Last updated on February 12th, 2023 at 09:48 pm
How to get from Madrid Airport to city center – You can go by bus, train, metro, taxi and private transfer.
What Is The Distance From Madrid Airport To City Center?
The distance from Barajas airport to Madrid city center is only 13 kilometers. Click here to book online activities in Madrid and day tours
The travel time by taxi from Madrid Barajas airport to city is 20-30 minutes. The taxi fare from Madrid airport to downtown is €30.
If you are coming for the first time to Madrid, the capital of Spain, you will land in Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport which is well-connected to the city center. Read here how to get from Madrid airport to Bernabeu Stadium and Madrid airport to Chamartin.
What Is The Distance From Madrid Airport To City Center?
The cheapest way from Madrid airport to city center is by train Renfe Cercanías for €2.60. The train travel time from Madrid airport to city center is by train is around 30 minutes.
If you are looking for a more comfortable way to travel, we also listed other options like taxi, car rental and private transfers that can be cheaper than a taxi.
Read here how to get from Madrid airport to Toledo, Madrid airport to Avila, best places to visit in Madrid, Spain sim card for tourist, Madrid itinerary, Madrid Instagram Spots and where to stay in Madrid!
SIM CARD AT MADRID BARAJAS AIRPORT
I wouldn’t recommend you buy a sim card at Madrid airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Madrid. Read here Spain sim card for tourist and Spain eSim
You can buy the cheapest eSim in Spain with Airalo eSim Spain prepaid starts at $4 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). And Nomad Spain eSim for $6 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days.
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Where to stay in Madrid
For accommodation in Madrid prices can start from €15 in a dorm room in the city center. If you are looking for a mid-budget you can get deals for€50 and you will find luxury hotels for €150. Click here to get the best deals in Madrid with Booking and Agoda!
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How to get from Madrid Airport to City
1. Metro from Madrid airport to city center (Easiest Way)
The easiest way from Madrid airport to city center is by metro. There are two ways to go by metro from Madrid airport to city center. One of them is from the airport’s Terminal 1, 2 and 3, and the other option is from Terminal 4.
If you want to use Madrid’s metro, the first thing you have to do is buy a metro card to move around Madrid. The card costs €3 and you can buy them from metro machines with cash or credit card.
Once you buy your card, you then have to add credits to the card to go around the city center or other destinations in Madrid that you are planning to visit. Aside from the initial €3 for the metro card, €3 will be added for your fare from Madrid airport to city center along with the extra €2 to go around Madrid.
If you want to get to Madrid from the airport using the metro, it will cost you €8. But you will be able to use the metro card while visiting Madrid adding more credits. The metro starts at 6 am until 1 30 am.
Madrid city center is well located in metro maps so it would be easy to go there. If you’re headed to Puerta del Sol, the main center of Madrid, you have to transfer in Nuevos Ministerios and get into Line 10 heading to Puerta del Sur. There are other metro stations in the city center apart from Puerta del Sol. You can check the stations and schedules in Metro de Madrid’s website.
The total fare from Madrid airport to city center by metro is €8 for one-way ticket. The travel time from Madrid airport to city center by metro is around 20-40 minutes depending on your final destination.
It will be worth it as I mentioned if you will use the Madrid Metro card in the city next days. Anyway you should purchase €3 metro card and top up. Maybe you can find your Metro Card for free in information if they are promoting Metro campaigns (but don’t trust on this).
2. Madrid Airport Bus -Madrid Airport Express Bus To City Center (Best Way)
The best way from Madrid airport to city center is by bus. The Madrid Airport Express Bus leaves from Terminal 4 and makes stops at Terminal 1, 2 and 3 of Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport. Buses run every 13-20 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night.
Starting in Terminal 4, Terminal 2, Terminal 1, O’Donell (already Madrid city center), Cibeles and Atocha Train Station (only during the day and not stopping at night). Click here to check schedule and prices!
Take note of this from 11:30 PM-6 AM, the bus will make stops in Cibeles instead of the Atocha train station. The bus travel time from Madrid airport to Madrid Cibeles and Atocha is around 30 minutes and costs €5 only payment in cash.
Cibeles is located in the city center and has buses that connect with most of the points of interest in the city. Atocha is the main train station in Madrid and it has great connections for long-distance travel to areas like Toledo and Segovia.
The bus fare from Madrid airport to Madrid city center is €5 and it’s 24 hours available. The buses from Madrid airport to city center are leaving every 20 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night from the airport.
Remember you have to pay in cash to the driver. There are ATMs available for this in Barajas Airport.
There are also regular buses from EMT going to the airport from Canillejas and Avenida América de Madrid. Just in case you are visitign these areas or staying in Madrid.
3. Madrid Airport To City Center By Taxi
As you guys know, riding a taxi is for sure the most comfortable way to get to Madrid city center from the airport. There is a fixed taxi fare from Madrid airport to city center which is €30.
So it would be best to have someone to share the ride with. It’s fixed price from 2019 (will update for sure when changing) and again is €30 read below I’m taxi driver in Madrid.
Here’s a fun fact: I was actually a taxi driver in Madrid (see the picture above) before I started traveling the world and meeting Rachel. This was my job until we started our travel blog in November 2015. Would you believe that? Cool, right?
Anyway, as I was saying, a taxi ride from Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport to the city center lasts 20-30 minutes on a taxi. These vehicles are available 24/7 and accept both cash and credit cards. Very convenient, indeed!
The best thing by taxi is so comfortable and you will not have to be worried of anything until you get to your hotel or Airbnb in Madrid. It can be expensive but if there are 2-3 of you totally worth it the comfort. If you are on a budget keep reading the other options which are cheaper.
Read here where to go in Madrid city center: Temple of Debod, Sabatini Gardens, Retiro Park and San Miguel Market.
4. Madrid Airport to Madrid Atocha Train Station (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Madrid airport to city center is by train. (If you want to go from Madrid airport to Atocha) Going by Renfe Cercanías of Madrid is another great choice for you to get Madrid city center from the airport, especially if arriving in Terminal 4 of the airport.
The travel time from Barajas airport to Atocha Train Station and Sol in Madrid city center is 30 minutes by Train Cercanías.
There are also stops in Chanmartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Príncipe Pío and finally heads to the main bus station in Madrid: Méndez Álvaro. This is the ideal place to take a bus to other destinations in Spain like Seville.
The train fare from Madrid airport to city center is €2.60 (last time I did was July 2020 and still same price) to and from the city center and €0.50 cents for the card that you can use in the future if you stay in Madrid.
If you are coming from AVE (High-Speed Train) the train ticket will be free since it’s included in the High-Speed Train. The train runs every 15-20 minutes, with the first train departing at around 6 AM and the last train leaving at 11 PM.
The best thing is that train is really comfortable if you go to Atocha Train Station plus is the cheaper price. Maybe you will catch a train to Valencia, Barcelona, Malaga or Sevilla so can be the best option for you.
But it can be tricky since is only going to Terminal 4 and not to Terminal 2 (mostly domestic and European flights) and Terminal 1 (mostly international flights). There is a Transit Bus for free connecting Terminal 4 (the one is farther) with Terminal 3, 2 and 1 in Barajas Airport.
How to get from Madrid airport to city center by Private Transportation
5. Car Rental at Madrid Airport
There are many options for renting a car in Madrid’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Madrid. It will take you 20-30 minutes to get to Madrid city center from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport.
Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around like Toledo and Segovia. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Madrid city center.
Click here to get the best deals renting a car in Madrid!
6. Private Transportation from the airport to your hotel
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be expensive. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Madrid.
Click here to book online your private transfer
Best Way From Madrid Airport To Downtown
The best way from Madrid airport to downtown if you want comfort by taxi or airport transfer.
If you are on a budget I would say the best way from Madrid airport to city center by train is only 30 minutes and is the cheapest way for €3 starting from 6 am to 11 pm.
The best way from Mdrid airport to city center if you are getting to Madrid at night time you will have the Airport Express Bus 24 hours for €5 and it will take 30-40 minutes. Read here Madrid Atocha to airport. You can choose the Metro from Madrid airport to city center if you have a Metro Station nearby.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MADRID
Spain has four lovely seasons and the loveliest which are spring and fall. In these periods it is considered the best time to visit Spain. Summer might get too hot and winter might get to cold. So from the months of March to May is where Spring falls.
The Fall is in the month of September to November. The season of Spring and Fall is the best time to visit because of its filled with sunshine and tourist will be delighted to stay in the country.
Click here to know more about the weather in Spain.
CASH IN SPAIN
Euro is one of the most known and important currencies all over the world. €1 is equivalent to $1.08. ATMs in Spain are used more often to buy stuff rather to have cash on hand. You can pay with a card almost everywhere bars, hotels and supermarkets. Click here to know the exchange rate between Euro and your currency!
Hope you liked our travel guide how to get from Madrid airport to city center. Which one would you like more? Madrid airport by bus or the easiest by taxi from Madrid airport, metro from Madrid airport to city center? Let us know in the comments below
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