Madrid is well stocked with transport options, and getting to and from the capital is very easy with the right information.
Since we want to help you make your stay as pleasant as possible, below we detail how to get to Madrid from other countries or other parts of Spain using its most outstanding infrastructures: by plane, by train, by bus or by car.
How to get there by plane
The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas international airport, located 12 kilometers northeast of the capital, receives all commercial flights arriving in Madrid.
Barajas currently has four terminals in operation. The T4, inaugurated in February 2006, has received several awards for its praised design. In addition, Madrid-Barajas has more than 138,000 m² of commercial and leisure spaces to occupy passengers’ free time before their flight. Kindergartens, prayer areas, restaurants, works of art are some of the many possibilities.
Getting to the Airport
Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Aeropuerto T4) links the capital to Barajas international airport. It takes less than 20 minutes to reach terminal T4 and just 12 minutes to reach the other terminals. When travelling around Madrid on public transport, you need to get a Tarjeta Multi. This is a non-personal contactless public transport card that can be topped up and used by multiple people. It has a validity period of ten years, and it is used to contain non-personal public transport tickets for use within the Region of Madrid.
- Airport Express Bus: 24-hour service from Atocha (between 6 am and 11.30 pm) and Cibeles, stopping at O’Donnell (intersection with Doctor Esquerdo), T1, T2 and T4.
- Line 101 from Canillejas (T1, T2, T3).
- Line 200 from Avda. de América (T1, T2, T4).
- Interurban Line 822 San Fernando-Airport (T1, T2, T3).
- Interurban Line 824 Alcalá de Henares-Aeropuerto (T1, T2, T3).
- Interurban Line 827 Tres Cantos-Metro de Canillejas (T4).
- Interurban Line 828 Universidad Autónoma – Recintos Feriales (T4).
- Shuttle Bus: Free service linking the four terminals. Running every 5 minutes from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm, every 20 minutes from 11.30 pm to 1.50 am and every 40 minutes from 1.50 am to 6.30 am.
To take a taxi you must wait at a taxi rank. There is a fixed rate of €30 for services between the airport and the city centre (within the Calle 30 ring road)..
Cercanías (local train):
The suburban train network runs between Príncipe Pío station and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal 4, on the new C-1 line. Trains depart every half hour. AVE ticket holders can travel from the train station to the airport free of charge.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is linked by road to the main Madrid access routes and ring road. The airport can be reached by various routes:
- From the M-40: Exit 8. M12 Toll Road through the tunnel (T4) Exit 9A. Via M14 (T1, T2, T3) and M13 (T4)
- From the A-2: Exit 12. Via the M14 (T1, T2, T3) and the M13 (T4). Exit 12. Via the M12 Toll Road (T4)
- From the M-11: Exit 7. Via the M12 Toll Road (T4). Exit 9. Via the M13 (T4) End of M-11. Via the M14 (T1, T2 and T3) and the M13 (T4).
- From the R-2 Madrid-Guadalajara: Exit 3. Via the M12 (T4).
- From the A-1 Burgos: Exit 17. Via the M12 and the M-13 (T1, T2, T3, T4) Exit 17. Via the M12 Toll Road via Exit 7 (T4).
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has over 10,000 parking spaces. There are seven public car parks: P1, P2 and P4 (located at terminal buildings T1, T2/T3 and T4), have 2,392, 4,437 and 7,795 spaces respectively; the Express car park for short stays has 39 spaces; the VIP car park for T1, T2 and T3, the VIP car park for T4 (reservations for VIP spaces should be made by phone on 902 102 020) and there is also a long stay car park with 1,655 spaces.
How to get there by train
Madrid is the centre of the extensive Renfe railway network, arriving in the capital from all over Spain and offering convenient transport throughout the country. Mid-Distance, Long Distance, High Speed and Suburban trains depart from and arrive at the two main stations: Atocha and Chamartín. International trains to and from France and Portugal also depart from and arrive in Madrid.
Two long-distance lines connect Madrid with Lisbon and Marseille.
- Madrid (Chamartín)-Lisbon (Santa Apolonia): The daily Trenhotel Lusitania train takes 9 hours and 5 minutes.
- Madrid (Puerta de Atocha)-Marseille (Saint Charles): A daily AVE service takes 7 hours, stopping in other French towns: Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence (http://www.renfe-sncf.com).
How to get there by coach
Méndez Álvaro coach station has the highest flow of traffic in the capital. It is busy at any time of the day. Together with Avenida de América coach station, they are the first reference for many travellers on setting foot in Madrid.
Estación Sur Coach Station
Méndez Álvaro, 83. Metro and Suburban Train: Méndez Álvaro (L6). Phone: (+34) 91 468 42 00.
- Alsa. (+34) 902 42 22 42. Its network of coaches covers most of Spain. They also travel to several cities in Morocco and some European countries (Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Slovakia, France, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland and Ukraine).
- Socibus. (+34) 902 22 92 92. Running to and from Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba, Huelva and Jerez de la Frontera.
- Avanza Bus. (+34) 902 02 09 99 Services linking Madrid to Badajoz, Benavente, Caceres, Castellon, Cuenca, Merida, Orense, Pontevedra, Salamanca, Valencia, Vigo, Zamora and Lisbon (Portugal).
Avenida de América Coach Station
Avenida de América, 9. Metro: Avenida de América (L4, L6, L7, L9).
- Numerous inter-urban bus lines that link Madrid with surrounding towns
- Alsa. (+34) 902 42 22 42. Various coaches depart from this station to twelve Spanish cities, including Barcelona, Huesca, Lerida, Tarragona and Zaragoza.
Inter-urban Coach Lines
Various inter-urban coaches depart from Aluche, Conde de Casal, Legazpi, Moncloa, Plaza de Castilla, Plaza Elíptica, Príncipe Pío and Ronda de Atocha to link the city of Madrid with surrounding towns in the region and central Spain.
How to get there by car
Madrid is the centre of Spain’s road network. Kilometre O is located at the Puerta del Sol, alongside the Real Casa de Correos, from which point all roads start and connect Madrid with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. A dense road network runs through the city, of which the six national motorways can be highlighted.
A-1. Madrid-Irún. Motorway of the North
It leads to the Plaza de Castilla, where the two famous towers forming the gateway to Europe are found. If you wish to visit the Northern Sierra of Madrid, you must take this motorway.
A-2. Madrid-Barcelona. Motorway of Aragon
It passes through the Henares corridor and connects Madrid with Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
A-3. Madrid-Valencia. Motorway of Valencia
It is also the road to Albacete, Alicante and Murcia..
A-4. Madrid-Sevilla. Motorway of Andalusia
This motorway links the capital to the South of Spain and connects with other roads leading to Malaga, Cadiz and Almeria.
A-5. Madrid-Badajoz. Motorway of Extremadura
This motorway goes all the way to the Portuguese border and is an alternative route to the west of Andalusia.
A-6. Madrid-A Coruña. Motorway of A Coruña
After passing through the municipality of Villalba, it becomes the AP-6 toll motorway, which leads to the town of Adanero in Avila. It has a reversible lane on the stretch close to the city, which changes depending on the amount of traffic.