Getting to Madrid
Madrid is easily reachable from various directions. Find information how to get to Madrid below, as well as details on how to get around the city
Getting to Madrid
Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport is Spain’s biggest airport and is located only 12 km away from the city center. The airport has four passenger terminals and serves 174 destinations across Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. There is 24 hours free shuttle bus service, but you should carefully plan enough time before your connections taking in mind the route, airline, the switch of terminals, etc.
AVE is Spain’s high-speed train network which connects some of the biggest cities in Spain – Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga. It’s more expensive than common train network but it’s punctual, comfortable and flexible. There are also international connections to many French cities.
Madrid’s bus station Avenida de América connects intercity buses with city buses and the subway. Various buses depart from the station to some of Spain’s major cities: Barcelona, Huesca, Lérida, Tarragona, and Zaragoza.
Madrid is served by several excellent high ways, so you can reach the city quickly and safely. Spain’s borders with France and Portugal have no border controls due to the Schengen Agreement which will enable you to drive directly between countries and save time.
Transport in Madrid
Madrid is the 2nd safest European capital city, so don’t hesitate to stroll around by foot or take public transport. A single trip within the public transport network will cost you between EUR 1.50 and EUR 2.
Madrid’s Metro won the MetroRail award for the world’s most innovative underground system and is the 2nd largest metro network in Europe after the London subway. To get to the airport get line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Airport T4), it takes 20 minutes to arrive at T4, and approx. 12 minutes to the rest of the terminals.
Madrid’s buses operate from 6:00 am until 11:30 pm. At night you can take the 26-night bus line, called “Búhos” (meaning “owls” in English). Bus routes and the trip intervals are displayed at the bus stops, but Madrid’s bus network covers almost all of the city.
If you have booked a place to stay in the nearby provinces, you can take the Cercanía – Madrid’s commuter rail service which is also the fastest way of getting from one part of Madrid to the other. Check in advance the ticket prices as there are 7 different travel zones.
A taxi is also a good option in Madrid but instead of a yellow car look for white cars with diagonal red bands on the front doors. Keep in mind that only a few taxi drivers speak English, so search for a taxi company in advance and write down the address you want to go to.
Be eco-friendly and experience the BiCiMad electric bikes. You can hire a bike from one of the 165 docking stations and return it at another station when you finish your journey through the city.