Madrid has various convenient options for visitors to get from Barajas Airport to any part of the city. So what is the best option for you? Below, you’ll find a brief description of these options as well as the pros and cons to each.
Aerocity is a specialized taxi service that can be reserved in advance from our website. With just one click, you can arrange to have them pick you up at the airport and take you to anywhere you’d like. All of their vehicles are large enough to comfortably seat up to 7 people and come equipped with air-conditioning. Some of their drivers speak English and prices are currently 27 euros total for up to 3 passengers, and only slightly more for each additional passenger. Simply select whether you want to book transportation from or to the airport and whether you want a roundtrip reservation or just oneway.
For more information or to make a reservation, click here.
Pros: This is an excellent price for door to door service! It is cheaper than a normal taxi. MapMagazine strongly recommends this option.
Cons: You may have to share your “taxi” with others.
Cost: 27 euros for 1, 2 or 3 persons.
If you want the star treatment, then AresMobile, a chauffeur-driven meet and greet service, is the way to go. It can be reserved in advance from our website. You will be met at the airport in the arrival hall by a chauffeur who will speak English (or other languages if specified) and they will drive you to your final destination. Additionally, you can arrange for personalized chauffeur-driven tours and excursions with hourly rates. Prices start at 65 euros. Their online system makes it easy to book transportation for all of your needs. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.
Pros: AresMobile offers a fully personalized luxury service.
Cons: This option may be out of your Budget
Cost: From 65 euros
Airport Express Bus
The Exprés Aeropuerto (Airport Express), is a 24-hour bus service that has only 3 stops after the airport: O’Donell Street, Plaza de Cibeles and the Atocha train station (it only stops at Atocha during the daytime hours between 6 am and 11.30pm). These bright yellow buses run every 15 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Tickets cost 5 euros and may be bought on board (only small bills or exact change accepted). There are stops at terminals T1, T2 and T4.
Note: Once you are in the city, you can purchase a 10-trip “Metrobus” ticket in many of the newspaper outlets, “estancos” or tobacconists and Metro stations. The “Metrobus” tickets are valid for both the EMT city buses and also the Metro (although there is a supplementary charge for journeys to/from the airport – see below).
Pros: The Airport Express Bus offers an affordable and frequent service, running 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Cons: The infrequent stops mean that you’ll most likely have to also take the Metro or walk to your final destination, making this service a little inconvenient if you have heavy suitcases. The bus drivers don’t like to give change, so before getting on the bus, make sure you either have exact change or smaller bills.
Cost: 5 euros.
For more information on the Airport Express Bus, check their website.
Madrid’s Barajas Airport has Metro stations in Terminal 2 and the newer Terminal 4. Trains leave every 5 minutes from 6.00am to 2.00am. Line 8 goes straight to the Nuevos Ministerios Metro station in the centre of Madrid and it only takes about 12 minutes for the journey.
The price of a single journey to or from the airport is currently 5 euros, which includes a supplementary airport charge. If you already possess a valid Metro ticket, you can simply purchase the airport supplementary ticket which is 2 euros cheaper.
It is also possible to purchase a 10-trip “Metrobus” ticket, valid for both the Metro and city buses, since you will undoubtedly be using the Metro again during your stay. This may be purchased at newspaper outlets, “estancos” or tobacconists and Metro stations. Note that you will still need to purchase the supplementary ticket for any journey to/from the airport.
For more information, check the Madrid Metro website.
Advantages: Cheap and frequent service to virtually any part of town.
Disadvantages: You will most likely need to transfer a couple of times to get to your final destination. Consider this when lugging around large suitcases or traveling with little ones.
This is the most convenient option for some, but perhaps too expensive for others, and the experience always depends on how well you can communicate with your driver.
To get a taxi, simply walk outside the airport terminal to the taxi ranks. Do not accept offers from drivers inside the terminal, since these are often illegal drivers and you will almost certainly get ripped off. Depending on traffic conditions, you can expect to pay about 25 euros to any central location. There are many, and at times confusing, supplements to the basic fare. These include: 1.85 euros obligatory initial fare, 5 euros surcharge to/from airport, 2.50 euros surcharge to/from bus or train stations and 2.50 euros to/from the Ifema Trade fairs and all these supplements are further increased at weekends or holidays.
Currently, there is now no charge for suitcases, rucksacks or pets. Always ask for a receipt at the end of your journey in case the fare comes into dispute. Additionally, if you are making a short trip and do not need to go into the center, make sure to communicate this to your driver and avoid any disagreements later on.
Pros: Convenient, door-to-door service.
Cons: Your experience really depends on the mood of the cab driver and how well you speak Spanish or if they speak any English. Overall the bus and Metro are cheaper for those on tight budgets. Additionally, many taxis do no accept credit cards. If you’re not careful, you leave yourself open to being ripped-off by illegal merchants, we would recommend that you avoid the hassle and book through Aerocity.
Cost: About 25 euros to most central destinations.