Airport Guide: Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport

Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport is the new name of Madrid’s biggest airport, which was formerly known as Madrid Barajas Airport. The airport is the biggest airport in Spain and also the biggest European hub for flights to South America. Iberia uses the relatively modern airport as its central hub, but there are dozens of other airlines flying to Madrid as well!

As one of the biggest airports in Europa, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport makes up for a large percentage of all air traffic in Spain. The airport is the primary hub for the two biggest airlines in Spain.

Iberia A320

Iberia is the biggest carrier at Madrid Airport

Both, SkyTeam member Air Europa and oneworld carrier Iberia got a base at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport and operate regional and long haul flights from Madrid. Moreover, Ryanair plays an important role at Madrid’s primary airport.

Most important airlines at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport:

  • Iberia: several regional and long haul destinations
  • Air Europa: several regional and long haul destinations
  • Ryanair: several regional destinations

Shopping and dining at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport

As there are four terminals at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport, there is no real shopping and dining hub at the airport. By far the most options can be found at the airports biggest hub and Iberia’s main Terminal 4.

Madrid Barajas Airport

There’s plenty of shopping and dining at the airport

However, there are several bars and restaurants in all terminals, which means that there’s always a good place to grab a bite. The same is true for shopping. In this regard, Terminal 4 is a real heaven for everyone who’s looking out for luxury brands. Shops for normal goods can be found in all terminals at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport!

Sleeping at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport

While there are no dedicated sleeping facilities at the former Madrid Barajas Airport, passengers may spend the night in one of the terminals, where benches can be found. For a more comfortable sleep, it is definitely recommendable to get a hotel room for the night.

Gran Melia Fenix Madrid Premier Room

You might also spend the night in the city center

Due to the sheer size of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport, there are several options for every budget. While there is no luxury hotel near the airport, you can at least find a Marriott, a Hilton and a Melia property nearby. Moreover, there are several two and three star properties like the ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas, which is the hotel the closest to the airport.

Lounges at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport

As Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport is the main hub for Iberia, there are two lounges operated by the oneworld carrier. While the Iberia Dali Lounge is for Schengen flights, the Iberia Velazquez Lounge is for Non-Schengen flights. Besides these lounges, there are several lounges operated by AENA, the airport operator.

Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid

The Iberia Dali Lounge Madrid is a decent Schengen lounge

In Terminal 4 there’s the Amnios Lounge in the Non-Schengen area and La Revoltosa Lounge in the Schengen Area. At Terminal 3, passengers can find the Puerta del Sol Lounge. Passengers departing from Terminal 2 might use the Puerta de Alcalá Lounge, while the Cibeles Lounge is open to passengers departing from Terminal 1.

Lounges at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport:

  • Iberia Dali Lounge T4: OW FC, OW BC, OW EM, OW SA
  • Iberia Velazquez Lounge T4: OW FC, OW BC, OW EM, OW SA
  • Amnios Lounge T4: Several airlines, PP, $
  • Revoltosa Lounge T4: Several airlines, PP, $
  • Puerta del Sol Lounge T3: Several airlines, PP, $
  • Puerta de Alcalá Lounge T2: Several airlines, PP, $
  • Cibeles Lounge T1: Several airlines, PP, $

Transportation at Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport

As most metropolises in Spain, Madrid has a very good public transportation network. Passengers can get to the city center with three different means of public transportation. There are express buses called “Línea Exprés Aeropuerto”, which operate 24 hours a day and connect the train station Atocha with the airport. Moreover, metro line 8 has stops at all terminals of Adolfo Suárez Madrid Airport and connects the airport with the station Nuevos Ministerios in the North of the city center.

Madrid Barajas Airport

The railway connections to the city center are very good

Last but not least, there’s also a Carcanías Line connecting the airport with the city center. Taxis are an option for shorter rides as well, but as the public transportation is very well developed and fast, taxis are generally not faster, but way more expensive at the same time. For more information about transportation in Madrid, check out our transportation guide!


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