Madrid–Barajas Airport Reviews

Madrid has been the capital of Spain since the 17th century. The name Madrid comes from the Arabic “magerit,” which means ‘place of many streams’. Madrid’s official symbol of the bear on its hind legs eating berries from the Madroño tree is a metaphor for Madrid’s growth and represents the possession and ownership of wood which is necessary for constructing buildings.

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Madrid is the capital of Spain and the main international airport of Spain and largest airport in Europe by size is located in Madrid, Spain. In this review, we’ll be talking about one of the most important aviation centres of Europe: Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD).

If you’ll notice, the airport is also known as “Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.” And, you might be wondering who is “Adolfo Suárez.”

He was actually the first Spanish Prime Minister and following his death, the Spanish Ministerio de Fomento had announced that the airport is to be renamed Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez, Madrid–Barajas. This renaming seeks recognition for Suárez’s role as the first Prime Minister of Spain after the restoration of democracy and his key participation in the Spanish transition to democracy after Franco’s dictatorship.

Aesthetics

Madrid–Barajas Airport Reviews-restaurantsMadrid–Barajas Airport has 3,050 ha in area which, just by imagining it, you can tell MAD is a big airport. But, getting lost is not an option since the airport has 20 information counters located throughout the terminals, and touchscreen kiosks in Terminal 4. More than 100 staff members are also on hand to assist passengers. Tourist information counters can be found in the arrival areas of Terminals 1 and 2 and the baggage hall of Terminal 4.

Restrooms don’t have a strategical location but there are plenty of restrooms throughout the 4 terminals of MAD. And, showers are available in the Air Rooms in Terminal 4, Floor 1.
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There are more than 30 cafés, bars, and restaurants at Madrid Barajas Airport, distributed throughout the terminals. A selection of more than 100 shops can be found in the airport, including duty-free for passengers leaving the European Union. Items available range from local produce and souvenirs to jewellery and electronics.

To stay connected, free and unlimited WiFi is available and travellers just have to connect to “kubiwireless” network. Additionally, there are almost 100 internet points positioned within the terminals, along with several mobile phone charging points.

Getting To and From

If you are planning to drive your way to the airport: from the M40 (ring road) encircling central Madrid, head onto the A2 eastbound (in the direction of Barcelona) and take the exit at junction 10 to the M14, which leads directly to the airport. The total drive time from central Madrid to the airport is approximately 20 minutes.
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Though, public transportation can be an option as well. The underground Metro Line 8 runs from all airport terminals to the Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid. Also, several bus lines run from the airport to central Madrid, nearby locations, and the rest of Spain.

Please be advised that a free shuttle bus service connects terminals T1, T2, T3, and T4, 24 hours a day.

Location – Traffic – Service

Madrid–Barajas Airport is situated 12 km (8 miles) northeast of Madrid and serves as the primary hub for Air Europa and Iberia. The public international airport of Spain has 4 terminals and runways that successfully accommodated 46,828,279 passengers last year.

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Madrid–Barajas Airport Reviews

Though, Madrid–Barajas Airport reviews are showing a different comment with their overall experience at the airport. You can’t blame them for being a large airport; it can’t be that 100% organized since the volume of passengers is high everyday. Moving forward, based on 236 Madrid–Barajas Airport reviews posted on Skytrax, the airport gathered a total rating of 4/10. On a positive note, the most recent feedback says the MAD is not too crowded and clean.

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Overview

Madrid–Barajas Airport actually ranked down to 31st place this year on The World’s Top 100 Airports (being 27th last year). Though, even after writing a review about them and seeing their customers’ feedback, it is safe to fly with MAD. Again, we shouldn’t expect much since the airport is one of the busiest airport in the world as well.

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  1. My experience is positive. Yes it’s a big terminal but MAD is a big airport! The train between T4 and T4S is an example of how terminal transfers can be made in an effective way. In both terminal there is plenty of space to move around and a decent offer of restaurants and shopping (the omnipresent Zara included). The baggage claim is impressive and so far my experience is OK in terms of time. Cons : friendliness of security check staff.

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