RENFE Opens Madrid Barajas Airport Rail Link

Spanish rail operator RENFE has begun operating suburban services on the new 8.8-kilometer airport rail link between downtown Madrid and the city’s Barajas Airport. From 23 September 2011, the sleek red and white Civia trainsets have ferried travellers to and from Spain’s largest air-hub and boosted connectivity with the national rail network.


Trains run every 30 minutes from Principe Pio to a dedicated station beneath the airport’s recently opened Terminal 4 with 9 stations enroute (Delicias, Piramides, Mendez Alvaro, Atocha, Recoletos, Nuevos Ministerios, Chamartin and Fuenta de La Mora). The service offers a journey time of 18 minutes to the large Nuevos Ministerios station, with connections to RENFE’s high-speed services at Atocha and Chamartin stations.


Fares cost €2.15, while ticket holders for RENFE high-speed services travel for free.


The airport rail link provides an alternative rail transport between Madrid and Barajas Airport. Passengers can also utilise the city’s Subway Line 8 when travelling between the city centre and airport.


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