Madrid Barajas Airport (IATA abbreviation: MAD) is a vast airport and consists practically of two airports that are totally different from each other. The old airport consists of the connected terminals T1, T2 and T3. European flights arrive here. T4 was built a few kilometers away. This terminal is connected to the old part by the metro and shuttle buses. Close to T4 is the T4S satellite terminal, connected to an underground shuttle train from T4. T4 is used for intercontinental flights and by airlines affiliated with Oneworld such as Iberia, British Airways, Vueling and American Airlines.
Since the huge expansion in 2006, the airport can also count itself among the largest in Europe and the world. More than 50 million passengers use Madrid Barajas Airport each year. Rotterdam was the eighth destination of Madrid Airport in 2016. Although a large proportion of the 50 million passengers of Spanish domestic flights (with the price fighters settled) Madrid Barajas Airport is also an intercontinental hub with a large network in Latin America.
Public transportation at Madrid Barajas airport
Recently, line C “Cercanías” service from RENFE runs between T4 from Madrid Airport and the stations Chamartín (in the north of the city) and Atocha (the AVE high-speed train station directly south of the center). You can change trains at both stations.
Metro line 8 runs from 6:00 am during the day to 2:00 am between Terminal T4 and T1, T2, T3 from Madrid Barajas airport and then enters the city. In less than 15 minutes you will reach Nuevos Ministerios, in a business district outside the center. Here you can transfer to, for example, the metro to Puerta del Sol, the famous square in the heart of the city.
Bus line 200 runs from Madrid Airport T2 via T1 to the Avenida de America metro stop. A ticket costs 1 Euro, and you can already buy a metro ticket on the bus.
The Express Aeropuerto bus will take you to the Plaza Cibeles or the Atocha train and metro station for 2 Euro. The bus leaves every 15 minutes during the day, and every half hour after midnight. After midnight the bus no longer runs to Atocha. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. At the airport you can board at both T1, T2 and T4.
At night you can also use the EM4 night bus N4 which leaves from the famous Plaza Cibeles in Madrid to the airport and takes you up to 400 meters from terminals T1, T2, T3. The final stop is at a square in the Barajas neighborhood adjacent to the airport. For a trip from the airport to the city, this may be a difficult task.
Taxi and minibus
You will find an official taxi rank outside the Madrid airport terminals. Avoid the illegal drivers in the terminal. A ride to the center is on the meter and comes down to around 25 Euro.
You can reserve a private van or seat in a shared minibus at www.aerocity.es. You use your flight number and arrival time.
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