Airport location, terminals and transportation
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main one in Madrid. It is located 14 km away from the historic centre of the city. The airport was established in 1928. It was renamed in honour of Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez in 2014. The modern structure of the airport comprises 4 terminals and 4 runways. Terminal 4, which was opened in 2006, broke world records for square footage. The airport services more than 46 million people every year.
You can always get to the city from the airport by means of the Pink Line of underground number 8 (stations in Terminals 2 and 4), which runs to Terminal 4. The electric train (line C 1) goes through Terminal 4, 2 railway stations, the bus station and other stations. There are daily (route L203) and night (route N27) buses. Buses number 200 and 101 drive from Terminals 1, 2 and 4 to the city centre. Outside all the terminals (the arrival and departure area), you can order an official taxi or transfer. A shuttle service is available between all the terminals and the long-term parking lot. The two buildings of Terminal 4 are connected by the monorail.
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
In addition to public transport, there is a developed car rental infrastructure. The following car rental firms operate at the airport: Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, National, Sixt, and Goldcar. A regional vehicle hire company Cabify also provide its services here. The car rental offices are positioned next to the arrival areas in Terminals 1 and 4. The offices in Terminal 2 may be closed. The car rental facilities of Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Goldcar, and Cabify are found in Terminal 1, in the arrival hall, opposite the baggage claim area (zero level).
The car rental office of Europcar is placed at the first level of Terminal 1. Being in Terminal 4, you should go down to level -1 , where you can find the offices of the 6 well-known companies. The other 2 offices are at the zero level. The car rental office of Hertz is situated at the first level of Terminal 4, in the parking zone.
In order to lease a car you are required to present your international driver's license, which must comply with the category of the vehicle you want to rent. The other document you are obliged to provide must be your passport or identity card. Drivers under the age of 25 years will have to pay an additional charge.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
The parking system of the airport encompasses 7 short-term and long parking lots. The short-term parking lots include parking P1 (next to Terminal 1), parking garage P2 (it is connected with Terminals 2 and 3 by the passage), and parking P4. The long-stay parking lot is located some distance away from the terminals and is serviced by free shuttles. There are special dedicated places for express parking (not more than 30 minutes) in Terminals 1, 2, and 4. Each terminal has parking spaces inside of it and VIP car parks with an additional set of services.
The airport features several rooms in the VIP area for reward card holders. Other passengers can use hourly stay rooms in Terminal 4 of the airport (level -1). A number of hotels are nestled near MAD.
The following hotels provide free transfer to the airport and back for their guests: the Hotel Petit Palace, the Tryp Alameda, the Be Smart Madrid Diana, the Hotel Barajas Plaza, the Novotel Madrid Campo de las Naciones and others.