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 Madrid Airport



Enjoying a strategic location in the very heart of Spain, Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) lies just 15 km / 9 miles north-east of central Madrid. Close to the suburbs of Coslada, Paracuellos de Jarama, San Sebastian de los Reyes and Torrejón de Ardoz, Barajas Airport is currently within the world's top 15 busiest airports and Europe's top five.
Handling almost 50 million passengers annually and around 450,000 flight operations, Madrid Barajas Airport has never been busier. Next to the R-2 (Radial 2), the M-14 (Nudo de Eisenhower) and the M-22 / A-2 (Avenida de Aragón), Madrid Barajas Airport is simple to locate. This large complex has much to offer in the way of ground transport, with EMT and Intercity buses being especially popular and linking places such as the Universidad Autónoma and Canillejas. Buses also travel further afield from Madrid Airport, linking the cities and towns of Avila, Chinchón, El Escorial, Segovia and Toldeo.

Madrid Airport Barajas serves as the main hub of Iberia Airlines. It consequently serves as the main gateway to the Iberian Peninsula from Europe and the rest of the world, particularly Latin America. Current passenger volumes range upwards of 40 million passengers per year.


Money and communications:
Facilities include two banks, several bureaux de change, ATMs and a post office. There is a 24-hour bank in Terminal 1. Wireless Internet access is available in VIP lounges and restaurant areas in all terminals.
Eating and drinking: There are more than 30 restaurants and cafés.
Shopping: There are over 100 shops at the airport, including duty-free.

Luggage: There are offices where lost luggage can be reported in terminals 1 and 4.
Other facilities: There are nurseries in terminals 2 and 4, pharmacies in terminals 1, 2 and 4 and First Aid stations in terminals 2 and 4. Travel agencies and tour operators are also represented. The airport also has a playground and a chapel.

Transportation from the Airport

By Car For central Madrid take A-2 Barcelona route to M-30 highway. For M-40 highway take A-10 to Junction 3 or Junction 9. Journey time to central Madrid is 25-30 minutes depending on traffic.
Taxi There are taxis outside each Terminal's Arrivals area. Journey time to central Madrid is around 25-30 minutes depending on traffic. Fare: Around €15 - €20 including airport supplements. Make sure you take a cab from the official stand and not from someone offering taxis inside the terminal.

Train The Madrid Metro subway system links the airport with the city. There is no direct link with the main Spanish rail network. Use the Metro network to connect with long distance trains. The airport Metro station is located in Terminal 2 on the connecting corridor to Parking area 2. Journey to central Madrid involves transferring at Mar de Cristal (Line 8) to your required destination. Trains run daily from 6 am to 2 am. Journey time to central Madrid, via Lines 4 and 6, is 40 minutes. Fare: €1.10.

Bus The Airport bus to the Plaza de Colon (Route 89) departs from the Arrivals level of each terminal from 04:45 am until 02:00 am. They operate every 15 minutes until 06:00, then every 10 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00. After 23:00 they operate every 16 minutes. Fare: €2.40. If you have more than two travel bags add €2.31 for each extra piece of luggage.



By metro
Using the Metro de Madrid (Madrid's Subway/Underground) is efficient and usually easier than using the buses, especially if one is new to the city. The cars and stations are clean and safe. Also, the underground tunnels of the Metro provide relief from the sun on particularly hot days. Single trip tickets with unlimited changes within Madrid city (zone A) cost €1,00.

By bus
EMT operates the city bus network. A single trip costs €1 (buy ticket on boarding), or buy a Metrobús ticket in advance (see "Metro" above) giving 10 rides for €6.70 and also valid on the Metro. The Consorcio Transportes Madrid (Transport Consortium) has a good website (in English) that lists the available bus routes with information about the times and fares.

By taxi
Taxis in Madrid are cheaper than in other European cities but much more expensive than travel by bus or the Metro. They are widely available at all hours except Friday and Saturday night when they are difficult to catch due to diners and party people fighting for them. If you absolutely must have a taxi late on a Saturday night it's usually best to walk along the major thoroughfares towards your destination and try to catch a taxi as it returns to the city center. A normal ride to/from the airport should be about €20.

By car
Transportation by private automobile in Madrid can be very difficult. The Spanish capital suffers from the typical problems of most big cities; far too many cars and not enough space to accommodate them. Looking for a place to park your car can be very time consuming, and difficult if one is not skilled in the art of close proximity parallel parking. On the other hand, travel by car can be advantageous; going home by car on weekends is, of course depending where you live, usually faster than by public transport.

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