Get to Madrid
Both, the city of Madrid and its region’s geographic location, are excellently connected with the rest of the country. The Spanish road and railway network, being radial, has made it easy to connect them with the other Spanish cities as well as with the countries which share its border. Seven National highways link the city of Madrid to the rest of the most important Spanish cities. In addition, the capital has a series of highways that makes easy the communication between the capital and many other cities inside the region.
The basic structure of the Spanish road network is radial, centred in Madrid. There are seven principal highways:
- A-1 – Madrid-Burgos-Irún
- A-2 – Madrid-Barcelona- La Junquera
- A-3 – Madrid-Valencia
- A-4 – Madrid-Sevilla
- A-5 – Madrid-Badajoz
- A-6 – Madrid-A Coruña
When you come into the city of Madrid through any of the 7 above mentioned highways, you will reach three successive rings, called M-50, M-40 and M-30 which will make easier your entrance into the capital. The M-30 is located inside the city so it is another option of moving within the city.
The Autonomous Region of Madrid’s road network compliments the extraordinary state development from which our region benefits thanks to Madrid’s traditional importance as capital of the state.
Each and every town of Madrid is connected by local and regional roads, and these towns are also linked with the towns of other provinces that belong to other nearby communities.
Access by plane to Madrid is also excellent, Madrid’s airport, named Madrid-Barajas being one of the five most important in Europe, after its recent enlargement. The Madrid-Barajas airport is the main airport in Spain and it is one of the five most important airports in Europe, each year transporting more than 50 million passengers and 300,000 tons of goods while it is carrying out 400,000 flights. It is thirteen kilometres from the Puerta del Sol, centre of Madrid, toward the northeast. The most important airlines from the main countries of the world operate here.
Airport Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport
Access by road
along the main roads and beltways of the city of Madrid. Along the A-1 (Madrid-Burgos highway) A-2 (Barcelona highway) taking the airport’s exit at the kilometer 12 or along the M-40: exits 3 and 9 connected to the roads M-11 and M-14 respectively. These two roads take you directly to the terminals.
you can get the Express Line Barajas Airport, a service that guarantees the connection between the airport and the capital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The ticket price is only 2 euro, constituting the lowest fare of the major European capitals which have a similar service. In about 40 minutes you can go from Atocha Renfe to T4, through the Plaza de Cibeles, O’Donnell, T1 and T2, with a frequency of 15 minutes during the day and 35 at night (23 to 6 hours). At night time, service ends at the Plaza de Cibeles, where you can connect to all network buses EMT night (owls). Besides taking line number 101, Canillejas-Airport-Barajas or taking line number 200, Avenida de América- Airport (EMT red buses), the line number 822 from Coslada or the line number 824 from Torrejón de Ardoz.
Besides the taxi’s tariffs are less expensive than in the rest of Europe, so if you go from the airport to Madrid by taxi you could spend around 25 euro, while for the same route you could spend 40 euro in Rome or till 50 euro in Paris.
The subway’s line number 8
Nuevos Ministerios-Barajas, directly links the centre of Madrid to the airport. The service costs 2 euro, included the airport supplement. The Spanish railway network (RENFE) does not reach the Madrid-Barajas airport, although the long distance railway stations, fast train stations (AVE) and short distance railway stations are easy to get to in a few minutes using the subway.
The T4, an avant-garde terminal
The Madrid-Barajas airport has recently been enlarged, and in the month of February of 2006 a new terminal was inaugurated (T4). These new buildings as well as its satellite area (the T4S building) are real works of art. They are modern, functional and flexible, and in them, natural light is the great protagonist. This new terminal has a capacity of 35 million passengers per year, and more than 10,000 passengers at peak hour. This new terminal has a modular design, it is pleasant and has a lot of sunlight. Designed under a global perspective to have a commercial and leisure offer for passengers, in it you can do some shopping, enjoy good food or relax with a massage. You can do all of this in the two shopping centres inside the T4 and T4S buildings. The shops have been very well integrated to the restaurants and new leisure, health and beauty concepts have been included.
Access to T4 by road
two roads have been built to be able to get to the new air terminal; the M-12 (axis north-south) and the connection between the road M-14 and M-13 (axis east-west). These new access points connect directly with the new terminal’s arrival and departure gates, and have seven lanes, three for arrivals and four for departures. You can get to the airport also by car through the R-2, the toll road between Guadalajara and the M-40, taking the gate 3, directed to M12.
Line no. 201 from the subway station Barajas (T4) to Madrid, Line 204 from Avenida de América to (T4), Line 827 from Alcobendas and Tres Cantos to (T4) and Line 828 from Alcobendas to (T4).
The radial character of the Spanish railway network enables the link, by train, of Madrid’s territory with the most important points within the Iberian Peninsula. The recent technological advances, as well as the network’s and engines’s updating, makes it even easier to move between the Autonomous region of Madrid and the rest of Spain. The city of Madrid is connected with eleven Spanish cities by Renfe’s star products: the high speed trains (AVE). There are seven lines that are in service nowadays: the AVE trains that are running today reach Valladolid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Málaga, Lleida, Valencia and Huesca, with stops in Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Córdoba, Guadalajara, Calatayud and Zaragoza with an excellent quality in their services. The state company RENFE renders service to travellers and goods all over Spain. A lot of existing railway lines offer the most diverse routes throughout the country. At the same time, Portugal, France (our neighbours) and every E.U. country is connected to Madrid by train.
Madrid-Chamartín railway station
Madrid-Puerta de Atocha railway station