Barajas airport, Madrid
BARAJAS AIRPORT is served by a few major US carriers, and numerous European and other global airlines. You may or may not have anything to do with Spanair, but if one of its jets happens to be taxiing by when your Iberian flight is on its way to Barcelona, well then, you snap its photo.
Madrid's airport (Barajas) is very big and it keeps growing and growing. It has become the major hub linking Europe and South America. You will have to walk a lot in this airport, but it is like a presentation of the city: crowded, loud, music, good ambience... Look at the ethnic murals in the old Iberia terminal. They are a work of Equatorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín.
There are mainly 3 ways to get to the city center:
- Metro: the cheapest. As you go out the gate, turn right till you reach the T2 terminal, where the stop is. From 6:00 to 1:30 at night. 1 Euro (you can buy Metrobus Ticket, 10 trips in Metro or Bus for 6,16 euros). Line 8 stops at AEROPUERTO T4 and at AEROPUERTO T1 T2 T3, depending on where your plane lands.
- Bus: As you go out the airport, cross the lane after the taxis and look for the bus stop. It takes you to Colon Square, in the center. 2,40 euros. 04:45 to 02:00 at night.
- Taxis: the most expensive. Around 25 euros to Puerta del Sol, 20 to Chamartin Railway Station, 22 to Plaza de Espana. Check the money they give you back when you pay, they tend to make 'mistakes'...
An impressive city, I did have a phenomenal, arrive at Terminal 4 and the DENR idicacones were accurate, when I left the baggage hall waiting for me, hire the transfer www.shuttle-madrid.es and were very professional in dealing customer, so I made an excursion the next day, where I saw the Madrid de los Austrias, amazing palaces and mansions.
I was a week and was an incredible experience. The price of the transfer were only 22 euros for 3 people
I live near line 5 on the metro, and taking the metro to the airport isn't always convenient.
What I do if it's not rush hour (then the metro is the best alternative) is take line 5 metro to Canillejas stop. Then get out at the "Josefa Valcarcel" exit. Straight ahead is a bus stop. Look for the blue bus 200 to terminals 1 - 4, which goes straight to the airport.
If I have a lot of luggage, I take a taxi to Avenida de América, where the same buses from the underground bus terminal there. It's a lot cheaper to do it this way than to take a taxi all the way to or from the airport.
Another day I was running late, so took the metro to Canillejas, then a taxi to the airport, which was only about 10 euros.
The buses also run earlier in the morning than the metro, starting at 5:00 a.m. then leaving every 20 minutes. Be aware they finish at 1130 p.m. earlier than the metro, which closes at 1:30 a.m.
Apparently there is a new express bus line to the airport (203) that runs ALL NIGHT for 2 euros. It also runs from Atocha train station during the day, with only two stops (near Cibeles and O'Donnell metros) during the day. At night it starts at Cibeles (Banco de España metro). The duration of the journey from Atocha train station to the airport is approximately 40 minutes.
See the timetables on: http://www.ctm-madrid.es/. Look under "EMT" and select line 200 or 203 to see the airport times.
Good news for Madrid!!!!
A new Airport Shuttle started to run from Madrid city centre to Barajas Airport every night for only € 9,9.- at 03:25 AM and 04:55 AM. Reaching the airport in 35 minutes in modern vans or minibuses.
The name of the company is Europe Shuttle. Their website is www.madshuttle.com or www.europeshuttle.com
Their services are 24hs a day. Also Private transfers in Mercedes E Class, Mercedes S class, Audi A6 and BMW 7.
Is mandatory book in advance at least 24 hours the departure on their website, by phone or in their offices en calle mayor 4 3rd floor office 6 in metro sol.
Here is the information:
Check out the nearest Pick Up point:
03:25 am - Pick Up 1 - CATS Hostel (Canizares Street, 6)
03:35 am - Pick Up 2 - SOL Square (At Bus Stop in Puerta del Sol, 5)
03:40 am - Pick Up 3 - Hotel Petit Palace Ducal (C/Hortaleza, 3)
03:45 am – Pick Up 4 - Albergue Juvenil Madrid (Mejia Lequerica, 21)
Arriving T1 & T2 at 04:00 AM and T4 at 04:10 AM
05:00 am - Pick Up 1 - CATS Hostel (Canizares Street, 6)
05:05 am - Pick Up 2 - SOL Square (At Bus Stop in Puerta del Sol, 5)
05:10 am - Pick Up 3 - Hotel Petit Palace Ducal (C/Hortaleza, 3)
05:15 am - Pick Up 4 - Albergue Juvenil Madrid (Mejia Lequerica, 21)
Arriving T1 & T2 at 05:30 AM and T4 at 05:40 AM
Which Pick Up is the nearest from my hostel?????
PICK UP 1
CAT´S Hostel, MAD Hostel, Student Hostel Luiz Velez, Luiz Velez Residence, Hostal Yolanda, Hostal Pacios, Hostal Cervelo, Hostal Castilla I, Hostal Martin, AAE Edreira, Chic & Basic Colors, International Hostel Posada de Huertas, Olemadrid Hostel (C/Cervantes,8), Hostal Persal, Las Musas Residence, Residencia Alvaro, Hostal Numancia, Hostal La Vera, MAD Hostel, Medium Cortezo Hotel
PICK UP 2
Hostal Castilla II, Hostal Castilla III, Hostal Cruz Sol, Hostal Madrid, Hostal Berlin M, Hotel Opera, Hostal Luz, Hotel Petit Palace Mayor, Los AMigos Hostel, Plaza Mayor Appartments, Petit Palace Posada del Peine, Appartments Mayor Centro, A Nuestra Senora de la Paloma, Hostal El Pilar, Hostal Residencial Rober, Petit Palace Arenal, Petit Palace, Puerta del Sol, RC Miguel Angel, Hostal La Jerezana, Panizo Hostel, Hostal La Banezana, Hostal Villar, Hostal Oliver, Hostal Luis XV, Gay Hostel Puerta del Sol, Hostal One Puerta del Sol, Hostal Playa, Hostal Marlasca, Hotel Asturias, Hotel Quo Puerta del Sol, Hostal Almanzor, Hostal Carrera, Hostal Aguilar, Hostal Oporto, Hotel Ateneo, Petit Palace Lonndres, Hostal One Centro, Petit Palace Plaza del Carmen, Hotel Maria elena Palace.
PICK UP 3
Hostal Metropol, Hostal Miami, Lamalonga Guest House, Hostal Astur, Hostal San Lorenzo, Hostal Hispano Argentino, Ateneo Hotel, Maria Elena, Palace, Hostal Union, Hostal Los Alpes, Hostal Miralva, StadMadrid, Hotel Laris, Petit Palace Italia, Hostal La Fontana, High Tech Clipper IPOD, Petit Palace Tres Cruces, Hostal Anaco, Hostal Villa Garcia, Petit Palace Ducal, Hostal Oxum, Hotel Europ Madrid, Hostal San Martin, Hostal Valencia Madrid, Hostal Stella, Hostal Maria Alcazar II, Bull´s Hostel, Petit Palace San Bernardo, Hostal Santillan, Mucho Madrid, Hostal Nersan, Hostal Nuria, Hostal Pizarro, Antigua Posada del Pez, United World International Hostel.
PICK UP 4
Albergue Juvenil, Madrid, Hostal Visa, Hostal Nuria, Ole Hostel, Pop Hostel, R4D Espiritu Santo, Pension enebral, Hostal Gallardo, Hostal Castilla, Hostal Asunción, Santa Barbara, Hostal Trevinca. University Club.
They work only with reservations and must be made at least 24 hours before departure.
Do you know which terminal you'll be arriving at? I can not find my travel booklet but since I took the metro myself when I visited Madrid, I thought I try to help by searching the Web myself.
From this Website http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/madrid-transport.html, you will read the information below
Madrid's Barajas Airport is situated approximately 15 KM (7m) from the city centre and has four terminals. You are strongly recommended to consult your airline to find out which terminal your flight arrives at or leaves from, but we give here some basic indications:-
T1 International Terminal: Inter-continental and some European flights.
T2 Terminal: Mostly European flights. Some intercontinental flights
T3 Puente Aereo Terminal: Shuttle flights between Madrid and Barcelona
T4 Terminal: Iberia and other OneWorld alliance airline flights
Madrid's Barajas Airport has Metro stations in Terminal T2 and the newer Terminal T4. Trains leave every 5 minutes from 6.00am to 2.00am. Line 8 goes straight to the newly reformed Nuevos Ministerios Metro station in the centre of Madrid, with a journey time of just 12 minutes. On your return it is even possible to check-in at this Metro station for some flights between the hours of 6.30am and 10.30pm. Please check with the airline first, because not all flights are available (e.g. there is no check-in for the Madrid-Barcelona shuttle flight, and many foreign airlines have no presence here yet). You can check in your luggage up to 24 hours (20 hours for some companies) maximum and 2 hours minimum before the flight but again, please check with the relevant airline because certain goods have to be checked in at the airport itself (live animals, dangerous goods, etc.).
The price of a single journey to or from the airport is currently 2 euros, which includes a 1 euro supplementary airport charge. If you already possess a valid Metro ticket, you can simply purchase the airport supplementary ticket for 1 euro.
Tip: Consider buying the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass, which allows you to travel on any Metro, bus or suburban train, all included in the price of just 5 euros, making it a great way to save money on public transport. With this pass, it is not necessary to pay the airport surcharge.
It is also possible to purchase a 10-trip "Metrobus" ticket at 7.40 euros, valid for both the Metro and city buses, since you will undoubtedly be using the Metro again during your stay. This may be purchased at newspaper outlets, "estancos" or tobacconists and Metro stations. Note that you will still need to purchase the 1 euro supplementary ticket for any journey to/from the airport.
Advantages: Cheap, frequent service to virtually any part of town.
Disadvantages: You will most likely need to transfer a couple of times to get to your final destination. Consider this when lugging about large suitcases!
Cost: 2 euro one-way (to/from the airport, 1 euro elsewhere). 7 euros for 10 journeys (plus 1 euro supplement to/from airport)
I remember that the trip to the city was convenient. Every year, fares change so expect that the quoted fares may not be the same anymore.
Well it isn't a moving transport tip as such, more a sitting down!
If you are like me and want to make the most of your sunshine on holiday, right up to the last minute, getting to the airport in plenty of time can be downer.
DON'T let them tell you there is no place to go but the departure lounge after check-in at Madrid's Barajas airport. Over the road and in line with the far side of security baggage clearance, at terminal 1, there is a lovely little sun trap. But, don't tell everyone!
If you're arriving in Madrid with a fair amount of luggage, I strongly recommend that you pre-book a taxi transfer to your hotel. We researched this idea before we went, but dismissed it as not really being worth it. If I knew then what I know now, I would DEFINITELY have prebooked the transfer. Paying up front would have saved hassle and we would have known exactly where we stood. At the airport, I asked the taxi driver (in Spanish) approximately how much the journey would cost (just for a ballpark figure). He replied that he didn't speak English (well, tell me in Spanish then!) and clearly avoided the question. When we arrived at the hotel, the meter read 25 but he kept saying 35, 35 (a ten euro supplement? I don't think so ....) so just to get away I threw 40 euros at him and called it a lesson learned. I think he thought he'd done pretty well. So in future I would definitely prebook.
We returned to the airport on the Metro - a bargain at 1 euro each. This did involve quite a few changes and carrying suitcases up and down stairs though, so if you're not familiar with Madrid it's probably best to get a taxi when you arrive, and then perhaps get the Metro back to the airport.
Plenty of international airlines fly into Barajas. I belatedly did via TWA 904 on 3 July 1990 after all the HOO-HAH (nonsense) described in the introduction. There is nothing glamourous about the beginnings of Barajas airport. In the 1920s the big city figured it needed a big airport and a piece of wasteland at Barajas, only 9 miles (15 km.) from downtown, was just the place for it. That's not unusual, when you think about it. What is now Kennedy Airport (from where I flew to get here) was once a landfill. They are planning a whole new terminal and another runway too. Barajas already has the longest runway in Europe. Not surprisingly, Barajas is the European gateway to Central and South America.
Travellers should be aware that as of Feb 5, 2006 there is a new terminal at the Barajas Airport. Its big, its beautiful, its 4 km from the other terminals and at this point it is running more or less smoothly, although it got of to a slow start.
The new Terminal 4 or "T4" and its satelite building "T4-S" were designed by the prestigious firms Estudio Lamela and Richard Rogers Partnership, the later being famous for the Pompidou Center in Paris. The new terminal has more than 30 restaurants, lots of shops, banks, beauty salons, VIP lounges and even a spa
Now for the facts you really need.
Airlines using the new terminal (T4) are ALL Iberia flights and One World Alliance carriers.
Public transport to Madrid: Metro stop "Aeropuerto" on Line 8 of the Metro stops nearest T2 but serves T1, T2 and T3.
To get to and from T4 there is a free airport-run bus that leaves T2 every 5 minutes. If you go to T4-S there is an underground tram connecting T4 and T4-S.
As of May 2007 there should be a metro stop on the line 8 that goes to T4...
There is also a bus that goes to Avenida de America from T4, that is a regular city bus but if you dont want to pay for bus then a metro on your way into the City.. take the Metro at T2.
Taxis from Terminals 1 2 and 3 cost about 20-23 Euros to get to the city center. The cost will be a bit higher from T4 as there is a toll road and its also 4km farther away from Madrid.
Madrid's Barajas Airport is a modern airport featuring shopping and cafes and three terminals. Terminal 1 is for most international flights. Terminal 2 mainly for domestic flights and Terminal 3 is for domestic shuttle and Iberia/Air Nostrum regional flights.
The other great thing about the airport is that the Metro connects it with the city! It's about 15 kilometers (9 miles) outside of Madrid.
Madrid Airport is like 15 km from the city, and to get there use Metro 8 line.
There are 4 terminals of the airport, T1-T4, and the metro line calls the Aeropuerto.
The International Airport of Madrid (Barajas) is located about 12 km east of the centre. It has a comfortable and frequent Metro connection (No. 8) to Nuevos Ministerios since 1999.