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Madrid Barajas Airport

In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Madrid Barajas Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Madrid Barajas best place to sleep is in the departure area, upstairs, about 20 people here right now between checkin point nr.153 and 130. No seats but with a coat on the floor and the backpack as a pillow is quite confi! And best thing, Free WiFi :)-Мичаи on Facebook

Recent Review

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by Arletka
I got into habit of checking sleepinginairports.net before I go anywhere, but since Barajas is such a big airport (4 terminals, 500 gates) I assumed everything will be perfect. Oh, I was so wrong!
In Terminal 1 there are no seats (exactly 0), in Terminal 2 there are 5 benches: cold, metal, weird-seized (a bit big for 1 but not enough for 2).
The lady at the information desk, when I asked where all the facilities had gone, proudly announced that they were open 24 hours. I guess that was it...
My friend was sleeping on the floor and she was woken up by security guards. We still don't know what they wanted :/
There was announcement repeating every 20minutes or so in Spanish and English: 'Please help us protect you. Do not leave your baggage unattended' and the cleaner kept cleaning the same piece of floor for about 4 hours that I spent there.

Pros? In Terminal 1 there is an 24hour cafeteria with hard single seats and the airside has actual seats.

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Madrid Barajas Airport Guide

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Madrid Barajas airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Amnios Lounge - Location: Terminal 4 Satellite, Airside, P2, non-Schengen flights. Showers are available ($). Hours: 6am - 12am (except Tues and Fri) • 430am - 12am (Tues & Fri). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25+VAT) • Priority Pass.
  • La Revoltosa - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, 1st Floor, Schengen flights. Hours: 530am - 1030pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25+VAT) • Priority Pass.
  • Sala VIP Cibeles - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, P2, non-Schengen flights, between Gates B26 and 29. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€20.67) • Priority Pass.
  • Sala Puerta de Alcala - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, P2, domestic and Schengen flights, near Gate D62. Hours: 5am - 11pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€20.67) • Priority Pass.
  • Sala Puerta del Sol - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, P2, domestic & Schengen flights, near Gate E69. Hours: 430am - 11pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€20.67) • Priority Pass.
  • Premium Lounge - Location: Terminal 4, Floor 0, Arrivals Hall. Hours: 7am - 11pm.
  • Dali VIP Lounge (Iberia) - Location: Terminal 4, P2
  • Goya VIP Lounge (Iberia) - Location: Terminal 4Satellite, P0
  • Velázquez VIP lounge (Iberia) - Location: Terminal 4, Satellite, P1
  • Madrid VIP Lounge (Spanair) - Location: Terminal 2, P1
  • Business Centre - Location: Terminal 4, floor 2, landside. Hours: 8am - 10pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25.00).

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Airport WiFi / Internet

  • Free WiFi is available at Madrid Barajas Airport for 15 minutes.
  • There are 99 Internet access points located throughout the Terminals. Some of these have printers and free mobile chargers.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the Madrid Barajas Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport....

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Madrid Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Available landside and airside in Terminals 1, 2 and 4.
  • Luggage Trolleys - Available, but it is unknown whether they are free.
  • Business Centre - Location: Terminal 4, P2. Hours: 8am-8pm
  • Car Rentals - Avis • Europcar • Hertz • Enterprise • Sixt. Locations: Car Rental counters are located in Terminal 1 and 4
  • Chapel - There are 3 locations: Terminal 1, P2 / Terminal 2, P1 / Terminal 4, P2.
  • Children's Play Areas - There is a playground located in Terminal 2 on Floor 2, Boarding Area D.
  • Currency Exchange - There are 3 currency exchange companies at Barajas. A few of them have 24-hour locations: American Express (Terminal 4, Satellite, Floor 1, Boarding Area and Terminal 4, Floor 2, Check-In Area) • Exact Change (Terminal 1, Floor 0, Baggage Claim and Terminal 1, Floor 1, Boarding Areas C) • Global Exchange (Terminal 1, Floor 0, Baggage Claim )
  • Food & Drinks - There are many food concessions available throughout the terminals. Below there are only two 24-hour food options:
    »Terminal 1 - Food Gallery (landside, floor 1)
    »Terminal 4 - McDonalds (landside, floor 2)
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Locations: Terminal 1, P0, Landscaped Area in front of Hall 2 • Terminal 2, P1, Access Corridor to Underground and P2 car park • and Terminal 4, P0, Arrivals Hall. Rates: from €5.80 (large and small locker) per day. Hours: open 24 hours
  • Medical Service - Locations: Terminal 4, Floor 0, Arrivals Hall (open 24 hours) • Terminal 4 Satellite, Floor 0, Boarding Area M • Terminal 2, Floor 0, Arrivals Hall.
  • Mosque - Location: before security in Terminal 1, P2 • Terminal 4/P2.
  • Playground - Location: Terminal 2, P1, Boarding Area D
  • Showers - Information not available

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Airport Hours

open 24 hours

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Last Updated: 11 January 2014

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