Arriving in Madrid: Useful Information

The city is well connected to the rest of world thanks its magnificent infrastructure. The good work carried out by the different public administrations during the past 20 years and improvements in infrastructure have boosted economy and tourism to record levels.

How to get to Madrid by Plane?

It is the main means of transport used by tourists visiting Madrid. Barajas Airport (50 million passengers year) is located to the northeast of Madrid (12km from the city center) and has four terminals which are equipped with all facilities you could imagine: restaurants, cafeterias, vending machines, Christian chapel, smoking areas, etc.

See the full list of airlines that operate in Madrid-Barajas by clicking here. If you need to get downtown from the airport, you have multiple and varied options:


The journey from Madrid-Barajas Airport to downtown takes about 30 minutes. A flat fare of 30€ will be applied for all journeys between the airport and the city center. No supplements may be added.


From Terminals 1, 2 and 4 you can take the metro directly to the financial district (“Nuevos Ministerios”). Once there, lines 6 and 10 take you to the historical center (5€).

Commuter Train

From Terminal 4 there is a commuter train (Cercanías RENFE) that connects the airport with “Estación Puerta de Atocha , the main train station in Madrid. (2,60€).

Airport-Express Bus

Definitely, one of the best options is to take the Airport-Express, a public bus that connects Madrid-Barajas Airport (Terminal 1, 2 and 4) every 15 minutes with the city center. Furthermore, special spaces for luggage have been designed, making your trip more comfortable (5€). 

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Metro Station in Madrid (Puerta del Sol) | Image credits: Eric Chan / Flickr (C.C.)

How to get to Madrid by Train?

Madrid has two main train stations which handle millions of passangers each year: Atocha Railway Station (South Madrid) and Chamartin Station (North Madrid).

Atocha Station, the largest one, centralizes the high speed service: from here you can take the ultra-modern AVE trains to Seville, Cordoba, Malaga or Barcelona. Plus, you can also catch commuter trains (Cercanías RENFE) virtually anywhere in the city.

Chamartín Station is a secondary train station compared to Atocha Station and primarily serves the northern part of Spain and France. The night train to Barcelona (“Tren Estrella”) also departs from Chamartín Station.

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High Speed Train (AVE). Spain has the second largest high-speed rail network in the world behind China | Image credits: OgoTours

How to get to Madrid by Bus?

Travelling by bus in Spain is a good way to discover the country. In general, Spanish bus companies have modern and comfortable air-conditioned buses. The two main bus stations in Madrid are Mendez Alvaro and Avenida America. From both you can take buses to almost anywhere in Spain and Europe (Paris, Berlin, London, Lisbon, Warsaw, Sofia, Vienna, Bucharest, etc.).

These two bus stations are also connected to the metro network and have modern facilities: extensive docks, luggage room, restaurants, cafe, shops, ATM´s, etc.

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About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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