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. There is a fixed fare of 33€ for destinations within the M-30 ring road, encompassing the entire centre of Madrid. Elsewhere, you will pay a minimum 20€ fare plus 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.

23 thoughts on “How to Leave Madrid Airport and Reach the City Center 🇪🇸”

  1. Hi Tony, I am Regina from Indonesia. I will go to Madrid next month and still learning how to leave airport to hotel. Your youtube channel is very usefull. Thank you.

  2. We kind of relied on your information on our trip to Madrid and Andalusia the other week. (It was as hot, by the way..) But a recommendation from our Hotel guy at plaza mayor how to go to the airport turned out to be quite useful. He suggested that we take the M2 to the final stop and an Uber for 5€ to the airport. Turned out great for us since we did not need to change Metro and save the 3€ airport surcharge.

    • Thanks, Manfred. Even better than line 2 to the final stop it would have been line 5 to Alameda de Osuna, quite close to the airport. But it all depends on the specific location of accommodation and the personal circumstances of those traveling together. Last time we took an Uber to the airport from the centre of Madrid we paid 22€.

      • Actually I screwed things up.
        I was the M5 to Alameda de Osuna, not the M2. I found it to be an interesting “backdoor” to Madrid.
        Anyway, Madrid is such a great city. I’ve been there a couple of times, but not since 1995. But now I made a trip with my daughters to Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Cadiz and made extensive use of the information you provided. I felt, that I missed something out by bypassing Jerez.
        Anyway, it was a great pleasure.

        With best regards


  3. Tony,
    My wife and I are making great use of your website and videos as we prepare for our trip to Spain. We are hoping for your insider’s input on our plans for traveling between our hotels and Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations as we use high-speed rail between the cities. If you email me, I will give you brief details on which you might comment. We are new to Spain, but experienced big city transit users. Thank you!

    • Hi John, we reply to all questions either here on the site or on our YouTube channel. On this text we’ll be happy to answer your questions on how to leave Madrid airport.

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    I’m fairly sure I will be informed many new stuff right right here!
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  5. Hola Tony and Cecilia, We are planning to travel from Madrid to Avila. My husband and I will both be arriving on the same day in Madrid: myself at Atocha train station and my husband at the airport. He can meet me at Atocha, I can meet him at the airport, or we can meet elsewhere in Madrid and then on to Avila together. In light of this, how do you recommend we get to Avila from Madrid (we will be leaving Madrid about 17:30)? We are seeing buses from Madrid Sud bus station to Avila, which looks easy to us, but is it? Or, should we just get ourselves to Principe Pio, and travel to Avila by train from there? We great appreciate your help. Thank you!

  6. Hi Tony, First if all thank you for the useful Madrid airport to city YouTube video. I will arrive Madrid airport T2 and planning to take Uber to hotel. Could you please provide me more detail information on the exact pickup location? My friend told me it’s on the second level of a parking structure. Could you please clarify? Gracias!

    • Hi Carol, you will have to follow the instructions in the app and, if needed, ask at an information desk for the exact location of the pick-up point. As far as we are aware, the pick-up point at T2 is not within any parking structure, it’s outdoors, a few meters in front of the bus stop. All the best.

  7. Hello! I have a question regarding the airport surcharge on metro line 8. We are spending our first night very close to the airport and will take metro line 8 from either T1 or T4 to the Barajas metro stop. Since we will get on at the airport, I presume that we will have to pay the airport metro surcharge fee for this trip. The next day we will get back on metro line 8 at Barajas stop are going to the Nuevos Ministerios stop, do we have to pay the airport surcharge fee again?

    • Hi, you pay the airport surcharge every time you go through the gates of an airport metro station or get out of one of them. You don’t pay it elsewhere in the network.

  8. Hello Tony,
    I’m staying at the Hotel Praga, C. de Antonio Lopez, 65, Carabanchel. Is it within the M-30?
    Best regards,

      • Thank you Tony. So in this case, the fixed taxi fare of 30 euros does not apply? Will it be actual taxi meter fare? I’m just making sure.

        Best regards,

        • The fixed fared went up to 33€, you have all the updated information on the video at the beginning of the text. To get to your hotel you will pay a fixed fare of 20€ plus whatever the meter records. A ridesharing service might be a better option.


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