Stop navigating from one website to another, and read ALL the information you need before you leave home.
Barajas airport is the name of Madrid’s airport. Contrary to other European capitals, Madrid has a unique airport serving all the routes arriving to and departing from the city.
The airport is located in the district of Barajas, hence the name. Barajas is in the northeast, approximately 20 km (12.5 mi) from Puerta del Sol.
The IATA airport code for Madrid is MAD.
Barajas airport is Spain’s biggest and most important airport. It currently has five terminals (T1, T2, T3, T4 and T4S) and three control towers. Each year 40+ million of passengers use it. In addition to this, almost 80 airlines operate here and more than 250 routes are served.
The Madrid airport has five terminals. However, this division does not correspond to the number of buildings composing the airport.
There are two big complexes. The old premises reunite Terminals 1, 2 and 3. These were initially built in the 1950s (current T2), expanded in the 1970s (current T1), and refurbished over time. The new premises, more than a couple of kilometers away, were inaugurated in 2007 and include Terminals 4 and 4S.
Check the list of the airlines working at the airport and the terminal from which they operate.
The shuttle bus connecting the terminals is free and operates 24/7.
Means of transport
Bus stop location
|Terminal T1||Terminals T2 and T3||Free shuttle bus||1.30 minutes||Terminal T1, Floor 1 (check-in)|
|On foot||4 minutes|
|Terminal T4||Free shuttle bus||7 minutes||Terminal T1, Floor 1 (check-in)|
|Terminals T2 and T3||Terminal T1||Free shuttle bus||8 minutes||Terminal T2, Floor 0 (arrivals)|
|On foot||4 minutes|
|Terminal T4||Free shuttle bus||6 minutes||Terminal T2, Floor 0 (arrivals)|
|Terminal T4||Terminal T1||Free shuttle bus||9 minutes||Terminal T4, Floor 0 (arrivals)|
|Terminals T2 and T3||Free shuttle bus||6 minutes||Terminal T4, Floor 0 (arrivals)|
|Terminal T4 Satélite||Remote-controlled Train||3 minutes||Terminal T4, Floor -2|
|Terminal T4 Satélite (Satellite)||Terminal T4||Remote-controlled Train||3 minutes||Terminal T4 Satélite, Floor -2|
See all the internal connections between the airport terminals downloading the transport map.
You can have a look at two detailed guides. Both explain in detail the different transport options available and provide some advice.
As any major airport Madrid-Barajas offers an extensive range of services. Here is a list of the most useful ones.