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Madrid Barajas airport arrival time?

Our family has a flight departing the Madrid Airport on January 6 (Three Kings Day) at 6 a.m., flying to Amsterdam and then on to the U.S. I see online that the recommendation is to arrive at the Madrid airport three hours early. That would put us there at 3 a.m. Is this really necessary that early in the morning, and on a holiday? Or would two hours (4 a.m. arrival) be sufficient? We will be booking a private transfer to the airport because of the holiday and early hour.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Posted by
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For the first leg which is like a domestic flight you only need to arrive by 4 am or 2 hours before; the holiday is not factor.

Posted by
2205 posts

Many locals won't be traveling on Jan 6th, especially so early in the morning, I'd say 1:30 hr - 2 hrs before is more than enough, you won't run into any traffic, that's for sure ;-)