Car hire at Madrid Airport
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Facts about hiring a car from Madrid Airport
Madrid Airport has five terminals across 2 different sites. The 2 sites are around 5 kilometres apart. You will find the car hire desks in terminals T1 and T4. The desks in Terminal T1 are where you will need to go if you have arrived T2 or T3 as well. Booking a Madrid Airport car hire: which terminal?
It is very important if you are booking a car for pick up at Madrid airport that you book for the right terminal.
If your flight lands at T1, T2 or T3, you need to book your hire car T1. If you landing at T4, book your car there. One little mistake can easily ruin your day as you will need to travel to the right terminal to pick up your car if you get it wrong.
Picking up your car hire
Madrid Airport T1 has six car hire desks. They are all in the Arrivals Hall on the ground floor. The rental companies you will find there include Avis-Budget, Enterprise-Alamo, Europcar-InterRent-Keddy, Hertz-Thrifty-Firefly, Goldcar-Rhodium and Sixt. At Madrid Aiport, the car hire desks are shared by affiliated companies.
If you have landed at T2 or T3, you will need to get to T1. Follow the signs with a blue symbol for car rental to T1 Arrivals (Llegadas). It is clearly marked and you shouldn’t have any problems finding your way.
Once you have checked in, rental cars are located in car park P1, across the road from Madrid Airport T1. If you have a problem, the car rental companies have a kiosk in the car park. You will be able to find someone there to help.
Dropping off your hire car at Madrid Airport T1
Whatever way you approach T1 the car park, Rental Parking will be on your left. The entrance has clear signage and all the car rental company logos.
Once you are in the parking lot, find the kiosk for your car rental supplier. Return your hire car here, drop off the keys a staff member sign off on the car.
Then it is just a matter of heading off to your departure terminal.
Terminal T4 is represented by the same rental car suppliers as Terminal T1. The check in process is identical and everything is clearly signed posted.
The only significant difference is that once you have picked up your car and exit the parking garage you are issued two tickets by machine – KEEP THEM. One allows you to exit the main parking complex. The other ALLOWS YOU TO GET BACK IN when you are returning your car.
Madrid Airport Info
Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD, LEMD) more commonly know as Madrid–Barajas Airport, is the second-largest airport in Europe and served 61.8 million passengers in 2019. It is located within Madrid’s city limits only 9km from the main financial district.
It was first established in 1927 and expansion has been non-stop ever since. Currently, the airport is the main hub and maintenance base for both Iberia and Air Europa. It is also a focus city for Evelop Airlines, Ryanair and Wamos Air.
The majority of Barcelona airports traffic is generated by the following carriers:
- Air Europa
- Iberia Express
- Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional)
- Norwegian Air International
- American Airline
It is the primary connection between Europe and Latin America and the gateway to the Iberian peninsula for Europe and the rest of the world. Its most served European destinations are:
- Lisbon, Portugal
- London (Heathrow), United Kingdom
- Paris (Orly), France
- Rome (Fiumicino), Italy
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Paris (CDG), France
- Brussels, Belgium
- Frankfurt, Germany
- London (Gatwick), United Kingdom
- Porto, Portugal
Domestically the airport generates its highest traffic between Madrid and the following destinations:
- Palma de Mallorca
- Gran Canaria
- Tenerife (North)
- Santiago de Compostela
- A Coruña
At Madrid Airport, arrivals and immigration are onthe lowerlevel and departures are on upper. You can move between all area via transit bus links between the five buildings. The metro system also serves all the terminals to taking passengers to the city centre. An automated runs between Terminal 4 and Terminal 4S.
Each of the four terminals supports only specific airlines. Be very sure to check and double-check to avoid missed flights it’s a long way between T1,T2 and T3 and Terminal four.
Basically cities unto themselves, Madrid Airport has a phenomenal amount of restaurants shops bars lounges and services for travellers. Terminal 4 especially is a virtual shopping mall and showcase Spanish and European Brands. You can expect to find shops from Puma, Tous Rolex, Zara and Carolina Herrera among others.
Any service or typical to a modern international airport can be found in Madrid. And then some.