Public transportation in Madrid works very well. If you want to go from Madrid airport to Atocha Station you have multiple options:
Commuter Train from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station
If you arrive at Madrid airport terminal 4 – the largest and most modern of the airport – you have two commuter train lines (C1 and C10) that connect Madrid airport with Atocha station.
The price of the commuter train (“Tren Cercanías” in Spanish) from Madrid airport to Atocha Station is 2,60€ and the travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
Don’t worry if you have a lot of luggage, these trains have space specially designed for passengers with suitcases.
Direct Bus from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station
If your plane arrives at terminal 1 or 2 you can take a special bus (Aeropuerto Express) that connects Madrid airport directly with the city center and ends its route at Atocha Station. This bus is easily identifiable by its yellow color.
This bus runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and its frequency is 15-20 minutes during the day (6AM – 11:30PM), and every 35 minutes during the night (11:30PM – 6AM).
These buses are also designed to travel with luggage.
The fare from the Airport to Atocha Station is 5€. You can pay by credit card. If you want to pay in cash, try to pay the exact amount as the bus drivers do not have change if you pay with large banknotes (50€ or 100€).
Travel time by bus from the airport to Atocha Station: 30-40 minutes depending on traffic.
By the way, this bus can also be taken at T4, not only at T1 and T2
Taking a taxi from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station
Although Madrid’s public transport system is excellent, sometimes taking a taxi is the most convenient option – especially if you’re carrying luggage.
Getting from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station by cab is a relatively straightforward journey and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions.
When you exit the arrivals hall at Madrid Airport, you’ll see a line of waiting cabs. Give your destination to the first driver in the line.
The official fare from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station is 30€. If the cab driver tries to charge you more than 30€, he is trying to rip you off. Unfortunately, some cab drivers (NOT ALL) at the airport try to overcharge tourists. You can either pay by cash or card – most taxis in Madrid now accept payment by card.
Private Transfer from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station
Finally, you can also book a private transfer. This is undoubtedly the most comfortable and exclusive option.
The driver will be waiting for you at the arrival’s terminal holding a sign with your name on it. Once you meet the driver, he will help you with your luggage.
These private transfers are usually very comfortable and spacious cars. In addition, the drivers speak a little English, enough to communicate with the clients.
Another positive point is that you pay in advance, so you don’t have to argue about the price as sometimes happens with some cab drivers.
Should I book the transfer service online?
You should always book online your transfer service from the airport to Atocha Station, since at the airport the only service available are cabs.
Undoubtedly booking your transfer service online has great advantages.
When booking online, you can choose the type of vehicle you want, and you can also check the reputation of the transfer company.
The price of a private transfer service from the airport to Atocha Station is approximately 40€ (up to 4 people).
There are many transfer services in Madrid. Our favorite, if you want to take a look, is this one (CLICK HERE). It is easy and very intuitive to use and is available in many languages.