Madrid-Barajas Airport serves the third largest metropolitan area in the European Union. The city is home to 3.3 million, and the area is home to 6.5 million. Barajas Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Europe, 11th in the world, and number one airport in Spain. The annual passenger count usually hovers around 50 million, and the airport expanded a few years ago in anticipation of 70 million potential passengers. At that time, it doubled the number of runways from two to four. The runways are now spaced to allow two takeoffs and landings per minute. Due to both commercial flights and busy cargo flight routes, there are more than 430,000 maneuvers per year.
Terminal 1 includes all gates marked A, B or C. T1 Floor 1 has one corridor that includes gates B18 through B33 and gates C30-42. This area includes internet access stations, a bank, and currency exchange. It is connected to another corridor with gates A1-14. The only amenities in the A area are restrooms. T1 Floor 2 includes lounges and meeting rooms. On the Terminal 1 Baggage Claim level, you will find passport control, banks, currency exchange, and food.
Terminal 2 includes all D gates. T2 Floor 1 features gates D43 through D66. A children’s play area is located near D43 as well as a special nursery where parents can bathe their children, feed them, change their diapers and even lay them down for a supervised nap. This area also includes a post office, pharmacy, airport lounges, bathrooms, and food choices. T2 Floor 2 includes a medical center, Internet kiosks, food, bathrooms, and currency exchange. On the baggage claim lower level, you will find banking, Internet kiosks, and exits to T1 and T3.
Terminal 3 includes all E gates. T3 Floor 1 includes gates E67 through E80. Floor 1 also offers stores, eateries, Internet stations, and bathrooms. T3 Floor 2 includes gates E81 and E82 as well as meeting rooms and bathrooms.
Terminal 4, which was built in 2006, is 8.1 million square feet, which makes it one of the biggest terminals in the world. T4 includes all gates marked H, J or K. These gates are all on Floor 1 along with a nursery, banking, a post office, Internet stations, and food. Floor 2 includes a medical center, food, and passport control. The main building is linked to T4S, a satellite building, via an underground light rail system. Terminal 4S includes gates M, R, S, and U. T4S Floor 0 includes gates M22 through M51. T4S Floor 1 includes gates R, S, and U as well as a nursery, banking, and currency exchange. Baggage for arrivals can be picked up on the baggage level of Terminal 4.
Parking at Madrd-Barajas Airport
Parking at the Madrid–Barajas Airport includes outdoor lots, covered garages and valet VIP lots. To park close to Terminal 1, there is a parking lot located in front of the main terminal. To park indoors, there is a covered garage that is linked to Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. For long-term parking, the least expensive is a 1,600 space lot which is adjacent to the airport. A shuttle takes visitors to their terminal.
Passport control applies to everyone, and it is a good idea to keep your passport handy for inspection. Visas are needed by all travelers except for those European travelers from countries who are part of the Schengen Agreement.