Long layover at Madrid Barajas airport (MAD) or in nearby hotels

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Possibility to spend the night at Madrid Barajas airport (MAD), if open 24 hours. Services available, places to rest (free resting zones), or look for the list of nearby hotels and vip lounges.

Overnight layover guide. Sleeping facilities in the public zone or boarding area

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all regular services and hours may be subject to change. Thus, if the idea is to spend the night in the public area, consider a plan B in case the stay inside the airport is only allowed for those who are close to boarding.
Madrid Barajas airport (MAD)

 Spending the night at Madrid airport?

Spending the night at Madrid airport is not that traumatic, as several services are available 24 hours a day. While there are hotels nearby, not all passengers are willing to pay for one night when their flight leaves after midnight or early in the morning. While there are Air Rooms inside the airport, which are suites with a common living room to rest for some hours, these are payable. If you are tight on money, you better find another alternative. The most important thing is that the airport is open 24 hours a day.

 Where to rest

Terminal 1 is not very comfortable nor does it have many seats, except for some coffee shops, while terminals 2, 3 and 4 have more space and benches, but not very comfortable. Some of these (especially in the boarding areas) do not have armrests, and those are ideal to rest on two or three of them. If you find two or three together and unoccupied, do not hesitate and grab them. By gate 17 of Terminal 4S you can find a few reclinable chairs. Take into account that none of the terminals have areas with too much privacy and the lights usually stay on, so you best have an eye mask. If you have to sleep on the floor, have a blanket, since the place is usually cold at night. The children's playgrounds provide spaces with a bit more comfort. Another option (by paying around €30.00) is to use one of the VIP rooms. Some of them are even available 24 hours a day: Iberia Velázquez, Neptuno, Cibeles.

 Is there 24 hour left luggage service?

In terminals 1 and 4 there are luggage storage offices open 24 hours a day, and therefore, if your flight leaves early in the morning, you can leave your bags and sleep without having to watch your belongings, and then get them back at check-in time. The Terminal 4 office is in the Arrivals Lobby and in Terminal 1 it is opposite baggage room 2.

 24 hour eating and drinking options

There are options open 24 hours a day in terminals 1, 2 and 4. In turn, there are vending machines with drinks, sandwiches and snacks in all terminals.

 Is there any place at Barajas Airport to take a shower?

Showers are available only inside the VIP areas and the Air Rooms.

 Is there free Wi-fi internet access?

Madrid airport has a free and unlimited service and several access points in different areas of the terminals. There are also plugs for electric devices and printers.

Other services available around the clock: ATMs, currency exchange bureaus, gas stations, children's play areas.


Booking accommodation


Nearby Hotels

On level -1 of Terminal 4 there are suites from Air Rooms. In the proximity of the enclosure you can find numerous alternatives, many of which provide courtesy transport services for their guests.

Hostal Viky (0.9 km/0.6 miles)
Hotel Barajas Plaza (1.1 km/0.7 miles)
Hotel Don Luis (1.2 km/0.7 miles)
Hostal Emilio Barajas (1.3 km/0.8 miles)
Hotel Villa de Barajas (1.4 km/0.9 miles)

Latest updates: March 02, 2021

  Scoring of Madrid Barajas airport

Overall Scoring: 9.4
Scoring in Stay Overnite at The Airport (sleeping conditions):
VIP Lounge Pass