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Barajas Airport Guide (MAD)

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Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) is Spain’s largest and busiest airport. Opened in 1931, MAD was became the world's 11th busiest airport as of 2009. Located within the city limits of Madrid, less than 6 miles from the city's financial district. Barajas was voted "Best Airport" in the 2008 Condé Nast Traveler Reader Awards.

Transfer between Terminals

Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are home to SkyTeam, Star Alliance airlines, and Air Europa. Terminal 4 is home to Iberia, Air Nostrum, and all Oneworld partner airlines. Madrid-Barajas Airport has a free bus service connecting terminals T1, T2, T3, and T4. This shuttle runs 24 hours a day. The Automatic People Mover is a remote-controlled train that connects Terminal T4 with Terminal T4 Satellite. Passengers must have boarding passes for this three minute journey.

Nearby Airport Hotels

Best Western Villa de Barajas, Avenida de Logroño, 331. 28042 Madrid, 913 292 818, This Best Western offers complimentary shuttles to the surrounding area and the airport. This hotel offers an on-site restaurant, a bar, and daily breakfast for an additional charge. Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport, C/ Lola Flores 1. Acc. Avda Aragón, 402. 28022 Madrid, 912 063 410, The Crowne Plaza’s complimentary shuttle service delivers guests to the airport in 15 minutes. Complimentary wireless Internet, on-site dining options, and fitness center are also available to guests. Hostal Viky, C/ Marte, 2. 28042 Madrid, 913 054 812, Located a short 5 minute drive from Madrid-Barajas International Airport. Viky offers a free airport shuttle 24 hours. Internet connection is available upon request.

Transport into Town

Underground: The Madrid Metro Line connects the airport with Nuevos Ministerios Station in the center of Madrid's financial district. The first train leaves Nuevos Ministerios around 6:05 am and arrives at Terminals 1, 2, and 3 around 6:20 am and at Terminal 4 around 6:25 am. Train: A suburban train line connects Terminal T4 with several locations in Madrid including Chamartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha, and Principe Pío. The estimated travel time from the airport to Chamartin is 11 minutes. Bus: EMT (Madrid Municipal Transport Company) runs public bus services between the airport and Madrid’s Avenida de América station. Bus 200 drops passengers off at terminals 1, 2, and 4 before reversing its order. The EMT public night bus service N4 (nicknamed "Buho", Owl) also travels from Madrid’s Plaza Cibeles to Barajas’ Plaza de los Hermanos Falcó y Alvarez de Toledo which is 400m from the airport through a passageway above the highway. An express EMT bus links the airport to Renfe's Atocha Station, the main rail station in Madrid. This same bus runs to Plaza Cibeles during the night. Taxi: All terminals have clearly labeled taxi queues outside the arrivals area. Taxi fares include a supplement which in 2013 was €5.50. Official taxis are white with a red stripe and the coat-of-arms of Madrid City Council on the doors.

Airport Lounges

Terminal T1 is home to Cibeles Lounge. This lounge is reserved for Non-Schengen flights, is located in the boarding area of Terminal T1's second floor, and it is open 24 hours a day. Terminal T2 hosts Puerta de Alcalá Lounge. This lounge is reserved for domestic and Schengen flights. It is located in the first floor boarding area (P1) of Terminal T2. Terminal 3 houses Puerta del Sol Lounge. Puerta del Sol is reserved for domestic and Schengen flights, and is located in the second floor boarding area (P2) of Terminal T3. In Terminal T4S travelers can find Amnios Lounge which is reserved for Non-Schengen flights. This lounge is located in the boarding area of Terminal T4 Satellite, second floor. La Revoltosa Lounge can be located in the first floor boarding area (P1) of Terminal T4, shopping area. Terminal T4 is home to Premium lounge which offers VIP services including checking in luggage, escort to the runway, private security checkpoint, and baggage claim.

Major Airlines

The airport is the primary hub and maintenance base for Iberia. Iberia is responsible for more than 60% of Madrid-Barajas Airport’s traffic.

Airport Facilities

Madrid-Barajas Airport offers a variety of temporary and permanent art exhibits. The first 15 minutes of wireless internet is free for travelers. Also located inside the airport is a mosque in Terminal 1, a playground in Terminal 2, and three different chapel locations.

Car Parking

Long- and short-term car parking is provided at the airport with seven public parking areas. Low-cost car park is located 4 minutes from T4 via a direct shuttle which runs every 30 minutes. Low-cost parking is also available via direct shuttle from T1, T2, and T3. Long-stay car park is 4 minutes from T4 via direct shuttle which runs every 10 minutes. Long-stay parking is also available via direct shuttle from T1, T2, and T3. P4 car park offers direct access to Terminal T4. This is an enclosed building with signs indicating free spaces. P1 car park is a short 2 minute walk from Terminal T1. P2 car park is a 2 minute walk from Terminal T2. VIP car park is near terminal T1, T2, T3, and T4. 24-hour service is available for travelers dropping off and picking up vehicles. Check online for rates and reservations.

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