Madrid’s Barajas airport lies 13km to the northeast of Madrid’s city limits. There is a fine transport system between the airport and the city. The opening of Terminal 4 established Madrid as one of the world’s most modern airports. The Terminal 4 building (T4) and its satellite (T4S) are superbly designed with maximum sunlight a key feature. It will be able to handle 35 million passengers a year, more than 10,000 during peak hours.
Terminal 4 has 39 aircraft stands adjacent to the terminal building made up of three large modules on six levels. The first block is for check-in, the second for security control and the third for boarding of domestic and Schengen country flights.
The Satellite Building (T4S) has been built to enable more efficient international boarding and disembarking operations in T4 and it has more than 26 aircraft stands with air-bridge access. It is located between the runways and its architectural style and cutting-edge design are identical to those of the new terminal.
The transport of passengers to and from the T4 and the T4S is conducted by means of an Automated Passenger Transport System. This system consists of a driverless train that covers the 2km distance between the two terminals in just 4 minutes. It operates 24 hours a day and it runs every 2 minutes during peak hours, making 30 second stops at each station. In 1 hour, it can transport up to 13,000 travellers.
Road Access to Terminal 4 at Madrid Airport
To access the Terminal 4 area by road the M-12 (North-South) motorway and the link between the M-14 and the M-13 (East-West) have been built. These access roads connect directly to the departures and arrivals areas of terminal 4.
Which Road Exit?
From the M-40:
Exit 9A access by way of the A-2 Airport (T1, T2, T3, T4)
From the A-2:
Exit 12 -> M14 (T1, T2, T3) -> M13 (T4)
Exit 8 -> Toll M-12 through the tunnel (T4)
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From the M-11:
End M-11 -> M-13 (T1, T2 and T3) -> M13 (T4)
M-11 Exit 7 -> Toll M-12 (T4)
From the M-40 North:
Exit 2A -> R2 -> M12 Airport
Exit 2B -> M11 Airport
Exit 3 -> M-12 (T1, T2, T3, T4)
Exit 17 -> M12 (T1, T2, T3, T4)
Madrid Airport Transfers
On arrival at Madrid airport there are several options for travelling into the city centre including private transfers, shuttle bus, taxi, underground and special airport bus. Take a look at our Madrid Airport Transfers page for full details.
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