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Madrid Airport

Commonly known as Madrid Barajas Airport, the full name for Madrid International airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Is is the largest and busiest airport in Spain and serves as a key link between Latin America and Europe. It serves as a base for Iberia, Spain’s Flag Carrier airline.

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Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Address
Av de la Hispanidad
s/n, 28042 Madrid

Enquiries Number: 34 913 21 10 00

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Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, commonly known as Madrid Airport, serves the city of Madrid, Spain. It is the main international airport in Madrid. Based on physical size, it is the largest airport in Europe along with Paris Airport. The airport has opened in 1928 and is located within the city limits of Madrid, just 9 km from the city’s financial district. The name of the airport has been derived from the neighboring district of Barajas.

In 2007, the Madrid Airport had a passenger count of more than 52 million. In 2008, it was voted the Best Airport by Conde Nast Traveller Reader Awards. In 2014, after the death of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, it was renamed as Aeropuerto Adolfo Suarez, Madrid-Barajas.

Terminals Trivia

The Madrid Airport has five passenger terminals namely T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5. Initially there was a small terminal with the capacity of handling 30,000 passengers in a year. In 1970s, with the growth of tourism industry, the airport reached 4 million passengers and the current international terminal was built. Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are located next to each other and offer services of Sky Team and Star Alliance Airlines. Terminal 4 is home to Iberia and a few other airlines. Gate numbers are continuous in Terminals 1, 2, and 3, but are separately numbered in Terminal 4.

Shop, Eat, and Relax

Various facilities are available at the airport for passengers, including currency exchange, ATMs, post office, wireless services, pharmacy, 24-hour medical centers, chapels, left luggage, luggage storage, and tourist information. There is a playground for young children and nursery services at Terminal 2, which is permanently staffed. You can feed your child, change their nappies, heat food, bathe them, and lay them for seep in a cot.

A number of shops are available for the passengers to browse through in all the terminals. Terminal 4, being the newer terminal, has a large selection of retail outlets, such as Puma, Rolex, Zara, and Carolina Herrera.

There is a large selection of cuisines available for the passengers. Choose a quick bite at McDonalds or sit down for a nice meal at Natural Break or La Pausa.

Many lounges are present in all the terminals, which can be accessed by a membership or by buying passes.

Transport Facilities

The Madrid Metro line connects the airport with the city centre station. The Barajas Line 8 connects the underground stations at Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 to central Madrid. Line C1 operated by the train company ‘Renfe Cercanias’ can be used to go to the city center. Public bus services are available at the departure terminals 1, 2, and 4. There is also a night bus service, which serves Madrid and the airport.

There is both long and short-term parking areas. Taxi service is available at the departure gates of every terminal. Car rental services are available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 4. A number of rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and Sixt are available at the airport.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

Plenty of hotels are available for accommodation near Madrid Airport. Silken Puerta America, Novotel Madrid, Eurostars Suites, and Hilton Madrid Airport are some of the luxury accommodations in the area. If you are looking for some budget hotels nearby, you can select from Hotel Barajas Plaza, Hotel Don Luis, or Ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas. The tourist information center at the airport can also help you.

Explore Madrid!

Madrid is the capital city of Spain. The city has over 3 million residents and over 6.5 million populations in the metropolitan area. Though the city possesses modern infrastructure, it has also been able to maintain its culture and historic neighborhoods. Visit some of the wonderful historical sites, such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theatre with its restored Opera House, the National Library building, the Golden Triangle of Art which comprises of three museums, and Cibeles Palace and Fountain.


Q.  What are the must-see attractions of Madrid?
A. Some of the must-see attractions of Madrid are:
• Royal Palace of Madrid
• Buen Retiro Park
• Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
• Plaza Mayor, Madrid
• Temple of Debod
• Almudena Cathedral
• Las Ventas

Q. What are the different types of transport available in Madrid?
• Bus
• Single cable car
• Cercanias (local commuter trains)
• Metro
• Trams
• Special airport express buses
• Taxi
• Car rental

Q. What in Madrid’s local cuisine should one not miss out on?
A. Madrid’s local cuisine is Tapas and Spanish. Typical foods to try are:
• Cocido Madrileño (local favourite)
• Huevos Rotos
• Bocadillo de Calamares
• Callos a la Madrileña
• Churros con Chocolate
• Oreja a la Plancha
• Pincho de Tortilla

Q.  What is the currency used in Madrid?
A. The Euro (€) is the official currency of Madrid.

Q.  What can I expect from Madrid’s nightlife?
A. Madrid boasts of a buzzing nightlife all week long. The favorite hangouts include:
• Teatro Kapital (highly recommended)
• El Sol
• ThunderCat Club
• Joy Eslava
• Siroco
• Barco

Q. What are some popular eating joints in Madrid?
A. Few of Madrid’s best cheap eat-outs are:
• El Tigre
• La Musa Latina
• La Dolores
• Taberna los Madriles
• Los Gatos

Q. Which are some good restaurants for Indian food in Madrid?
• Tandoori Station
• Everest Tandoori Nepali-Indian Restaurant
• Kitchen154
• Purnima Indian Restaurant
• Benares Madrid

Q. What are the best places to visit with kids in Madrid?
A. Some of the places kids love include:
• Zoo Aquarium
• Parque de Atracciones
• Parque Warner
• Faunia
• Natural Science Museum

Q. Which are the best shopping areas in Madrid?
• Gran Via area
• Serrano area
• Las Rozas Village
• Salamanca District
• Chueca District

Q. Can I get a tour of the football stadium of Madrid online on Yatra?
A. Yes, Yatra provides easy option to choose from different types of tours of the Santiago Stadium. Book yours online.

Q. Are credit cards accepted in Madrid Airport?
A. Mostly, yes.

Q. How far is Buen Retiro Park from Madrid Airport?
A. Roughly 20 minutes by car and approximately 45 minutes by train.

Q. How long does a Kolkata to Madrid flight take?
A. Air India, from Kolkata, takes 14 hours 50 minutes to reach Madrid via New Delhi with a connecting time of 2 hours 50 minutes.

Q. What is Madrid famous for?
A. Madrid is home to Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid, two world famous football clubs. It is the largest municipality, both in the community of Madrid and Spain as a whole. It also houses the headquarters of WTO and is the major financial center of Southern Europe.

Q. Are there buses available from Madrid Airport to the Temple of Debod?
A. Yes. You can take buses that depart from all the 4 terminals.

Q. Are there any attractions near the Madrid International Airport?
A. There is not much to do around the airport. You can take a walk at Parque Juan Carlos I or take a metro and head to the city center.

Q. Are there some good 3 star hotels near Las Ventas?
A. Yes, you can put up at Rafaelhoteles Ventas or NeoMagna Madrid.

Q. What are some affordable and nice hotels near Plaza Mayor in Madrid?
A. Few budget hotels near Plaza Mayor are:

• HRC Hotel
• Best Western Hotel Los Condes
• Hotel Cortezo
• Hotel Plaza Mayor
• Hotel Francisco I

Q. How many terminals are there in Madrid International Airport?
A. There are 4 passenger terminals and 1 executive terminal.

Q. What are the top rated 5 star hotels in Madrid?
A. Few top 5-star hotels in Madrid are:
• Hilton Madrid Airport
• Westin Palace Hotel
• InterContinental Madrid
• Wellington Madrid
• Hotel Villa Magna

Q. How much will a room in a 4-star hotel in Madrid cost?
A. A double bed room will cost you anywhere between Rs. 3,000–10,000.

Q. What are some of the budget hotels in Madrid where one can stay with family?
• B&B Hotel
• Hotel Mediterraneav
• Eco Via Lusitana
• Hotel Gran Legazpi
• Eurostars Zarzuela Park

Q. Will I get to buy international SIM cards at MADRID Airport?
A. Yes. Pre-paid SIM cards at available at Madrid international airport.

Q. What are the entertainment options in Madrid Airport?
A. There is not much to do in Madrid airport except explore the shopping options.

Q. What is the ground transportation available at Madrid Bajaras International Airport?
A. The available modes of transportation include taxi, metro, train, bus, self-driving, car rental, hotel shuttle or private transfer.

Q. What is the best time to visit Madrid?
A. Visit Madrid during fall (September–November) and spring (March–May).

Q. How far is Barcelona from Madrid?
A. Barcelona is approximately 624 km from Madrid. It takes 3 hours 14 minutes by train.

Q. How can I travel from Madrid Airport to Royal Palace of Madrid?
A. You can take rented car, taxi, bus or a train.

Q. How far is Santiago Stadium from Madrid airport?
A. The stadium is approximately 16 minutes’ drive from the airport.

Q. What are some budget hotels near Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Bajaras Airport?
• NH Villa de Coslada
• Hotel Crowne Plaza
• Hotel ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas
• Hotel ibis budget Madrid Valentin Beato
• Hostal Viky

Q. What are the most popular airlines that operate from Madrid airport?
A. Iberia and Air Europa are the most popular airlines that operate from Madrid airport.

Q. Which are the cheap flights that operate from Madrid airport?
A. Iberia and Ryanair are the cheap flights that operate from Madrid airport.

Q. What is the airport code for Madrid airport?
A. The airport code for Madrid airport is MAD.

Q. Which is the most frequent international route from Madrid airport? 
A. The frequent international routes from Madrid Airport are Paris and Amsterdam.

Q. Which is the first flight from Madrid airport?
A. One of the first flights from Madrid Airport is Iberia 6841, which takes off at 12:05 AM for Buenos Aires.

Q. Which is the last flight from Madrid airport?
A. One of the last flights from Madrid Airport is Iberia 7319, which departs to Santiago at 11:55 PM.

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