Transport Alternatives to and from Madrid Airport - CheapinMadridCOM

Transport Alternatives to get to and from Madrid Airport

Visitors coming to Madrid are often concerned about airport transfers that will get them to the city center from the terminal easily and at nominal costs. Luckily, Madrid’s Barajas International airport is located just 12 km from the city and provides the tourists with several transport alternatives to get to and from Madrid airport. These include:


The Barajas-Madrid Airport has two metro stations one at Terminal 2 on the 1st floor and the second, a recently developed line at Terminal 4 (1st floor). Both are part of Line 8 (pink) and takes the travelers straight to the Nuevos Ministerios Metro station in the center of Madrid.

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Source: Wikipedia

The journey time for T2 takes around 12 minutes while the T4 is approximately 20 minutes. The trains leave every five minutes from 6:00 am to 2:00 am. A single ticket costs 5 Euro.

Traveler’s tip: Madrid’s metro service is a cheap way to travel around the city, especially if you purchase the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass. However, the ride may be troublesome if you have a lot of luggage.


Madrid airport has one train station located on the terminal 4 (1st floor) of the airport. The train leaves after every 30 minutes and takes around 25 minutes to reach Atocha, the largest railway station in Madrid while a trip to Nuevos Ministerios or the governmental complex in central Madrid takes around 18 minutes.

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Source: Kiwi Taxi

The ticket station and centers for the Madrid train are situated on the terminal.

Traveler’s tip: For a complete schedule of the trains, download the Renfe Horarios app available for both, iPhone and Android.


Several bus routes serve to and from Madrid airport.

The first one is the Airport Express or the Expres Aeropuerto. The yellow buses have big ’24 hours express’ sign on the windows and runs between the Atocha train station and the airport, with one stop at the Plaza Di Cibeles.

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The big yellow bus runs every 15 minutes during the daytime and every 35 minutes during the night. Here, it should be noted that the Airport Express does not depart from the Atocha train station at night from 23:30 to 6:00 am.

The arrival bus stop for the Airport Express is located on the ground floor of Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. Departures are carried out from Terminal 1 on the first floor. A one-way trip costs 5 Euro.

The EMT bus line is another option for travelers who are interested in taking the bus for their airport transfers. The EMT buses are blue in color and provide line 200, which runs from Avenida De America to the airport.

The buses are available every 15-20 minutes from the Avenida De America station with the journey to the airport taking approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The buses can drop you at:

  • Terminal 1 (Floor 1) and Terminal 2 (Floor 2) for Departures
  • Terminal 4 (0 floor) for Arrivals

Travelers Tip: Again, if you are carrying a lot of luggage, the bus may not be a suitable option for you. The bus may also stop at infrequent locations, forcing you to change your transport to a metro or a train.


Although expensive, a taxi is one of the most convenient options for travelers to and from the airport. Madrid taxis are white in color with red stripes and a visible monogram of the coat of arms. Taxis are easily available outside the terminals of Madrid airport and takes around 30 minutes journey to the city.

Taxi - Transport Alternatives to and from Madrid Airport - CheapinMadridCOM
Source: Welcome Pickups

A flat rate of 30 Euro is applicable on all taxi rides, while the fare list is also posted on the rear windows of the vehicle. No driver is allowed to charge you for the luggage as well.

There are also private taxi services in Madrid from the airport you can use here.

Traveler’s Tip: Never accept a taxi ride from the inside of the terminal and always make sure to take official Madrid taxis at all times during your visit.

Car Rental

All major car rental service providers are available at the Terminal 1 of Barajas airport. You can also reserve your car prior to arrival through the online medium.

Car Rental - Transport Alternatives to and from Madrid Airport - CheapinMadridCOM
Source: Jetsetz

Traveler’s Tip: If you plan to drive around Spain, remember that the traffic can be quiet troublesome in the city, so be careful if you are not a proficient driver.

Ride-Hailing Applications

You must be familiar with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify?

Uber - Transport Alternatives to and from Madrid Airport - CheapinMadridCOM

Well, if you don’t want to go out looking for taxis or buses, you can download these apps and get your driver pick you up from the airport without any hassle.

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