Madrid Barajas Airport
Madrid Barajas Airport (full name Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport) is the largest airport in Spain and the most important for the Spanish capital. There are two other airports in Madrid (Torrejon and Cuatro Vientos), but they are of less importance. It is a busy airport which processed more than 40 million passengers in 2015.
Expansions and improvements at the airport are always ongoing. Recently a runway, and a super modern terminal (T4) as well as a satellite terminal (T4S) were opened. With this, Madrid Barajas can grow to 70 million passengers per year. These new terminals are most important for intercontinental flights. There is an automatic train between T4 and T4S which leaves every two minutes during peak hours. A shuttle bus also goes to the older terminals.
Flights to and from European countries use Terminal 1 (not Iberia flights) or Terminal 2 (Iberia flights). Terminal 3 is used for domestic flights from Lagun Air. Besides intercontinental flights, T4 is also used for the companies of Oneworld, including British Airways.
The airport is 13 kilometers northeast of Madrid.
Madrid Barajas Airport
IATA airport code: MAD
ICAO airport code: LEMD
There is a direct subway connection (line 8) from T1, T2 and T3 via Mar de Cristal to the financial heart of Madrid, station Nuevos Ministerios, travel time is 12 minutes. At the station Nuevos Ministerios you can check-in for flights with Air Europa, Spanair, Alitalia and Pluna. On the website EMT Madrid (public transportation) you can find a useful map of the subway and extensive information about the bus and subway services to and from the airport.
Car and bus
From the ring road of Madrid (M-40), the airport is accessible by the A2 taking the direction to Barcelona and then exit 12 to the M-14 that runs along terminals 1, 2, and 3, before T4 and T4S you drive through the tunnel and the road number turns into M-13, exit 0A takes you to the terminal. Extensive information about the accessibility of the airport can be found on the website.
Bus line 200 runs from T1, T2, and T3 to Avenida de América, this bus stops at subway lines 4, 6, 7 and 9. Bus line 101 goes to Canillejas and also stops at subway line 5. Bus line 204 runs from T4 to Avenida de América, this bus also stops at subway stations on lines 4, 6, 7 and 9. Bus line 201 runs for the metro station at the airport, line 8.
A tourist pass for the use of public transportation costs €3.50 for one day or €18.40 for a week.
Car rental - Madrid Barajas Airport
You can find counters for car rental companies: Atesa International, Avis, Europcar and Hertz in the Arrivals Hall of T1, T2, and T4. Ares Mobile rents limousines with a driver. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
You can find taxis at the Arrivals Halls for T4 and T1, before Gate 2 and T2, before Baggage Hall 5. The prices are rather complicated, the price is, among other things, dependent upon the zones and the time of day. The airport surcharge amounts to €4.50 and being dropped off at a bus or train station has an extra charge of €2.40, a ride to the center of Madrid costs between €25.00 and €30.00.
For terminals T1, T2, and T4 there are parking garages, respectively P1, P2, and P4. The prices are: first half hour €0.60, second half hour €0.90, and each hour thereafter is €1.50, the first four days is € 5.00 per day, and €12.00 per day thereafter.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit for paying by credit cards. For Visa, Mastercard and Eurocard the limit is €90.15, and for Diners and American Express €120.20. Higher amounts must be paid in cash.
The area for long-term parking (tel: +34(0)913 936 937) has shuttle bus connections with the terminals. The prices are: first two days €9.50 per day, third to fifth day €8.50 per day, and €4.50 per day thereafter. A Parking Pass is cheaper, it costs €52.00 for eight days and €78.00 for 15 days.
There is also a VIP Car Park.
There are no hotels at the airport. The nearest hotels are: Hotel Meliá Barajas (tel: +34(0)917 477 700), Tryp Alameda (tel: +34(0)917 474 800) and Tryp Diana (tel: +34(0)917 471 355). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates. For further information refer to our own page about hotels in Madrid.
Shops and restaurants
Madrid Airport has an enormous range of stores in all terminals. The showpiece is the new shopping district in the new terminal T4. There is also no shortage of bars, cafes, and restaurants, there are over 30 of them.
In T1, T2 and T4 are baggage safes, the first day costs €2.65 and €3.30 per day after that for small safes and €4.65 per day for large safes. For lost and found items (tel: +34(0)913 932 400) or Iberia baggage handling (tel: +34(0)902 341 342).
There are more than 20 general information counters present throughout the airport. The workers can be recognized by their green jackets.
There are three business centers, on the ground floor of Terminal 2 and on the first and second floors of Terminal 4. There are also meeting rooms in Terminal 1. There are various possibilities for renting rooms for conferences, press conferences, or assemblies.
Next to the VIP lounges of Iberia, in all terminals, there are four which have been developed by Aena: Amnios in T4S, La Revoltosa in T4, Tauromaquia in T2 and Cibeles in T1.
For information about the conference rooms or VIP lounges (tel: +34(0)913 936 808 797).
In T1 you can find an office for Madrileense Chamber of Commerce.
All terminals have excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, toilets and telephones. The airport has a new service for the visually impaired, which is spoken flight information given through a mobile telephone.
In all terminals there are ATM's. American Express has money exchange offices in T1, T2, and T4. There are two banks: BBVA and Caja Madrid. There are two First Help stations, one is in the Arrivals Hall of T4 and one is in the corridor of the older terminals T1 and T2. Wireless internet is available in various places. Furthermore, there are two religious chapels: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and Nuestra Senora de Loreto.