Templete de la estación de metro de Gran Vía

Gran Vía station turns one year old again

In 2019, the eight original Metro de Madrid stations celebrated their Centenary. Among them was Gran Vía, which had been conceived as San Luis Network and the pavilion of which, designed by Antonio Palacios, had already become an icon of the city since its inauguration. Like the Puerta de Alcalá, during its 100-year life, the station has seen the passing of time and witnessed many changes, until the time came for it to be renovated too, and it did so just a century after its opening. The works were completed a year ago and thanks to them, it is now the most modern station on the network and has recovered its famous pavilion. Do you want to get to know it a little better?


Red de San Luis, con el templete de la estación de Metro en primer plano, en los años 30

Let’s start our visit in the new hall, which after the remodelling works has increased its usable area from 900 to 2,000 square metres, and let’s go down to the second level, where a small museum displays the archaeological remains found during the excavation and extension works of the station.

Vestíbulo de la actual estación de Gran Vía

Museo en el interior de la estación de metro de Gran Vía

Among the improvements that have been incorporated, the installation of 13 escalators and four lifts connected to the Metro control post is worth highlighting and thanks to them Gran Vía station is now fully accessible.

Fourteen new ticket vending machines with 4.0 technology have also been installed, with large display screens, contactless payment and the possibility of accessing customer service by means of a video call, among other improvements. The works have also made it possible to connect the Metro station with Cercanías, which is an important step towards improving interconnectivity between different means of transport.

Tornos de acceso a la estación de metro de Gran Vía

But undoubtedly, the element of the new station that most attracts the attention of those strolling through the centre of Madrid is the pavilion, guarded by two lions and crowned with a coat of arms of the city of Madrid carved in stone. It has quickly earned a place in the photo albums and social media of more and more locals and tourists.

That's how well some of your cameras have immortalised it!