Madrid Airport trains run via the Metro (underground), the mainline high speed trains such as the RENFE and AVE which operate from Atocha main line station and do not go to the airport but they are only a few minutes away and can be reached by the Metro.
At the bottom of the page I have listed the various routes that you can take if you are travelling by main line train.
RENFE is operating a new Cercanias commuter line C-1 which will connect Terminal 4 to downtown Madrid via a new route.
This train does not connect to T1, T2, or T3 and links terminal 4 with Principe Pio with the following stops: Pirámides, Delicias, Méndez Álvaro, Atocha, Recoletos, Nuevos Ministerios, Chamartín and Fuente de la Mora.
This new line connects T4 with Príncipe Pío in 38 minutes, Atocha in 25 minutes and Chamartín in 11 minutes.
Trains run at 30 minute intervals from 05:15 until 23.32 to the airport and from 05.59 am until 0.15 to Príncipe Pío. The single fare €2.20.
Madrid Airport has metro underground stops on the lower ground floor of T2 (with access to T1,T2 and T3) and another on Floor -1 of T4.
When you arrive at the metro stations there are no ticket offices but they supply ticket machines plus an information desk.
The airport is in zone A and line 8 goes from from both terminals.
The journey time to the city centre is around 45 minutes, although you will have to change lines at Nuevos Ministerios from 8 to 10 and then at Tribunal to line 1 to get to the Renfe Atocha main line station.
The Metro operates every day from 06:00-01:30 including holidays.
The Tourist Transport Season Ticket is the cheapest way of travelling around Madrid and is valid for all kinds of public transport within the region, with no distance restrictions.
When purchasing the ticket an official document such as a national ID card or passport will be required as proof of identity and its number will be written on the voucher.
These tickets can be purchased at Madrid Airport Terminals Metro Stations as well as the tourist office and some tobacconists and newsagents. You can find out more about the fares at www.ctm-madrid.es
Zone A is the area in which the airport is located and Zone T includes all of Madrid's public transport services. They are not valid for RENFE Regional Services.
The Metro Line allows you to connect with twelve RENFE Cercanías (suburban train lines):
Information telephone: +34 902 444 403
We have written about using trains in Spain to make your journey easier.
By Linda Craik Google+