How to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport Best Way – You can go by bus, train, metro, taxi and private transfer.
What Is The Distance From Madrid to Madrid Airport?
The distance from Madrid to Madrid Barajas Airport is only 13 kilometers. Click here to book online activities in Madrid and day tours
The travel time by taxi from Madrid to Madrid Airport is 20-30 minutes and the taxi fare is €30. Read here how to get from Madrid airport to city center the reverse way.
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 Cheapest Way From Madrid to Madrid Airport?
The cheapest way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by train Renfe Cercanías for €2.60 and it will take around 30 minutes.
What Is The Best Way From Madrid to Madrid Airport?
The best way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by Airport Express Bus 24 hours for €5 and it will take 30-40 minutes. With the metro, you will be able to reach everywhere in Madrid for €8 and 45 minutes travel time.
How to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport
By Metro From Madrid to Madrid Airport (Easiest Way)
The easiest way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by metro. 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 to your fare with the extra €2 to go around Madrid.
If you want to go by metro from Madrid to Madrid Airport 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. From Puerta del Sol, the main center of Madrid, you have to transfer to Nuevos Ministerios and get into Line 8 heading to the airport. You can check the stations and schedules in Metro de Madrid’s website.
By Bus From Madrid to Madrid Airport (Best Way)
The best way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by bus. The Madrid Airport Express Bus leaves from Cibeles and Atocha Train Station (only during the day and not stopping at night) and gets to 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 available 24 hours. It will take around 30 minutes and the bus fare is €5 payment in cash. 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.
There are also regular buses from EMT going from Canillejas and Avenida América to the airport. Just in case you are visiting these areas or staying in Madrid.
By Train From Madrid to Madrid Airport (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by train. (If you want to go from Madrid airport to Atocha).
The train schedule runs every 15-20 minutes, with the first train departing at around 6 AM and the last train leaving at 11 PM.
The train fare from Madrid to Madrid Airport is €2.60 (last time I did was May 2023) and €0.50 cents for the card. The travel time from Atocha Train Station and Sol in Madrid to Barajas airport is 30 minutes by Train Cercanías.
There are also stops in Chanmartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Príncipe Pío and the main bus station in Madrid: Méndez Álvaro.
The best thing is that train is really comfortable if you go from Atocha Train Station. 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.
Getting a Go City Travel Pass for Madrid
If you’re looking at making the most out of your Madrid trip, we suggest you check out the Go City sightseeing pass which allows you unlimited access to all the spots you want to visit (that are included in the pass) and other tour perks for a discounted price and without lining up for physical tickets.
Taxi From Madrid to Madrid Airport
As you guys know, riding a taxi is for sure the most comfortable way. There is a fixed taxi fare from Madrid to Madrid Airport which is €30 and it will take 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic.
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?
Best Way From Madrid to Madrid Airport – Bus Vs Train Vs Metro
The best way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by train is only 30 minutes and is the cheapest way for €3 starting from 6 am to 11 pm. Great idea if you are staying near Atocha area!
The best way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by bus if you are leaving 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.
The best way from Madrid to Madrid Airport is by metro if you have a Metro Station nearby and especially if you are familiar with how it works and you will take 45 minutes travel time.
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