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Madrid airport

Does anyone know if there is only one international terminal at Barajas airport in Madrid or are there more than one?

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Here is info from p. 513 of Rick's Spain book: Madrid’s Barajas Airport
Ten miles east of downtown, Madrid’s modern airport has four terminals. Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are connected by long indoor walkways (about an 8-minute walk apart) and serve airlines including Delta, United, US Airways, and Air Canada. The newer Terminal 4 serves airlines including Iberia, Vueling, Ryanair, British, and American, and also has a separate satellite terminal called T4S. To transfer between Terminals 1-3 and Terminal 4, you can take a 10-minute shuttle bus (free, leaves every 10 minutes from departures level), or take the Metro (stops at Terminals 2 and 4). Make sure to allow enough time if you need to travel between terminals (and then for the long walk within Terminal 4 to the gates). For more information about navigating this massive airport, go to www.aena-aeropuertos.es (airport code: MAD).
International flights typically use Terminals 1 and 4. At the Terminal 1 arrivals area, you’ll find a helpful, though privately run, English-speaking Turismo Madrid TI (marked Oficina de Información Turística, Mon-Sat 8:00-20:00, Sun 9:00-14:00, tel. 913-058-656), ATMs, a flight info office (marked simply Information in airport lobby, open daily 24 hours, tel. 902-353-570), a post-office window, a pharmacy, lots of phones (buy a phone card from the nearby machine), a few scattered Internet terminals (small fee), eateries, a RENFE office (where you can get train info and buy long-distance train tickets, daily 8:00-21:00, tel. 902-320-320), and on-the-spot car-rental agencies. The super-modern Terminal 4 offers essentially the same services. Luggage storage (consigna) is in Terminal 2, near the Metro exit. Some buses leave from the airport to far-flung destinations, such as Pamplona (see www.alsa.es; buy ticket online or from the driver).

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There is more than one. Furthermore, terminals 1 and 2 are connected to each other, and terminals 4 and 4S are connected to each other. But between these two groups, you have to take a shuttle bus. And while 4 and 4S are considered "the same terminal" by the airport, they are each huge and there can be a LOT of walking between them (or even within them).

Here's the list of airlines and which terminals they use:
http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/en/Page/1049727006273//List-of-airlines.html

Edit: cross posting with Laura who gave more detail, but you'll find the airlines list useful.

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The Barajas Airport site has a map with a listing of the airlines and the terminals they use. More than one terminal, maybe all even, are international fight handlers for one airline or another...

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Thanks everyone for the good information on Madrid airport. We are now able to go ahead with our planning .