Madrid is a very well connected city nationally and internationally by train, air and road. It is the center of the Spanish railway network, it has very good road network and the main international airport is just 8 miles (13 km) from the city center.
All flights, whether low-cost or standard carriers, fly into the main international airport in Madrid called Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport, which is extremely well connected and close to the city center.
Several airlines offer inexpensive and direct flights between the U.S. and Madrid, especially from New York City and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. A direct flight costs approximately $500 in off-season and $1,000 peak season.
These are the main carriers:
There are currently no airlines that fly directly from any part of Australia to Spain’s capital, but the main airlines like Emirates, British Airways and Qatar Airways offer several flights with just 1 or 2 stopovers.
There are several low-cost carriers that fly to Madrid from different cities in the United Kingdom, taking just a little over 2 hours. These are the main airlines and cities:
The AVE (Alta Velocidad Española) is a modern high-speed train in Spain, which connects Madrid with Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, Alicante, Cuenca, Albacete, Villena, Malaga, among other Spanish cities. AVE trains are very comfortable with short travel times and are normally punctual. Nevertheless, the tickets are a little expensive. If you want something a little cheaper, we recommend checking out Avant and Alvia tickets or Altaria.
To see the schedules and rates, check out AVE’s official website:
You can also get to Madrid by car from other parts of the peninsula or other European cities and towns. To plan your itinerary, we recommend Google Maps:
If you drive to Madrid and your hotel doesn’t have parking (or you prefer to find something cheaper), you can use Parclick, a website which helps you find and book cheaper parking space.