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How to Get to Madrid from Airport

Madrid Airport, officially called Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, is the main airport of the city of Madrid and one of the busiest airports in Europe. It is located approximately 13 km (north-east) from the city centre and its IATA code is MAD. It was opened in 1928, initially as a small military airfield.

Madrid Airport is considered a large airport: it has four passenger terminals (T1, T2, T3 and T4), plus an executive terminal (T4S). In addition, it plays a vital role in the city's connectivity with the rest of the world, being the main entry point for international travellers arriving in the Spanish capital.

The Airport handles hundreds of flights daily, including domestic, European and international flights. It is therefore an essential gateway to the city and an important transport hub that connects Madrid with various parts of the world.


There are several transport options available for travellers to reach the city centre from the airport. However, to get to Siguenza by train you need to get to Madrid-Chamartin train station, easiest way is train if your staying in Madrid first the Metro is probably best option.  


The Cercanías train on line C-1 is a direct transport option from Madrid-Barajas Airport (Terminal 4) to various stations in central Madrid, including Atocha and Chamartín. The time required to get from the airport's arrivals area to the train station usually takes 5 to 15 minutes.

The travel time by train (Cercanías) from Madrid Airport to the city centre, on average, can take around 25 to 35 minutes. The average price of a single ticket is approximately €2.60 to €3.50. On average, Cercanías trains operate at 15 to 30-minute intervals.

Train Madrid Airport - Madrid City: Cercanías (line C-1) - Terminal 4

Opening hours: 6h00 - 00h00

Duration: 25-35 minutes (Airport - Madrid city centre)

Waiting time: 15-30 min

Price: EUR 2.60-3.50

Tickets: Automatic machines or customer service counters.

Tips: confirm train times; validate your ticket before boarding the train to avoid fines; check the alighting terminal.


To get from Madrid Airport to the city centre by metro, you can use Line 8 (Rosa), which offers a direct connection between the airport and the centre. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to reach the airport metro station, which is located in terminals 2 and 4.

The duration of metro journey from Madrid Airport to the city centre takes, on average, around 30 to 40 minutes. The price of a single ticket is approximately 5 euros and at peak times the metro may run every 5 to 10 minutes.


Metro Madrid Airport - Madrid City: Line 8 (Pink)

Schedule: 06h00 - 01h30

Duration: 30-40 min (Airport - Madrid city centre)

Waiting time: 5-10 min

Price: EUR 5.00 (approximately)

Tickets: Automatic machines or customer service counters.
Tips: Purchase tickets in advance; validate your ticket before entering the metro to avoid fines.


Taxis are located opposite the airport terminals. It can take 5 to 15 minutes to get from the arrivals area of Madrid Airport to the taxi rank.

The taxi journey from Madrid Airport to the city centre can take around 20 to 30 minutes. The average taxi fare from Madrid Airport to the city centre usually varies between 30 and 40 euros. Taxis are in continuous operation, ready to serve arriving passengers.


Taxi Madrid Airport - Madrid City Opening hours: 24h
Duration: 20-30 mins (Airport - Madrid city centre)

Waiting time: 0 - 5 min (depending on the queue for travellers taking taxis)

Price: EUR 30.00-40.00

Tickets: Driver, cash recommended.

Tips: choose official licensed taxis; ask for a receipt; plan your journey taking into account possible delays

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