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Getting from airport to Madrid city centre

Barajas Airport


The most comfortable way to reach the centre of Madrid from Barajas airport is a Private Transfer: a driver will greet you once you have claimed your luggage and passed the passport control to take you to your hotel. No more flagging down a taxi, stressing over the cost and cleanliness. Arrive at your hotel relaxed and ready for your stay in Madrid. However, there are several cheaper options to reach the city, by metro, bus or train.

A metro station is available at any airport terminal. You can take the line 8 from Barajas airport to Nuevos Ministerios (in the city centre). The journey will take approximately 15 minutes. Nuevos Ministerios is a metro hub to take others lines to any other destination in Madrid centre and outskirts.
Metro is open from 6:00AM to 1:30AM every day. Please note that is also permitted to take a bike within the metro but with some restrictions: from Monday to Friday during rush hours bikes are not allowed (from 7:30 to 9:30, from 14:00 to 16:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00) – during weekends and public holidays bikes are allowed during all day.
Metro tickets with airport fee starts at 4.50€ and can cost up to 5€ depending on your final destination. You can purchase it from ticket machines located at Metro stations entry. If you plan to use the Metro system a lot during your visit, check the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass for zone. You can buy 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days and you’ll be able to avoid paying an additional fee for the airport.

Airport Express buses at Madrid airport run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year..

The trip from Madrid-Barajas to Atocha Train station is approximately 40 minutes. The bus runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes by night. From airport to Atocha there are only three stops - the corner of O'Donnell and Doctor Esquerdo (close to Parque del Retiro), Plaza de Cibeles (where you can take a metropolitan bus) and Atocha Station (only between 06:00 and 23:30). The bus is available at airport terminals T1,T 2 and T4. The price is 5€ and you can buy it directly onboard.

The light rail (‘metro ligero’) is available from Terminal T4 to Chamartín station, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha or Príncipe Pío. You can arrive to T4 by taking the free shuttle available at every terminal. The trip to Chamartín station is approximately 11 minutes long and the price for a single ticket is 4,50€. It runs from 6:00AM to 01:30AM with 8 minutes frequency all day (15 minutes by night).

Private Transfers
BookTaxiMadrid performs private Airport Transfers to get from Madrid Airport to city centre, outskirts and to any destination in Madrid area. This is the most comfortable way to get to the city centre, and also the more convenient for mid and large groups with our fleet of minibuses, minicoaches and coaches up to 60 passengers.

Book in advance your airport transfer from the airport to city using our booking page in only 3 minutes. The driver will be waiting for you at arrival lounge of Barajas airport, showing a board with your name. He will take you to your accommodation with the right size of private taxi, minivan, van, minibus or coach, stress-free and with total comfort.

Book also in advance your departure transfer from Madrid city to airport. The driver will show at your hotel or private accommodation at the specified time to take your family or group back to the airport.

If you need any additional stop before your final destination (for key collection or to drop part of your group to a different hotel) you will be able to indicate up to 8 intermediate stops by using the option "add stop" from our booking form. You will be able to indicate the waiting time needed for any stop before your final destination.

Once completed the online booking you will receive by email your booking confirmation with all the details of your reservation, meeting instructions and the phone number of our local assistance office.

Enjoy all the benefits of our service:

  • We pick you at agreed time, never have to wait for a taxi to get from Barajas airport to Madrid city centre.
  • Price without surprises. Know in advance what it will cost you without any additional charge. All included.
  • Secure payment. No need to pay the driver, your reservation is already paid by credit card or PayPal at your convenience.
  • Transportation guaranteed according to your needs (sports equipment, extra luggage, PMR adapted transport, etc. ..)

Our driver will be waiting for you at arrival lounge of Madrid Barajas Airport, showing a sign with your name. In case of flight delay you don't have to worry at all. We will check your flight arrival time to adjust your pickup in case your flight is delayed. You will find additional informations and the phone number of our 24 hours assistance center, in the confirmation voucher that you will receive once completed your reservation.

Please, do not miss to fill in our reservation form:

  • Mobile phone number, including international area code (for example 001 for USA or 0044 for UK)
  • Flight number and airline name, both on arrival and departure
  • pickup / drop off address including door number

Airport Shuttle available to and from Madrid airport.





Adolfo Suarez - Barajas Airport - General Information


Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (IATA: MAD, ICAO: LEMD) is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. In 2011 and 2010, over 49 million passengers used Madrid–Barajas, making it the country's largest and busiest airport, and in 2013 it was Europe's sixth busiest airport. It opened in 1928, and has grown to be one of the most important aviation centres of Europe. Located within the city limits of Madrid, just 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city's financial district and 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid's historic centre. The airport name derives from the adjacent district of Barajas, which has its own metro station on the same rail line serving the airport. In 2014, following the death of former Spanish Prime Minister, Adolfo Suárez, the  airport was renamed "Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez, Madrid–Barajas". This renaming seeks recognition for Suárez's role as the first Prime Minister of Spain after the restoration of democracy and his key participation in the Spanish Transition to Democracy.

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are adjacent terminals that are home to SkyTeam and Star Alliance airlines, as well as Air Europa. Terminal 4 is home to Iberia, its franchise Air Nostrum and all Oneworld partner airlines. Gate numbers are continuous in terminals 1, 2 and 3 (A1 to E89), but are separately numbered in terminal 4.

The airport is located 30 minutes far from the center of Madrid; so pickup 2,5 hours before your flight departure is a good time for an hassle-free airport transfer from Madrid city centre to Barajas airport

All terminals are connected with a free bus running 24 hours a day (round bus). Boarding pass is not required to take the bus, so also no passengers are allowed. There are also a special bus for passengers (boarding pass are required) for direct transfer from one terminal to another.
Plentiful storefronts, restaurants, and ATMS make the airport a convenient place to snack and shop before your flight. Luggage storage is available at Terminals 1, 2 and 4.


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