Stuck on a Madrid layover at the Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD)? Madrid Barajas airport is Spain’s busiest airport, with over 40 million passengers passing through each year. The airport is located roughly 8 miles from central Madrid, which makes it an accessible destination if you have a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you are able to leave the airport on your Madrid layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Madrid layover, the airport offers a few things to do to help you spend your stopover. There’s some shopping that you can check out in the various terminals, including a cigar outlet, and a variety of cafes and bars. The airport lists the shops here, grouped by terminal. There are also business facilities, airline lounges, and if necessary medical services.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your Madrid layover, there are a number of hotels in the area for varying price points. For a comprehensive list of Madrid hotels, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re looking to explore Madrid during your layover, you can leave luggage for short term in lockers at terminal 4, 2 and 1. You can click here on the airport site for more information (on the bottom of the page, under “Left Luggage.”)
Taxis are a great option in Madrid, especially for those tight on time and may not be familiar with the public transportation system in Madrid. Travel time by taxi to the center of Madrid is under 30 minutes, but of course depends on traffic. The Madrid Metro system is also a great option and covers almost the entire city. Trains run from the airport between 6:00am and 1:45am. The Airport metro stop is in Terminal 2, on the lower floor. You can find a metro map here.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Madrid Layover:
There’s a multitude of tours you can take around Madrid, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. Tours include bus and walking tours, cultural and historic tours, food tours, night tours and much more. For a list of tours you can take from Madrid, or into the surrounding areas, click here.
Puerta Del Sol
Puerta del Sol is a great place to check out the bustle of Madrid, and to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat. This plaza is the junction of eight street, and at night, the plaza lights up and comes to life. The Metro station Sol is underneath the square.
Plaza Mayor is Madrid’s main square and is lined by impressive buildings and outdoor cafes. Plaza Mayor is only a few blocks away from Puerta Del Sol. It is a fun place to grab a bite to eat and watch the people walk by. Nearest Metro stops are Metro Sol and Opera.
The Prado features one of the world’s best collections of 12th to 19th century European art. It contains over 1,300 paintings as well as thousands of drawings, prints, coins and medals. You can take a taxi, or by Metro (Banco de Espana stop on the Red Line, L2)
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is an impressive building where the King and the Queen meet with foreign diplomats. It is usually open every day of the week except on occasion, for functions. The closest Metro station is Opera.
Bullfighting – Plaza de Toros “Las Ventas”
Plaza de Toros “Las Ventas” seats 50,000 people and is the most popular bullring in Spain. The bullfighting season starts in March and ends in December and bullfights are held every Sunday or holiday during the season. Bullfights start at 6 or 7 p.m. and last for two to three hours.
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