Madrid : Financing/Pricing data

Supply/demand data 2015

The demand for public transport in 2015 was in the order of 1,385.8 million journeys. The average of 215.3 journeys per inhabitant places Madrid Region among the most frequent public transport users, both in Spain and Europe.


There are 8 fare zones in Madrid Region, two of them are out bounds Madrid, including part of the bordering provinces of Guadalajara, Cuenca and Toledo.
Madrid public transport system accounts with the following types of tickets :

  • Single-use ticket, valid for one trip.
  • Advance-purchase 10-journey ticket : valid for 10 trips.
  • Touristic ticket, for 1, 2, 3 ,5 or 7 days, valid in Madrid city or Madrid Community for all kind of modes.
  • Personal multimodal Travel Card for unlimited use within a given time period and zone, named Public Transport Card. .

Fares are integrated for every public transport mode using monthly and annual travel cards. The Public Transport Card (contactless technology) is a multimodal travel ticket for use on all public transport modes (buses, metro, suburban railways...) within a specified zone. It is valid for a restricted period of time (a month or year).

Thanks largely to this Public Transport Card, public transport is now an affordable option for commuters in Madrid, and the system is further enhanced by the fact that people can use any of the existing modes of public transport without restriction.

There are three types of monthly travel passes :

  • Regular Pass : for users aged 26-64.
  • Youth Pass : for users aged 7-25.
  • Elderly Pass : for the over-65s.
  • Child Pass : for users aged 4-6.
  • Unemployed pass : for participants of the employed activation plan.

Annual standard and elderly passes are also available. The validity period of the travel cards backed with the new contactless technology is 30 days starting from their first use.

2015/€Single tripMultiple tripsMonthly passAnnual passYoung monthlyElderly monthlyTouristic
Normal fare

Madrid city (A Zone)

1.50 12.20

(10 trips)

54.60 546.00 35.00 12.30 1 day 8.40

3 days 18.40

7 days 35.40

Fare for B1 Zone 63.70 637.00 39.60 12.30 1 day 17.00

3 days 35.40

7 days 70.80

Fare for C2 Zone 99.30 993.00 61.80 12.30 as B1 Zone

For touristic zone ; children under 11 benefits of 50% discount
For Young pass ; from October, the 1st of 2015 monthly pass was 20€ for all zones.

Funding of public transport in 2015

The transport system of the Region of Madrid is funded by contributions from several levels of the Central Government and by the revenues obtained from users.

The following figure provides an overview of the sources and allocations of the CRTM funding scheme :

Current developments and projects :

The studies and projects carried out by the CRTM in 2015 are the following :

  • Study for the definition and evaluation of alternatives to the current tariff framework in the public transport system of Madrid Region.
  • Data exploitation of the Household Synthetic Mobility Survey 2014.
  • Analysis of intermodal passenger flows in public transport interchanges of the municipality of Madrid.
  • Study for the characterization of the urban buses demand of the metropolitan rings B and C municipalities.

With regards, New Technologies, the CRTM promotes technological innovation through actions such the introduction of the new travel card systems based on contactless technology ; new app “My transport” based on real time multimodal information.

In terms of intermodality improvements, CRTM activities has focused on 3 new stations : Paco de Lucía metro station (line 9) in Madrid city ; 2 suburban railways stations : Soto del Henares (in Torrejón de Ardoz) and Valdebebas (in Madrid city).

CRTM has a very active participation in different European projects. In 2015 CRTM was involved in the following projects : 3iBS (Intelligent, Innovative, Integrated Bus Systems), NODES (New tools for Design and Operation of Urban Transport Interchanges), TEA-Cost (Transport Equity Analysis), OPTICITIES (Enhancing Smart Mobility) ; SIMON (Assisted Mobility for Older and Impaired Users), IN-LIFE (Independent Living support Functions for the Elderly), CITY4AGE (Elderly-friendly City services for active and healthy ageing) ; and EBSF-2 (European Bus System of the Future 2 ).

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