TRAVEL TO AND IN MADRID
Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport is one of the main airports in Spain. In terms of infrastructure, equipment, resources and air traffic, it is the most important air hub in Spain and the fourth in Europe.
It is just 13 km away from the city, and access to it by public transportation is one of the quickest and easiest to use in the world: besides bus or taxi, travellers may take the Metro, offering easy and frequent connections to the city centre.
A taxi ride from the airport to the congress venue (IFEMA) takes about 10 minutes and costs around 20 euros.
Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport serves over 166 destinations and is the main European air hub for Latin America. Major airlines, including low cost airlines, are operating from and to this airport.
Since the inauguration of the new terminal in 2006, its capacity increased to 70 million passengers a year. The new terminal building was designed by Richard Rodgers and Lamela and it has received the Stirling Architecture Award.
Getting around in Madrid
Currently, there are twelve metro lines and three Metro Ligero (tramway) lines. The metro line number 8 or pink line (Nuevos Ministerios – Airport T4) connects the city to the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport in approximately 12 minutes and to Madrid’s Trade Fair grounds (IFEMA).
The metro stop at IFEMA is called "Campos de las Naciones", located at the South Entrance of the IFEMA.
Madrid has an extensive city bus network, run by the company Empresa Municipal de Transporte (EMT), which covers the whole city. All the vehicles are air-conditioned and equipped with WiFi. Madrid’s buses have special facilities for disabled access. Although main streets have dedicated bus lanes, buses can be slow during rush hour.
Line number 112 running from Mar de cristal to Barrio aeropuerto stops at the IFEMA. Get out at "Partenon - Campo de la Naciones".
Taxis in Madrid are white with a diagonal red band on their front door bearing the emblem of the city. They have a green light that is on when they are free. To hail a taxi all you need to do is raise your hand.
There are also several taxi ranks around the city, indicated by a blue sign with a white letter ‘T’. Taxis must be taken from the corresponding ranks at railway and bus stations and at the airport. Throughout the rest of the city they can be easily stopped on the street.
With over 15600 taxis in Madrid, finding a free one on any of the city’s main streets is rarely difficult. Journeys are usually paid for in cash although more and more taxis accept credit cards.
Prices are quite reasonable, considering that a one-way trip from the city centre to the airport costs around 20-25 euros.