To get to the airport in Madrid, which train station should I go to?

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 20, 2016 15:05
    Hi Connie,

    The station at the Madrid Barajas Airport only services local commuter trains. The network of commuter trains is called 'Cercanías'. To get to the airport, you would take C-1 of Madrid's Cercanías network from the Madrid Atocha station's Cercanías branch. The Atocha station (also called 'Puerta de Atocha') is the main station in Madrid. The C-1 Cercanías trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride from Atocha to the airport only takes about 25 to 30 minutes. You would pay to take the Cercanías at the station before you board.

    In a city with more than one main rail station, such as Madrid (which has 2 main stations), the station a train arrives into depends on the particular region or direction it comes from. For example, trains coming from southern and eastern Spain will generally only arrive into the Atocha station, while trains from northern/norhwestern Spain generally only arrive into the Chamartin station (Madrid's other 'main' station). Therefore, it is generally the case that you would not be able to choose the station a train arrives into.

    You would purchase tickets from elsewhere in Spain to Madrid by entering the route on our homepage ( under 'Find Train Tickets'. Generally, trains in Spain can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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