Madrid - Salamanca

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Madrid Airport is located 12 km (8 miles) northeast of Madrid. Since the airport is placed within the council of Barajas, the airport is called Madrid-Barajas.

If your flight lands at Terminal 1, you need to get to Terminal 2 by the free Bus Shuttle (runs every 3 minutes). Please, click in the following link to view a Madrid Airport Map showing the bus shuttle and Underground (line 8). If your flight lands at Terminal 4, you will find an Underground Service direct to Madrid City Center (METRO).

http://www.aena.es/

Once at Terminal 2, the cheapest (1 euro) way to get into Madrid City Center is by underground (METRO). The only available line at the Airport is LINE 8. Please, have a look to the Madrid Underground Map to localize it (see northeast):

http://www.metromadrid.es/export/sites/metro/comun/documentos/planos/Planoespsincorte08.pdf

Of course, there are plenty of Taxis to get to Madrid city center. This may cost around 20 to 30 euro depending where you go, and you can get them from any Terminal.

1. Traveling from Madrid city center to Salamanca by Train

From Aeropuerto (Line 8), change at Nuevos Ministerios to Line 10 north direction (Fuencarral direction) and get down at Chamartin . Chamartin is a Train Station where trains depart to Salamanca.

Please, visit the following link to view the timetable of trains from Madrid to Salamanca:

http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html

There is the possibility to purchase your ticket (15.85 euro) online. However, you will not be able to download the ticket if it is the first time that you use this system. In such a case, you still can pay the ticket online, note the reference number (or print the window) and get the ticket at the train station desk (you will be asked to show the same credit card you used to purchase the ticket online). However, your seat will only be booked up to 1 hour before the departure time. In the event that you arrive at the desk after 1 h before the departure time, there still might be the possibility to get it, depending on how busy is that train. Of course, you can also forget about buying online and get the ticket directly at the station.

The trains depart from Madrid at the following times

08:45
11:00
13:45

15:45
18:05
22:05

They take 2 hours and 20 minutes to arrive to Salamanca. Once there, the best option is to get a Taxi from Salamanca train station (called Vialia) to your hotel. The taxi should cost around 4-8 euro.
2. Traveling from Madrid airport to Salamanca by Bus
You can take a direct bus to Salamanca at Terminal 1 of Madrid-Barajas Airport. Please, visit the following link to view the timetable of these: http://www.avanzabus.com/web/horarios/horarios-de-autobus-madrid-aeropuerto-salamanca-expres.html. The bus stop is situated in bus parking at Terminal 1.

You must buy the ticket previously following this link: http://www.avanzabus.com/web/ This online system could allow you to get your ticket (22,35 Euro) online. You can download the ticket and print it.

The buses depart from Madrid-Barajas Aiport (Terminal 1) at the following times:

13:00
17:00
21:45
23:45

Once in Salamanca bus station, the best option is to take a Taxi to your Hotel. The taxi should cost around 4-8 euro.

3. Traveling from Madrid city center to Salamanca by Bus
From Aeropuerto (Line 8), change at Nuevos Ministerios to Line 6 (circular) shoutheast direction. Get down at Méndez Álvaro . Get out of the Underground and find the Estación Sur bus station (ask someone if you do not find it). There are many buses to Salamanca. Please, visit the following link to view the timetable of these: http://www.avanzabus.com/web/
This online system could allow you to get your ticket (11.25 or 17:00 euro for one way for services N or E, see below) online. You can download the ticket and print it. If so, you only need to go straight away to the bus. Of course, you can also buy a ticket at the station.
The buses depart from Madrid at the following times:

07:00 - E
08:00 - E
08:30 - N
09:00 - E
10:00 - E
11:00 - E

12:00 - E
13:00 – E
13:30 – N
14:00 – E
14:30 – N
15:00 – E
15:30 – N
16:00 – E
17:00 - E
17.30 - N
18:00 - E
19:00 - E
20:00 - E
20:30 - N
21:00 - E
22:00 - E
22:30 - N

(E means express service, which takes 2 hours and a half; N means normal service, which takes 3 hours and 5 minutes and has one stop at Avila).
Once in Salamanca bus station, the best option is to take a Taxi to your Hotel. The taxi should cost around 4-8 euro.
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