ⓘ Line 5 (Madrid Metro)


ⓘ 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.

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 Cercanias commuter train, which generally runs above ground.


1. History

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 Alcorcon and Mostoles, now part of Cercanias 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.


1.1. History 2017 improvements

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. Future

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 Cercanias network.


3. Rolling stock

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.