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).
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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.
"The beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
That said, and being a local, I don't think the transfer between T4
-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 TR
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).
Have a nice trip.
[Edited 2009-02-15 03:35:06]