Madrid's Cheap New Airport Bus
Often the hidden costs of travel really add up like the amount of money you pay to go from the airport to the city center. In NYC, taxis from JFK to Midtown are about to rise from $45 to $53 (plus tax and tolls). It's refreshing to hear about any public transportation option that shaves a little money off those often astronomical rates.
The City of Madrid has a new express public bus service to the airport, which will operate without interruption 24 hours a day and only costs 2 euros per ticket. Yes you read that right: 2 euros which is about $2.80 US at press time.
Known as the "Airport Express" it began operation on November 5th at 6:00 am. Here are a few projected numbers:
- It will run 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and will cover its 14-mile route in about 40 minutes. At 2 euros it the most economical service of its kind in the European Union.
- According to estimates, it will transport 60,000 passengers each month and will depart every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night.
- The line will end at the T4 airport terminal, with stops at T1 and T2 as well. It will be especially beneficial to low-cost travellers who often have night-time flights.