or neighborhood? Consult the official website of the Community of Madrid.