Jan 15, 2011

3 Click Car Hire - Rent a Car Services in Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) Spain

Madrid-Barajas Airport Information

Madrid-Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD) is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. It is the country's largest and busiest airport, the world's 11th busiest airport (2008) and Europe's fourth. It opened in 1928, and has grown to be one of the most important aviation centres of Europe. Located within the city limits of Madrid, just 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city's financial district and 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid's historic centre. The airport name derives from the adjacent district of Barajas, which has its own metro station on the same rail line serving the airport.

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are adjacent terminals that are home to SkyTeam and Star Alliance airlines, as well as Air Europa.

Terminal 4 is one of the world's largest airport terminals in terms of area, with 760,000 square meters (8,180,572 square feet) in separate landside and airside structures. It consists of a main building, T4 (470,000 m?), and a satellite building, T4S (290,000 m?), which are approximately 2.5 km apart. Terminal 4 is home to Iberia Airlines, its franchise Air Nostrum and all Oneworld partner airlines.

Gate numbers are continuous in terminals 1, 2 and 3 (A1 to E89), but are separately numbered in terminal 4.

Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) is served by taxi, Metro and bus. Transfers between Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 are by shuttle bus. (Additionally, to get from Terminal 4 to its satellite T4S, travellers use a special train service.)

Transportation Time
Airport authorities advise those travelling to Terminal 4 to consult with their airline or agent on how much time to allow for the journey. Since Terminal 4 is not yet connected to the Metro network journey time will be longer than for journeys to the older terminals. The terminal is also very large, so regular travellers may have to adjust their schedules.

The Madrid Metro system is efficient and covers most of the city. From the Airport trains run between 6:00 am and 1:45 am every day. Metro Line 8 runs towards the centre (direction Nuevos Ministerios), but passengers have to change at Mar de Cristal (Line 4) to reach the most central destinations.
The Airport metro stop is in Terminal 2, reasonably close to Terminals 1 and 3. The entrance is on the lower floor of Terminal 2, off a corridor that also leads to Parking Lot P2. The stop is well signposted.

Train Services
Passengers wishing to connect with the main train stations for travel outside Madrid should use the Metro. There is no direct airport link to the main rail network.

Taxi Services
Official taxi stands are located outside the ground floor in all terminals. In Terminals 2 and 3 the stands are located close to the baggage claims.
Journey time to central Madrid is 25 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic, which can be heavy. On starting the journey, passengers should check that the taxi driver has set the meter running. At its end, passengers may ask for a receipt. Note that passengers should take a taxi from a stand rather than from unofficial drivers offering taxis inside the terminal.

Bus Services
Madrid bus services are (usually) efficient.
Line 204 buses stop at the Terminal 4 Arrivals floor and link the airport with the Avenida de America. Passengers should use this service to travel between Terminal 4 and the city centre.

Line 201 stops at Terminal 4 Arrivals and connects the terminal with Barajas Metro. Passengers in Terminal 4 who wish to travel by Metro should take this bus, or go to Terminal 2 for the airport Metro.

Line 200 stops at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and links the airport with the Avenida de America. The bus stops are located at Arrivals/Departures. Passengers should use this service to travel between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and the city centre.

Line 101 links Barajas Metro, Terminals 1 and 2, and various other convenient stops.

Madrid buses start early and stop late. However, buses usually do not run in the period between 2:00 am and 6:00 am.

Car hire
If you are using Madrid Barajas Airport either as a holidaymaker or a business passenger, you may use our car rental services and pick up your car right at the airport. 3Click Car Hire operates pick up points located within the airport. We maintain a large hire fleet and help you find the best quote for your destination. Car hire customers are guaranteed a wide range of models and types of cars presented in excellent condition because we only deal with leading car rental companies.

Car parking
Seven parking facilities help car drivers use Madrid Barajas airport. The three major parking facilities have names similar to those of the terminals they serve; valet parking is available.

Terminal 4 - P4 (T4)
A new block with six modules providing 9000 spaces. As drivers enter the car park an automated signage system indicates where to park. Tickets must be obtained before parking, either from the 20 automatic payment machines (which include four card-only and four designated for the disabled) or from two manned-payment desks.

The garage's pedestrian link to the Terminals leads to the 1st floor of Terminal 4. From there Check-in is one floor up - on the 2nd floor; Arrivals is one floor down - on the ground floor.

Terminal 1 - P1 (T1)
An open-air car park located in front of Terminal 1. It has 15 automatic payment machines, of which seven are for card payments only and one for the disabled. Drivers should obtain a ticket before parking.

Terminals 2 and 3 - P2
With 4600 places, this multi-module parking facility is linked to the passenger terminals by a corridor from the 1st floor. Payment machines and an information booth are located by the 1st floor of the first seven-storey building and near to the newly built Module E.

Terminal 2 - Express Car Park
Priced for short stays, this serves drivers wanting to park for no more than 30 minutes and is located very close to Terminal 2 Arrivals.

Long Stay Parking
Located away from the terminals, this lot has 1655 spaces and is served by a shuttle bus that takes passengers to the terminals between 7:00 am and 12:00 midnight.

VIP Parking Terminal 4
Valet parking is available: attendants will meet drivers and passengers at a designated Meeting Point - apparently inside the P4 parking garage. Additional services such as car cleaning are available.

VIP Parking Terminals 1 and 2
Valet parking is available: attendants will meet drivers and passengers at designated Meeting Points directly outside the terminals. Additional services such as car cleaning are available.

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