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Getting from Madrid Airport to Atocha Train Station

There are 4 transportation options from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to Atocha Train Station; bus, taxi, metro and train. The most convenient option is taking a Madrid airport taxi at a cost of 35€.

A cheaper option is to take the train. Tickets are 3.40€ and the journey is approximately 33 minutes. Another option is the metro. Tickets are 5€ one-way and the journey takes 40 minutes. The final transportation option is the bus. This takes longer than the other options and is 5€ per ticket.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €35 20min 24/7
Metro €16 40min 06:00–01:30
Train €6.8 35min 06:00–23:30
Bus €10 60min 24/7

How to get from Madrid Airport to Atocha Train Station by Taxi

Taking a taxi from Madrid-Barajas Airport is by far the most convenient way to get from airport to Atocha Train Station. There are taxis outside of the 4 terminals in the airport. Taxis in Madrid are white with a red diagonal stripe.

We recommend pre-booking your Madrid airport taxi to avoid miscommunications or being overcharged.

Taxi fare from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station

The flat fee from the airport to Atocha Station is 35€ (day & night). Depending on traffic the journey takes about 20 minutes.

*It is always better to pre-book your Madrid airport taxi in order get quality service and save time and money.



Trip Duration

20 minutes

*Rates may vary unless you prebook your taxi.


Taxis run 24/7 from Madrid Airport

Where do I get it from?

Taxis can be found outside of all 4 terminals at Madrid-Barajas Airport.


Taxis run 24/7, so no matter what time you arrive to the airport you can grab a taxi. They are also the fastest option, so if you are in a rush, a taxi is the best option.

Editor’s Note

Taxis are by far the fastest and most convenient option. However, taxis fares can be quite costly. If you want to escape the busy airport and get to your destination as quickly as possible, then take a taxi. If you have a little more time, opt for a different mode of transportation.

Useful Tips

Taxis in Madrid can fit up to 4 people with 3 pieces of luggage.
For more than 4 passengers or more than 3 pieces of luggage you will have to book a minivan.
If you are heading outside of city ring, make sure that the taximeter is on.
It is illegal to overcharge you for excess luggage.
The journey from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station takes 20 minutes.

How to get from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station by Metro

If you don’t have more than one piece of luggage then the metro might be your best transportation option. Madrid-Barajas Airport is directly connected by a subway to the Nuevos Ministerios station where you will transfer to the C-2 or C-7 lines to Atocha Station. Unfortunately, the Metro doesn’t operate after 01:30.

How much is the Metro from Madrid-Barajas Airport to Atocha Station?

A one-way ticket costs 8 – 13€ depending on ticket type. There are ticket machines in every subway station, both in the airport and in the city stations.


8 - 13€

Trip Duration

40 minutes

There is an average waiting time of 5 minutes.


The Metro runs from 6:00 until 1:30

Where do I get it from?

The Metro station is located inside the Madrid-Barajas airport with two different stations at Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. So, if you arriving in Terminal 1 or 3 you can catch the free bus and head either to Terminal 2 or Terminal 4.


Located directly in the Airport, the subway is very easy to access. The main line that reaches Madrid-Barajas Airport is line 8. Metro line 8 is also connected with Metro lines 6,10, 9, 4, and train lines C-2 and C-7 which connect to Atocha Station.

Editor’s Note

The Metro line is direct and very cheap. This is a great option if you don't have a lot of luggage, or if you have a tight budget.

Useful Tips

There are ticket machines in every subway station, both in the airport and in city stations.
Be careful with your personal belongings.
Metro does not run after 1:30.

How to get from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station by train

The national railway company of Spain operates routes from and to Madrid airport with line C-1. The train has 5 stops, the Chamartín station, Nuevos Ministerios station, Atocha central railway station, Méndez Álvaro station and Príncipe Pío station. Getting to the station from the airport is not as convenient if you are arriving at terminals 1, 2 or 3.

How much is the train from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station?

Local train (RENFE) costs 3.40€ for a one-way ticket and can be accessed from T4.



Trip Duration

35 minutes

Waiting time is 5 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day.


Trains run from 6:00 until 23:33

Where do I get it from?

The train arrives at terminal 4, so if you are arriving at terminal 1,2 or 3 you have to take the internal bus and head to terminal 4 on floor -1.


If you are arriving to terminals 1 or 2 you will need to take an airport shuttle to terminal 4 where you can board the train directly to Atocha Station.

Editor’s Note

Traveling by train is not ideal. It's not as comfortable nor as safe as other option. However, you will experience beautiful views of the city of Madrid and its surroundings.

Useful Tips

Each train ticket is only valid for 2 hours after the ticket is issued.
Be aware that the last train departs from Madrid Airport at 23:33.
Keep your personal belongings close.

How to get from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station by bus

There is a 24/7 express bus from Madrid-Barajas airport to Atocha Station. The bus is yellow and it has 3 stops in Barajas airport, terminals T4, T2, T1.

During daytime the bus stops at O’Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha railways station, at nighttime the bus only stops at O’Donnell and Plaza de Cibeles.

How much is the bus from Madrid Airport to Atocha Station?

Tickets cost 5€ per person and can be purchased on the bus. Buses only accept cash.



Trip Duration

60 minutes

There is a 15 minute waiting time between buses.


The express bus runs 24/7

Where do I get it from?

The express bus can be found outside terminal 1, 2 and 4. If you are arriving at terminal T3, there is a free airport shuttle connecting all terminals. You can take this shuttle, or walk to terminal T2.


The express bus runs 24/7, however, if you land in terminal 3, you must take the internal shuttle to another terminal. As the bus only makes 3 stops in the city and only two stops at nighttime, you may not be able to get to Atocha Station if you arrive at night. Stops are made at O’Donnell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha railway stations during the day and O’Donnell and Plaza de Cibeles in the evening.

Editor’s Note

If you aren't in a hurry to get to your destination then this could be a great transportation option. The buses run all day, every day, and provides some great views of the city. The only thing to remember is that this options takes longer than the others.

Useful Tips

Atocha Railway Station bus stop has a connection with metro Line 1.
At nighttime the bus doesn’t reach Atocha railway station.
Tickets can be purchased in cash only.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is the Madrid airport from the city centre?

Madrid-Barajas Airport is 18 km away from Madrid city centre. The fastest mode of transport will get you there in 20 minutes.

How much is a cab from Madrid airport to city centre?

Taxis at Madrid-Barajas Airport are charged by a flat rate fee. The cost of the journey to the city centre will be 30€. However, f you are traveling outside of the central ring, the rest of the journey will be charged with a taximeter.

What transportation options are available from the airport in Madrid to Atocha Train Station?

As well as local taxis, there are bus, train and metro services from the airport to the station. You can also book your private Welcome transfer for the journey as a stress-free alternative.

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