Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport Guide (MAD)

Airport info
Code: MAD
Avenida de la Hispanidad, Madrid, 28042, Spain

Madrid Barajas Airport is located 12km (8 miles) northeast of Madrid.

No. of terminals: 4 Dialling code: +34
+34 91 3211 000.
Timezone: GMT ++01:00
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport map

The recently renamed Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the largest airport in Spain and one of Europe’s busiest. It serves the capital city of Madrid, which is a short distance to the southwest. Our guide to the airport includes information on terminal facilities, transportation options and nearby hotels.


Madrid Barajas Airport has more than 20 information counters, located throughout the terminals, and touchscreen kiosks in Terminal 4. More than 100 staff members are also on hand to assist passengers.

Tourist information counters can be found in the arrival areas of Terminals 1 and 2 and the baggage hall of Terminal 4.

Transfer between terminals

A free, 24-hour shuttle bus transfers passengers between the terminals and the long-term car park. Terminal 4 is linked to its satellite building (T4S) by a monorail. A free shuttle bus also connects Terminal 4 with the other terminals.

Driving directions

From the M40 (ring road) encircling central Madrid, head onto the A2 eastbound (in the direction of Barcelona) and take the exit at junction 10 to the M14, which leads directly to the airport.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail: RENFE (tel: +34 90 2320 320; trains operate along the C1 route between Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 and Prínicipe Pio station in the city centre (fare: €2.55; journey time: 40 minutes). The service also stops en route at Atocha (journey time: 25 minutes) and Chamartín (journey time: 11 minutes). There are RENFE offices in the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 4, which provide information and ticketing services for the national rail network.

Metro: Madrid Metro (tel: +34 90 2444 403; line 8 connects Madrid Barajas Airport with Nuevos Ministerios in the heart of Madrid's financial district (journey time: 15 minutes; fare: from €4.50). Trains leave from the underground stations at Terminals 2 and 4. The metro also provides links to stations on the Spanish railway network.

Public transport road

Bus: EMT (Madrid Municipal Transport Company) (tel: 90 2507 850; runs regular services between Madrid Barajas Airport (Terminals 1, 2 and 4) and central Madrid. Bus 200 connects to Avenida de América station (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: €1.50), while the Línea Exprés 203 operates to Atocha station (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: €5). Several intercity bus and coach services also call at the airport.

Taxi: Taxis are available from outside all terminals (journey time to the city centre: 20-30 minutes; fixed fare: €30). Passengers should make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and they are advised not to accept any offers of taxis inside the terminal building – official taxis are white in colour with a red stripe. AeroCity-Ares Mobile (tel: +34 91 7477 570) provides chauffeur-driven cars.

Terminal facilities


Madrid Barajas Airport has two banks in each of Terminals 2 and 4. There are also bureaux de change and ATMs dotted throughout the airport.


Wi-Fi is available in all terminals, the first 15 minutes are free. Additionally, there are almost 100 internet points positioned within the terminals. A post office is located on the ground floor of Terminal 1.


There are more than 30 cafés, bars and restaurants at Madrid Barajas Airport, distributed throughout the terminals.


A selection of more than 100 shops can be found at the airport, including duty-free for passengers leaving the European Union. Items available range from local produce and souvenirs to jewellery and electronics.


Lost property offices are situated in Terminals 1 (tel: +34 91 3936 119) and 4 (tel: +34 91 7466 439), while left-luggage facilities (tel: +34 917 466 065) can be found in Terminals 1, 2 and 4.


There are nurseries in Terminals 2 and 4 and a children’s playground in Terminal 2. Pharmacies are located in Terminals 1, 2 and 4, while first aid stations can be found in Terminals 2 and 4. Madrid Barajas Airport also has chapels in Terminals 1, 2 and 4 and travel agencies and tour operators in the arrivals areas of the terminals.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Seven fully equipped meeting rooms are available for hire (tel: +34 91 3936 519) at Madrid Barajas Airport. A full-service business centre (tel: +34 91 3337 024; is located in Terminal 4 and there are VIP lounges in all terminals.

Madrid’s IFEMA Exhibition and Convention Centre (tel: +34 91 7223 000; is situated just 10 minutes away from the airport.

Hotel Petit Palace Madrid Aeropuerto (tel: +34 91 5645 906;, one of the closest hotels to the airport, houses a business centre and a number of meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 100 delegates.

Disabled facilities

Madrid Barajas Airport is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Airlines can provide wheelchairs upon request: passengers should request this service when booking their ticket. There are reserved car parking spaces for disabled travellers in the airport car parks.

Car parking

Long- and short-stay car parking is provided at Madrid Barajas Airport within six public parking areas. Short-term options include the outdoor P1 car park in front of the terminal building, the indoor P2 car park (which has direct access to terminals T2 and T3), and a ‘parking express' facility (for stays of less than 30 minutes) at Terminal 2. Long-term parking is available at a remote car park with 1,655 spaces: a free shuttle operates between this area and the terminals. Additional services include VIP car parks near each terminal.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at Madrid Barajas Airport include: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Atesa and Sixt. Car hire desks are located in Terminals 1, 2 and 4.


There is a good selection of hotels near Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, the majority of which cater towards the budget end of the scale.

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Hotel Petit Palace Madrid Aeropuerto

91 5645 906.

A modern property very close to the terminals, the Hotel Petit Palace offers a free shuttle service to the airport and nearby convention centre. The hotel also has a large outdoor terrace, swimming pool and meeting rooms.

Tryp Alameda Aeropuerto

91 7474 800.

This low cost option is close to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, which it is linked to by shuttle service. The hotel itself is home to a café, outside terrace area and meeting space for up to 200 people.

Avenida de Logroño 100, 28042, Madrid, Spain

Hotel Barajas Plaza

91 3010 081.

Hotel Barajas Plaza is a cheap and cheerful option located one metro stop from the airport. It offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, continental breakfast and sun terrace. The hotel is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Madrid and even closer to the IFEMA exhibition centre.

Calle Camarillas 5-7, Barajas, 28042, Madrid, Spain

Be Smart Madrid Diana Aeropuerto

91 7471 355.

Offering a range of on-site facilities – including a swimming pool, fitness centre and restaurant – the 4-star hotel is conveniently located next to the airport, which it is linked to via a shuttle.

Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones

917 211 818.

The 4-star Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones is a short metro or free shuttle bus ride from the aAirport. The hotel has its own Mediterranean-style restaurant, outdoor pool, private parking and nine meeting rooms.

Best Western Hotel Villa De Barajas

913 292 818.

A good budget option in Madrid’s Barajas district (close to the airport), Best Western Hotel Villa De Barajas is linked to the airport terminals by a courtesy shuttle bus. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and parking facilities.

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