As a major tourism and business destination, the Spanish capital receives daily flights from all over the world. Direct connections from the United States are offered Air Europa, Finnair, Delta and KLM from New York, Aer Lingus from Boston, and American Airlines from Miami, among others. Flights to Madrid from the UK are frequent and plentiful with Norwegian Airlines, Iberia and easyJet operating departures from Gatwick, British Airways from Heathrow, Iberia from Manchester, easyJet from Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and Aer Lingus from Bristol and Glasgow. From Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, Etihad flies to Madrid with a stop at Abu Dhabi. Madrid can also easily reached from India with Turkish Airlines flying from Delhi via Istanbul, and Jet Airways offering a flight via Paris in conjunction with Air France. Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport lies around 12 kilometres from the city and passengers can travel into town quickly and conveniently by metro, train, bus, or taxi. The Madrid metro is very fast. Line 8 takes passengers from any terminal to Nuevos Ministerios station in the centre of the city in under 15 minutes. Suburban trains run from T4 to many major Madrid locations including Nuevos Ministerios, and the Línea Exprés bus reaches downtown in 40 minutes.
Madrid is a vibrant capital with grandeur, energy and a strong sense of history. It’s a delight for art lovers with offerings from Goya, Velazquez, Picasso and Dali adorning the walls of the city’s major galleries such the renowned Museo del Prado. The city’s architecture also delights. While lacking the flair of Barcelona, the buildings are stately and easy on the eye. Another big plus for Madrid is that it’s a culinary capital to be reckoned with, serving varied fare from all regions of the country. Visitors can enjoy everything from casual snacking in tapas bars to elaborate feasts in grand restaurants. The city is also a haven for night owls with cutting edge bars and clubs and action that keeps going until dawn.