Information & Facts
There are official taxi stands outside each terminal, and
visitors are advised to use these rather than unofficial taxis.
Journey time to the city centre is around half an hour and official
taxis charge EUR2.95 for journeys originating or ending at bus
stations, train stations or the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I (IFEMA)
Long- and short-term parking, as well as an 'express' short-stay
area for periods of up to 30 minutes are available. Long-term
parking may be booked in advance on the airport website.
Several car hire companies are represented at the airport
including Avis, Hertz, National and Europcar.
Trains on the Spanish Railway Network (RENFE) do not run
directly to the Madrid-Barajas Airport but long-distance, AVE and
suburban train stations are accessible using the Underground.
Trains run daily, linking to the city and stations connected to the
main rail network. The airport is served by regular EMT and
Intercity buses, as well as the
Metrosystem and local taxis. The airport bus connects to the Plaza
de Colon, departing from the Arrivals level of each terminal every
15 minutes, day and night. Several car hire companies are
represented at the airport. Madrid Barajas Airport is about a
half-hour drive from the centre of Madrid.
Tel: +34 (0)91 393 60 00.
Facilities at the airport include banks, currency exchange,
ATMs, shops, restaurants and bars, chapels, business centres, a
post office and pharmacies. The new Terminal 4 has a Turkish bath,
and foot spa and hydro-massage area. Disabled facilities are good;
those with special needs should contact their airline or travel
agent in advance.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Moving walkways connect three of the airport's four terminals. A
free metro service and transfer bus is available for passengers
changing flights and terminals, this service includes all of the
airport's four terminals.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).