Madrid Airport, also known as Adolfo-Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport or shortened as Madrid-Barajas Airport, is the primary airport in Madrid handling over 50 million passengers annually, making it Europe’s sixth busiest. It is situated only 9 km outside of central Madrid and operates as the main hub of Iberia. The airport serves a wide variety of flight routes including direct flights from the UAE.
Terminals at Madrid Airport
There are four different passengers terminals at Madrid Airport providing both domestic and international flights. Terminal 1 is dedicated primarily to budget airlines, whilst Terminals 2 and 3 are the base of SkyTeam and Star Alliance flights. Terminal 4 is a relatively new terminal having been opened in 2006 and also comes with an additional satellite terminal, T4S.
There is a complimentary shuttle bus running 24 hours a day between terminals, also stopping at the long-term car park, so any travelers arriving at the airport in order to switch flights will find the process is a breeze. Additionally, the T4S terminal is connected to Terminal 4 by a monorail which offers speedy passage when transferring.
Facilities at Madrid Airport
As Europe’s joint-biggest airport and one of the continent’s most modernized, Madrid Airport offers a wealth of facilities and amenities for travelers. With a large number of restaurants, bars and cafés available ranging from fast food outlets to quality restaurants, Madrid Airport is an excellent place to dine. The shopping opportunities are also excellent with its wide range of designer and retail stores alongside duty free shopping. Terminal 4 has the largest selection of stores available but the other terminals also provide a lot for shoppers.
Numerous airport lounges are available for passengers looking to relax and enjoy comfortable surroundings before their flight. Lounges are situated in all terminals and open to passengers for an additional fee. Additional amenities at Madrid Airport include free unlimited Wi-Fi in all terminals, luggage storage facilities and numerous currency exchanges.
Passengers traveling with infants or children will find Madrid Airport to be very child friendly. There are numerous children’s play areas in all of the terminals as well as Breastfeeding Lounges in Terminals 2 and 4. The airport also provides special assistance for disabled passengers, although you are advised to get in touch with the airport or your airline at least 48 hours before flying.
Madrid Airport Travel Information
Madrid Airport benefits from excellent transport links including a number of public transportation routes going to and from the airport. The Metro Line 8 is connected to Nuevos Ministerios station in Madrid and only takes around 15 minutes. Multiple bus services also stop at the airport and go to various destinations including Atocha Renfe railway station in central Madrid. Many hotels in the area operate a free shuttle service, so those staying in a hotel are advised to check if this is available.
A train service also runs from the airport to various destinations in Madrid. Line C1 runs from Terminal 4 and offers a significantly quicker journey into central Madrid compared to bus routes. Alternatively, those looking for a more direct journey to their destination may want to hop in a taxi. Official white taxis with a red stripe can be found outside the Arrivals areas of each terminal.
Multiple car rental companies operate at Madrid airport for those requiring their own vehicle during their stay. The car rental kiosks are found in either Terminal 1 or Terminal 4. Passengers with their own vehicle will find ample car parking facilities at Madrid Airport including short and long term parking.
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* This information is correct as of May 2018