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How to get to the centre of Madrid from the airport

June 20, 2022

By train

Travelling to the centre of Madrid by train is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get there. Simply take the C1 Line: The ticket costs €2.60 plus 50 cents for the pre-paid card. It will arrive at Chamartín Station in about 12 minutes and from there you can change to lines C3 and C4 which will take you to Sol Station in about 20 minutes. Another alternative is to take Metro line 1 from Chamartín Station. Line C1 also stops at Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha, Méndez Álvaro and Príncipe Pío stations.

It should be noted, however, that this train only departs from terminal T4 from 6 am to 10:30 pm and runs every half hour.

Metro

The Metro is another great option for getting to the city centre. It runs from 6 am to 1:35 am every day of the year. You can buy a €2.50 transport card, and the ticket costs €4.50 (if you don't have a transport card, it will be €7). The normal Madrid metro fare is €1.50 or €2, but an airport surcharge applies. 

There are two stations to get from the airport to the city centre: One is at terminals T1, T2 and T3; the other at terminal T4. Depending on your destination, you can take Metro Line 8, which will drop you off at Nuevos Ministerios Station, or change at this station and take Line 10 direction Puerta del Sur and get off at Tribunal. Once you reach this stop, you can take Line 1 direction Valdecarros and get off at Sol or Gran Vía. 

Bus

If you prefer to go by bus, there are several options to get to the city centre, all of which cost €5 and take about 40 minutes. 

  • The Express Line connects the airport with Atocha or Cibeles 24 hours a day. The stops are Terminals T1, T2 and T4, O’Donnell, Cibeles, and Atocha.
  • Line 101 runs from terminals T1, T2 and T3 to Canillejas (where it connects to the Metro), and also runs along Hispanidad Avenue, Plaza del Mar, and America Avenue.
  • Line 200 runs from terminals T1, T2, T3 and T4 to America Avenue, where it connects with the Metro. 

Car or Taxi

If you prefer the comfort of private transport, you can also reach the centre of Madrid by car or taxi, which will take about half an hour. Taxis cost around €36, although the price may increase depending on the time and size of the vehicle. 

Remember that these routes are also useful if you are staying at Gran View Apartments, as our building is located on Gran Vía, in the very heart of Madrid. In addition, we are close to several train, bus, and Metro stops, and we have a parking service for our guests. If you would like to enjoy a holiday with all the comforts in the heart of the city, book your apartment with us now. We look forward to seeing you!

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