Madrid Airport To Downtown Guide- Taxi, Metro, Train And Bus

Are you headed towards the city center of Madrid from Madrid Airport? Then you will definitely be wanting to immediately reach the center upon arriving at the airport because you will find out that the airport isn’t actually the best place to spend your entire day.

The Madrid-Barajas Airport is among the busiest, crowded, and largest airports in Spain. It actually has 4 terminals. You can go from one terminal to another by riding the bus at zero cost. The airport has booths and stores in case you get hungry and you needed stuff like toiletries for your travel. You may also store your bags and luggage at the terminals. It is only around 12 kilometers away from Madrid and there are different transfer options for travelers.


Madrid Airport To Downtown Guide

  1. Madrid Airport To City Center Via Taxi

We personally think that getting a taxi ride could be among the most comfortable and convenient options to those who are traveling from the Madrid-Barajas Airport to the city center. All the terminals of the airport have taxi bays upon exiting the Arrivals Area. The travel time usually takes up to 30 minutes depending on the status of traffic in the area. You need to prepare around 25 Euros for your taxi travel cost. This fare may already include the supplement for the airport. For as long as your luggage can fit well inside the taxi, there is no need to add fees.


  1. Madrid Airport To Downtown Via Bus

The Airport Express Bus Line is a reliable mode of transportation from the airport to the city center because it operates the whole day from morning until dawn without any holiday the whole year.

It would take you around 40 minutes to complete a trip from the airport to the Atocha Train Station. You can catch the buses any time of the day because they depart from the airport every 15 minutes in the morning and in the afternoon, and every 35 minutes in the evening. Purchasing the bus tickets wouldn’t hurt your pockets because the tickets are priced at around 5 Euros. The stops include O’Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles, and Doctor Esquerdo. It also makes a stop to the Atocha Station at 6:00 am and at 11:30 pm. Know more about it on 


  1. Madrid Airport To City Center Via Metro

You could take the Metro easily from all the terminals of the airport. The trip from the Madrid-Barajas Airport going to Nuevos Ministerios is about 15 minutes. When you reach Nuevos Minesterios, you could easily connect to other lines such as Metro Line 6 and Metro Line 10 to get to other destinations. The Metro’s operations are between 6:00 am and 1:30 am. It departs every 5 minutes during from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, every 10 minutes from 10:00 pm to 11:0 pm, and every 15 minutes from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am.

It is much cheaper than the taxi ride because a metro ticket is priced at around 4.50 to 5 Euros. You may get the tickets right at the airport or at the metro stations. In case that you think your tour would involve a lot of Metro travels, then we suggest that you get a Madrid Tourist Travel Pass. This will give you access to transport systems for different zones such as Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 5, and Zone 7 at cheaper rates.


  1. Madrid Airport To City Center Via Train

If you are coming from the Airport Terminal 4, it would be so much easier to get on the train. The metro ligero travels from the airport towards different stations such as the Chamartín, the Nuevos Ministerios, the Atocha and the Príncipe Pío. If you are coming from the other terminals, there are shuttles offered for free to bring you to Terminal 4. The ticket prices are around 4.5 Euros. Traveling from the airport to Chamartin would take you around 11 minutes. You can catch the train from 6:00 am to 1:30 am. It departs 5 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes in the wee hours of the night.

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