Dr.DTW From United States of America, joined May 2000, 290 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4799 times:
I'm flying into MAD next month on CO, and will be transferring to an IB (Iberia) flight to Seville (SVQ) that same morning. I decided not to take the AVE (high speed train) to Seville, since IB has several daily nonstops, with reasonable prices ($88.00 US roundtrip).
I have several questions:
1. Is there a reason to take the AVE opposed to flying on IB to SVQ?
2. Since I'm buying two separate tickets, how much transfer time should I allow? CO arrives at T1 and the IB flight leaves out of T4
3. Is transfer between the terminals easy?
The CO flight arrives at 8:55AM.
I have a choice to two IB flights: one at 10:50, and one at 11:50.. Am I being too daring in going for the 10:50 departure??
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4783 times:
Answer 1. Depend if your destination is Madrid or Seville... If you will spend some days at Madrid before to arrive to Seville, the answer is to take the AVE. Easy to catch it and without the mandatory 90 minutes before the departure of your flight.
If Madrid is only an stop before to reach Seville as your final destination, the answer is to take the plane. Madrid Airport has not train stop to connect with Seville nor any other city in Spain.
Answer 2. The time recommended to connect from a T1 flight to t4 flight is 3 hours 30 minutes!
Answer 3. There are a free bus outside the terminal that can connect you with T4 in just 10 minutes but must to count with the pick-up baggage from your CO flight, the check-in at Iberia desks at T4, the police control at T4, ...
Recommendation: I would take the 11:50 Am flight...
El dia que los gilipollas vuelen, no podremos ver la luz del sol!
If you want to expedite your journey then I would suggest not to take the AVE. I mean, it's a great and comfortable way to travel but, to get from the airport to Atocha station you have to either take a Taxi (between € 20 - 30 I guess...depending on traffic) or take the Metro, which means a rather long walk (15-20 min or about 1 kilometer, a bit tiring if you're carrying luggage) from T1's arrivals Lounge 1 to the Metro station, plus 2 Metro line changes in downtown Madrid (Line 8 to line 10 at Nuevos Ministerios and line 10 to line 1 at Tribunal).
Quoting Dr.DTW (Thread starter): Since I'm buying two separate tickets, how much transfer time should I allow? CO arrives at T1 and the IB flight leaves out of T4
Having in mind the time it may take you to go through Immigration/baggage claim at T1, transfer to T4, check-in, going through security and getting to the boarding gate, I wouldn't allow less than 2,5-3 hours in case something goes wrong.
That said, and being a local, I don't think the transfer between T4 and T1-T2-T3 could be easier. However, I always keep hearing complaints and harsh comments about the "apparent" difficulties people seem to experience (i.e bad signage).
To get from T1 to T4 there's a 24/7 free shuttle service which takes no more than 10 minutes.
In order to take the bus, after leaving the arrivals lounge at T1 you only have to go from ground level (arrivals) to upper level (departures) and walk out of the terminal building. The transfer bus stop is right outside. Buses are brand new, painted in Green and have "AENA - BUS TRÁNSITO" signs.
Once you get off the bus at T4 you'll be at ground level (arrivals). All you have to do is enter the building, take the escalators/lifts to 2nd floor (departures) and you'll find yourself right at the check in area.
You can also visit www.aena.es and select "Madrid Barajas" if you need additional information (that's the airport's official website).