Madrid-Barajas is the main airport located around 12 km away from the country’s capital. It is both very large and very busy. These are two things that do not make for a relaxing environment, especially when compared to drinking wine and eating tapas in Spain.
The airport has 4 terminals. They are all connected with a 24/7 bus service that is free for both passengers and non-passengers a like. The airport also has a lot of stores and restaurants, making it convenient to get some food and do a little bit of shopping before flying. In addition, if you want to store your luggage, you can do so in Terminals 1, 2, and 4.
Getting to downtown Madrid from Adolfo Suárez airport is made convenient by the metro, bus, train, and taxi system. Check out our guide below how to go from Madrid airport to the city center.
How To Go From Madrid Airport To City Center
Taking A Taxi From Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport To Downtown
Taking a taxi from Madrid airport to city centre as well as to get to the airport is very simple. You can easily find the taxi stands outside each of the 4 terminals Arrivals section. The average price for a taxi from Madrid airport is around 20 to 25 euros, all included. You do not have to pay extra money for your luggage as long as it can easily fit in the taxi or on the taxi’s luggage racks. However, if traveling after 10 pm or on Sundays, there is an increase in the per mile cost for the taxi. Depending on how heavy the traffic is and where you are going in the city, the ride downtown should take around 30 minutes.
Taking The Metro To Madrid City Center From Madrid Airport
Another option to get into downtown Madrid from Madrid airport is by taking the metro. Line 8 runs from the airport all the way to Nuevos Ministerios, right in the middle of town, in about 15 minutes. You can catch the metro in any of the airport’s terminals. From Nuevos Ministerios, you can transfer to other metro lines, such as 6 and 10. The metro runs from 6 am to 1:30 am. During daytime, it leaves around every 5 minutes; however, the frequency changes at night. For example, between 10 pm and 11 pm, it leaves in 10 minutes intervals and between 11 pm and 2 am it leaves in 15 minutes intervals.
The ticket, that includes an additional fee for the airport, costs between 4.5 and 5 euros depending on where you are going. You can find the machines to buy tickets at the airport and in any metro station. If you are going to be using the metro quite a bit to get around the city, consider getting the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass-Zone A. You can choose between the 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 day passes depending on the length of your stay. This will help you save some money.
Taking The Bus From Madrid Airport To City Center
The Airport Express buses are a bright yellow color making them very easy to spot. They run 24/7/365. It is the perfect option for those people taking late night flights when the metro is not available.
The bus ride from the airport terminal to Atocha Train station takes about 40 minutes. During the day, the bus leaves every 15 minutes; however, at night the bus leaves every 35 minutes. The bus only stops a 3 places: the O’Donnell/Doctor Esquerdo corner, Plaza de Cibeles (with connections to other places), and Atocha Station (however, the bus only stops at this last place between 6 am and 11:30 pm). Like the taxi, you can catch a bus at terminals 1, 2, and 4. The bus tickets can be bought on the bus for a price of 5 euros. http://www.esmadrid.com/en/barajas-airport-express.
Taking The Train To City Center From Madrid Airport
The last option to get into the city is by taking the metro ligero. It leaves from terminal 4 and goes to the following stations: Chamartín, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha, and Príncipe Pío. If you aren’t in Terminal 4, don’t forget that you can take the airport’s free shuttle service to easily get you there. To get to the first stop, Chamartín, from the airport, it only takes around 11 minutes. The price of a one way ticket is 4.5 euros. The train’s hours of operation are 6 am to 1:33 am with departure intervals every 15 minutes in the morning and night and between 5 and 8 minutes during the daytime.