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Getting from Madrid Airport to City Centre

There are 4 transportation options from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) to Madrid city centre, bus, taxi, Metro and train. The most convenient option is taking a Madrid airport taxi at a cost of 30€.

A cheaper option is to take the train. Tickets for the train cost 2.6€ one way, and the journey is approximately 27 minutes. Another well priced option is the metro. Tickets are 3€ one-way, and the journey only takes 22 minutes. The final transportation option is the bus. This takes a little longer than the other options, but is only 5€ per ticket.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €30 20min 24/7
Metro €6 22min 06:00–01:30
Train €5.2 27min 06:00–23:30
Bus €10 50min 24/7

Madrid Airport to the City Centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Madrid-Barajas Airport is by far the most convenient way to get from airport to your hotel or the city center. There are taxi ranks outside of the 4 terminals in Madrid airport. Taxis in Madrid are white with a red diagonal stripe. It is fairly common for taxi drivers to overcharge travellers, and you will probably face communication issues. To avoid this we recommend pre-booking your Madrid airport taxi.

Taxi fare from Madrid Airport to the city centre

A taxi from Madrid airport to city centre is charged on a flat fee of 30€ (day & night). However, If your destination is outside the city ring, you will pay what is written on the taximeter. Make sure that the taximeter is reset when you get into the taxi.

*If you book your Madrid airport taxi in advance you might get a better fixed price.

Taxi prices
Day time
Night time
20 min
20 min
18 min
15 min
FROM MAD - TO Toledo
1h 05 min
FROM MAD - TO Segovia
1h 40 min
FROM MAD - TO Aranjuez
48 min
FROM MAD - TO Atocha Train Station
20 min


Trip Duration

25 minutes

*Rates may vary unless you prebook your taxi.

Value for Money

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 luggage you 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 the city center is 20 minutes

How to get from Madrid Airport to the city centre by Metro

If you are staying for few a days and you don’t have more than one luggage, then metro might be your best transportation option. Madrid-Barajas Airport is directly connected by a subway to the central station in Madrid. Unfortunately, the Metro doesn’t operate after 01:30.

How much is the Metro from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the city center?

A one-way ticket costs 3€. There are ticket machines in every subway station, both in the airport and in the city stations.



Trip Duration

22 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 extremely 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, so you can actually reach the majority of Metro stations in Madrid.

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
Before you decide to use the Metro make sure that your hotel is nearby a metro station
Metro does not work after 1:30

How to get from Madrid Airport to the city centre 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. It is not advised to choose the train as your transportation option, especially if you arriving from terminals 1, 2 or 3.

How much is the train from Madrid Airport to the city centre?

Local train (RENFE) costs 2.6€ for a one-way ticket.



Trip Duration

27 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 the -1 floor.


If arriving to terminal 1 or 2 it is an extremely long process to reach the train station in Madrid-Barajas Airport. From these terminals you need to take an airport shuttle which is time consuming and stressful.

Editor’s Note

Travelling by train is far from ideal. It's not very comfortable, and it isn't the safest option in regards to your belongings. However, you get amazing views of the city of Madrid and its surroundings as you enter to the centre.

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 the city centre by bus

There is a 24/7 express bus from Madrid-Barajas airport to Madrid city center. 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 railway stations, at nighttime the bus only stops at O’Donnell and Plaza de Cibeles.

How much is the bus from Madrid Airport to the city center?

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



Trip Duration

50 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 should catch this shuttle, or walk to terminal T2


The express bus runs 24/7 which means that no matter what time you land, you can jump on a bus to Madrid centre. 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 centre, it can be difficult to get to your exact desired location.

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 provide some great views of the city. The only downfall is that it takes double the time of all the other options.

Useful Tips

O'Donnel bus stop has a connection with metro Line 6
Plaza Cibeles bus stop has a connection with metro Line 2
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.

Where is the centre of Madrid?

The centre of Madrid is a neighbourhood called Sol, next to the Teatro Calderon and the central bus station, Carretas – Puerta del Sol.

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