Getting from Barajas Airport into downtown Madrid

Inside The Madrid Barajas Airport in Terminal 4

Inside The Madrid Barajas Airport in Terminal 4

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

One of the shuttles in Aerocity's fleet

One of the shuttles in Aerocity’s fleet

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.


AresMobile

Top of the line service with AresMobile

Top of the line service with AresMobile

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 big yellow Airport Express Bus

The big yellow 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. 


Metro

Metro de Madrid

Metro de Madrid

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.


Taxi

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.

Our favorite date ideas in Madrid

Date ideas in Madrid

Date ideas in Madrid

Madrid is a city full of romance.  If you’re fortunate enough to be here with someone you love or if you are trying to woo a special someone, here are some of our favorite ideas for a date in Madrid. Just remember that a little bit of planning goes a long way towards making a memorable date experience.

Take the Party Outside

So many wonderful parks to choose from in Madrid

So many wonderful parks to choose from in Madrid

A great date doesn’t have to be expensive. Have you ever noticed that everything actually tastes better al fresco? Pick up some picnic food items, a bottle of wine, a blanket and a couple of books. Wherever you are in Madrid, you will be sure to find a park within walking distance.

Catch a flamenco show

Flamenco at Cardamomo

Flamenco at Cardamomo

There are various places to catch a flamenco show in Madrid, but two of our favorites are Cardamomo and Torres BermejasThe passion and excitement of flamenco will bring a Spanish flare to any date!

Go to a Romantic Dinner

El Apartamento

El Apartamento

You can have dinner at either of the flamenco venues, but if you’re looking for something light and delicious, check out El ApartamentoIt is within walking distance of Cardamomo and offers a contemporary setting.

Goats cheese salad at Gastromaquia

Goats cheese salad at Gastromaquia

If you’re unsure as to what your date likes and want to go somewhere sure to please, try Gastromaquia, a restaurant int he vibrant Chueca neighborhood. They have something for everyone, not to mention, both the food and the service are fantastic!

Enjoy some Tunes

Jazz music at Populart

Jazz music at Populart

Catch a live show at one of Madrid’s various live music venues. There is a music venue for nearly any type of music that you want to listen to. From fun and upbeat rock or something a bit more mysterious and romantic like jazz, the right music can help make for an unforgettable date. 

Show off your Cultured Side

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Set up a date at one of Madrid’s famous museums. You can learn a lot about someone from going with them to a museum. Whether you’re really into classic art, or modern and interactive art, a museum is a fun and out of the box idea for an outing.

 

Step back in time at the Museo de Romanticismo

The Museo de Romanticismo

The Museo de Romanticismo

Madrid is home to some of the most amazing museums. You can spend hours and hours lingering through the halls of The Reina Sofia, El Prado or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. But, if you’re pressed for time, and are looking for a smaller alternative, check out the Museo de Romanticismo. This museum will take you back in time as you step into this beautifully restored building, containing hundreds of  pieces from the Romantic period.

Inside one of the rooms of the museum

Inside one of the rooms of the museum

In the Museo de Romanticismo, you’ll find a variety of works that includes paintings, drawings, photographs, furniture, and decorative art that are representative of life during the Romantic period. Perhaps one of the nicest surprises is its wonderful garden café. This lush garden provides a relaxing hideaway from the surrounding neighborhood.

The outdoor cafe

The outdoor cafe

The café makes for a wonderful place to enjoy a cup of tea or a slice of one of the many delectable cakes. In the museum, you will also find a series of events and workshops, check their website for an up-to-date calendar of these activities. This is a lovely alternative to some of the more crowded museums. You can stop by and visit the café free of charge and entrance to the museum is only 3€.

Where: Calle de San Mateo, 13

Metro: Alonso Martinez or Tribunal

When: The café and the museum share the same hours

From November to April: Open Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 9:30am to 6:30pm

From May to October: Open Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 9:30am to 8:30pm

Open all year on Sundays from 10am until 3pm

Seseña; Unlike any other store in the world

A glimpse inside Seseña

A glimpse inside Seseña

Seseña is one of the most classic stores in Madrid. Here, you’ll find a piece of clothing that so recognizably Spanish and incredibly chic. What is this amazing piece of clothing? Behold, the cape.

One of the stylish capes for women

One of the stylish capes for women

This store was opened in 1901, by a tailor named Santos Seseña Rojas. At the time, the cape was a very common piece of clothing in men’s wardrobes. Now, close to 50% of the clientele are women and it might be the only store in the world that makes and sells the capes onsite. These days, dignitaries, artists and even local musicians wear capes. Throughout various parts of Spain, you can see a music group called a “tuna”. These groups are usually made up of university students who play guitar and sing serenades to earn money. They also are stylishly dressed in capes. But the most recent edition of the cape fan club? Normal folks. Thanks in part to high-end designers, capes have made a comeback in recent years as a distinguished alternative to the winter coat.

A woman tries on a modern style of cape. Images via Seseña.com

A woman tries on a modern style of cape. Images via Seseña.com

If you’re looking for a truly unique piece of clothing to add to your repertoire, or need an unforgettable gift for a special someone, check out the Spanish capes at Seseña. You can try on the capes in person or visit their fantastic (and English-friendly) website.

Where: Seseña is located on Calle Cruz, 23

Metro: Sol

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

Vogue Fashion's Night Out

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

High fashion comes to Madrid this Thursday, September 12th for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. This yearly event is a great time to break out your favorite outfit and matching shoes for what sure be one of the most glamorous night of the year.

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out is an event that is mostly centered in the exclusive Salamanca neighborhood, with much of the action happening along two streets; Calle Ortega y Gasset and Calle Serrano. More than 200 stores will participate by staying open until midnight. Many stores offer special promotions that night and host their own open-house party complete clothing designers, DJs, cocktails and their own photographers to help their customers feel famous, even if it is just for one night.

With a celebration like this, you can be sure that many of the rich and famous make an appearance, as it is an event where you go to see and be seen. While all of the most exclusive high-end stores will be participating, there are also plenty of local boutiques taking part in this event. For more information, check out the Vogue Fashion’s Night Out website and make sure that you register online and get your invitation.

Where: Throughout the Salamanca neighborhood

When: Thursday, September, 12th from 8pm until midnight