Madrid Barajas Airport Guide
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
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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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.
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: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25+VAT) • Priority Pass.
- La Revoltosa - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, 1st Floor, Schengen flights. Hours: 5:00AM - 11:00PM. 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: 5:00AM - 11:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€20.67) • Priority Pass.
- Business Centre - Location: Terminal 4, floor 2, landside. Hours: 8am - 10pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25.00).
Free WiFi is available at Madrid Barajas Airport for 15 minutes. After this limit, you can purchase additional time from €5.00 (30 minutes) - €15.00 (24 hours). Additionally, there are 99 Internet access points located throughout the Terminals. Some of these have printers and free mobile chargers.
If sleeping in Madrid Barajas Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels inside and near the airport:
- Air Rooms - There are 22 rooms located inside Terminal 4 on Floor 1 (landside). Rooms can be booked for day use (3-6 hours) between the hours 10:00AM - 6:00PM or overnight. Showers are available. A shower kit consisting of a towel, gel and and slippers are provided.
- Ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas - (2 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle.
- TRYP Madrid Alameda Aeropuerto Hotel - (2 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs 24-hr all year round. There is a sign posted outside of each terminal that says “BUSES HOTEL”. This hotel shares an airport shuttle with Melia Barajas Hotel. Call 917 477 700 for airport pick-up on demand.
- Melia Barajas - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs 24-hr all year round. There is a sign posted outside of each terminal that says “BUSES HOTEL”. This hotel shares an airport shuttle with TRYP Madrid Alameda Aeropuerto Hotel. Call 917 477 700 for airport pick-up on demand.
- Clement Barajas Hotel - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle departs hourly on the hour and stops outside of Arrivals at Terminals 1, 2, and 4. This hotel shares a shuttle bus with taCH Hotel. Shuttle does not run from 1am to 4am.
- taCH Hotel - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle departs hourly on the hour and stops outside of Arrivals at Terminals 1, 2, and 4. This hotel shares a shuttle bus with Clement Barajas Hotel. Shuttle does not run from 1am to 4am.
- Best Western Hotel Villa de Barajas - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle from 6am to Midnight. Call hotel directly upon arrival to request airport pick-up.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Madrid Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Available landside and airside in Terminals 1, 2 and 4.
- Baggage Trolleys - Available, but it is unknown whether they are free.
- Business Centre - Location: Terminal 4, P2. Hours: 8am-8pm
- 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, Floor 1, Boarding Area D. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM.
- Currency Exchange - There are 3 currency exchange companies at Barajas. A few of them have 24-hour locations: Exact Change (Terminal 1, Floor 0, Baggage Claim • 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 are the concessions that are open 24-hours:
»Terminal 1 - Maho (Landside, Floor 0) • Food Gallery (landside, floor 1)
»Terminal 4 - McDonalds (Landside, Floor 2) • McDonalds (Airside, Floor 1, Gate J) • Mahou (Landside, Floor 0) • Starbucks (Airside, Floor 1, Gate S)
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - There are two left luggage offices. Locations: Terminal 1, Floor 0, Landscaped Area in front of Hall 2 • Terminal 4, Floor 0, Arrivals Hall. Rates: from €6.00 (0-2 hours) to €10.00 (full day). Long term rates up to two weeks are available. 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.
- Pharmacy - There are 3 pharmacies. Locations: Terminal 1, P0 • Terminal 2, P2 • Terminal 4, P2.
- Playground - Location: Terminal 2, P1, Boarding Area D
- Showers - Showers are available in the Air Rooms [ see Airport Hotels above ]. Location: Terminal 4, Floor 1. Rate: 40.00 € includes a 30 minute shower and access to the VIP Lounge (Free WiFi and Free Breakfast or snacks).
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Metro line 8 runs from all the airport terminals to Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid. Estimated travel time: 12-15 minutes to Nuevos Ministerios. Hours of operation: 6:05AM - 1:30AM.
Fares: Single ticket for Metro zone A + airport supplement: €4.50 - €5. This ticket lets you travel between the Airport T1-T2-T3 or Airport T4 stations and any Metro or ML1 station in Zone A (minimum fare of €4.50 up to 5 stops; €0.10 for each additional stop, up to a maximum of €5 for journeys over 9 stops).
Combined single ticket + airport supplement: €6. This ticket lets you travel between Airport T1-T2-T3 or Airport T4 stations and any Zone A, Metro Sur, Metro Norte, Metro Este or TFM station.
Several bus lines run from the airport to central Madrid, nearby towns and large cities in the rest of Spain. Estimated travel time: 40 minutes from Atocha-Renfe.
Línea Exprés (line 23): Atocha railway station - Airport
Línea Exprés (the express bus) runs from the Atocha-RENFE transport hub in Madrid city centre to the airport in 40 minutes. Stops at Terminals 1, 2 and 4.
Fare: A single ticket costs €5. You can buy tickets (cash only) on board the bus. Change will be given for notes of under €20. Frequency: The bus departs every 15-20 mins during the day and every 35 minutes at night.
Route 200: Avenida de América-Airport
City bus route 200 departs from terminals T1, T2, T3 and T4 to the Avenida de América Transport Hub, where there are connections to several city and intercity bus routes and the Madrid Metro system.
A suburban train line connects Terminal T4 with several locations in Madrid: Chamartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha and Principe Pío. Estimated travel time: 11 minutes from Chamartin.
Suburban (local) trains
Line C1 of Renfe Cercanías runs from terminal T4 to the city centre. You can buy tickets at the ticket counters and machines at train stations.
Single ticket: €2.60. Valid for one journey in the two hours after it is issued.
Return ticket: €5.20. The outbound journey must be made in the two hours after the ticket is issued, and the return can be used at any time the next day.
Bonotren: a pass for 10 one-way journeys, valid for one month. This can be used by more than one traveller at the same time, as long as they all begin and end their journeys together.
Monthly travel pass: valid for two journeys a day during one month.
All terminals have taxi ranks outside the arrivals area. Official taxis are white with a red stripe and the coat-of-arms of Madrid City Council on the doors.
The following car rental companies are available at Barajas Airport: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Enterprise • Sixt. Locations: Car Rental counters are located in Terminal 1 (Floor 0) and Terminal 4 (Floor -1). You can compare car rental rates on the Auto Europe web site.
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Last Updated: 10 April 2015
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