|Abono joven, abono normal|
Currently, the abono joven (youth pass) is 30,50 euros/month, and the abono normal is 47,60 euros/month*. Two years ago when I was there, you could have the abono joven if you were under 21 years old -- so I got to have the cheaper one all year even though I turned 21 in April.
Since then, they have changed the regulations, and you can now have the abono joven if you are under 23 years old -- score for me!
The coupón mensual is easy enough to purchase each month. When you remove the ticket from your abono, there's a bar code underneath. In every entrance of every metro stop, there are machines where you scan that bar code, then can pay with either cash or credit card, and the machine dispenses your coupón mensual for the next month.
But how do you get the whole abono to begin with?
TabacosYou go to an estanco, a tobacco shop:
There are estancos every couple of blocks, just like pharmacies and grocery stores.
Mention that you need an abono, and they'll hand you a short form to be filled out. You will need to attach a copy of your passport and a passport photo to the form, and pay a mere 1,20 euros. Be prepared to give an address and phone number on the form. You will select the type of abono, and the region (if you're using it within the central part of Madrid, select "Zona A". You then mark if you want to pick it up by correos, in the mail, or estanco, by returning to the tabacos stand.
I asked which was faster, and the girl in front of me said estanco, because sending it in the mail holds up the process. The man looked over my application, stamped some numbers onto it, then handed me a small piece of paper with my application number and said to come back in 15 days.
I'm going to try back in a week and see if it's not there earlier, because in the meantime, I'm paying 9,30 euro for 10 trip tickets (which will usually add up to going to 5 places -- I use one trip on the way there, then when I re-enter the metro on the way home, that uses another trip). So when I'm going to see apartments (I saw three today), the trips get used up quickly. I think I'll probably need to buy another 10 trip ticket on Thursday.
New Public Transportation Cards, 2012
|Tarjeta transporte público|
Through July 31, 2012 they were switching over youth (under 23) to the new card for free. After that point, changing to the public transportation card will cost 4 euros.
These public transportation cards will last 7 years from the date they are issued.
Pay attention to metro announcements and flyers, as the roll-out will probably continue through 2013.
*Current as of the date of publishing, 9/27/11. Rates have since increased, and as of July 2013 are the following:
|Abono transporte mensual (precio en euros)|