Madrid has a modern transport infrastructure, capable of meeting the challenges posed by the continued expansion faced by most modern cities in the 21st Century. The guarantee of continued commutability and mobility is assured by an extensive urban and intercity road network, which is used by 430,000 vehicles during the rush hour, and a consolidated public transport system that is used by 1,488 million customers a year, providing 5,7 million journeys per working day statistics which place Madrid and its metropolitan area at the forefront of public transport use countrywide.
Madrid’s road network covers more than 3,400 km, with 4 major ring roads (the M-30, M-40, M-45 and M-50 peripheral motorways) that are linked by 12 radial roads and 3 access roads to Ma- drid International Airport. An urban and municipal road network, with dedicated bus lanes complements this main network.
The ways of public transport are as follows:
Metro and Metro Ligero (Madrid’s subway and light railway) com- prising 17 lines, 352 stations, 2,404 trains and a 328 km network.
Cercanías (Suburban train network) with 9 lines, 98 stations, 858 trains and a 382 km network.
Urban bus service with 216 routes, 10,045 bus stops, 2,092 buses, and a 3,618 km net- work.
Interurban bus service with 349 routes, 18,974 bus stops, 2,012 buses and a 20,528 km network (October 2011)
The High-Speed Rail Network (AVE) connects Madrid with the main regional capitals, including all the sub venues, Valencia, Barcelona, Cordoba, Malaga, Valladolid and Zaragoza, at speeds exceeding 300 km/h.
Excellent connections to rest the of the world
Madrid’s International Airport (Madrid-Barajas) will serve as the main gateway to World Pride Madrid 2017. As a first-rate European and Interna- tional airport, it offers connections to more than 170 destinations throughout the five continents via 80 airlines.
Madrid’s airport is located 20 minutes from the city centre.
Latest requirements in terms of capacity and efficiency Madrid’s airport has undergone considerable expansion during the past years and further expansion is planned. It has an actual handling capacity of more than 70 million passengers a year. During 2010, it received more than 49 million passengers, which is equal to a daily average of 136,000 passengers. Further to its expansion, the new airport has become a symbol of modernity and progress. It has secured even more its posi- tion of leadership among the main airports of the world, maintaining its position as the fourth busiest European airport, due to its volume of flight operations and passengers.
Swift and easy transport from the airport
Madrid’s four airport terminals provide a complete transport system that guarantees access to the city centre.
Each of the Terminals has its own subway station (Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 and Aeropuerto T4) which guarantee travel times of be- tween 18-25 minutes to the city centre. Additionally public bus routes link the airport to the city centre in approximately 18 min- utes. The existing taxi ranks at each of the four terminals, offer a convenient means of transport to those who wish to make use of this service. Terminal 4 has an additional railway station that link the airport to the city centre in 18 minutes and to the High-Speed AVE railway stations located in the city centre whose net- work service offers onward connections to the main Spanish cities.