The EMT (Madrid Municipal Transport Company) has two bus lines running from the airport to central Madrid:
❯ Línea Exprés 203, the express line, operates from Terminals 1, 2 and 4 to Atocha Station (Madrid's main railway station). The journey takes about 40 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs €5.
Buses operate 24/7, every 15-20 minutes.
From 6:00 AM–11:30 PM, the final stop is Atocha Station.
During the night, this bus line only goes as far as to Cibeles in central Madrid, and becomes the N27 Exprés Aeropuerto.
❯ The EMT bus 200 runs out of each of the airport terminals, and takes you to Avenida de América Station in 40 minutes.
Tickets cost €2.
Busses leave every 15 minutes or so, from 5:10 AM–11:30 PM.
The bus station is located outside of the arrivals area in each terminal.
If you take bus 200, keep in mind that you'll need to change to a metro or bus at Avenida de América Station in order to get to the city center. Therefore, even though bus 200 tickets are less expensive, the Línea Exprés 203 is a lot quicker and more practical, as it goes directly to Madrid city center.
There are two railway options available at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport:
❯ The most convenient option is to take the Madrid Metro, line 8.
Metro line 8 goes to Nuevos Ministerios, in the center of Madrid’s business district. You can switch to other metro connections along the route, to get to most other areas of Madrid.
The journey to Nuevos Ministerios takes about 12-15 minutes.
An airport metro ticket costs €5 (including the airport surcharche).
The line 8 metro leaves every 5 minutes, from 6:00 AM–2:00 AM, from the stations in Terminals 2 and 4.
You can connect to C4 train line at Nuevos Ministerios and get to Sol in 5 minutes.
❯ The second, but less convenient rail option is to take the C1 RENFE train.
The train stops at the Chamartín (journey time: 10 minutes), Atocha (Madrid's main railway station; journey time: 25 minutes) and Prínicipe Pio stations (journey time: 40 minutes) along the route.
Tickets cost €2.60, and can be purchased at the RENFE desk in the arrivals area in Terminal 4.
The service operates every 30 minutes, from 6:00 AM–11:30 PM.
The C1 trains depart from Terminal 4 (Aeropuerto T4 Station) - if you land in another terminal, take a free shuttle bus to the T4 train station. The free shuttle operates every 5-20 minutes, 24/7 (transfers take between 2-15 minutes).
If you know that you'll be traveling around Madrid a lot on the day you arrive/depart for the airport, you can also get a €5 one-day Madrid Tourist Travel Pass, which let's you take any Metro, bus or suburban train that day, and includes the airport metro surcharge (they're also available for 2, 3, 5 or 7 days).
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is located 23 km from Madrid city center.
The journey to central Madrid takes about 30-40 minutes.
Taxis are located outside of each terminal.
There's a fixed taxi fee of €30 to many central points around Madrid, such as to Puerta del Sol.
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
Be sure to take an official taxi cab; they're white with red stripes.
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