Madrid: Travel Information
The city of Madrid, with its cosmopolitan air and its growing amount of tourists who visit it the whole year round, still is the open city it has always been and its well known night life has not lost any of its vitality. This modern air harmoniously contrasts with its important old quarters and its cultural traditions.
How To Get To Madrid By Air
Barajas is one of Europe´s busiest airport with the biggest air traffic
The Barajas International Airport welcomes all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is located in the northeast, 12 kilometres away from the capital. This short distance means that users can save considerable time and money travelling to and from the airport.
Madrid Barajas Airport, from which over 100 airline companies from various countries operate, has the highest level of air traffic in Spain and is amongst the top five in Europe. You will find all types of services available within the airport facilities: children’s area, cafeterias and restaurants, chemists, post office, banks, rental car companies, bookshops and newspaper kiosks, various kinds of shops, parking lots, emergency area, medical service, police station and nearby hotels. The Torrejón Airport, not far from the capital, also receives some private flights, particularly air taxis.
Barajas currently has four operative terminals. Terminal 4 (T4) was inaugurated in February 2006, and has received several awards for its design, by architects Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers. During its first year of service the terminal received almost 26.8 million passengers, and during that same period, the airport received a total of 46.3 million passengers.
How To Get To The Airport
Metro: Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Aeropuerto T4) connects the capital with Barajas international airport, in 20 minutes to T4 and only 12 minutes to the other terminals (T1, T2 and T3).
Taxi: To take a taxi, you need to go to the appropriate taxi rank. No attention should be paid to the unofficial taxi drivers offering their services from within the terminals. The taxi driver should set the taxi meter running at the start of the journey. The normal rate from the airport to the centre of Madrid is around €20.
How To Get Around By Metro
The underground (Metro) is fastest, most efficient and most affordable way to move around in Madrid. The city has a vast metropolitan network, one of the most comprehensive in Europe, and covers almost all the points in the capital and many of the neighbouring cities.
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Tourist Travel Pass
Full use of Madrid’s public transport system
The Tourist Travel Pass is the most economical and practical way to get to know Madrid. It can be used on all public transport in the Region as many times as necessary within the valid dates. There are five passes valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days.
The card can be purchased at all stations of the Metro network, at the Centro de Atención al Viajero (Passenger Assistance Centre) at both airport stations (line 8), at Tourist Offices, Offices of the Regional Transport Consortium, tourist attractions and over the internet; it’s also on sale at some tobacconists and newspaper stands.
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(*) which includes Metro in zone A, includes Metro Ligero 1 (light rail train), all EMT de Madrid buses and Cercanías-Renfe (local train system).
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