How to get to Madrid from the airport?

This article is about how to get from the airport to Madrid: distance, cost, forms of transport

How to get from Madrid Airport to the city centre?

You can get from Barajas Airport to Madrid by bus, train, metro, or taxi. Buses will take you to different points of the city (depending on the route) in 40 minutes and for EUR 5. A journey by metro will take up to 20 minutes – the route is Madrid Airport-Nuevos Ministerios station (EUR 1.5-2 for a ticket). RENFE train will get you to the city in 25 minutes and for EUR 2.6. Besides, you can also get from Madrid Airport to the city centre in less than 25 minutes by taxi – the journey cost is from EUR 37. The approximate direct distance between Airport and Madrid city centre is 13 km, and about 18 km – by the route.

Public transport in the capital of Spain is available from early morning until late at night, but not 24/7, though this travel option is the cheapest. There is usually no problem buying tickets in case you speak English. Note that on buses tickets can be bought from the driver, and on metro you can buy a travel card only with the help of special machines (it is advisable to have some change with you). At nighttime, it is more comfortable to get to the city centre by taxi.

Madrid – the most sleepless city of Europe

The capital of Spain is the most 'nightly' European city which becomes especially alive after midnight: clubs, restaurants and pubs are empty during the day and overcrowded after the sunset. Those who are not used to such an unusual rest schedule of Spanish people can visit numerous museums and galleries or walk in beautiful parks at daytime, and then get enough sleep and gather strength for further exploring the city at night. Madrid greatly combines a Spanish siesta with active business atmosphere of the capital city, narrow alleys with modern buildings, the green and peacefulness of gardens with the noise and bustle of a large city. There are a lot of sights in Madrid, and the most famous of them are: the Museo del Prado, the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Central Puerta del Sol square, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Atocha railway station with the palm garden, The Faro de Moncloa tower, etc.

Madrid Airport metro

Madrid Airport metro
Cost

€5

Waiting time

~15 min

Travel time

20 min

Clients

Couple

If you're thinking about how to get by metro from Madrid Airport to the city centre and vice versa, then you should choose red line №8. The travel time is about 20 minutes. After arriving at Nuevos Ministerios station, you can continue your journey by lines 6 and 10 which lead to the historic centre. It is recommended to have the Madrid metro map and some change for tickets with you. The ticket prices may vary depending on the destination. The cost of the metro journey to Nuevos Ministerios station is EUR 5. The Madrid metro operates until 2 a.m. Tickets can be bought from special ticket machines. Metro stations can be found in each of the four Barajas Airport terminals.

Metro routes from Madrid Airport:

metro red line 8

Timetable:

06:05a.m. — 01:30a.m.

Route:

Madrid Airport – Campo de las Naciones – Mar de Cristal – Pinar del Rey – Colombia – Nuevos Ministerios

Travel time:

20 min

Waiting time:

up to 15 min.

Comfort level:

Medium: buying tickets from special machines, comfortable carriages

Cost:

up to EUR 5 (EUR 1.50 + EUR 3 airport fee, up to 5 stops – EUR 1.50 + EUR 0.10 – for each next, maximum of EUR 5) travel card for 10 trips – EUR 11.20

Clients:

young people, couples without small children, those who know the route, tourists who are ready for walking

How to find the metro platform:

Each of the four Madrid-Barajas Airport terminals has en exit to the metro station. Follow the signs to get to the station.

Madrid Airport train

Train from Madrid Airport
Cost

€2,6

Waiting time

30 min

Travel time

25 min

Clients

Couple

A good way to get to the city is to catch the Madrid Airport train – line C1 RENFE. To Atocha station, the train will get in 25 minutes. The train ticket can be bought for EUR 2.6. Barajas Airport trains are quite comfortable, however there is also one drawback: there are no night-time journeys.

Trains from Madrid Airport to the city:

line C1 – Cercanías – RENFE trains

Timetable:

05:58a.m. - 10:27p.m.

Route:

from the station Terminal 4 (Aeropuerto T4) to the stations:
Príncipe Pío
Estación de Chamartín
Estación de Nuevos Ministerios
Estación de Atocha
Puerta del Sol
Méndez Álvaro

Travel time:

25min – to Atocha station (11 to 38 min – to other stations)

Waiting time:

30 min

Comfort level:

Medium: buying tickets from special machines, comfortable carriages, room for luggage, few stops

Cost:

EUR 2.6. for a one-way ticket
EUR 5.2 for a round-trip ticket

Clients:

young people, couples with children of 6 years old and upwards, those who know the route, tourists who are ready for walking

How to find the train station at Madrid Airport:

The train station is called Aeropuerto T4 and is located on the first floor of Terminal 4. There is a free shuttle running from the terminals to the station.

Madrid Airport buses

Busы из аэропорта в Мадрид
Cost

€5

Waiting time

15-20 min

Travel time

30-40 min

Clients

Ind.tourist

There are several municipal buses running from the airport to Madrid city centre. Most of them depart from the first floor of Terminal 1 (you can get there by free airport shuttle). Each of Madrid Airport to Madrid buses follows its own route, so you can get almost to any corner of the city. The line 203 bus has some comfortable night-time journeys (departing every 35 minutes). On average, you'll spend EUR 5 and 40 minutes getting to Madrid city centre.

Buses from Madrid Airport:

municipal buses №200, Expres-203, №27 Expres and №101

Timetable:

06:00a.m. — 11:30p.m.

End point of the route:

№203/№27 – Atocha/Cibeles
№200 – Avenida de América
№101 – Canillejas

Travel time:

30-40 min

Waiting time:

15-20 min – at daytime, 35 min – at night for the route №203

Comfort level:

Low

Cost:

5 euro

Clients:

those who travel light, tourists without small children, those who know the route and the language

How to find the bus stop at Madrid Airport:

The bus stop is in front of Madrid Airport Terminal T4 (floor 0).

Madrid Airport taxi

Madrid Airport taxi
Cost

€37

Waiting time

5 min

Travel time

15 min

Clients

Family

The most comfortable way to reach your hotel is to book a taxi from Madrid Airport to the city centre or a private transfer. If you decide to take a taxi on the spot, get ready for the fact that its journey cost depends on night and holiday fares, urban and suburban areas, picking up at the airport, extra luggage, etc. And if you choose a pre-booked transfer, the trip cost will be fixed – from EUR 37 for a 15-minute journey. We recommend this option families with children and travellers with heavy luggage.

Timetable:

24/7

Route:

to the hotel in Madrid or given address

Travel time:

15-20 min

Waiting time:

Taxi on the spot: up to 15min, in a queue of other people
Pre-booked transfer: right upon arrival (meeting with a name sign)

Comfort level:

Taxi on the spot: air conditioning, journey without stops and other passengers
Pre-booked transfer: child seats, cold fresh water, English-speaking operator, opportunity to pay online, minibus for a group of people, Comfort-class car

Cost:

from EUR 37

Clients:

families with children, inexperienced tourists, those who are in Spain for the first time, those who don't know the language, aged travellers, those who have a lot of luggage, tourists arriving at night

How to find the taxistand at Madrid Airport:

Taxistands can be found near the terminals: T4 arrivals zone, T1 opposite gate 2, T2 opposite the waiting hall.

Car rental in Madrid

Car rental in Madrid
Price

from €3

Rental Period

from 1 day

Required driving experience

from 1 year

To rent a car without a driver to get from Madrid Airport to the city center, you’ll need a standard set of documents: an IDL, a passport and a credit card. You’ll also have to provide your national driving license. Drivers under the age of 25 will pay €8-20 per day for the lack of experience.
Insurance, taxes and fees are included in the price of car rental per day. A deposit of €500-700 is charged. You can rent a car at Madrid Airport.
The streets are narrow in the center and there are not many car parks there, so try not to drive into historical areas during rush hour.

Route:

only within the EU

Minimum age:

21 years

Comfort level:

high
Plan a route yourself.

How to rent a car

Reserve a car online or hire it at Madrid Airport.

How to get to Madrid from the airport:

How to get to Madrid from the airport

You can choose any of the four ways to get from the airport to Madrid, but note that travel times, as well as comfort levels and prices will differ. Each tourist decides what is more comfortable for them: a cheap trip but with changes (metro, bus) or fast and comfortable travel without changes and waiting (taxi, transfer). When choosing your way to get from Madrid Airport to the city, don't forget to take into account the quantity of your luggage items, your tiredness after the flight and readiness to wait for public transport, and whether you are travelling with children or not. No matter which kind of travel you'll choose, we wish you a nice and safe trip!

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