Barajas Airport In Madrid Spain – Information And Guide

In this short guide, we take a look at Barajas Airport (MAD) in Madrid. Hopefully, this guide will help answer any questions you may have before travelling.


Arrivals     –     Car Hire     –     Departures     –     Flights     –     Hotels     –

Where Is Madrid Barajas Airport

Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) is situated approximately 7-9 miles (12-15 kilometers) North East outside of the city of Madrid itself.  The airport is also known in Spanish as many different things such as:

‘Aeropuerto Internacional de Madrid-Barajas’

Aeropuerto De Barajas’

‘Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas Madrid’

Some people also refer to the airport as ‘Aena Barajas’. This is simply because Aena is the company that runs and maintains the airport.


Is Barajas Airport The Main Airport In Madrid

Madrid Barajas AirportYes, Aeropuerto Barajas is the main airport that services the city of Madrid with over 49 million passengers using the airport each year. This high volume of passenger traffic makes it the busiest airport in Spain.





What Are The Airport Codes For Madrid Barajas Airport:

The IATA Code for Barajas Airport is: MAD

Madrid Airport ICAO code is: LEMD

Madrid Airport Arrivals And Procedures

Once your aircraft lands at Madrid Barajas Airport, it will taxi into the parking bay to which it has been allocated.  You will be required to wait on the aircraft until the Ground staff at Barajas airport have securely attached the stairway or walkway to the aircraft. Once these have been attached and it is safe for you to disembark the aircraft, you will be allowed to begin disembarking the aircraft. You will then need to make your way to the main airport arrivals terminal and there will be the airline staff and Ground staff at the airport to guide the way. If you require assistance with making your way from the aircraft to the main airport terminal building, it is advisable to contact your airline or the airport prior to your travel date to ensure they can arrange for a member of staff to meet you off the aircraft and assist with your transfer.

Depending on which country you are flying in from and also which airline you are flying with, will determine which Terminal your flight is allocated.

As with any other major International airport, there are certain procedures in place at Madrid Barajas airport, that passengers must undertake before being allowed entry into Spain.


Security And Passport Control At Madrid Airport Arrivals

Upon arrival at the main Madrid airport Arrivals terminal, passengers will be required to present a valid passport and any other documentation that is required for your entry into Spain. It is advisable to ensure you have all the required and correct documentation in place before you travel as this will eliminate any problems when you arrive at the airport.


Baggage Reclaim Area At Madrid Airport Arrivals

Madrid Barajas Airport ArrivalsOnce you have successfully cleared Passport Control and Security, you can then make your way to the Baggage Reclaim area. The Baggage Reclaim area is where you can collect any hold luggage that you have checked-in for your flight. Inside the Baggage Reclaim area, you will find several carousels and each flight arrival is allocated a carousel. Located above these carousels are overhead monitors and each one of these monitors display the flight numbers to which each carousel is processing. Simply look on one of the monitors to find out which carousel is processing your flight and then make your way to the appropriate carousel and wait your luggage.

This process is generally quite quick bus as you can appreciate, Barajas airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports and at peak times, is very busy. During these peak times and the sheer volume of flight arrivals at Madrid airport, the process can take a little longer.

There are toilets available in the Baggage Reclaim area should you wish to pay a visit or simply freshen up after your flight or before your onward journey.

Obviously, if you are travelling light and only have hand luggage on your person, you can bypass this procedure and make your way straight the Exit that will lead you into the main Arrivals area ‘Land Side’.

Once you have successfully reclaimed your luggage, you can then make your way to the exit and into the Arrivals area. The Arrivals area is where you will be greeted if you are being collected from the airport by friends or family. The main Arrivals area is also where you will be greeted if you have pre-booked in advance airport transfers to and from Madrid Barajas airport and also if you are travelling on a package deal where transfers are included. If you have pre-booked your transfer in advance or have transfers included with your travel package, your representative will meet you in the Arrivals area and guide you to your designated transport. It is always a good idea to confirm prior to your travel where you will be met by your representative, simply to avoid any confusion.

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Car Hire Companies Inside Madrid Airport Arrivals

There are several car hire companies that are located inside the Arrivals terminal and if you have pre-booked your car hire in advance (always recommended), then you will need to make your way to the appropriate car rental company desk. You will need to present all the required documents such as driving licence, booking form and voucher (if applicable) in order to complete your car rental. You will then be allocated your car and issued with the keys. The staff at the desk will then give you directions to where your car is parked.

Outside the main Arrivals terminal at Madrid Barajas Airport are several options of transport for passengers to choose from with regards to airport transfers. If you are unsure as to which form of transport will be the best suited for you, simply ask a member of staff at one of the Information desks that are located in the airport terminals and they will happily advise you of what is available and which one would suit you.

There are a number of options such a Taxi, Public bus and trains and each one of these varies in price. Obviously, it is your decision as to which one you choose but there are plenty of choices to suit all budgets.


Madrid Airport Departures And Procedures

Just like any other International airport, Madrid airport departures has set procedures and passengers flying from Barajas airport, are required to follow those procedures that are set in place.

Madrid Barajas airport has four terminals, T1, T2, T3 and T4. Each of the different airlines that service Barajas airport has been designated a terminal and passengers wishing to fly with any of these airlines, will need to make their way to the appropriate terminal that has been designated to the airline they are flying with.

If you are flying from Madrid Barajas, the terminal number from which you will be departing from should be indicated on your ticket. However, if this is not the case, you can simply check on one of the monitors that are located at the airport entrance, to find out which Terminal you require.

In each one of the Terminals, there are information boards that inform passengers which check-in desk number is assigned for each flight. It is advised to ensure you take note of this information and double check, simply because the check-in desk number for flights can change.


Check – In Procedures At Madrid Airport Departures

Upon arrival at your designated check-in desk, you will be required to present a valid passport and any other documentation required to fly, you will also be required to check-in any hold luggage (Please ensure you are familiar with your airlines baggage allowance, as each airlines policies vary). At the check-in desk, you will be issued with your boarding card and departure gate number,  you will need this boarding card to clear security and also to board the aircraft.

Many airlines now allow passengers to check-in online and if you choose to use this option, please ensure you have printed off your boarding card and have it with you before you leave for the airport. If you arrive at the airport without your boarding card, it will mean that the airline will need to issue you with a new one and this can be a very costly experience!

Once you have successfully checked-in to your flight, you will need to make your way to security, e you will be required to present the appropriate documentation and also place your hand luggage through a scanner. You yourself will also be required to pass through a security scanner.

Note: Please ensure you are familiar with the airport security allowance regarding hand luggage and liquids, as any excess will be confiscated.

Having cleared airport security, you will now be able to make your way to the main departures area, where you can enjoy browsing round the several shops and looking at the Duty Free. There are also many bars and restaurants offering a wide range food and drink, where you can sit and relax while you await your flight.

You will receive a boarding call over the airport tannoy system but it is always a good idea to keep checking the monitors!


Live updates on Departures from (MAD) Madrid Barajas Airport.

It is always a good idea to check Madrid airport departures, especially if you are traveling at peak times.  The airport can get very busy during these peak times and unfortunately, delays do occur.

Checking with the ;ive updates at the airport or via Apps, allows you to keep informed with all Madrid airport departures and ensures you will not be waiting at the airport any longer than you need to.

You can access the information by flight number, carrier, departure time and destination.


Flights To Madrid

Madrid Barajas Airport is the busiest airport in Spain and as result, has many airlines flying into the airport on a daily basis from countries around the world. There are many great deals to be found on flights to Madrid from the airlines that service Barajas and if you are wanting to visit Madrid for a short break, it makes this a very viable option. Many of the low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair now fly to Madrid Barajas airport and this makes flying into to Madrid much more accessible from a wider number of countries throughout Europe.

Madrid is ever growing in popularity and as a destination, is the perfect city for a short break or long stay holiday. As you can imagine, due to its popularity, there are many flights to Madrid on a regular basis from a large number of countries worldwide. The introduction of the many low budget airlines that now service Barajas airport, means there are some real bargains to be found.

There are many factors that determine the final price of your flight and supply and demand is one of those factors. Many of the low cost no thrills airlines offer a certain number of seats at really low prices and once those seats have been booked, the price genrally increases.

Generally, if you book in advance, you can normally find the best deals. Price will obviously increase during peak periods but if you are flexible on the dates and times you travel, you will be able to find a suitable flight for requirements.

Tip: If you find a flight and the price is one which you are happy with, book it! The chances are that if you leave it and then return to book it at a later late, the seat will have gone.


Finding The Best Deals On Flights To Madrid

The Internet has a large number of website offering cheap flights and  finding the best deals on can sometimes be a bit of a nightmare. Having to visit each website individually and then being required to type in your detail over and over again can become very tiresome and repetative. Using a flight comparison website that will search all the airlines in one go and return the result on the best deals, is a great option.

There are a large number of airlines that offer flights to Madrid from many airports around the world. Using the search facility on the following page, allows you to search all the airlines in one go and find the best deals for the date you require.

Cheap Flights To Madrid Barajas Airport

We hope this page helps you plan your flight and that by using the information, will help you find the best deal on flights to Madrid to suit your needs and requirements.Flights To Madrid


Find Hotels Close To Barajas Airport in Madrid

There are several hotels located close to Barajas Airport, that provide the ideal places to stay. If you are looking for a hotel near Barajas Airport, we have provided a hotel search map below.

5 Star Hotels Near Barajas Airport:

Although there are no 5 star hotels onsite at the airport or very close by, there are a few 5 star hotels within 5 miles of the airport.



Left Luggage Lockers At Madrid Airport

There are facilities available at Barajas airport that allow passengers to leave luggage at the airport. These luggage lockers are available at Terminals 1, 2 & 4 and can be hired on a daily basis. There are also lockers that are specifically designed for larger items such as bikes and surf boards.



Madrid Airport Transfers

Getting From Madrid Barajas Airport To Madrid

Due to the size of Madrid Barajas International Airport and how many passengers it has passing through it each year, the Ground Support at the airport is very good and very efficient. Transfers to and from Madrid Barajas Airport are very easy and operate at regular intervals throughout the day and night.  The local transport network provides a fantastic service and at a very affordable price which is great for passengers travelling alone from airport Barajas Madrid.  When you arrive at Barajas, you have a variety of transport options to choose from and these include The Madrid Metro, EMT local bus, Coach, Taxi or Car Hire.


Rent A Car Madrid Barajas Airport

One of the options for transfer to and from Barajas airport is car hire. This is a popular choice for passengers who are travelling throughout the region and are wanting to visit various towns and cities during their stay. However, if you are just wishing to visit the centre of Madrid, you will probably find it much easier to use the public transport or one of the shuttle services that are available from MAD airport madrid. Many major car hire companies operate from inside Barajas airport terminals and offer competitive prices.  To search and compare car hire and find the best deals, please click on the link:  Car Hire Baragas Airport


Madrid Metro

The Madrid Metro links the airport to the city and has a direct line from Madrid’s central station (Nuevos Ministerios) to the airport. The Madrid Metro provides a very efficient and cost effective transfer option for passengers, especially if you are travelling alone, in a small group or on a limited budget. There are many different ticket options you can purchase for the Metro and depending on how long you are visiting Madrid will obviously determine which ticket is the best one to buy.


Madrid Airport Bus

One of the cheapest options for transfer to and from Barajas Airport, is the Madrid airport bus. This new bus service is just like a taxi and will pick you up at the airport and then drop you off at your chosen hotel, anywhere in the city. It will then collect you from your hotel on the day of your departure and then drop you off at the airport in plenty of time for your check-in.

This new bus service that runs from Barajas airport, is becoming a very popular service with passengers landing at Barajas. The very fact that the bus service collects passengers from the airport and drops them off at their hotel and then collects them from their hotel is a major appeal in itself. However, the very fact that the service is cheap provides a wider appeal, especially for passengers traveling alone.

The Metro is also a cheap option for passengers want to reach Madrid from the airport but it means that passengers need to navigate their way to the Metro and then once in Madrid, need to find their hotel. The bus service eliminates these problems and means passengers need not worry about using public transport if they would prefer not to.


Madrid Airport Bus Times

The buses are scheduled to co-incide with the flight arrivals and departures at the airport and passengers will be collected from the airport by a member of the Terravision staff at the airport in terminals 1 & 4. Passengers will then be collected from their chosen hotel 2 to 3 hours prior to their departure time.

Booking your seat on the bus is very simple and all you will need to do is simply provide you flight details and chosen hotel at the time of booking and then Terravision will do the rest.

As I am sure you can appreciate, Barajas airport is a very busy airport and the Madrid airport bus service is in demand, especially at peak times. It is always a good idea to book your place in advance and you can find out more information and times of the bus by clicking on the link below: Airport Shuttle Bus Transfers

As well as the Madrid bus, there are several other transfer options available from Barajas.


Madrid Airport Express

The Madrid Airport Express, is a new bus service that connects passengers with Barajas airport and the city of Madrid itself.  It runs 24 hours a day all year round and leaves the airport every 15 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night. The journey takes around 40 minutes and is a cheap alternative, as it costs just 2 euros.  Once again, this is a great service for passengers travelling alone or on a tight budget. Tickets for the Madrid Airport Express can be purchased on the bus.

The bus services terminals 1, 2 & 4 and then there are only 3 stops on route which are o’Donnel – Cibeles – Atocha (Central Railway station).


EMT Bus From Madrid Airport

The EMT bus company provides a regular bus service from Madrid Barajas airport to the main bus station in Madrid ‘Avenida de América station’.  Bus number 200 picks passengers up and drops passengers off at each terminal in the airport.

The EMT bus company also provides a service that links to the central railway station in Madrid (Renfe’s Atocha Station).