Madrid Airport also known as Madrid Barajas Airport is Madrid’s main airport and a key European airport for international travel as the airport serves as a hub for flights to many South and Central American destinations. There are four terminals at the airport and it is one of the busiest airports in the world. With a vast number of flights going to Madrid for connection to onward destinations, plus business travel, plus the tourists travelling to explore Madrid and the surrounding areas, the airport catered for 45 million passengers in 2012 and has facilities to cater for up to 70 million people. The airport is located 13km from the centre of Madrid and it is well connected by road and rail.
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Car rental from Madrid Airport is a popular choice for those on business travel or looking to explore in and around Madrid. Car Booker recommends pre-booking your rental car to save money and time at the airport, as we compare all the car rental companies operating from there and get you the best price. The car rental desks in Madrid airport are located in Terminal 1 (arrivals level) and Terminal 4 (-1 level). You can choose from car rental offers from the following providers; Atesa, Avis, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Interrent, Sixt and Thrifty. Always check the pick up policy; some operate on site and others require a shuttle bus to get to your rental car – these are usually cheaper car rental offers.
There are a lot of options for getting to and from Madrid airport depending on where you want to get to, they have buses, shuttle buses, the metro and taxis. There are free inter terminal shuttle bus transfers with four routes operating 24 hours a day. Buses go from Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Nuevos Ministerios metro stop is main transport hub for Madrid International airport and you can access over 50 underground stations from this starting point. Line 8 goes to terminal 2 (first floor) and Terminal 4 (-1 floor). For onward train journeys, take the metro to the train station. Taxis leave from the arrivals level of each terminal and require an airport surcharge and a fee per kilometer.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and is famous for tapas, paella and flamenco as well as being a city steeped in history which can be clearly seen around the city; you should take a look at the Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor or walk along the Gran Via and Paseo de la Castellana. The most famous tourist destinations are the Royal Palace and the Prado. In a rental car why not explore more Castille Leon and head into north west Spain. There is a route which we would recommend you do in a week, you can drive to Segovia, Avila and up to Salamanca, Valladolid and Burgos and back through Sierra de la Demanda and Soria and home from Madrid again. Or just do day trips to Toledo, Valencia or Seville.