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Madrid's airport is known as Madrid Barajas International Airport and it is an important transport hub for the city. Nearly 50 million travellers pass through the terminal's gates every year. It is one of the busiest airports both in Europe and internationally, and virtually every airline on the planet has service to Madrid here.
The airport has four terminals and modern check-in facilities. Other services include a post office, money changing counters and banks. Wireless internet is available in all the terminals and selected restaurants. There are in excess of 30 bars and restaurants in the airport and passengers have a choice of 100 shops. There are five conference rooms as well as VIP lounges. Travel agencies, playgrounds and a lost and found area are also available to passengers.
The airport is only nine kilometres from Madrid's financial area and 13kms from the historic city centre, which makes getting around with car hire in Madrid Airport a practical and economic way to go. The airport has ample parking spaces including special VIP parking available. Most of Europe's main rental companies such as Budget, Hertz and National have offices in the Arrivals Hall.
The roads in Madrid are in good condition but take a map or GPS device to navigate the city's interior. Be aware that some of the roads in the old town are narrow but there are underground parking spaces available if you don't find a place on the street. Having your own vehicle is ideal for exploring the towns near to the city. Compare car hire online to get a cheap deal and save money while you are on holiday.
Though there is plenty to see in Madrid itself, it's also nice to get out of the capital for a day. Car rental in Madrid Airport is the most convenient way to reach Alca de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with the amazing ancient city of Toledo, an hour's drive south. Aranjuez and Avila, also World Heritage sites, are other worthwhile daytrips where a palace, romantic architecture and incredible churches can be admired.
The best time to plan a holiday in Madrid is during spring or autumn when the temperatures are pleasant for sightseeing and tourist numbers are low. Summers are quite hot, with temperature highs of 30°C, and crowded with visitors but see minimal rainfall. It sometimes snows during winters, though it usually rains.