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The fastest way to get into town quickly (barring a taxi, which is expensive and whose speed depends on traffic conditions) is the commuter trains, Cercanías (journey planner, network map). These trains are also cheaper than the Metro when you're going from or to the airport (€1,75 for a 3-zone Cercanías ticket, vs €5 for a Metro ticket from the airport to ...


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Barajas Airport is pretty good, it's nice and new, and efficient. I've been through many times and been impressed at its speed of processing. Assuming you need to check in at 4am, say, you'd probably have from 9.30pm till 4am outside the airport. I had a night in Madrid last year, and stayed in a hostel downtown as it was easy and quick to get there. ...


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Without doubt, the best option is the subway. You have to jump into the Metro line number 8 (the only one at Barajas Airport), then change to line 4 (Argüelles) and wait more than one hour until you arrive to Alonso Martinez stop. Then change to line 5 (Aluche) and only two stops later you are in Gran Via stop. The ticket is between 4'50 and 5 euros (depends ...



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