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Getting to Madrid by Plane

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas
 receives all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is locatedjust 12 kilometres northeast of the capital, allowing passengers to save considerable time and money travelling to and from the airport.

Barajas now has four terminals in operation. T4 was opened in February 2006 and has received various awards for its design by architects, Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers. T4 received almost 26.8 million passengers in its first year of service. During the same period, the airport received a total of 46.3 million passengers. Furthermore, Madrid-Barajas has 138,000 m² of shopping and leisure facilities to kill time before catching a flight. Crèches, areas for prayer, restaurants and exhibitions are some of the many options. Click here for further information.
Where to Check-in 

To offer passengers a more efficient service, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has redistributed the airlines in each terminal. Please select your airline on the following list to find out where to check-in and click here here for further information.

Getting to the Airport 

Metro: Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Aeropuerto T4) links the capital to Barajas international airport. It takes less than 20 minutes to reach terminal T4 and just 12 minutes to reach the other terminals. Check prices here. When travelling around Madrid on public transport, you need to get a Tarjeta Multi. This is a non-personal contactless public transport card that can be topped up and used by multiple people. It has a validity period of ten years, and it is used to contain non-personal public transport tickets for use within the Region of Madrid.


  • Airport Express Bus:24-hour service from Atocha (between 6 am and 11.30 pm) and Cibeles, stopping at O'Donnell (intersection with Doctor Esquerdo), T1, T2 and T4.
  • Line 101from Canillejas (T1, T2, T3).
  • Line 200from Avda. de América (T1, T2, T4).  
  • Interurban Line 822San Fernando-Airport (T1, T2, T3).
  • Interurban Line 824 Alcalá de Henares-Aeropuerto (T1, T2, T3).
  • Interurban Line 827Tres Cantos-Metro de Canillejas (T4).
  • Interurban Line 828Universidad Autónoma - Recintos Feriales (T4).
  • Shuttle Bus: Free service linking the four terminals. Running every 5 minutes from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm, every 20 minutes from 11.30 pm to 1.50 am and every 40 minutes from 1.50 am to 6.30 am. 

Taxi: to take a taxi you must wait at a taxi rank. There is a fixed rate of €30 for services between the airport and the city centre (within the Calle 30 ring road).

Cercanías (local train): The suburban train network runs between Príncipe Pío station and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal 4, on the new C-1 line. Trains depart every half hour and you can check ticket prices here. AVE ticket holders can travel from the train station to the airport free of charge.

Car: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is linked by road to the main Madrid access routes and ring road. The airport can be reached by various routes:

  • From the M-40: Exit 8. M12 Toll Road through the tunnel (T4) Exit 9A. Via M14 (T1, T2, T3) and M13 (T4)
  • From the A-2: Exit 12. Via the M14 (T1, T2, T3) and the M13 (T4). Exit 12. Via the M12 Toll Road (T4)
  • From the M-11: Exit 7. Via the M12 Toll Road (T4). Exit 9. Via the M13 (T4) End of M-11. Via the M14 (T1, T2 and T3) and the M13 (T4).
  • From the R-2 Madrid-Guadalajara: Exit 3. Via the M12 (T4).
  • From the A-1 Burgos: Exit 17. Via the M12 and the M-13 (T1, T2, T3, T4) Exit 17. Via the M12 Toll Road via Exit 7 (T4).
Car Parks

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has over 10,000 parking spaces. There are seven public car parks: P1, P2 and P4 (located at terminal buildings T1, T2/T3 and T4), have 2,392, 4,437 and 7,795 spaces respectively; the Express car park for short stays has 39 spaces; the VIP car park for T1, T2 and T3, the VIP car park for T4 (reservations for VIP spaces should be made by phone on 902 102 020) and there is also a long stay car park with 1,655 spaces.