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
To get to
downtown from the airport there is subway (known as Metro), cabs and
The Metro is fast and inexpensive: 2 € to get into the Metro network (see
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...).
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.
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.
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.