The Community of Madrid has a great transportation network which allows our visitors convenient access by road, plane or train, as well as for them to enjoy the best public transportation services in the world for inside journeys.
The Autonomous Region of Madrid's priviledged geographic location and especially that of its capital, in the center of the Iberian peninsula, linked to the Spanish road and railway networks radial structure, allows an excellent connection by land with other communities as well as with the countries that share the Spanish border.
Access by plane to Madrid is also excellent, Madrid's airport ,named Madrid-Barajas, being one of the five most important in Europe, after its recent enlargement.
Both the city of Madrid and its region's geographic location has allowed them to be excellently connected with the rest of the country, as both are in the center of the Iberian peninsula.
The Spanish road and railway network, being radial, has made it easy to connect them with the other Spanish cities as well as with the countries which share its border.
The excellent union among the numerous cities and villages that form the Autonomous Region of Madrid benefit from this.
Seven State highways link the city of Madrid to the rest of the important Spanish cities. In addition, the capital has a series of highways that makes the communication between the capital and many other cities inside the region easy.
The Autonomous Region of Madrid State Road Network
The basic structure of the Spanish road network is radial, centered in Madrid. Seven main highways exist:
- A-1 Madrid-Burgos-Irún
- A-2 Madrid-Barcelona- La Junquera
- A-3 Madrid-Valencia
- A-4 Madrid-Sevilla
- A-5 Madrid-Badajoz
- A-6 Madrid-A Coruña
When you come into the city of Madrid along any of the 6 above mentioned highways you will reach three succesive rings called M-50, M-40 and M-30 which will make your entrance easy. The M-30 is located inside the city so it is another option of moving within the city.
The Autonomous Region of Madrid's road network compliments the extraordinary state development from which our region benefits thanks to Madrid's traditional importance as capital of the state. Each and every town of Madrid is connected by local and regional roads, and these towns are also linked with the towns of other provinces that belong to other nearby communities.
The Autonomous Region of Madrid can be approached by plane by three different airports.
Two of these airports are used for regular passenger traffic; the first one is located in Barajas and the second is in Torrejón de Ardoz.
The third airport is located in the city of Madrid as is Barajas, its name being Cuatro Vientos-but it is not for passenger transportation. The region is perfectly connected to the main Spanish, European and World cities.
The Madrid-Barajas airport is the main airport in Spain and it is one of the five most important airports in Europe, each year transporting more than 40 million passengers and 336,000 tons of goods while carrying out 400,000 flights. It is thirteen kilometers from the Puerta del Sol, center of Madrid, toward the northeast. The most important airlines from the main countries of the World operate here.
- By road: along the main roads and beltways of the city of Madrid. Along the A-2 (Barcelona highway) taking the airport's exit at the kilometer 12 or along the M-40: exits 3 and 9 connected to the roads M-11 and M-14 respectively. These two roads lead you directly to the terminals.
- By bus: taking line number 101, Canillejas-Airport-Barajas or taking line number 200, Avenida de América- Airport (EMT red buses).
- The subway's line number 8, Nuevos Ministerios-Barajas, directly links the center of Madrid to the airport. In the Nuevos Ministerios station you can check-in to the flights belonging to the following airlines: Air Europa (except the flight to Buenos Aires), Iberia (except the flights from Madrid to Barcelona), Spanair, Alitalia and Pluna.
- The Spanish railway network (RENFE) does not reach the Madrid-Barajas airport, although the long distance railway stations, fast train stations (AVE) and short distance railway stations are easy to get to in a few minutes using the subway. Tel.: 91 305 83 43.
T4. The Madrid-Barajas airport has recently been enlarged, and in the month of February of 2006 a new terminal was inaugurated (T4). This new building as well as its satellite area (the T4S building) are real works of art. They are modern, functional and flexible, and in them natural light is a great protagonist. This new terminal has a capacity of 35 million passengers per year, and of more than 10,000 passenger at peak hour.
This new terminal has a modular design, it is pleasant and has a lot of sunlight. Designed under a global perspective to have a commercial and leisure offer for passengers, in it you may shop, enjoy good food or relax with a massage. One can do all of this in the two shopping centers inside the T4 and T4S buildings. The shops have been very well integrated to the restaurants and new leisure, health and beauty concepts have been included.
Access to T4: By road: two roads have been built to be able to get to the new air terminal; the M-12 (axis north-south) and the connection between the road M-14 and M-13 (axis east-west). These new access points connect directly with the new terminal's arrival and departure gates, and have seven lanes, three for arrivals and four for departures.
By bus: Line no. 201 from the subway station Barajas (T4) to Madrid, Line 204 from Avenida de América to (T4), Line 827 from Alcobendas and Tres Cantos to (T4) and Line 828 from Alcobendas to (T4).
Fast buses: These buses connect our four terminals, they are free, they go by every three minutes and they take just a few minutes to arrive at their destination.
The same virtues that apply to the quality of the Autonomous Region of Madrid's communication by road can be said about the other terrestrial (land) transportation, the railway.
The radial character of the Spanish railway network allowed the link, by rails, of Madrid's territory with the most important points within the Iberian peninsula. .
The recent technological advances, as well as the network's and engines's updating makes it even easier to move between the Autonomous region of Madrid and the rest of Spain.
AVE. High Speed Train
The city of Madrid is connected to ten Spanish cities by means of RENFE'S star product: high speed. There are six lines that are in service today: Five of them are considered AVE and the sixth is a TALGO train that links Madrid to Málaga. The AVE trains that are running today reach Sevilla, Lleida and Huesca, with stops in Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Córdoba, Guadalajara, Calatayud and Zaragoza with an excellent quality in their service.Tel.: 902 24 02 02
The Spanish National Railway Network (Renfe)
The state company RENFE renders service to travellers and goods all over Spain. Many existing railway lines allow the most diverse routs throughout the country. At the same time Portugal, France (our neighbours) and every E.U. country is connected to Madrid by train.Tel.: 902 24 02 02/902 24 34 02
|GETTING AROUND INSIDE THE REGION OF MADRID|
The best way to get around inside Madrid or its region is by means of public transportation. One of them is the short distance railway network (Renfe), which is very efficient .Using these kind of trains you can arrive quickly to the neighbouring autonomous regions of Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha.
Metro de Madrid is an essential transportation network for the city, it is fast, punctual, efficient and modern, it is our star offer. Some of our transportation means are not public, such as taxis, which offer the possibility of moving around quickly. If you are not in a hurry and want to see our city's charming sites, we recommend the use of our tour buses and our unique and only cable car.
Short distance trains
Renfe's short distance train service within the Autonomous Region of Madrid has many possibilities available to carry out interesting trips to the region's towns.Tel.: 902 24 02 02 | www.renfe.es
On Ocober the 17th 1919, King Alphonse XIII oficially inaugurated the first subway line, which was a very important means of transportation for the city of Madrid. This line linked the Puerta del Sol and Cuatro Caminos. Fourteen days after its inauguration the service was open to the public.
This suburban network is formed by twelve lines. These lines allow passengers to move around the city quickly and puctually, the trains run nonstop from six a.m. to two a.m.
Tel.: 902 444 403 | www.metromadrid.es
In the city of Madrid the regular bus service is run by the Empresa Minicipal de Transportes (EMT). It has one hundred and fifty regular lines that connect every street within Madrid, one of them takes you to the Barajas airport, it has more than twenty night lines, popularly called owls and eight lines that service the surroundings of some university campuses.Tel.: 91 406 88 00
Eventhough the largest localities in the region have their own taxi network, the ones used the most are the capital's taxis, white with a diagonal maroon line. They run around the city every day and it is easy to find them on the streets.Radio Taxi: 91 447 51 80/91 405 55 00
Taxis for disabled citizens: 91 547 86 00
Tele Taxi: 91 445 90 08