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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center by train, bus, taxi, car, shuttle or towncar

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Train

  1. Take the train from Aeropuerto T4 to Recoletos

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Line 203 bus

  1. Take the line 203 bus from Aeropuerto T4 to Cibeles

Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center

Shuttle

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Madrid Airport to Madrid City Center

Towncar

  1. Take a town car from Madrid Airport to Madrid City Center

Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center by train

The train journey time between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Madrid City Center is around 26 min and covers a distance of around 16 km. The fastest train normally takes 26 min. Operated by Renfe Cercanias, the Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center train service departs from Aeropuerto T4 and arrives in Recoletos. Typically 186 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
26 min
Fastest train time:
26 min
Train distance:
16 km
Trains per week:
186
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
0 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:02
Last train departs at:
22:01

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center train schedules

Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center is to drive, which costs €1 - €3 and takes 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center is to taxi which costs €30 - €40 and takes 19 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Aeropuerto T4 and arriving at Cibeles. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Aeropuerto T4 and arriving at Recoletos. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 27 min.

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The distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Madrid City Center is 12 km. The road distance is 17.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center without a car is to train which takes 27 min and costs .

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The train from Aeropuerto T4 to Recoletos takes 27 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center bus services, operated by Empresa Municipal de Transportes, depart from Aeropuerto T4 station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center train services, operated by Renfe Cercanias, depart from Aeropuerto T4 station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center is to train which takes 27 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 203 bus, which costs €1 - €6 and takes 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center.
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  • Distance: 12.3 km
  • Duration: 27 min

What companies run services between Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain and Madrid City Center, Spain?

Renfe Cercanias operates a train from Aeropuerto T4 to Recoletos hourly, and the journey takes 27 min. Alternatively, Empresa Municipal de Transportes operates a bus from Aeropuerto T4 to Cibeles every 5 minutes. Tickets cost €2 and the journey takes 55 min.

Train operators
Renfe Cercanias

This regional commuter train system (also known as Cercanías) connects Barcelona with Catalonia and the Barcelona metropolitan area, including popular destinations like Sitges and the Costa Brava. The network of routes mostly runs overground and connects to many Barcelona metro and bus stations. Trains run frequently, and tickets can be bought at station ticket machines on the day of travel. Two children per adult (up to 6 years) can travel for free. If you’re arriving or departing Barcelona on a domestic AVE or long-distance train, check your ticket for a 5-digit Combinado Cercanias code, which is redeemable for a free local ticket from the ticket machines.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 (0) 902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Aeropuerto T4 to Recoletos
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Renfe Cercanias
Bus operators
Empresa Municipal de Transportes
Other operators
Taxi from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center
Ave. Duration
19 min
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Taxi Reserva
Phone
+34 910 85 54 44
Website
taxireserva.es
Taxi Airport Madrid
Phone
+34 685 31 42 67
Website
taxiairportmadrid.com
Radio Taxi Madrid Aeropuerto
Phone
+34 911 76 00 81
Website
taxiaeropuertobarajas.com
Joinup
Phone
+34 915 33 14 64
Website
joinup.es
Jayride
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
On demand
Shuttle from Madrid Airport to Madrid City Center
Estimated price
€28
Towncar from Madrid Airport to Madrid City Center
Estimated price
€39

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center bus services, operated by Empresa Municipal de Transportes, arrive at Cibeles station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center train services, operated by Renfe Cercanias, arrive at Recoletos station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center is 17 km. It takes approximately 19 min to drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center.

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