Project: Madrid Underground
Tratos & Madrid Metro cooperation
During his term in the office 2003-2007, President Esperanza Aguirre funded a multi-billion-dollar project, which has added to, joined, or extended almost all of the Madrid Underground lines.
Madrid Metro is the fastest, most efficient and reliable way of getting around Madrid. It is one of the largest metropolitan networks in Europe, connecting the entire city and a large part of the suburbs. Undoubtedly the most practical and economical option to move from the airport to the center and vice versa.
Boasting over 300 stations, the Madrid Metro currently comprises twelve metro lines, three Metro ligero tram lines and a special Ramal line connecting Ópera and Principe Pío stations. Particularly useful for people visiting Madrid is Line 8 which goes from Nuevos Ministerios in the centre to Adolfo-Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport (20 mins to T4 and just 12 mins to T1, T2 and T3). It also goes to the capital’s trade fair centre Feria de Madrid.
The Metro runs from 6am to 1.30am, with trains departing every 2 minutes in the morning rush hour and every 15 minutes in the early hours (after midnight). At weekends, trains are less frequent during the day. Pitis station (Line 7) and stations between Puerta de Arganda and Arganda del Rey station have different opening hours to the rest of the network. When lines suffer closures due to engineering works, alternative bus services are usually availabe at no extra cost.
Did you know?
8 stations and 4 kilometres. This was the first Metro de Madrid line that was inaugurated on 17 October 1919 between Cuatro Caminos and Sol. Almost 100 years later, Metro has reached 12 municipalities in Madrid, where over 75% of the residents live less than 600 metres away from a Metro station.
Since the first journey made by Alfonso XIII, Metro has expanded in an exponential manner, mirroring the demographic and economic growth experienced in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, to 294 km and 302 stations throughout the network. It is ranked among the great underground systems in the world: it is the fifth in terms of the number of stations, behind London, New York, Shanghai and Paris, and the eighth in terms of extension behind New York, London, Beijing, Guangzhou, Seoul, Shanghai and Moscow. In 2018, 657.2 million users chose Metro as a form of public transport within the region.
Today, Metro is a big company with 6,977 employees devoted to the mobility of Madrilenians. Our mission: become the preferred transport option in Madrid, offering a quality and efficient service. To this end, the three pillars of our strategy are public service, efficiency and customer experience.
Tratos is long committed to supporting sustainable transport and the UN Global Goals related to the transport, such as Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.