How to go from Barajas Airport to Alcalá?

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The best options for you to go from Alcalá de Henares to Barajas Airport!


1. Taxi
The most convenient
option for you (but not for your wallet), especially if you are travelling with much luggage.

  • Pro: Fast and very convenient, you can practice your Spanish skills
  • Contra: as mentioned, not good for your wallet
  • Time: 25-35 min
  • Price: Depends on your final destination, but be sure of having at least 38-45 euros with you.


2. Bus

There are no buses from Alcalá going directly to the airport, so you will have to change buses! A new bus Alcalá de Henares-Airport is running since March 2013. Information about schedule and routes are available in here.

Going to Alcalá with the bus is a cheap option – and if there is not much traffic – also the fastest way to reach Alcalá.

1. If you are in terminals T1, T2 or T3 take no. 824 directly to Alcalá de Henares. (T3 is in a walking distance to the bus stop)

2. If in terminal T4 you will need to take the airport bus connecting the terminals. Once you are in terminals T1 or T2, take no. 824 directly to Alcalá de Henares.

Be aware that in the buses heading to Alcalá, you will have to put your luggage in the boot of the bus by yourself. And then get on the bus and pay your ticket directly to the driver. If you are traveling alone, be careful of paying with bills no higher than 5 euros, since drivers hardly carry any change, and they don’t accept higher bills for just one ticket!!

  • Pro: Fastest way
  • Contra: Road congestion, and for some reason one feels less comfortable in a bus than in a train or subway.
  • Time: Aprox. ¾ hours (a bit longer if you are in T4)
  • Price: 3.60 euros


3. Subway (Metro de Madrid)

The subway is not a very good option for getting out of the airport. Since there is not any subway station in Alcalá you will have to change your mean of transport to the train or bus. Besides, it is the most expensive option to go to Alcalá using the public transport, since you will have to pay 3 extra euros just for exiting (or entering) the airport.
If you however decide using the subway, the best option is to get on T4 or T1-T2-T3 subway stations going in the direction of Nuevos Ministerios. In Nuevos Ministerios you will have to change to the train, which in Madrid are called “Cercanías”. You need to take trains heading for Alcalá de Henares or Guadalajara, which are train lines C-7 or C-2.

  • Pro: forget about road congestions
  • Contra: it is possibly the slowest option and the most expensive one after taking a taxi
  • Time: 1:20-1:30 hours (aprox. 20min from airport to Nuevos Ministerios, then aprox. 40 min to Alcalá – if you don’t have to wait for the train and you are a light traveller.)
  • Price: Subway: 3.5-3.7 euros, train: 3.85 euros. Total 7.35-7.55 euros.


4. Train (Cercanías)

There are not direct trains from the airport to Alcalá de Henares, and so you will have to change trains most likely in Atocha.
First, from T4 train station take any train going to Principe Pío, after five stations (at Atocha) get off and take a train of lines C-7 or C-2, heading either to Alcalá de Henares or Guadalajara (they also stop in Alcalá de Henares). You can also catch the train going to Alcala in some stations before Atocha, but we recommend changing trains in there, since you will not have to change the platform.

  • Pro: Forget about road congestions
  • Contra: the train station is only in T4, if you are in any other terminal, you will have to spend some time getting there (there is a free bus shuttle between terminals).  Also, there is only one train going into/out of the airport every 30min.
  • Time: Aprox. 1-1:15 hours
  • Price: 3,25€


Finally, this is a map of the airport connections between terminals, in case you need to take the the airport bus connecting them or to know where the bus, subway or train stops are.

1. Taxi
The most convenient
option for you (but not for your wallet), especially if you are travelling with much luggage.

  • Pro: Fast and very convenient, you can practice your Spanish skills
  • Contra: as mentioned, not good for your wallet
  • Time: 25-35 min
  • Price: Depends on your final destination, but be sure of having at least 38-45 euros with you.


2. Bus

There are no buses from Alcalá going directly to the airport, so you will have to change buses!
Still, going to Alcalá with the bus is the cheapest option – and if there is not much traffic – also the fastest way to reach Alcalá.

There are different options:
1. If you are in terminals T1, T2 or T3 take no. 200 direction Avenida de América (shortened as Av. de América). If in T4 take no.204 heading also for Avenida de América. Get off at Canillejas, cross the street, and take bus no. 223 to the center of Alcalá de Henares, or no.227 or no.229 if you are going to other parts of Alcalá.
Alternatively you can ride on no.200 and 204 to the last station Avenida de América and take any of the mentioned buses to Alcalá.
2. Take bus no. 824 Madrid (Aeropuerto)-Torrejón heading for Torrejón. Get off at Torrejón bus station in the main square of the town, and then take no. 225 heading for Alcalá.. (Or take the train in Torrejón, the train station is right in the same square, then you only have two stops to the center of Alcalá)

Be aware that in the buses heading to Alcalá, you will have to put your luggage in the boot of the bus by yourself. And then get on the bus and pay your ticket directly to the driver. If you are traveling alone, be careful of paying with bills no higher than 5 euros, since drivers hardly carry any change, and they don’t accept higher bills for just one ticket!!

  • Pro: Fastest way
  • Contra: Road congestion, and for some reason one feels less comfortable in a bus than in a train or subway.
  • Time: Aprox. ¾-1 hours (if you go to Torrejón or Canillejas and change to the second bus there)
  • Price: 4.25 euros (total of the two buses)


3. Subway (Metro de Madrid)

The subway is not a very good option for getting out of the airport. Since there is not any subway station in Alcalá you will have to change your mean of transport to the train or bus. Besides, it is the most expensive option to go to Alcalá using the public transport, since you will have to pay 3 extra euros just for exiting (or entering) the airport.
If you however decide using the subway, the best option is to get on T4 or T1-T2-T3 subway stations going in the direction of Nuevos Ministerios. In Nuevos Ministerios you will have to change to the train, which in Madrid are called “Cercanías”. You need to take trains heading for Alcalá de Henares or Guadalajara, which are train lines C-7 or C-2.

  • Pro: forget about road congestions
  • Contra: it is possibly the slowest option and the most expensive one after taking a taxi
  • Time: 1:20-1:30 hours (aprox. 20min from airport to Nuevos Ministerios, then aprox. 40 min to Alcalá – if you don’t have to wait for the train and you are a light traveller.)
  • Price: Subway: 3.5-3.7 euros, train: 3.85 euros. Total 7.35-7.55 euros.


4. Train (“Cercanías”)

There are not direct trains from the airport to Alcalá de Henares, and so you will have to change trains most likely in Atocha.
First, from T4 train station take any train going to Principe Pío, after five stations (at Atocha) get off and take a train of lines C-7 or C-2, heading either to Alcalá de Henares or Guadalajara (they also stop in Alcalá de Henares). You can also catch the train going to Alcala in some stations before Atocha, but we recommend changing trains in there, since you will not have to change the platform.

  • Pro: Forget about road congestions
  • Contra: the train station is only in T4, if you are in any other terminal, you will have to spend some time getting there (there is a free bus shuttle between terminals).  Also, there is only one train going into/out of the airport every 30min.
  • Time: Aprox. 1-1:15 hours
  • Price: 3,25€

2 Responses to How to go from Barajas Airport to Alcalá?

  1. skritek says:

    Hi, just to let you know that since February 2013 exists a bus which connects Alcala directly with the airport Barajas: http://www.abc.es/local-madrid/20130205/abci-buses-aeropuerto-henares-201302051322.html

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