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Madrid Airport Taxis (MAD)

Madrid taxis can cover the short 12 km distance from the airport to Madrid city centre much faster than the local bus services can and taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel is far more comfortable than boarding the bus or train with a lot of luggage.

Madrid Airport taxis have their taxi rank just outside the terminal buildings. The taxi rank for terminal 4 is situated on the ground floor outside Arrivals, while at terminal 1 it is on the ground floor at Arrivals opposite lounge 2. At terminal 2 the taxi rank is located on the ground floor at Arrivals opposite lounge 5. At terminal 3 the taxi rank arriving passengers can find a fleet of waiting taxis at Arrivals on the ground floor, opposite lounge 7.

Official taxi operators do not have to tout for business by cruising around the airport compound or hanging around inside the terminal buildings to pounce on new arrivals. Anyone wishing to travel by taxi should look out for the official licence plaque issued by the city’s municipal authorities and, if in doubt, should ask the driver for his ID card and permit. The name of the taxi company should be clearly displayed on the sides of the vehicle.

The minimum fare for Madrid Airport taxis depends on the day of the week and the time of day a passenger commences his or her journey. Between the hours of 6.00 and 21.00 from Mondays to Fridays the minimum taxi fare is EUR 2.15 and each kilometre in Zone A costs EUR 1.00, while in Zone B each kilometre costs EUR 1.17. Journeys to and from the airport and anywhere within the airport compound attract a surcharge of EUR 5.50, while journeys from the bus and railway stations attract a surcharge of EUR 3.00.

Between the hours of 21.00 to 6.00 in the morning the minimum fare will be charged at EUR 2.20, which also applies to Sundays and public holidays between the hours of 6.00 to 21.00. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays the minimum fare rises to EUR 3.10 between the hours of 21.00 to 6.00 in the morning. Guide dogs and pets in approved pet carrier cages travel free of charge and there is no charge for luggage, provided it fits into the boot and onto the roof rack of the taxi. The fare for one person works out to roughly EUR 6.50 for a single journey from the airport to the city and to about EUR 23.00 for three passengers with luggage.

Passengers requiring a receipt from the driver may request this and the receipt should carry the driver’s fiscal ID number, state the total amount, date of travel, licence number of the taxi and registration number.

A number of Madrid Airport taxis allow passengers to book their taxi ride in advance at a designated web address. Aerocity is a slightly different taxi service in that it takes several – unrelated – passengers in a 7-seater vehicle promising a maximum of three stops on the way.

For more information about Madrid Taxis, please visit the official website at