How to get to Madrid from Barajas Airport

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Are you planning a trip to discover Spain and, more specifically, the city of Madrid? Does your itinerary include arrival at Barajas Airport? Sometimes it can be difficult for a tourist to navigate the public transport of a city abroad and you risk using the more expensive option when there are others equally comfortable and cheaper. L'Madrid Barajas airport it is quite extensive, in fact it consists of four terminals. The first three are located one after the other, while T4, the international airport, is slightly detached from the others. The airport therefore makes available a convenient free shuttle bus service. Thanks to this service it is possible to cover the distance between the first 3 terminals and the T4 in about 20 minutes. In any case, flights arriving and going to Italy usually arrive or depart from terminals T1 and T2.


  1. How far is the city center from the airport?
  2. In the Metro
  3. By Bus
  4. By Taxi
  5. By Train (Cercanias)
  6. What is the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass?
  7. User questions and comments

How far is the city center from the airport?

Madrid Barajas Airport it is only 12 km away from the city center. It is the busiest and busiest international airport in the whole of Spain, which is why it includes several shopping arcades, restaurants and bars. Obviously those who travel do not do it to stop at the airport, so after a look at the windows and after a coffee, it is better to find out how to get to the center of Madrid and start the visit. There are numerous options to travel from the international airport to the city, Madrid's means of transport are very efficient. You can use the subway, bus, taxi but also the train.

In the Metro

Using the subway is the easiest and fastest way to go from Barajas Airport to the city center. This is line number 8, marked in pink. The route goes from the airport to the Nuevos Ministerios terminus in about 15 minutes, reaching a very central location in the city. In Madrid the metro is in operation from 6 in the morning until one and a half at night, usually trains run every 5 minutes during the day and every 10 minutes from 23 pm, every 15 for the last hours of service. Tickets, which can be purchased at the automatic ticket machines of the airport or in the city stations, cost between Euro 4.50 and Euro 5.

  • Lines and stops: line number 8 (pink line) - stops "Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3" or "Aeropuerto T4" - Nuevos Ministerios
  • average ticket cost: 4.75 Euros
  • journey time: 15 minutes

By Bus

Those who prefer the bus can count on those of the special line called Airport Express. Means are distinguished by a shimmering yellow color and they are in operation during all 24 hours without interruption, every day of the year. They are particularly suitable for those who have to leave at night and cannot reach the airport by metro or train. The journey takes slightly longer than the metro, which is about 40 minutes. Buses leave or arrive at Atocha train station and depart every 15 minutes during the day, every 35 minutes at night.

The line includes three stops:

  • on the corner of O'Donnell and Doctor Esquerdo
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Atocha station (only between the hours of the morning and 23:30)

The ticket, which can be purchased directly on board, costs Euro 5. There is also Line 200 whose buses depart from all four airport terminals and arrive in the city on Avenida de America. A last line, Line 101, leaves only from the first 3 terminals and arrives in Canillejas.

  • Lines and stops: Airport Express, airport stops (all 4 terminals), on the corner of O'Donnell and Doctor Esquerdo, Plaza de Cibeles, Atocha station. Line 200 runs from all 4 terminals to Avenida de America. Line 101 from the first 3 terminals to Canillejas
  • average ticket cost: 3.50 Euros
  • journey time: 40 minutes

By Taxi

Taxi is definitely a very convenient method to move between the airport and the city center, but rather expensive. All terminals have a dedicated taxi rank located on the ground floor, opposite the Arrivals area. As we have mentioned, the fare for a trip to the city is quite high. On average they spend around 20 - 25 Euros, but there may be a surcharge for bulky luggage. The journey, traffic permitting, takes about 30 minutes.

  • average cost: about 22.5 Euros
  • journey time: 30 minutes

By Train (Cercanias)

These are urban trains that connect the Madrid metropolitan area to the main municipalities of the autonomous community of Madrid (and partly also the municipalities of the provinces of Guadalajara and Segovia). The service is active from 6 in the morning until at night, i trains run every 15 minutes at the beginning and at the end of the day, every 6 minutes on average during the day.

  • average cost: 4.50 Euros
  • journey time: 11 minutes to Chamartín station

What is the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass?

If you plan to use public transport frequently during your visit to Madrid, you can decide to buy the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass. It is a travel document that can be used on all city public transport and also includes some suburban areas. The supplement for the ticket to and from the airport is already included in the cost. You can choose between a pass that is valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. It can also be purchased for zones A or T. Most tourists buy it for zone A only, which covers all locations in central Madrid, including the airport. It is also not recommended to buy the one for the T zone unless you want to visit the villages and towns around the capital. The Tourist Travel Pass is certainly convenient if you intend to use the public transport service frequently during your visit to the city. Together with the ticket, protected by a special plasticized wrapping, they will be provided to you a map of the underground network, buses and trains, as well as the one that indicates the points of interest of the city. The pass must be activated on first use, also check the expiry date on the back of the ticket.

  • How much it costs: from 8 Euros for one day up to 33.40 Euros for 7 days
  • Where to buy it: online, at the Madrid Metro Information Center (Centro de Atención al Client, open every day from 7am to 22pm) just outside the airport metro station, in Terminal 2, or at the Tourist Information Center in the Plaza Mayor.
  • Access and discounts: children under 11 are entitled to a 50% discount, children under 5 travel for free

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