Heading to the airport?
There are lots of ways to reach Madrid Barajas Airport. The journey from Madrid Atocha Station is very straightforward and Cercanias (local) trains run from the railway terminus to the airport regularly.
Where are the trains?
You’ll need to go to the Ground Floor of Atocha Station. If you’ve arrived on the Metro, you’re probably already on this level.
You need a ticket!
Getting the train is pretty simple. You’ll need to buy a ticket at the automated ticket machines, located in front of the gates on the Ground Floor of the train station.
Maybe you don’t?
Tip : long-haul trains like the AVE services into Madrid include the transfer cost on the Cercanias service to anywhere in Madrid. If you’re connecting same-day, you won’t need to purchase a new ticket!
Check what time your train departs
There are huge screens showing you the status of the various Cercanias lines in the city. The Airport line is C1 – you can see the pale blue line shown in the centre of the map.
Trains to Madrid Airport depart from platforms 1 & 2 (on the extreme left once you’ve gone through the automated barriers.
Incidentally, those long-haul train tickets that include all Madrid Stations will work fine. If you have any issue see a member of staff – they carry two locators : one for each train network.
It takes about 30 minutes to reach the airport from Atocha Station. The train also passes through Nuevos Ministerios – which is the Metro Station for Line 9 which also goes to the airport.
You can see the actual timetables for every Cercanias line (including the airport line) following this link :