Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) is by far the busiest airport in Spain and one of the most important airports in Europe. Thanks to its more than 50 million passengers per year, Barajas is placed 4th in the European ranking, surpassed only by Heathrow (London), Charles de Gaulle (Paris), Flughafen Frankfurt (Frankfurt) and Schipol (Amsterdam).
Barajas Airport was inaugurated in 1931 in the northeast of the Spanish capital and had a modest building that was used to provide services to the few passengers who used this means of transport at the time. Much water has flowed under the bridge since then, and today Barajas has four passenger terminals equipped with modern facilities and services (T4, inaugurated in 2006, has been awarded as the third best terminal in the world surpassed only by T5 Heathrow in London and T3 Changi in Singapore). Moreover Barajas boasts record breaking punctuality (over 90%).
The four terminals are connected through a free shuttle bus which picks up passengers every 5-10 minutes. Attention! Next to T4 there is an annex building called Terminal 4 Satelite (T4S) which was built to operate long haul flights. Don´t worry, an ultramodern driverless train connects T4 and T4S each 2 minutes (free of charge).
Much of the airport is occupied by Iberia and Air Europa, two domestic airlines that connect Madrid with many European and South American capitals (Barajas is the European airport with the most direct flights to South America). Low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Air Berlin or Norgewian also operate in Barajas. Full list of airlines operating from Barajas here.
Despite being located 12 kilometers away from the city, Barajas Airport is perfectly communicated with Madrid (check out our section Arriving). The map above shows the Aero Express Bus route which connects directly the city center with Barajas in about 40 minutes (5€).
Barajas Airport Useful Information
Address: Avenida de la Hispanidad s/n
Passenger per year: 50 million passengers
Telephone: (+34) 91 321 10 00
Metro: Barajas T1-T2 (Line 8) / T4 (Line 8 and Cercanías Renfe)
Opening Hours: 24h
Services: Restaurants, Cafeteria, VIP Area, Duty-Free, Parking, Christian Chapel, Smoking Areas, Wi-Fi, Rent a car, Tourist Information, Travel Agency, ATM´s, Exchange Offices, Luggage Wrapping Machines, Police.