Transport Options in Madrid


Madrid–Barajas Airport is Spain’s busiest airport, and is the main hub of Iberia Airlines. It serves as the main gateway to Spain from Europe, America and the rest of the world. Current passenger volumes range upwards of 49.8 million passengers per year, making it the country’s largest and busiest airport.

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The airport located within the city limits of Madrid, at 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city’s financial district and 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s historic centre. The airport name derives from the adjacent district of Barajas, which has its own metro station on the same rail line serving the airport.

Visit the Aena website HERE for more information.


There are several RENFE train stations in Madrid including a stop at the airport for easy transfers to and from the city. The main rail terminals are Atocha in the south and Chamartínin the north.

RENFE operates the vast majority of Spain’s railways. Cercanías Madrid is the commuter rail service that serves Madrid and its metropolitan area. It is operated by Cercanías Renfe, the commuter rail division of Renfe.

Look at the RENFE website HERE.

There is also a high speed AVE train service from Madrid which can take you  to major cities such as Barcelona, Malaga and Seville. You can find more information about that on the RENFE website.

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The Metro in Madrid serves over five million people and is one of the biggest and fastest growing in the world. It is now the second largest metro system in Western Europe, second only to London’s Underground. It is open daily from 6am to 1:30am.

For more information see HERE.


The bus service in Madrid is run by the Madrid’s Municipal Transport Corporation (Empresa Municipal de Transportes, or EMT).

To date in 2013, 426 million passengers were transported, marking a 31% increase over the last eight years. These routes are serviced by a growing fleet of over 3,000 vehicles, while the network as a whole is undergoing a continuous improvement process with a view to attaining the utmost standards of speed, quality and sustainability.



Madrid is the most important hub of Spain’s motorway network and is surrounded by four orbital motorways: M30,M40, M45 and M50. M30 circles the central districts and is the inner ring motorway of Madrid. Significant portions ofM30 runs underground and its urban motorway tunnels have sections of more than 6 km (3.73 mi) in length and 3 to 6 lanes in each direction, between the south entry of the Avenida de Portugal tunnel and the north exit of the M-30 south by-pass there are close to 10 km (6.21 mi) of continuous tunnels. M40 is a ring motorway which borders Madrid at a mean distance of 10.07 kilometres (6.26 mi) and it has a total length of 63.3 km (39.33 mi). M45 is a partial ring around the city serving the metropolitan area of Madrid.