Officially known as Madrid-Barajas Airport, this is Spain’s main international airport. In 2010 nearly 50 million visitors used the airport for international and domestic routes.
Madrid ranks as Europe’s fourth busiest airport and has a total capacity of 70 million passengers per annum. It is Spain’s largest and also its busiest airport.
Travelling to and from the airport is quick and convenient. Arrivals at Madrid Airport will find taxis, bus lines, metro trains and car hire at the airport. The airport is located only 9 km / 5.6 miles from Madrid’s financial district and a mere 13 km / 8.1 miles from Madrid’s historic city centre. The airport has excellent transport links to the city and beyond to destinations in Spain.
Arriving passengers can take a shuttle bus to the district of Barajas, which is nearby and here Madrid Airport arrivals will find a metro line service linking the airport with the city. Apart from the metro rail service there are also Madrid’s municipal transport company busses which provide a regular shuttle service between the airport and Madrid city centre. Line 200 collects and drops off passengers outside the four terminal buildings. Another bus route links the airport with Madrid’s main train lines at Renfe Atocha Station.
Madrid Airport arrivals will also find a number of well-known car hire companies operating out of the airport: the suppliers Avis, Europcar, Sixt, National Atesa and Hertz have their car rental counters in terminal 1 in the arrivals hall just in front of the baggage reclaim hall number 2 and as well as in terminal 4 on the lower ground floor.
In the terminals Madrid Airport arrivals will find banking facilities at BBVA in terminals 1 and 2 and at terminal 4 as well as at a branch of Caja Madrid situated in terminal 4 and terminal 2. There are some 27 information points located throughout the airport’s four terminals. Arrivals at Madrid waiting for their onward transport or connecting flights can enjoy duty free shopping in the terminals or obtain refreshments at the bars and cafeterias or enjoy a meal at the many restaurants and fast food outlets in the terminal buildings.
Madrid has hundreds of wonderful tourist attractions to offer. Madrid arrivals who come to the Spanish city with their children will find that the city is very child-friendly with many attractions for little visitors. There are theme parks, tours for the whole family, outdoor events and amusement parks. At Madrid Warner Park kids can get in touch with their Hollywood heroes, where they can meet Bugs Bunny or shake hands with Batman and Robin.
The Casa de Campo includes some 48 attractions for families, such as the Parque de Attracciones with rollercoasters, rides through rapids, restaurants and cafes set in splendid park areas. Adrenalin junkies and people with a head for heights will love going on rides like the giant pendulum La Máquina (the Machine), La Tarántula, a state-of-the-art rollercoaster that can do 360 degree flips or La Lanzadera (the Shuttle), where visitors can experience a 63 meter drop at the speed of 80 km per hour!
For more information about arrivals at Barajas, please visit the official website at http://www.aena-aeropuerto.es