Madrid Airport Guide
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Your Complete Guide to Madrid Airport

Officially known as Madrid-Barajas, the airport is Spain’s main international aviation hub. Last year nearly 50 million visitors passed through Madrid Airport’s gates, which turned the destination into Spain’s largest and busiest airport.

The airport has the official IATA code of MAD, but there’s nothing remotely crazy about this well designed, modern premises! Originally constructed in 1928, it ranks today as Europe’s fourth busiest airport.

Situated just 9 km / 5.6 miles out of Madrid’s financial district and just 13 km / 8.1 miles from the city’s historic heart, the airport is ideal for weekend city breaks as well as being perfectly located for business travellers. Iberia is its principal carrier and the airline is responsible for some 60% of the airport’s air traffic.

The district of Barajas is in close proximity and here passengers will find a metro line service that connects the airport with the rest of the city. Madrid airport has 4 passenger terminals, of which terminal 4 is the most modern and ranks as one of the largest passenger terminals in the world. It was opened to the public in 2006 and boasts 760,000 square meters of floor space across two inter-connected buildings. In total, Barajas has a capacity for 70 million passengers per year.

Passenger terminals 1, 2 and 3 are adjacent and here Star Alliance, Sky Team and Air Europa have their home, while terminal four house Iberia, Air Nostrum and Oneworld partner carriers. While in the first three terminal buildings the gate numbers are consecutive, running from A1 to E89, at terminal 4 gate numbers are separate and passengers should make sure before heading for their flight that they know which terminal and gate they are expected to be at.

Low cost carriers also fly to Madrid. Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Vueling Airlines and EasyJet are as much at home here as are Swiss International Airlines, Lufthansa, Germanwings, and Turkish Airlines. From Spanish capital passengers can fly to London, Miami, Santo Domingo, Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Milan to name a few of the international routes the destination has to offer.

The domestic routes on offer from Madrid include Gran Canaria, Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza, Bilbao, Seville, Santander, Asturias, Tenerife, Malaga and Granada among others.

Passengers arriving at the airport of Madrid have a variety of transport options. Apart from the above mentioned metro rail service there are also EMT (Madrid’s municipal transport company) busses which run a shuttle service between the airport and the city. Service No. 200 picks up and drops off passengers just outside the terminal buildings. Another bus line connects the premises with the main train station, Renfe Atocha Station in Madrid.

Passengers who travel to and from the airport by car will find plenty of long-and short-term parking spaces. A shuttle service takes passengers from their parking lots to the terminal they require.

There are also a number of car rental companies stationed at Madrid Airport: Avis, Europcar, Sixt, National Atesa and Hertz have car hire counters in terminal 1 in the arrivals hall just in front of the baggage reclaim hall number 2 and there are also car hire desks in terminal 4 on the lower ground floor.

In the terminals passengers will find two banking facilities, BBVA have a branch in the hallway connecting terminals 1 and 2 and at terminal 4. Caja Madrid has an office at terminal 4 and at terminal 2. Throughout the airport there are some 27 information points. Visitors with time at their hands prior to the flights can use the bars and cafeterias for snacks and refreshments or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and fast food outlets.

Madrid Airport has a total of 7 lounges, of which Amnios Aena Aeropuertos is reserved for Non-Schengen flights. In the VIP lounges passengers will find business services like internet access, fax and photocopying as well as catering and information on flights.

For more information about the airport, please visit the official website at

MAD is the 3 letter AATA code for Madrid Airport. It is locally known by is Barajas. To help you in your arrival or departure you can enter the following GPS details – 40.46667, -3.56667 into your Smartphone or in-car GPS system to help you get directions from Barajas.

Find below a choice of Airlines, destination and flight times from Madrid.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Lanzarote (ACE) 0 1,573 Km (978 Miles)
Malaga (AGP) 0 429 Km (267 Miles)
Alghero (AHO) 0 1,001 Km (622 Miles)
Alicante (ALC) 0 355 Km (220 Miles)
Algiers (ALG) 0 705 Km (438 Miles)
Amman Queen Alia (AMM) 0 3,639 Km (2,261 Miles)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 0 1,461 Km (908 Miles)
Ancona (AOI) 0 1,450 Km (901 Miles)
Stockholm (ARN) 0 2,602 Km (1,617 Miles)
Athens (ATH) 0 2,377 Km (1,477 Miles)

Iberia, American Airlines and Air Nostrum are the busiest airlines companies that fly from the  airport and cover the majority of the destinations The busiest which is Iberia covers a total of 2,111 flights per week and goes to 109 destinations. Iberia travels to 22% of the total destinations. Iberia airline offers flights to Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Alicante El Altet, Amsterdam-Schiphol, Eleftherios Venizelos, Arlanda and Houari Boumediene among others.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights with approximate times

Airliner Destination Flight Time (Est)
Iberia Malaga (AGP) 1 hour 17 minutes
Iberia Alicante (ALC) 1 hour 3 minutes
Iberia Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 2 hours 32 minutes
Iberia Athens (ATH) 3 hours 36 minutes
Iberia Stockholm (ARN) 3 hours 52 minutes
Iberia Algiers (ALG) 1 hour 39 minutes

When arriving in the Madrid Airport you may want to rent a car and you can find a selection of the major car hire companies in the Arrivals hall or nearby. Please be sure to bring a valid driving license if you intend to hire a vehicle. To be sure of beating the queues it is wise to book your Madrid Car hire online, please visit the link for more information.

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