Madrid Barajas

by Volker Weber

This is one of the longest Airport terminals I ever walked from one end to the other. If you arrive at the red pillars and have to walk down to the blue ones — they are colored like a rainbow — that is quite a distance. Look here on Google Maps.


The architect just won the RIBA Stirling award for architecture here in the UK this weekend: another Richard Rogers building and very impressive.


Matt White, 2006-10-16

This works better as a link. :-)

Volker Weber, 2006-10-16

Its very impressiv, I just walked through that building two weeks ago. But if you are on stop over at Madrid, and you have to change from the new terminal to old terminal better plan 2 or 3 hours... it was horrible. And its normal that baggage claim needs up to 45 minutes to deliver your stuff...

Alexander Kluge, 2006-10-16

According to [ link ] it is 1.17 km from end to end. But it probably seem much longer if you were pushing one of those over loaded luggage carts with all your cameras and computer gear.

Ken Porter, 2006-10-16

LOL. Ken. It it is not the luggage that is heavy. I was only travelling with 10 kg. But somehow the terminal felt a lot longer than 1 km.

Volker Weber, 2006-10-16

Having wandered quite lost from the train station to the far terminal, then the near terminal, and back again to the far terminal in Munich, I'm not sure I agree that walking distance in Madrid could be much longer.

Signs that I could read in Munich were somewhat sparse. Not, mind you, that I expect signs in English for my use everywhere in the world. I had planned time for getting a bit lost -- but it was a lot of walking with a suitcase trailing behind.

Andrew Pollack, 2006-10-17

Andrew, you can also run back and forth in Barajas to make the terminal even longer.

Volker Weber, 2006-10-17

Just wait until Heathrow Terminal 5 opens, its currently the largest building project in Europe. Not good news for suitcase-draggers everywhere.

I think its all part of a covert plan to save airline fuel by making you walk half
the distance on your own.

Mike Smith, 2006-10-17

Sure is long - with virtually no wall sockets for laptop power and ridiculously expensive wifi to go with it. He may be an award winning architect but he sure as heck skimped on the details.

Dennis Howlett, 2006-10-23

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