FROM THE AIRPORT OF MADRID OR BARCELONA
TO THE TRAIN STATION
Please be aware that travelling from the airport to the train stations in the city center of Madrid or Barcelona can take over an hour in both cases.
Madrid Airport to Madrid Train Station (Atocha Station)
From the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport to the Atocha-Renfe Train Station (there is another train station, so make sure you go to Atocha) you can:
- Use the commuter train service to Atocha which departs from Terminal 4 (line C1). Travel time and frequency are both around 30 minutes. Renfe Commuter Train service
If you are flying into another terminal (T1, T2, T3), you can use the shuttle bus, a free bus transport service between all the airport terminals, 24 hours a day. Information on transport between terminals
- Use the EMT public bus express service, which is available 24 hours. Travel time is about 40 minutes depending on traffic. You can buy your ticket from the driver (5,00 Euros) but they can accept cash only. Additional information is available at the EMT Bus Express website
Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Train Station (Barcelona Sants)
There is a direct train service from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to Sants Train Station. This service (line R2) runs every 30 min and it takes around 25 min to get to Sants Train Station. Terminal 2 and the train station at the airport are connected by a covered footbridge. If you are arriving into Terminal 1 you will need to take a free shuttle bus that connects T1 and T2.
Note: You are entitled to a free train ticket from Madrid airport if you use the commuter train departing from Terminal 4 when travelling on AVE (high speed) and long distance trains to your final destination (Zaragoza). The same applies to the return journey if you have travelled from Zaragoza by train and you then take the commuter train to the airport.
How to obtain a free ticket between Madrid airport and train station In case of trouble, go to the ticket office (you will have to show your train ticket to/from Zaragoza to get a free ticket to Atocha Train Station)
The information above is also valid for journeys from/to Barcelona airport (click on the link above as ticket machines are the same in both cities).