With five terminals, four runways and more than 50 million passengers a year, Madrid airport is the busiest airport in Spain and the second busiest in Europe in terms of physical size, behind Paris-Charles de Gaulle. It is located in Barajas, 14 kilometers northeast of downtown Madrid.
Originally the airport was named after the city of Barajas, but in March 2014, the airport changed its name to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport in honor of Spain’s first democratic president.



Madrid’s five terminals are located at two different sites. Terminals T1, T2 and T3 are located next to each other, about 5 kilometers south of T4 and T4S (a satellite terminal of T4). T4 and its satellite building opened in 2006 and are actually 2.5 kilometers apart, with a driverless subway train connecting the two in three minutes. Even if your flight lands or departs from T4S, you will have to go through T4 to check in and pick up your baggage. T4 at Barajas airport has 76 boarding gates and 48 additional gates at T4S.
T1, T2 and T3 are connected, so you can walk from one to the other and check-in counters are only in T1 and T2. The airport bus also stops at each of them, as well as at T4. It operates 24 hours a day and operates both routes: from T1 to T4 and from T4 to T1.


In terms of services, the airport has all the standards required of a large international airport. The airport offers a baggage service for up to 14 days. Rates are charged per piece of baggage for each time period. From 2 to 24 hours it will cost you 10 euros per baggage. They are located in terminals 1, 2 and 4, and each baggage office has its own hours of availability, so be sure to check beforehand.
There are many information rules for tourists, as well as ATMs and currency exchange stores in the vicinity. Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, is free to use and allows the user to register multiple devices, and you will also find work areas with ports for charging and desks for sitting. The airport also has a post office located in Terminal 1 with services such as printing and photocopying in case you need to resolve some last minute documents.
You will also find a number of interesting stores if you want to browse around or select a few things to take home. There are a variety of high-end designer stores as well as less expensive stores to shop at. If you are looking for last minute Spanish items, you can find them at El Market España or perhaps a good gift at one of the two Real Madrid stores.


Madrid airport has several VIP lounges for passengers waiting for their flight or in transit. These private rooms offer catering services as well as personalized information upon request. The access conditions are as follows:
1. Holders of airline business class tickets and associated club cards.
2. Any passenger with a Priority Pass.
3. Pay the entrance fee at the counter with debit or credit cards.
The maximum time of stay will be 4 hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight shown on the boarding pass of users accessing the VIP Lounges. In case of flight departure delays, this period will be extended for the duration of the corresponding delay.
These are the VIP lounges you will find in each of the 5 terminals: “Neptuno” (Terminal T4S), “Plaza Mayor” (Terminal T4), “Puerta Del Sol” (Terminal T3), “Puerta de Alcalá” (Terminal T2), “Cibeles” (Terminal T1).


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