The best way to get from the airport to the "warm and welcoming" Spanish capital, is to make use of a Madrid Airport Taxi.
The Spanish capital is strategically located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula and is home to some 3.5 million inhabitants. When the entire metropolitan area is included, Madrid ranks as the third largest city in Europe. The Spanish capital is the nerve centre of the entire country both economically and culturally as well as when it comes to sports and tourism. The city welcomes millions of visitors every year, in fact Barajas airport is constantly filled with young travellers, business people and those who are just curious to learn more about Spain's capital city. Madrid, with its vast squares combined with futuristic centres of technology, encapsulates everything you would expect of a city that has been the captial of a former world empire. You just need to think about the fact that nearly half the world's population speaks Spanish as part of the legacy of Spain's colonial policies that were implemented in the 16th century. Full of history, Madrid embraces tourists of every kind, enabling them to participate in all the city's historic and cultural variety.
What to see in Madrid
Amongst the most unmissable attractions in Madrid, we would highlight the following:
- The Royal Palace, which was built in in the 1700's and was nicknamed "The Oriental Palace", is still one of the residences of the Spanish royal house of Bourbon.
- The Prado Museum, is one of the most important in the world offering visitors an invaluable collection of art works, amongst which are those by Goya, El Greco and Rubens.
- The Puerta del Sol, is one of the most important squares in the capital which is where the New Year's Eve celebrations take place.
The most common point of entry in order to reach the heart of the Iberian Peninsula is the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, the largest and busiest in Spain which is located just 14 km north-east of the city centre. In 2017 alone, the airport handled in excess of 53 million passengers. In addition to this, there is also the Barcelona - Madrid service (which is also referred to as the shuttle service) a route that operates the largest number of flights per week and the airport's 4 immense terminals makes this the the largest airport in the world in terms of square metres covered. As well as the 4 Terminals already referred to, there is also an "Executive" Terminal from which private and state aircraft arrive and depart.
There are numerous services provided at the airport including free Wi-Fi access throughout the Terminal buildings, ATM machines, a luggage store, various lounges, a Fast Track service which means avoiding the queues at security control, a wide range of shops and a children's play area.
Distances between Barajas and some of the main places of interest
- Barajas Airport - The Royal Palace: to reach the Royal Palace, you need to take the M-30 as this is the route with the least traffic. The distance between the two places is around 24 km and the average journey time by car is about 25 minutes;
- Barajas Airport - The Prado Musuem: to cover a distance of just 17 km will take around 20 minutes;
- Barajas Airport - Puerta del Sol: in order to reach this very central square, 30 minutes should suffice. The distance is around 16 km and the recommended route is via the M-14.
Indicative Madrid Airport Taxi prices
|Taxi Prices||1-3 passengers||4-8 passengers|
|From Barajas to the Royal Palace||from €36.00||from €43.00|
|From Barajas to the Prado Museum||from €37.00||from €44.00|
|From Barajas to the Puerta del Sol||from €38.00||from €45.00|
There are various transport options for getting around different areas of the city. In general, for those who wish to have a complete over-view of the Madrid public transport systems, all the information can be found on the official website. You can also choose to download and print our free Madrid Transports Guide in pdf format.
The Metro system in Madrid is undoubtedly a convenient and fast way of getting around the city. It covers more than 300 stations and works pretty much all the time, every day from 06:00 in the morning until 01:30 at night. On the other hand, in view of its size, (it covers an area of 297 km), it is not always easy to get your bearings, particularly for those who are visiting the city for the first time.
Using the city buses is certainly a viable alternative for getting around Madrid. The buses operate from 06:00 in the morning to 23:30 at night whilst the Night Buses, which are called “búhos”, (which means owl in English) all depart from Plaza Cibeles and are identifiable by the letter "N."
Despite their exceptional efficiency, the downside of using the buses, either during the day or at night, is that they don't stop at a passenger's exact destination which means that it can sometimes be necessary to take different modes of transport depending on where your accommodation is located.
A large number of visitors prefer travelling around the city by taxi. For those who wish to use a taxi in Madrid, it is worth knowing that the public taxis are white with a red stripe along the doors along with the city's emblem and their licence number. However, in Madrid, as is the case in many other large cities across the world, some of the taxi drivers can be quite unhelpful and do not always have a valid licence.
Taxileader.net service at Madrid Airport
Despite the city being highly rated for good value, providing a secure public transport service, the efficiency of its Metro and buses or taxis, this is not always enough to satisfy the vast number of people who pour through the gates of Barajas Airport on a daily basis. And this is where, sometimes, we find ourselves unable to actually get a taxi or jump on to one of the carriages on the metro without running the risk of getting pushed off because of over-crowding.
Sharing a taxi with strangers, lugging heavy suitcases whilst trying to comfort a crying child is certainly not the ideal way to start a happy and carefree holiday in the splendid city of Madrid. For this reason, Taxileader.net has designed a unique service which will take care of all these problems: the service covering a Taxi from Madrid Airport to the city centre. This, thanks to the simple booking form, provides those who choose this option the opportunity to specify what type of vehicle they require, the capacity and any additional extras. In addition to this, all the drivers await their passengers inside the arrivals hall at the airport, making themselves known by holding up a sign with the client's name clearly shown. The driver will also assist the client(s) with their luggage and will drive them straight to their chosen accommodation.
Why you should choose Taxileader.net
Booking a transfer service with Taxileader.net has several advantages: our service is actually economical, fast, exclusive, direct and comfortable.
You will have full access to our Customer Service Team who speak several different languages, and for those who are travelling with children, you will also be able to book a child's seat without charge, (this is subject to availability).
Not only will you be saving money but also your precious time which you will be able to dedicate to visiting some of the most beautiful places in the Spanish capital instead of waiting for public transport. Additionally, it is not necessary to pay the full amount at the time of making your booking, just a small deposit and the balance will be payable to the driver in cash. And as if this weren't enough, the price which has been agreed at the time of making your advance booking will not increase, i.e., as a result of delays or for any other reason. Choosing the transfer service from Madrid Airport with Taxileader.net means being able to dedicate more time to what you want to do on your long awaited trip.