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.
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.
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 red line 8
06:05a.m. — 01:30a.m.
Madrid Airport – Campo de las Naciones – Mar de Cristal – Pinar del Rey – Colombia – Nuevos Ministerios
up to 15 min.
Medium: buying tickets from special machines, comfortable carriages
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
young people, couples without small children, those who know the route, tourists who are ready for walking
Each of the four Madrid-Barajas Airport terminals has en exit to the metro station. Follow the signs to get to the station.
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.
line C1 – Cercanías – RENFE trains
05:58a.m. - 10:27p.m.
from the station Terminal 4 (Aeropuerto T4) to the stations:
Estación de Chamartín
Estación de Nuevos Ministerios
Estación de Atocha
Puerta del Sol
25min – to Atocha station (11 to 38 min – to other stations)
Medium: buying tickets from special machines, comfortable carriages, room for luggage, few stops
EUR 2.6. for a one-way ticket
EUR 5.2 for a round-trip ticket
young people, couples with children of 6 years old and upwards, those who know the route, tourists who are ready for walking
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.
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.
municipal buses №200, Expres-203, №27 Expres and №101
06:00a.m. — 11:30p.m.
№203/№27 – Atocha/Cibeles
№200 – Avenida de América
№101 – Canillejas
15-20 min – at daytime, 35 min – at night for the route №203
those who travel light, tourists without small children, those who know the route and the language
The bus stop is in front of Madrid Airport Terminal T4 (floor 0).
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.
to the hotel in Madrid or given address
Taxi on the spot: up to 15min, in a queue of other people
Pre-booked transfer: right upon arrival (meeting with a name sign)
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
from EUR 37
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
Taxistands can be found near the terminals: T4 arrivals zone, T1 opposite gate 2, T2 opposite the waiting hall.
from 1 day
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.
only within the EU
Plan a route yourself.
Reserve a car online or hire it at Madrid 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!