Madrid-Barajas Airport (Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas), is located close to the city approximately 15 kms out on the road towards Zaragoza. T4 is a further 8kms out of the city. It is the main international gateway for Spain. Whilst passenger number are down from a high of 52 million in 2007, the airport still handles twice the number of passengers it did just 20 years ago and is currently the 5th in numbers of passengers in Europe! The airport currently serves over 150 destinations – approximately 100 within Europe and the rest to all points north and south. Historically it has always been particularly strong to South America.
NOTE: Madrid has FOUR terminals now. T1,T2,T3 and conveniently close to each other but T4 is several kilometers away. Before you set off “for the airport” ensure you know which terminal you will be needing. Full details here.
There are truly excellent transport links to the centre of Madrid. Full details here.
There are car-hire facilities at the airport and licensed taxis. A taxi into the centre will cost about 25 euros for up to 4 people.
For complete information on Madrid Airport visit the official AENA website in English or Spanish.