Getting to Madrid

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By air

Most visitors come to Madrid by plane, arriving at Adolfo Suarez (Madrid-Barajas) International airport.

Madrid-Barajas Airport (code IATA: MAD, code ICAO: LEMD) is located on the northeast of Madrid, Barajas district, 12 kilometers from Madrid city centre.

The airport has 4 terminals (T1, T2, T3 & T4), well connected by shuttle bus and remotely controlled train (APM). The frequency is 5-10 minutes during the day, and 20 minutes during the night.

The airport changed its name from Madrid-Barajas to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas in 2014.

The airport is connected to the city centre by Metro line L8 from the Nuevos Ministerios station, a ride during 15-20 minutes. There are two metro stations at the airport, one for terminals T1, T2 & T3, and another for the T4 terminal.

More on Madrid-Barajas website.

By train

Madrid is the center of the extensive Renfe (Spanish national railways) railway network, arriving and departing from the city to destinations all over Spain.  Mid-Distance, Long Distance, High Speed and Suburban trains depart from and arrive at the two main stations: Atocha and Chamartín. International trains to and from France and Portugal also depart from and arrive in Madrid.

More info about arriving to Madrid by train at

By bus (coach)

The main bus station in Madrid is Méndez Álvaro (Estación Sur), serving most of the coach traffic.

Getting here by metro: L6 (Méndez Álvaro)

Phone: (+34) 91 468 42 00

An alternative bus station is Avenida de América.

Metro: L4, L6, L7, L9 (Avenida de América).

Main coach companies serving Madrid

Numerous inter-urban bus lines that link Madrid with surrounding towns.

More info about arriving to Madrid by train at

By car

Madrid is surrounded and crisscrossed by a dense network of national highways, connecting the capital to all parts of Spain and beyond.

A-1. Madrid-Irún. Motorway of the North

A-2. Madrid-Barcelona. Motorway of Aragon

A-3. Madrid-Valencia. Motorway of Valencia

A-4. Madrid-Seville. Motorway of Andalusia

A-5. Madrid-Badajoz. Motorway of Extremadura

A-6. Madrid-A Coruña. Motorway of A Coruña

Ring roads M-40, M-45 & M-50 connect the city with the suburbs and surrounding towns.

Calle 30 (formerly M-30 highway) circles the urban core of Madrid.

Some other avenues worth noting are Avenida de América, Paseo de la Castellana, Santa María de la Cabeza