How to Leave Madrid Airport and Reach the City Center


Are you planning a trip to Madrid and wondering how to get from the airport to the city center? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll cover all the information you need to know to leave the airport and start your adventure in Spain.

Thankfully, Madrid airport is really well connected to the center of the city, so you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the transport that will take you to your accommodation.

The Madrid Airport Train

The Airport train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach the city center. The airport train lines depart from Terminal 4 and in less than 30 minutes takes you to Atocha railway station in the centre of Madrid.

To take the train, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the vending machines. You will find all the details on the video above.

The Madrid Airport Metro

The Airport metro is another convenient option for reaching the city center. The airport metro line leaves from both Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. The airport metro line doesn’t reach the centre of Madrid, so chances are you will have to transfer to another transport before you get there.

To take the metro, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the vending machines or ticket office at the airport. Details on the video above, including a step-by-step description on how to buy the tickets.

The Airport buses

Madrid airport is covered both by local buses and the Airport Exprés, the official shuttle service running from all the airport terminals to the center of Madrid. As it was the case above, you will find all the details on the video.

Other options

If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage or want a more comfortable ride, a taxi is your best option. You will pay whatever is displayed on the taximeter. Ridesharing services such as Bolt, Cabify and Uber are also available at the airport.

What is the best option to leave Madrid airport?

Your choice will depend on many factors:

  • the address you are heading to in Madrid.
  • the amount of luggage you are carrying.
  • the day of the week and the time of the day.

If you’d like to know what we think would be the first option for you, drop us a comment either here or at the video in our YouTube channel, and we will try to help with specific instructions.

Madrid airport is very well connected to the centre of the city, it is just a question of choosing the right transport for you.


Do not miss our Madrid Travel Guide, with all the essentials you need to know to prepare the perfect trip to the capital of Spain.

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