TRILO 08 > How to get there









Most of the international participants will arrive in Madrid through Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD). There are 4 terminals, all of which receive international flights (check to see which terminal your airline uses).

To get to downtown from the airport there is subway (known as Metro), cabs and buses available.

The Metro is fast and inexpensive: 2 € to get into the Metro network (see Metro map), which includes a 1 € airport supplement). The Metro runs between 6:00 am and 1:45 am every day. Line 8 (dark pink colour) starts in Terminal 4, stops in Terminal 2 (see Airport Terminals), and ends at the “Nuevos Ministerios” Metro station, which allows easy connections with most central destinations (hotels, train and bus stations...).

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. Note that a supplement of 5.25 € will be added to the fare. 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.

There are a number of buses which will take you to downtown, but traffic into Madrid might be quite slow and users will eventually need to connect to the Metro system, and pay again. Line 204: links Terminal 4 Arrivals floor with the Metro stop at “Avenida de América”. Line 200: links Terminals 1, 2 and 3 with “Avenida de América”. Buses run between 6:00 am and 2:00 am.

NOTE: The route from the airport to the Spanish Geological Survey (at “Rios Rosas” Metro station), which is the departure point for the Pre-conference Field Trip, is marked in green in the Metro network detail diagram. These places can also be located through our TRILO08.kmz pinpoints for Google Earth.





High speed trains to Toledo, known as Avant, leave from Atocha RENFE Station “Puerta de Atocha”, which is accessible through “Atocha RENFE” Metro station. They take 35 min. and cost 9 € o/w fare. Departure hours are: 6:50, 7:50, 10:20, 12:20, 13:50, 16:20, 18:20, 19:20, 21:50. The train station in Toledo can be located in the pdf map.


Bus Services

Buses going to Toledo are run by Continental Auto-ALSA, and depart from “Estación Sur de Autobuses”, accessible through “Méndez Alvaro” Metro station. They take less than 1 hr. and cost about 7 €. Buses depart every 30 minutes starting at 8 am. The bus station in Toledo can be located in the pdf map.