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Welcome to Madrid Barajas Airport

Madrid airport is located eight miles (13km) from the city centre.

Information & Facts

Airport Taxis

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) fairs complex.

Car Parking

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.

Car Rental

Several car hire companies are represented at the airport including Avis, Hertz, National and Europcar.

City Transfers

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.

Departure Tax

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.

Terminal Transfers

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).

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