Metro and Rail Study Tour

Metro and Rail Study Tour
  • Training
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Madrid / Barcelona
  • Spain


UITP’s Metro and Rail Study Tour gives the opportunity to join a unique learning event composed of technical visits to 4 major rail networks in Spain with a diversity of technologies and operation strategies to discover:

  • ‘Metro Madrid’ operating the metro of Madrid
  • ‘Renfe’ operating the suburban network in Madrid called ‘Cercanias’
  • ‘FGC’ in Barcelona operating the suburban railway network in Barcelona
  • ‘TMB’ operating the metro of Barcelona, including a fully automated line

The objective of the study tour is to showcase a diversity of rail networks and technologies. Each day will be composed of presentations by public transport operators on the network and the operations followed by a visit to the rail depots and maintenance centres, in some cases also to the control centres and stations.

Why Madrid and Barcelona? 

  • Both cities run two of the most extensive heavy rail systems in Europe: metro networks and suburban services.
  • The cities and companies have invested in major depot and maintenance facilities, stations and control centres
  • The diversity of technologies and infrastructure to discover 
  • The connectivity between both cities by high-speed train and of both cities to the rest of the world

What will I visit and learn during the study tour?

  • Presentations by the local transport authority on the rail strategy and developments in Madrid
  • Presentations by the 4 local rail operators on:
    • their current rail system and future developments
    • operations management
    • vehicles, technology and infrastructure in their system
    • maintenance and asset management
    • innovation
  • Visit of at least three major depots and maintenance facilities with explanations by professionals of each company  
  • Additional visit will be added, which can include control centres and station visit.

What will be the final programme? Can there be changes in the programme?

The programme will take place as outlined on this website. However changes can occur and some additional visit still need to be confirmed (these will be published on the website ASAP). In any case, it would not affect the travel plans of participants.

Who and how many people to expect?

The group is limited to 25 participants to ensure a good learning experience. UITP is a global association and participants come from public transport companies worldwide.


This is a provisional programme, more details will be confirmed soon.


21% VAT excluded

Until 24/02/2020

After 24/02/2020


970 €

1290 €

Member « developing nations »*

670 €

890 €


1420 €

1890 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

970 €

1290 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +)

900 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

620 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +)

1320 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

900 €

*Participants from developing nations benefit from a special discount. Check here the list of eligible countries.

To register a group of 4 persons of more from the same organisation, please contact us: - Tel: +32 2 663 66 57

Terms and Conditions

Please download our Terms and Conditions here.

Participation Fees Include

The study tour price includes:

  • The visits to all four rail operators
  • Local public transport and transfers to reach the different venues.
  • Lunches on the 16th, 17th and 18th March

The price does NOT include:

  • The hotel nights, breakfast and evening dinners.
  • The travel to Madrid and Barcelona from your home location
  • The high-speed train ticket between Madrid and Barcelona

Contact Person

Sunita Kelecom, Training Assistant, UITP Academy,, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 


  • Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangement: to Madrid and from Madrid to Barcelona.

  • Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation in Madrid and Barcelona (see recommended hotels below)

  • Spain is located in the Schengen area, but passport control can occur at any time and any place. A passport and VISA valid in the Schengen area may be needed for some citizens

VENUES IN MADRID (16&17 March)

On Monday 16th march in the morning in Madrid, the group will meet at the office of CRTM, the Transport Authority of Madrid:

Recinto Canillejas - Metro Madrid, Oficinas
Calle del Néctar, 44
28022 Madrid

Metro: Canillejas (line 5) - about 700m on foot of the training venue
The group will then move to different locations on the 16th and 17th March. The exact locations will be provided in the final programme.


Where to book my hotel in Madrid?
We recommend to book a hotel close to the Atocha train station from where the high-speed trains leave to Barcelona.

Hotel NH Madrid Nacional (****)
Paseo del Prado 48
28014 Madrid
Phone:+34 914 29 66 29

AC Hotel by Marriott Carlton Madrid (****)
Paseo de las Delicias 26
28045 Madrid
Phone: +34 915 39 71 00

Hotel NH Madrid Atocha (***)
Paseo de la Infanta Isabel 9
28014 Madrid
Phone:+34 915 39 94 00

TRAVEL FROM MADRID (Puerta de Atocha) TO BARCELONA (Plaça de Catalunya)

  • Participants are responsible for booking their own train tickets. Travel time is between 2h30 and 3h00.
  • We highly recommend to book trains leaving after 4pm.
  • Visit for more information and bookings


On the 18th in the morning in Barcelona, the group will meet at the train station ‘Provença’ from where we will take the train to the ‘Rubi’ operational centre (FGC).

After the visit with TMB, the visit will end at 17.00 at the latest in the city centre. Participants will be informed in due time how to manage their luggage.

We recommend to book flights leaving after 19.00 on that day.


Where to book my hotel in Barcelona?
We recommend to book a hotel close to the ‘Provença’ train station from where the group will leave to the FGC Operational Centre in Rubi.

Hotel Barcelona Center (****)
Carrer de Balmes 103
08008 EH Barcelona 
Phone:+34 932 73 00 00

H10 Art Gallery (****)
Carrer d'Enric Granados, 62-64
08008 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 14 20 30

Room Mate Emma Hotel (***)
Carrer del Rosselló 205
08008 Barcelona
Phone: +34 932 38 56 06


  • Depots and maintenance facilities are not located in the city centres. Therefore travel will take some time and some walking may be needed. UITP would of course provide a transfer if the distance is too long to walk.
    • Persons with reduced mobility should inform us before so that we can provide assistance.
  • Local transport, transfers and/or tickets for public transport will be provided by UITP. However participants are responsible for buying their train tickets between Madrid and Barcelona.


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