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Madrid airport layout

Terminals include

Terminal 1: International. Star Alliance primarily (also the only non-Schengen area outside of T4)

Terminal 2: Domestic mostly. SkyTeam primarily

Terminal 3: Schengen and some Domestic mostly. Air France/KLM/Lufthansa usually leave from here, but really it's just a slight extension on T2

Terminals 1-2-3 are adjacent and host Star and SkyTeam alliances and are all connected airside.

Terminal 4: one world including Iberia
Domestic and Schengen mostly from Terminal 4
International from Terminal 4-S (satellite) (Except IB or I2 operated flights to UK and Ireland as well as BA CityFlyer flights to LCY that operate out of T4 Main, though note that usually one IB flight to LHR daily is operated by an A330 or A340, these flights go from T4-S).
Both connected by an underground train, though going from T4-S to T4 requires going landside and re-clearing security in order to access T4.

Terminals are connected by a landside shuttle bus service.

Connecting from non-Schengen to Schengen (or departing the airport) one must process immigration in T-4S. Queues can be lengthy at times; if you are an EU citizen, you wil lfind the kiosk to your right in the queues. If you are not, keep to the right of the general queues anyway, as the EU queues can empty and they begin waving non-EU passengers into the EU lines.

The train connecting the T4-S satellite to T4 must be accessed via lifts or stairs; the lifts are faster. A non-Schengen to Schengen connection can take an hour or longer - A 1.5 hours is recommended as minimum connect times, and possibly more for Schengen to non-Schengen if during busy hours due to security procedures, particularly for US flights. Status passengers on Iberia flights to the US have access to a separate priority queue to clear the extra US screening.

Connections to other terminals are by a landside shuttle bus located, and can take rather longer than one might think as T4 is quite far away from T1/2/3. There is a metro link between the two, however you will have to pay full fare and even for a single rider a taxi is pretty competitive on price when the airport supplement is included.

Resources:

Link to Madrid Barajas Airport (World Airport Guides)

Link to AENA official MAD Madrid Barajas website by airport operator AENA

Wikipedia decent article on Madrid Barajas (with listings of airline gates and terminals - BUT caveat - it fails to differentiate between Terminal 4 and Terminal 4-S!)

Schengen Agreements nations information (with maps, etc.)
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Old Feb 20, 07, 1:55 am
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Connections through Madrid Airport

Hi all

As part of a RTW, I will be travelling AMS-MAD-BCN in D on IB. Arrival is 2.40pm at MAD with connecting flight departing at 4.00pm. As I understand it, it is a T4 to T4 connection. I will be on an Australian passport.

Is there passport control prior to making the connection? Will baggage be automatically transferred to the connecting flight or does it need to be collected and re-submitted?

I suppose in summary I am asking if the time between connection is sufficient.

Many thanks for any help proffered.
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Not knowing when your trip is planned, I hope this information is of use. You will be arriving at the Schengen part of Terminal 4, and departing the same - no need to worry about Terminal 4S (satellite) and using the lifts and train to get there. It should be ab easy, passportless transfer within Schengen Agreements origin and destination, and I can't imagine why you should not be able to check your bag(s) directly through to Barcelona. And you may have sufficient time to enjoy the nice-ish lounge as well. (If you were traveling to the US, UK or other either non-Schengen nations or those which have chosen to partially implement Schengen but not borderless travel, or like Switzerland, not implementing Schengen accords until Nov 2008 - not you'd likely have to process through to Terminal 4-S.)

For others with similar questions:

Link to Madrid Barajas Airport (World Airport Guides)

Link to AENA official MAD Madrid Barajas website by airport operator AENA

Wikipedia decent article on Madrid Barajas (with listings of airline gates and terminals - BUT caveat - it fails to differentiate between Terminal 4 and Terminal 4-S!)

Schengen Agreements nations information (with maps, etc.)

Connecting from non-Schengen to Schengen (or departing the airport) one must process immigration in T-4S. Queues can be lengthy at times; if you are an EU citizen, you wil lfind the kiosk to your right in the queues. If you are not, keep to the right of the general queues anyway, as the EU queues can empty and they begin waving non-EU passengers into the EU lines.

The train connecting the T-4S satellite to T-4 must be accessed via lifts or stairs; the lifts are faster. A non-Schengen to Schengen connection can take an hour or longer - I'd leave 1.5 hours as minimum connect times, and possibly more for Schengen to non-Schengen if during busy hours due to security procedures.

Connections to other terminals are by shuttle bus, and can take rather longer than one might think. If one wishes to connect to the Metro, one must also take the bus to T2 and proceed below ground level (well signed.) The Metro stop for T-4 is under construction and is to be open some time in 2009.

Now, just send an Eskie with some flash frozen Moreton Bay bugs and dry ice to me at...

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Old Nov 18, 08, 12:01 pm
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T4S->T4S transit visa needed ?

Hello JDiver
I can see you're a specialist.
My situation is a little different.
My friend is Peruvian and we'd like to go to Morroco with Iberia, connecting in Madrid T4S.
Her flight from Lima arrives in T4S, and her next connecting flight to Morroco also leaves from T4S.

So the situation is coming from non Schengen, going to non Schengen.

Iberia tells us that she doesn't need an Airport Transit Visa.. but at the same time they say "you never know.. maybe immigration check might deny the transit".

Since it's the same terminal T4S, it would be logical that there is no immigration check.
That's what i'd like to know.. is there or not ?

I remember very well arriving twice in T4S, but connecting to T4 to go back to France, and there of course i had to go through immigration.

Unlike Iberia, the Spanish embassy tells us of course that she DOES NEED the transit visa. And then they take every silly argument to refuse it (but that's another story).

So we'd like to know.. could we trust the words of Iberia, and proceed with our tour, or do we risk a control and a refusal, and our entire tour collapses ?

Is there also the risk that Iberia suddenly changes the terminal of arrival/departure, and that she finally HAS to change terminal, and then go through immigration check ?

Thanks very much for any insight.
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Old Nov 18, 08, 12:13 pm
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As long as she remains within the T4S, she will not have crossed the Spanish border, neither will she have to go through any kind of passport control. The overpaid embassy staffers are, as usual, talking bollox.
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Hmm, my doubt exactly as alex_photo's, I checked my itinerary again today from Chile to the UK, (SCL-MAD-LHR), I do arrive at T4S in Madrid, and then I have to connect to T4 for my connection flight to London. I only have 1hr 50mins. for this. Will I have to go through Passport Control? - I want to be prepared with all my papers in hand, and cash and all that... *worried*!
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Hmm, my doubt exactly as alex_photo's, I checked my itinerary again today from Chile to the UK, (SCL-MAD-LHR), I do arrive at T4S in Madrid, and then I have to connect to T4 for my connection flight to London.
Are you sure you are flying to London from the main T4??

My understanding is that all international (i.e. non-Schengen) T4 flights depart from T4S.
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This is what it says at checkmytrip.com:

Flight 1
Friday, December 12, 2008 confirmed
Departure: 14:05 Santiago, Chile - Arturo Merino Benitez
Arrival: 06:55 +1 day(s) Madrid, Spain - Barajas , terminal 4S
Airline: Iberia IB6830 Duration: 12:50

Flight 2 Saturday, December 13, 2008 confirmed
Departure: 08:45 Madrid, Spain - Barajas , terminal 4
Arrival: 10:05 London, United Kingdom - Heathrow , terminal 2
Airline: Iberia IB3162 Duration: 2:20

Change of plane required. Time between flights = 1:50

Hmm... suggestions?
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Ring Iberia and ask whether flights to LHR depart T4 or T4S.
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Old Nov 20, 08, 2:23 pm
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Guys, I'm affriad it is not as simple as that.


Firstly, T4S (the sattelite part of T4) is split into two parts. With one half of it is designed for long haul non-schengen destinations, the other half is designed for short haul destinations inside schengen.

Therefore, whether it is T4 or T4S communicates nothing.

[T4 itself is generally geared for shorthaul destinations in schengen.]

However, this is just what it is primarily geared up to, there are huge exceptions too!

Example in question:

Iberia flights to Heathrow go from T4. [Even though the UK is not part of (this) Schengen area.] - And BA code share on these flights.

But BAs own flights to London go from the non-schengen part of T4S! - Which Iberia code shares on.

Generally, the only Iberia operated flights from the non-schengen part of T4S are long haul. All other Iberia flights go from T4 or (the schengen part of) T4S.
All other oneWorld airlines generally go from the non-schengen part of T4S [Even to destinations inside schengen.].

THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS.

Remember schengen is only about imigrational controls, not customs. [And Spain's north african enclaves, plus the canary islands are not part of the normal EU VAT area, but are part of Schengen.] Schengen entry/exit checks can be easily done regardless of which terminal you fly to from.

Further, remember that it is possible to route people different ways from the same air bridges depending on the status of the flight!
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Hmmm... yes that's what I thought and then I also made an account in a Spanish Travelers Forum (www.losviajeros.com), that confirmed this.

Iberia flights arrive on T4s and for operational/convenience reasons their flights to London depart from T4. In this scenario, they are "forcing" the passengers to go through immigration control on the connection of these 2 parts of the Terminal.

It's been heard that Iberia is trying to work around this, but in the meantime, that's how it is.

I still will ask the staff when we're leaving the plane, about where to go/ who to follow.

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Old Nov 30, 08, 2:54 pm
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t4s to t4s

Hi i have a questions,

In april i will go to A Coruna from Geneva,

My aircraft from Geneva will arrive in T4S and the aircraft for A coruna will be in T4S...

how many time it will take from each other...

thanks you
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Originally Posted by MikeAndCin View Post
Hmmm... yes that's what I thought and then I also made an account in a Spanish Travelers Forum (www.losviajeros.com), that confirmed this.

Iberia flights arrive on T4s and for operational/convenience reasons their flights to London depart from T4. In this scenario, they are "forcing" the passengers to go through immigration control on the connection of these 2 parts of the Terminal.

It's been heard that Iberia is trying to work around this, but in the meantime, that's how it is.

I still will ask the staff when we're leaving the plane, about where to go/ who to follow.

Regards,
Cinthia.
Last week, when I expressed surprise that the flights to LHR, a non-Schengen destination, were leaving from T4, the IB checkin agent told me that they had moved the flights to LHR, which had formerly departed T4S, for their "passengers' convenience."
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Hi i have a questions,

In april i will go to A Coruna from Geneva,

My aircraft from Geneva will arrive in T4S and the aircraft for A coruna will be in T4S...

how many time it will take from each other...

thanks you
If both are in T4S then it wouldn't take you a lot of time to walk from one gate to the other.
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Old Dec 25, 08, 6:43 pm
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Tight Connection in Madrid Airport

I am flying into Madrid airport in January on Delta, arriving in Terminal 1 at 9:15 AM. I have a flight departing at 11:00 AM from Terminal 3 on Spanair to Barcelona.
1. Do I have enough time to make the connection?
2. What will the process be? Do I have to go through immigration/customs after collecting luggage from Delta?
3. How long does it take to go from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3?
Thanks for any and all advice.
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Old Jan 30, 10, 2:45 pm
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Question Madrid connections 2010

I am arriving at MAD on American Airlines from Miami. I am connecting on Iberia Air Nostrum (their commuter partner) to MPL in France. Both airlines are Oneworld, so I'll be checked in at Miami for both flights.

The tight connection (95 minutes nominally, but AA is often late with this flight) makes me want to clearly understand the formalities. It all takes place in Terminal 4 and/or 4S which is all I know so far.

1. Is there an arrival security check?
2. Is there arrival immigration?
3. Is there arrival customs?
4. Do I physically transfer my checked baggage after customs, or does it happen without me?
5. Do I check in with Iberia at the gate, or . . .?

Many, many thanks for your help with this. The onward flight is a once-a-day one, and I fear I have bought in to a missed connection. I want to hit the ground running.

Oh, last questions. Can I expect to see AA staff at the airport, or just IB? If I miss my connection, who do I see? Where would I recover my bag?!

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