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Basic info and car hire in Madrid Airport

  • IATA airport code: MAD
  • ICAO airport code: LEMD
  • Full name: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas in Spanish)
  • Location: District of Barajas, Madrid
  • Hub for: Air Europa, Iberia
  • Website: aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com
  • Address: Avda. de la Hispanidad s/n. 28042 Madrid
  • Contact: (+34) 902 404 704 / (+34) 91 321 10 00
  • E-mail: clientesmad@aena.es
  • Elevation:  2,000 ft/ 610 m
  • Number of runways: four

About Madrid Airport

Madrid Airport (Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport) or Madrid-Barajas Airport as it most commonly known, is located within the city limits of Madrid, just 6 mi (9 km) from the city’s financial district. It is a main international airport serving Madrid. It is the largest airport in Europe by its physical size, the largest and busiest in Spain and Europe’s sixth busiest airport. Car hire at Madrid Airport is a convenient solution for every traveler looking to see beyond just Madrid.

Drive your rental car around Madrid Airport

With a convenience of car hire you are free to visit not just Madrid but also all the near and far spots and to discover the beauties of Spain.  

Just a short two hour drive with you hired car form Madrid is the beautiful city of Avila. A must-see destination for all travellers who enjoy visiting churches and cathedrals. Avila is known for having more Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita than any other city in Spain.  Another of its famous sights is an intact city wall dating back to the 11th century.

One of the best preserved castles in the Madrid area, the New Castle of Manzanares el Real, is located just an hour drive away from Madrid. This 15th century fortress is an example of Spanish military architecture. Today it is home to the museum on Spanish castles.

Another day trip that you can take with you hire car is to the El Escorial, which is just an hour drive away. El Escoral is the complex which is made up of a monastery, royal palace a school and a museum. Build in the 16th century under the reign of King Philip II, it was meant to demonstrate the Spanish influence on the Christian world. The monastery was originally built for the Hieronymite monks, is now home to the Order of Saint Augustine.

Services in Madrid Airport

The Madrid-Barajas Airport offers its visitors a wide range of complementary services. It has all the facilities of a modern airport, making it a comfortable stopover. It accommodates all the needs for the travellers. For business passengers it offers a VIP lounges and meeting rooms. IT is also a family friendly airport, since it offers a kindergarten, pushchairs and baby strollers, children’s play area and unaccompanied child lounge.


Madrid-Barajas Airport has several VIP lounges which offer catering services, newspapers and personalized information upon request. If you need a place to do some work in peace or to relax before or between your flights, look no further.


As a family friendly airport, the Madrid-Barajas Airport offers many facilities to the traveling families. Kindergarten is free for all passengers with a boarding pass. The airport has also six children’s play areas, four of them located at the Terminal T4, one on the Terminal T2 and the last on the floor 1 of the Terminal T1. You can also take use of the kid’s area and breast-feeding lounge.


You can find medical care at the airport as well as religious services. The Airport also offers a free Wi-F for unlimited time with advertising. For those who require a connection without advertising, and with speed should buy Premium connection which is also available.

History of Madrid Airport

Madrid-Barajas Airport was constructed in 1927 and opened for air traffic in 1931, although recular commercial operations began two years later. It was not until 1940s that the flight field was paved and new runways were designed. The airport reached its first boom with 4 million passengers annual with the arrival of the Boeing 747 in the 1970s. At that time the international terminal (now T1) was constructed. In the 1982 the airport went through significant expansion and modernisation due to the FIFA World Cup. The airport had a continuous growth of number of passengers and went through the last expansion in 2000, when the construction of the new terminal T4 began.

Petrol stations near Madrid Airport

There are a Repsol and Galp petrol stations in the close proximity of the airport, so if you have full-to-full fuel policy, returning your hired car with full tank won’t be an issue.