Madrid's Barajas Airport is about 15km north-east of the city. It is well connected by road and public transport.
Private Transfer from Madrid Airport to Your Hotel:
A private transfer is a little more expensive than a taxi and beats the bus as they take you directly to your hotel. Madrid is big and the last thing on most people's minds when they arrive is to try to navigate a new city with all their suitcases with them. This service is available 24 hours a day, which makes it even better if arriving on a late night flight.
Public Transport to and from Madrid Airport:
.Bus: The old 89 bus route to Colon has been discontinued and replaced by a cheaper service, but it now only goes to Avenida de America - unlikely to be near your final destination, though it is well connected by the Metro.
.Metro: Madrid's airport is laid out in such a way that you can often be quite some way from the Metro. But it's worth the walk - at least at the airport you have conveyor belts to help you with your luggage! The Metro takes you to Nuevos Ministerios, again not likely to be your final stop but more central than Avenida de America - and at least you're already on the Metro.
.Taxi: Pick one up from outside the airport and make sure it has a white taxi with a red stripe on its door - any other car and it's illegal. Agree the price before you set off and expect to pay about 25?.