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Connections between terminals

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport is the main hub between Europe and Latin America with two hubs (Hubs): one in terminal T4 and another in terminals T1, T2 and T3.

To make these connecting flights easier there is a free bus service between all the terminals, and there are exclusive corridors and filters for connecting flights:

  • Passengers without a boarding pass: Madrid-Barajas Airport has a free bus service connecting terminals T1, T2, T3 and T4, 24 hours a day.
    You can also walk between terminals T1, T2 and T3.
  • Passengers with a boarding card and luggage checked to destination (connection between T1 and T4 Satellite): there is a free bus service between baggage claim hall 1 (T1) and Terminal T4 Satellite.
  • Passengers with a boarding card and luggage checked to destination (connection between T1 and T2-T3): there is a free bus service between baggage claim hall 2 (T1) and 6 (T2). You can walk along the connecting flight corridor, which has security checkpoints. Connection time is 10 minutes.
  • Connections between Terminal T4 and Terminal T4 Satellite: you must take the Automatic underground train (APM).

Transport between terminals

Time between connecting flights

The time needed to reach connecting flights varies depending on the route, the airline, and whether you need to pick up your luggage or if it is checked through to the destination. It can also vary significantly depending on whether the connecting flight is from the same terminal or from a different terminal.

Transport between terminals
Terminal Go to Means of transport Estimated time Bus stop location
Terminal T1 (departures) Terminal T2 (departures) Free shuttle bus 2 minutes Terminal T1, Floor 1 (departures)
On foot 4 minutes  
Terminal T4 (departures) Free shuttle bus 10 minutes Terminal T1, Floor 1 (departures)
Terminal T2 (arrivals) South dock. Low-cost car park Free shuttle bus 2 minutes Terminal T2, Floor 0 (arrivals)
Terminal T1 (departures) Free shuttle bus 5 minutes Terminal T2, Floor 0 (arrivals)
On foot 4 minutes  
Terminal T2 (departures) Terminal T4 (departures) Free shuttle bus 8 minutes Terminal T2, Floor 2 (departures)
Terminal T4 (arrivals) T3 (arrivals) Free shuttle bus 8 minutes Terminal T4, Floor 0 (arrivals)
T2 (arrivals) Free shuttle bus 10 minutes
South dock. Low-cost car park Free shuttle bus 12 minutes
T1 (departures) Free shuttle bus 15 minutes
Terminal T4 Satellite building APM (Automatic People Mover) 3 minutes Terminal T4, Floor -2
Terminal T4 Satellite building Terminal T4 APM (Automatic People Mover) 3 minutes Terminal T4 Satellite building, Floor -2

*The route starts at Terminal T1 does not stop at Terminal T3.