Travelling to Madrid

  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas receives all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is locatedjust 12 kilometres northeast of the capital, allowing passengers to save considerable time and money travelling to and from the airport.

    Barajas now has four terminals in operation. T4 was opened in February 2006 and has received various awards for its design by architects, Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers. T4 received almost 26.8 million passengers in its first year of service. During the same period, the airport received a total of 46.3 million passengers. Furthermore, Madrid-Barajas has 138,000 m² of shopping and leisure facilities to kill time before catching a flight. Crèches, areas for prayer, restaurants and exhibitions are some of the many options. Click here for further information.
    WHERE TO CHECK-IN 

    To offer passengers a more efficient service, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has redistributed the airlines in each terminal. Please select your airline on the following list to find out where to check-in and click here here for further information.

    GETTING TO THE AIRPORT 

    Metro: Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Aeropuerto T4) links the capital to Barajas international airport. It takes less than 20 minutes to reach terminal T4 and just 12 minutes to reach the other terminals. Check prices here. When travelling around Madrid on public transport, you need to get a Tarjeta Multi. This is a non-personal contactless public transport card that can be topped up and used by multiple people. It has a validity period of ten years, and it is used to contain non-personal public transport tickets for use within the Region of Madrid.

    Bus:

    • Airport Express Bus:24-hour service from Atocha (between 6 am and 11.30 pm) and Cibeles, stopping at O'Donnell (intersection with Doctor Esquerdo), T1, T2 and T4.
    • Line 101from Canillejas (T1, T2, T3).
    • Line 200from Avda. de América (T1, T2, T4).  
    • Interurban Line 822San Fernando-Airport (T1, T2, T3).
    • Interurban Line 824 Alcalá de Henares-Aeropuerto (T1, T2, T3).
    • Interurban Line 827Tres Cantos-Metro de Canillejas (T4).
    • Interurban Line 828Universidad Autónoma - Recintos Feriales (T4).
    • Shuttle Bus: Free service linking the four terminals. Running every 5 minutes from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm, every 20 minutes from 11.30 pm to 1.50 am and every 40 minutes from 1.50 am to 6.30 am. 

    Taxi: to take a taxi you must wait at a taxi rank. There is a fixed rate of €30 for services between the airport and the city centre (within the Calle 30 ring road).

    Cercanías (local train): The suburban train network runs between Príncipe Pío station and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal 4, on the new C-1 line. Trains depart every half hour and you can check ticket prices here. AVE ticket holders can travel from the train station to the airport free of charge.

    Car: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is linked by road to the main Madrid access routes and ring road. The airport can be reached by various routes:

    • From the M-40: Exit 8. M12 Toll Road through the tunnel (T4) Exit 9A. Via M14 (T1, T2, T3) and M13 (T4)
    • From the A-2: Exit 12. Via the M14 (T1, T2, T3) and the M13 (T4). Exit 12. Via the M12 Toll Road (T4)
    • From the M-11: Exit 7. Via the M12 Toll Road (T4). Exit 9. Via the M13 (T4) End of M-11. Via the M14 (T1, T2 and T3) and the M13 (T4).
    • From the R-2 Madrid-Guadalajara: Exit 3. Via the M12 (T4).
    • From the A-1 Burgos: Exit 17. Via the M12 and the M-13 (T1, T2, T3, T4) Exit 17. Via the M12 Toll Road via Exit 7 (T4).
    CAR PARKS

    Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has over 10,000 parking spaces. There are seven public car parks: P1, P2 and P4 (located at terminal buildings T1, T2/T3 and T4), have 2,392, 4,437 and 7,795 spaces respectively; the Express car park for short stays has 39 spaces; the VIP car park for T1, T2 and T3, the VIP car park for T4 (reservations for VIP spaces should be made by phone on 902 102 020) and there is also a long stay car park with 1,655 spaces.

  • Madrid is the centre of the extensive Renfe railway network, arriving in the capital from all over Spain and offering convenient transport throughout the country.  Mid-Distance, Long Distance, High Speed and Suburban trains depart from and arrive at the two main stations: Atocha and Chamartín. International trains to and from France and Portugal also depart from and arrive in Madrid.

    MID-DISTANCE

    The Mid-Distance lines bring passengers to the capital from all over Spain. Trains from major cities arrive at and depart from Chamartín (calle Agustín de Foxa, s/n) and Atocha (Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, s/n) stations daily.
    • High Speed-Mid-distance (Avant)
    • Avant Madrid-Ciudad Real-Puertollano: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 53 minutes to Ciudad Real and 1 hour and 13 minutes to Puertollano.
    • Avant Madrid-Toledo: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 30 minutes. 
    • Avant Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: around 28 minutes to Segovia and 1 hour and 5 minutes to Valladolid.

    Other Mid-Distance Services

    MID-DISTANCE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN TRAINS

    • Line R-1. Madrid-Ávila: Departing from Atocha Station via Chamartín. Journey Time: around 2 hours. The Express train departs from Chamartín Station and takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
    • Line R-2. Madrid-Segovia: Departing from Atocha Station via Chamartín. Journey Time: around 1 hour and 40 minutes. The Talgo departs from Chamartín Station and takes 31 minutes.
    • Line R-3. Madrid-Soria: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 3 hours.
    • Line R-4. Madrid-Arcos de Jalón-Zaragoza: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: around 2 hours and 10 minutes to Arcos de Jalón and around 3 hours and 49 minutes to Zaragoza.
    • Line R-20. Madrid-Salamanca: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes.
    • Line R-21. Madrid-Valladolid-León: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to Valladolid and 4 hours and 40 minutes to Leon.
    • Line R-27. Madrid-Valladolid-Vitoria: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: around 2 hours and 45 minutes to Valladolid and around 5 hours and 30 minutes to Vitoria.

    MID-DISTANCE LEVANTE TRAINS

    • Line R-6. Madrid-Cuenca-Valencia: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 6 hours and 25 minutes.
    • Line R-7. Madrid-Alcázar-Albacete-Valencia: Departing from Chamartín Station via Atocha Suburban. Journey Time: around 2 hours and 50 minutes to Albacete.

    MID-DISTANCE EXTREMADURA-CASTILLA LA MANCHA TRAINS

    • Line R-8. Madrid-Ciudad Real-Jaén: Departing from Chamartín Station via Atocha. Journey Time: around 4 hours to Jaén.
    • Line R-9. Madrid-C. Real-C. de Buey-Badajoz: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 7 hours and 47 minutes.
    • Line R-10. Madrid-Cáceres-Badajoz: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 5 hours and 47 minutes. The Talgo departs from Chamartín Station via Atocha Station. Journey Time: 5 hours and 28 minutes.

    LONG-DISTANCE / HIGH SPEED

    As well as the wide range of services offered by Renfe, the following services are available:

    Tren Alaris

    • Madrid-Valencia-Castellón: Departing from Chamartín Station via Atocha Suburban. Journey Time: around 3 hours and 40 minutes to Valencia and 4 hours and 40 minutes to Castellon.

    Tren Altaria

    • Madrid-Algeciras: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 1 hour to Ciudad Real; 2 hours to Cordoba and 5 hours and 30 minutes to Algeciras.
    • Madrid-Granada: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 4 hours and 25 minutes.
    • Madrid-Murcia-Cartagena: Departing from Chamartín Station via Atocha Suburban. Journey Time: around 4 hours to Murcia and 5 hours to Cartagena.

    Tren Alvia

    • Madrid-Alicante: Departing from Puerta de Atocha Suburban. Journey Time: around 3 hours and 15 minutes.
    • Madrid-Cadiz: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 1 hour to Ciudad Real, 2 hours to Cordoba, 2 hours and 40 minutes to Seville and 4 hours and 30 minutes to Cadiz.
    • Madrid-Huelva: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes to Cordoba and 3 hours and 50 minutes to Huelva.
    • Madrid-Logroño: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: 3 hours and 23 minutes.
    • Madrid-Pamplona: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 3 hours and 10 minutes.
    • Madrid-San Sebastián-Irún: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: around 5 hours and 20 minutes to San Sebastián and de 6 hours to Irún.
    • Madrid-Albacete-Valencia: Departing from Puerta de Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 3 hours.

    AVE

    • Madrid-Cuenca-Requena/Utiel-Valencia: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 50 minutes to Cuenca, 1 hour and 15 minutes to Requena and 1 hour and 35 minutes to Valencia. 30 trains a day.
    • Madrid-Ciudad Real-Córdoba-Seville: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 1 hour to Ciudad Real, 2 hours to Cordoba and 2 hours and 40 minutes to Seville.
    • Madrid-Zaragoza-Lleida-Tarragona-Barcelona: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 1 hour and 20 minutes to Zaragoza, 2 hours and 10 minutes to Lleida, 2 hours and 40 minutes to Tarragona and around 3 hours to Barcelona.
    • Madrid-Guadalajara-Zaragoza-Huesca: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 25 minutes to Guadalajara, 1 hour and 30 minutes to Zaragoza and 2 hours and 20 minutes to Huesca.
    • Madrid-Cordoba-Malaga: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey Time: around 1 hour and 50 minutes to Cordoba and 2 hours and 30 minutes to Malaga.
    • Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: around 30 minutes to Segovia and 1 hour to Valladolid.
    • Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona-Girona-Figueres: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey time: 3 hours and 32 minutes to Girona and 3 hours and 48 minutes to Figueres.
    • Madrid-Cuenca-Albacete-Villena-Alicante: Departing from Atocha Station. Journey time: 2 hours and 20 minutes to Alicante. Nine trains a day in each direction with an extra service on Fridays. 

    Talgo Train

    • Madrid-A Coruña: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: 5 hours and 20 minutes to Ourense, 7 hours and 1 minute to Santiago de Compostela and 7 hours and 38 minutes to A Coruña.
    • Madrid-Pontevedra: Departing from Chamartín Station. Journey Time: 5 hours and 20 minutes to Ourense and 8 hours and 6 minutes to Pontevedra.
    • Madrid-Badajoz: Departing from Chamartín and stopping at Atocha Suburban. Journey Time: 5 hours and 28 minutes.
    • Madrid-Almería: Departing from Chamartín, stopping at Atocha Suburban. Journey Time: 6 hours and 30 minutes.

    Estrella Train

    • This overnight service reaches the major Spanish cities early in the morning.

    Tren Hotel

    • The Trenhotel is a first-class overnight train, in which passengers have their own private compartment with a bed. From Madrid, you can travel to Galicia by Trenhotel. The Madrid-A Coruña Line departs from Chamartín Station and the journey takes 9 hours and 35 minutes, stopping at Ávila, Zamora, Orense and Santiago de Compostela. The Madrid-Pontevedra Line also departs from Chamartín Station and takes 9 hours and 35 minutes,  stopping at Orense, Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo

    INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

    Two long-distance lines connect Madrid with Lisbon and Marseille.
    • Madrid (Chamartín)-Lisbon (Santa Apolonia): The daily Trenhotel Lusitania train takes 9 hours and 5 minutes.
    • Madrid (Puerta de Atocha)-Marseille(Saint Charles): A daily AVE service takes 7 hours, stopping in other French towns: Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence
  • Madrid is the centre of Spain’s road network. Kilometre O is located at the Puerta del Sol, alongside the Real Casa de Correos, from which point all roads start and connect Madrid with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. A dense road network runs through the city, of which the six national motorways can be highlighted
    • A-1. Madrid-Irún. Motorway of the North
      It leads to the Plaza de Castilla, where the two famous towers forming the gateway to Europe are found. If you wish to visit the Northern Sierra of Madrid, you must take this motorway. 
    • A-2. Madrid-Barcelona. Motorway of Aragon
      It passes through the Henares corridor and connects Madrid with Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
    • A-3. Madrid-Valencia. Motorway of Valencia
      It is also the road to Albacete, Alicante and Murcia.                                    
    • A-4. Madrid-Seville. Motorway of Andalusia
      This motorway links the capital to the South of Spain and connects with other roads leading to Malaga, Cadiz and Almeria.
    • A-5. Madrid-Badajoz. Motorway of Extremadura
      This motorway goes all the way to the Portuguese border and is an alternative route to the west of Andalusia.
    • A-6. Madrid-A Coruña. Motorway of A Coruña
      After passing through the municipality of Villalba, it becomes the AP-6 toll motorway, which leads to the town of Adanero in Avila. It has a reversible lane on the stretch close to the city, which changes

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