Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving Madrid, Spain in terms of passenger traffic, cargo, and operations. Located on the northeast of Madrid, Bajaras district, some 12km away from the city centre, Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport ranks fourth busiest airport in Europe and 12th around the world. The airport has four terminals and two main areas of hangars – the Old Industrial Area between Terminals 3 and 4 and the Industrial Area La Muñoza on the other side.
Madrid, just like other country in Europe, can be easily attached to historic sites and genius architecture. True to that, the city houses a large number of landmarks and architecture that showcases its rich culture, art, and history. Visit the Puerta del Sol located at the heart of the city – one of the busiest places in Madrid which also became a popular meeting spot for locals. Festivals, political demonstrations, and street performances can be seen here. Other interesting landmarks would be the Plaza de la Villa, Palacio Real, Cathedral de la Almudena, Plaza de España, and the Museum Triangle, the latter housing three major art museums along Paseo del Prado. A long list of museums comes after this, including Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Planetario de Madrid, and the National Archeology Museum. Parks and zoos are also famous in the city. The Royal Botanical Garden, Zoo Aquarium Madrid, and the Faunia are just few of the many parks in the city.
How to get around within Madrid
Madrid is proud of having one of the best public transportation networks in the world and the second largest metro network in Europe, next to London's. The Metro Madrid is an underground subway which is one of Europe’s better and cheaper metros. Ticket machines are multilingual but the stops are announced in Spanish, although the signs on each station are in both in Spanish and English. Learning about the bus routes in Madrid is easy. The rule is that whatever destinations and routes the metro doesn't cover, the buses do. Night buses are also available and cover most of the city at roughly 20-minute intervals. Trains connect Madrid's outlying suburbs and villages to the city centre and are mainly used for historic or outdoor tours outside of the core of the city. It is also used as a quick way of getting from the north end to the south end of the city. Official taxis in Madrid are white with a red stripe and the flag of Madrid on the front door. The tariff is displayed on top of the car. Taxis are hard to find during late hours on weekends and even harder when it's raining. Driving around is not really advisable as traffic jams are normal in the city. Taking the public transport can make getting around the city easier. If you want, the City Tour Bus is also an option you can avail of when you're in Madrid. It has two different routes with two different sets of itineraries. You can avail either a 1-day or 2-day pass.
How to get there
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, being the main international airport in Madrid, is also your main entryway when travelling to the city when you're coming from a different country. It is one of the largest airports in Europe and is serviced by many airlines flying in from various countries. From the airport, you can get to the city of Madrid aboard the 24-hour express bus service which is by far the most convenient mode of transportation to the city. The Cercanias commuter train line C-1 also connects the city to the airport. Alternatively, you can take the Metro which has stations in all four terminals. Public and night buses also operate from the airport to the city centre. If you're coming from different cities in Europe, Renfe operates trains services to and from Madrid. Aboard a bus is also a feasible option as Madrid has eight comprehensive international and intercity bus stations. Buses coming from and going to Barcelona and Bilbao operate from the Avenida de America bus terminal are also accessible by Metro. Driving is also possible to get to Madrid. There are car rental companies represented at the airport. Just make sure to have a street map as roads in Madrid tend to be a little difficult to navigate.
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