Madrid-Barajas — Spanish International Airport, located 12 km from the city center. This is the main airport of the country, as well as the main airport in Europe on direct flights to Latin American cities. The Madrid-Barcelona air line, known as the “puente aéreo”, is the world’s leader in terms of flights per week. Since 2006, the airport has 5 terminals and is called the world’s largest airport by area of its terminals. In 2015, the airport served 45 million passengers.
Route number 203 (Exprés Aeropuerto — Airport Express): an express route linking Atocha railway station and the airport. The bus operates around the clock and every day. However, Atocha only stops from 06:00 to 23:30. At night, the route to the center of Madrid is served by Cibeles, and goes under the N27 Exprés Aeropuerto.
The bus runs every 15-20 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night.
The trip takes 30-40 minutes.
One-way ticket costs 5 euros.
You have several choices. The airport in its size and importance is well connected both with the city center and with other cities in the region.
Bus: Buses and coaches stop and depart from each terminal at the airport in the arrivals area.
Route 200: connects the Avenida de América transport hub to the airport. The bus runs every 10-20 minutes from 05:00 to 23:30.
Route 101: Provides a link between the Canillejas transportation hub and the airport. On weekdays (including Saturdays), the line runs from 06:00 to 23:25, on Sundays and public holidays from 07:30 to 23:25. Depending on traffic, you can wait 15 to 30 minutes before the bus arrives
Route 822: connects T1 in Madrid and travels to Coslada and San Fernando de Henares. It is open daily from 06:00 to 23:30.
Route 824: The first stop is at the airport at T1, and the destination is Torrejón de Ardoz and Alcalá de Henares. During the year, the bus runs from 06:40 to 22:00.
Only route 822 does not pass here, all other buses from terminal 1 stop here.
Routes 203, 822 and 824 do NOT stop at this terminal.
In addition to routes 203 and 200, which stop here, there are two additional.
Route 827: operates along the following route: Madrid (Canillas) — Airport T4 — Alcobendas — Autonomous University — Trans Cantors. The bus leaves from 06:00 to 23:00.
Route 828: connects Madrid (Canillas), T4 Airport, Alcobendas and La Universidad Autonoma. The bus go from 07:00 to 18:00.
Intercity buses to Madrid: Buses to and from Madrid Airport go to other cities in the region.
Avanzabus offers direct flights between the airport and Avila and Salamanca. Departing from T1.
Alsa sends buses from the airport to: Zaragoza, Barcelona, Valladolid, Leon, Murcia, Alicante, Gijon, Oviedo, Lugo, Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Vitoria, San Sebastian, Santander, Bilbao, Logrono and Pamplona. Leaves T4 arrivals area.
Socibus connects the airport with parts of Andalusia: Ayamonte, Cordoba, Cadiz, Jerez, Seville, etc. and sends buses from T1.
There is a metro line 8 connecting the T4 terminal with Nuevos Ministerios (city of Madrid). On the branch there are two stations at the airport.
The branch is open from 06:05 to 01:30.
The first stop is the metro station T1-T2-T3, and the trip from the city takes 13-15 minutes.
One ticket costs 4.5 euros.
NOTE. Between the two stations of the airport there is a stop called Barajas. It is in the city, not at the airport, so do not go there.
The Spanish railway company connects Madrid to the airport with the RENFE train via the local line of the Cercanias C1 network.
This is the cheapest way to get to the city center, since one ticket costs € 2.60.
The train station is on T4 (floor -1), it is called Aeropuerto T4.
Travel time is about 40 minutes (from the Principe Pio stop to the airport).
The first train arrives at 06:00 and the last at 23:00 (depending on whether you are going to or from the airport).
NOTE. If you have problems with switching to another terminal, a free transfer is connected to them.
Taxis are by far the most expensive option to get to the city center. However, if you decide to use their services, make sure that you drive only with official ones (white with a red stripe at the door). The flat rate is € 30.00 one way, but the fare may change due to traffic conditions, time of day and season. Baggage is included regardless of the fare. Try to avoid taxi services during peak hours on weekdays, because there is a chance that the driver will work for you.
If you do not like to use crowded public transport and you do not want to take a taxi, consider booking a private car that will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your destination.
A professional driver will be in the arrival area with your name.
If necessary, child safety seats can be ordered in advanced mode.
There are six car rental companies at the Madrid airport. All of them are located in the arrivals area T1 and T4. You can order a car online from the companies Sixt, Avis or Europcar, so as not to be left without a car and not wait in line.
Madrid Airport Bus Hire
If you arrive with a large group of people, the best option would be to rent a bus online before you arrive. After that, the bus hire companies will inform you about the meeting place.
Question: The plane is delayed landing. Will it be problematic to get to the city?
- A: No, since Madrid is one of the largest airports in the world, it is well connected to the city. There are many bus routes, a metro line and a train operating 24/7. If you arrive after midnight, do not worry. Buses run all night, every 30 minutes.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
- A: Yes, the Don Luis Hotel is just 2.4 km from the airport, as are the Air Rooms Madrid Airport from Premium Traveler and the Hotel Barajas Plaza. They offer full service, free Wi-Fi and cozy rooms.
Question: I would like to visit Madrid between flights. Is it possible
- Answer: Yes, buses leave every few minutes from the airport’s terminals, so you don’t even need to transfer to another terminal to board it. The airport is only 12 km from the city, so you can be sure that you do not miss your flight. You can leave your belongings in the luggage compartments at the airport. Offices are open around the clock and seven days a week. Price per day is 10.00 € per bag. One office is in T1 while the other is in the T4 waiting room.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my trips?
- A: Yes, you can exchange money at all terminals, and there are even two banks: BBVA and Caja Madrid in T1 and T4.
Question: I continue my journey outside Madrid. Are there any direct routes from the airport?
- Answer: Yes, Madrid is associated with the rest of Europe. You can either go directly from the airport, as indicated above, or from the city center. Check out such routes as Madrid — Lisbon, Madrid — Malaga.