Corridors at Chamberí station

New Podcast! Have a frightening time with the spookiest of stories about the Metro de Madrid

A train moves slowly through the tunnel. There are no passengers on board, no voices, no laughter. If you let it go, you’ll flee the fear, but if you jump on, what do you think will happen?
This train travels through time, by word of mouth, from text to text, travelling through a story that books don’t tell you about: a story of mysteries and legends.
Welcome to the dark side of Metro de Madrid.

Our journey begins in a very special place: at Chamberí, the ghost station. It’s called the ghost station because time stopped in 1966, when it stopped providing service, and also because of the aura of mystery that surrounds it that’s given rise to all kinds of legends.

Today, in anticipation of Halloween, we want to remind you of some of them and take a spooky walk through other parts of the network. Are you up for it?

We begin our journey through the 1960s, when the station closed as it was impossible to extend its platforms from 60 to 90 metres, as was being done on the rest of the line. Even then, word spread that something was odd was going on with the works, because what had been done during the day would be seen to have been undone the next morning.

Nothing like this can have really happened because the work was completed, and the six-car trains were finally able to run on the line. But what is true is that during the time it was closed (until work on reopening it as a museum began in 2006) Chamberí station was not an empty space.

Those who travelled on metro on line 1 saw people, objects and lights as they passed by, but we do have a non-ghostly explanation for these presences. However, the same isn’t true of the girl who it’s said, likes to pull visitors' hair. Do you know her?

There are also some who claim to have seen silhouettes and heard knocking sounds, and some even say they met an ancestor on the platform, which is still closed to the public today.

Astonishing, isn't it? Well, if you want to come and see for yourself, remember that you can book your tickets here

From Chamberí to Tirso de Molina

From Chamberí we go to Tirso de Molina, where the remains of several friars from the monastery of La Merced are said to lie. Have you ever noticed that at this time of year it’s usually colder here than on the rest of the network? Well, we have an explanation for this too, and this one might come as a bit of a shock.

If you get on this train, you may now feel a shiver as you pass through some of the stations. But have you ever stopped to think that, on any given journey, on a day like any other and for no apparent reason, you might come across a ghost in your carriage? Like that of the woman who once, a long, long time ago, travelled beside the lifeless body of a dangerous assassin.

As you can see, this is a very special trip. A journey that takes you to ghost stations and haunted trains, like the ones that are said to run on L5.

If you dare to join us, there’s a place reserved for you. Get your headphones ready and hop on our Metro Podcast: