My Metro line 5 of Madrid!!!!

This is a memorable older post that love to revive update for you and me. This is what it started it all for me and my Madrid. This is where I lived for four beautiful years and many returns, and I lived right off the Metro Line 5 of Madrid in the neighborhood of Quintana and the district of Ciudad Lineal! Let me happily tell you about it.

Now I am in nostalgia lane , let me bring you up another memorable moment of my life.  As far as my youth, public transport was it, of course.  So when living there and even for souvenirs’ sake when visiting, I take the metro or the bus lines, much less the cercanias trains.  One of my fav things to do, as not really a tourist but a long time resident coming back, is to take my teen years metro line 5 of Madrid. Again, words of mine cannot express the joy of riding this line, bringing friends and family to ride it and especially my sons over the years! This is it line 5 metro of Madrid, it has evolved as Madrid!

I have written on it briefly in between posts before, but as it is so much me, feel obligated to make you read on it along, sorry ::) It is awesome ride really, try it!! And I do take it just to go back to my old piso or apartment and reminicent of youthful nice days when there with my dear late mom Gladys now. I have taken my Dad, my dear late wife Martine now, and my sons alone to this spot; its like a pilgrimage for me , need to do it. My piso or apartment above floor with my Dad Elio visiting below!!

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The Metro line 5 crosses the city ,and consists of 32 stations which make up a 23.2 km route between the Alameda de Osuna and Casa de Campo stations. Here is a map I took do not remember from where but it shows the metro of Madrid map from 1975! At that time the line only reach Ciudad Lineal!!! and back to Callao!!

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Unlike most Metro lines in Madrid, its route does not run almost entirely below the main roads of the city, but at least on its way through the city center , between Alonso Martínez and Acacias, it runs through the underground of the city without  correspondence with scarcely any surface street. It is, therefore, one of the first lines that passes to a greater depth to that of the others in the center of the city, in part to not overlap with them in the correspondances, but also in part by this lack of coincidence, since under the buildings the tunnels usually are  run more deeply for security reasons and space.

The Metro Line 5 as such was inaugurated on June 6, 1968 between the stations of Callao and Carabanchel, although they are part of its current network two sections previously inaugurated and belonging in its day to other lines, such as my section  between Ventas and Ciudad Lineal was inaugurated on May 28, 1964 as part of joining with Line 2. In October 1977, and on the occasion of the construction of the railroad line between Aluche and Móstoles (line C-5 of Cercanias trains), the section between Aluche and Carabanchel was incorporated to the line 5, moving of the latter to the station of Aluche the head of the lines  5 and 10. In 1980 the line went east to Canillejas, (here lived my aunt and then in the early 1970 ‘s was going by electric tram from Ciudad Lineal!)  and was extended under the Calle de Alcalá (I lived right on it!!!) until its end next to the road to Barcelona (A2).

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In the summer of 2017 the line closed to change the catenary (from wire to rigid), to change the signaling to a new one and to renew four stations of the line (Canillejas, Torre Arias, Suanzes and Aluche). From August 20 to April  2019 will close the station Gran Via and trains do not stop by for the installation of elevators/lifts  and the connection of the station with the vicinity of Sol.(this is ongoing due Summer 2021).  Crossing the city from northeast to southwest passing through the center, is one of the most important lines as far as travelers are concerned. It covers important axes such as Calle de Alcalá or Calle General Ricardos, giving service to very populated neighborhoods of the capital. It connect with:

Line 1 at Gran Via . Line 2 in Opera and Ventas. Line 3 in Callao and also in Acacias by long correspondence. Line 4 in  Alonso Martínez and also in Diego de León by long correspondence. Line 6  in Oporto and Diego de León. Line 7 in Pueblo Nuevo. Line 9 in Núñez de Balboa.  Line 10 in Alonso Martínez and Casa de Campo. Branch at Opera. Renfe  trains near the stations Aluche and Piràmide and also in Acacias by long correspondence. On bus lines of the network  2 Intercity buses at the Canillejas and Ciudad Lineal, from  network  4 in Oporto and Aluche, and from network 5 at Aluche and Campamento.

The metro line 5 stations (which you will notice are some nice sights stops): Alameda de Osuna, El Capricho, Canillejas, Torre Arias, Suanzes, Ciudad Lineal, Pueblo Nuevo, Quintana, El Carmen, Ventas, Diego de Léon, Nuñez de Balboa, Rubén Dario, Alonso Martinez, Chueca, Gran Via, Callao, Opera, La Latina, Puerta de Toledo, Acacias, Piràmides, Marqués de Vadillo, Urgel, Oporto, Vista Alegre, Carabanchel ,Eugenia de Montijo, Aluche, Empalme Campamento, and Casa de Campo

It seems to be projected the expansion of the line, making it corresponds with line 8 in a new station under the Avenue de Logroño, between the stations of the line 8 of the Campo de las Naciones  and airport terminals T1-T2-T3, creating the possibility to continue by the same avenue to Barajas station.  As for its opposite end, the line ends in Casa de Campo, where Line 5 is constituted on a central platform between the two of line 10.  By the station’s own configuration and the position of the tunnels on both lines, the addition of a new platform to line 5 is not ruled out as in Principe Pio, but the possibilities of destinations for the extension are of a questionable utility . The configuration of the same route of the line, looking preferable to bring more direct lines to those neighborhoods,according to Madrid metro news.

Some webpages to help you visualized this wonderful metro line 5 of Madrid are:

The official Metro de Madrid on line 5: https://www.metromadrid.es/es/linea/linea-5

The official CRTM regional bus lines of Madrid connections from metro line 5: https://www.crtm.es/tu-transporte-publico/metro/lineas/4__5___.aspx

Above for my nostalgia you can click on the bus symbol in Quintana and it brings you to journey planner, you put in 113 bus line and this is the one I used the most to La Elipa sports complex; which in my days the bus was call P13( see next post).

The city of Madrid EMT bus network you can take from my Quintana line 38 to Manuel Becerra square and then take line 146 to Cibeles stop and then walk to Puerta del Sol or any other sight in between. EMT journey planner webpage: https://www.emtmadrid.es/EMTBUS/Mi-itinerario?lang=en-GB

Of course, the metro line 5 on Calle de Alcalà  is right by no 331 (my apartment) and if you go to no 299 Calle de Alcalà, you can take the bus line 113 to Elipa and the Almudena cemetery and the Elipa sports complex! Enjoy the ride into real local Madrid! A wonderful right where you will combine off the beaten path trip into real every day life in Madrid with wonderful monuments sights. Hope you enjoy the post!

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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