Line 5 (Madrid Metro)

Line 5 is a rapid transit line in the Madrid Metro system since 5 June 1968. It is the fourth most used line of the Madrid system, transporting 64 million passengers a year. It is 27 kilometers long.[1]

Madrid-MetroLinea5.svg Line 5
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Oporto Station
TerminiCasa de Campo
Alameda de Osuna
TypeRapid transit
SystemMadrid Metro
Rolling stockCAF 2000-B and 3000
Opened5 June 1968 (1968-06-05)
Line length23.217 km (14.426 mi)
CharacterUnderground, at-grade
Track gauge1,445 mm (4 ft 8+78 in)
Route map

Alameda de Osuna
El Capricho
Torre Arias
Ciudad Lineal
Pueblo Nuevo
El Carmen
Diego de León
Núñez de Balboa
Rubén Darío
Alonso Martínez
Gran Vía
La Latina
Puerta de Toledo
Cercanias Logo.svg
Marqués de Vadillo
Vista Alegre
Eugenia de Montijo
Casa de Campo
Map of the line 5.

Line 5 also contains the only elevated ground platform in the Madrid Metro, at Aluche station. Aluche is also the only station where the metro is above the Cercanías commuter train, which generally runs above ground.


Line 5 was opened on 5 June 1968 and originally ran between Callao and Carabanchel, with the Carabanchel station also running with what was then called Line S (for Suburbano).

On 2 March 1970, the line was extended from Callao to Ciudad Lineal, however the section between Ventas and Ciudad Lineal originally opened in 1964 as part of Line 2.

In 1976, section of Line S from Carabanchel to Aluche was transferred to Line 5 in order to provide an easier transfer to downtown to new railroad line to Alcorcón and Móstoles, now part of Cercanías C-5 line. On 28 May 1980 the line was extended from Ciudad Lineal to Canillejas.

On the 27 October 1999, Eugenia de Montijo was added as an infill station between Aluche and Carabanchel. The station is on the tunnel mouth of the line and is therefore at-grade.

The mostly overground section between Aluche and Casa de Campo was transferred to Line 5 after Line 10 was extended south from Casa de Campo on 22 May 2002. On 24 November 2006, a two stop extension from Canillejas to Alameda de Osuna was opened.

2017 improvementsEdit

Line 5 was closed during the summer of 2017 for renovation. The renovation lasted 62 days and cost an estimated €66.5 million. Among the changes, more than 256,000 metres (840,000 ft) of signaling cables were replaced, along with 42,000 metres (138,000 ft) of fiber optic cable, 68,000 metres (223,000 ft) of lighting, and 18,000 metres (59,000 ft) of radiating cable.[2][1]


Line 5 is to be extended through the town of Barajas and ultimately connect with Valdebebas railway station, which at the time only serves the Cercanías network.[3]

Rolling stockEdit

Line 5 uses 6-car trains of mainly class 2000B, however there are a few class 2000As running on the line. It was the last line built in a narrow profile and gauge.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Barroso, F. Javier (September 3, 2017). "La línea 5 de metro abre con cuatro estaciones aún en obras". El Pais.
  2. ^ "La línea 5 de metro reabre el próximo domingo". El Pais. September 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Razón, La (2019-09-09). "La Comunidad inicia los trámites para abrir el Metro 24 horas los fines de semana". (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2019-09-12.

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Coordinates: 40°25′58″N 3°40′59″W / 40.4328°N 3.6831°W / 40.4328; -3.6831