If your flight is delayed and you have to kill time before an onward flight, or if you simply arrive in plenty of time before your departure, don't just resign yourself to a long wait that is no good for impatient travellers or for ordinary mortals. The time-honoured way of killing time is to stretch your legs and have a little snooze to get over the jet lag. This may be the usual practice, but it is not to say that it is your only option.
Madrid's airport sees the largest volume of passengers in Spain. Each day hundreds of thousands of people pass through its four terminals (and a satellite building) with a wide and varied range of needs, depending on their age, purchasing power or waiting time. Thanks to its modern features, Barajas responds to these needs, with a shopping area of over 138,000 m² and an extensive leisure, eating, cultural and even prayer offer.
A Tour of Madrid
Madrid is one of the most important European cities in cultural terms and its arts scene is second to none.
To give you a taste of the wonderful works to be seen in our city, Adofo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport boasts a collection of contemporary art owned by the Aena Foundation. The collection includes Spanish and Latin American paintings and sculptures from the latter half of the 20th century. Among these are works by other internationally-renowned artists such as: Rapto de Europa by Fernando Botero (T1), Tres Damas by Manolo Valdés (T4) and a mural by Oswaldo Guayasamín (T4).
Last-minute gifts or anything you forgot to pack can be found in the many airport shops, not only in the Duty Free store, but you can also pick up souvenirs of the city, food items, tobacco, perfume, cosmetics, and much more. Read more...
Food and Drink
It is important to be well fed before a long flight. Fast food may be a good option and is perhaps the most common, but if you have enough time on your hands you can treat your taste buds to a proper meal as you wait for your flight. Read more...
For the Little Ones
A long wait at the airport can be difficult for kids and parents alike. The children's play area (T2 1st floor) is the perfect place to keep the little ones entertained and give parents a break.
Another option is to go to one of the two crèches (T4 1st floor and T2 - Connecting building/Departure Area C) which offer their services free of charge between 8am and 8pm. Here babies can have a nap in a cot, get bathed and changed.
For Internet addicts, the airport has Wi-Fi areas for travellers who have a laptop or PDA. Read more...
Business travel forms one of the pillars of Madrid and therefore for its airport too. Its proximity to the Madrid Fair (IFEMA) and its excellent public transport connections make Barajas the perfect national hub for business trips. Read more...
If you have the privilege of flying first or business class, you can enjoy the pleasures of special VIP areas. Here, you can avail of the catering, take a look at the newspapers, use the Internet and relax in peace and quiet, as you will receive personalised information about your flight. In addition to AENA, Iberia and Spanair also have VIP. Read more...
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