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Getting through immigration and customs at Madrid airport

Lisi

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To those who had recent experience : roughly how much time did it take for you to get through immigration, customs and Covid related controls at Madrid airport. I'm trying to figure out transport to Pamplona, specifically whether I can catch a 15:15 bus from T4 if my flight touch down on time at 12 noon. Thanks
 
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To those who had recent experience : roughly how much time did it take for you to get through immigration, customs and Covid related controls at Madrid airport. I'm trying to figure out transport to Pamplona, specifically whether I can catch a 15:15 bus from T4 if my flight touch down on time at 12 noon. Thanks
Hi, Lisi,

Welcome to the forum. Things would have to go very very wrong for you to miss a 15:15 bus with a noon arrival. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but there would have to be many things combining to go wrong at once. Are you checking luggage? Are you arriving in T4 on the plane? Those are two factors that will determine how long it takes. But even if you check luggage and arrive in T1, I think you will have ample time. Good luck! Buen camino, Laurie
 

Lisi

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Hi, Lisi,

Welcome to the forum. Things would have to go very very wrong for you to miss a 15:15 bus with a noon arrival. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but there would have to be many things combining to go wrong at once. Are you checking luggage? Are you arriving in T4 on the plane? Those are two factors that will determine how long it takes. But even if you check luggage and arrive in T1, I think you will have ample time. Good luck! Buen camino, Laurie
Thanks Laurie ! i should have mentioned that my flight is internatIonal landing at T1. And yes with checked baggage. Thanks again for the info, it helps a lot!
 

Connie Ramage

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To those who had recent experience : roughly how much time did it take for you to get through immigration, customs and Covid related controls at Madrid airport. I'm trying to figure out transport to Pamplona, specifically whether I can catch a 15:15 bus from T4 if my flight touch down on time at 12 noon. Thanks
Fyi-we arrived at MAD at 9:05 am on Thurs. Customs went smoothly, lots of walking, escalators, tram, down to luggage retrieval, which we had our QR code scanned before entering. We took a taxi to Atocha, 30 euros and approx 15-20 min. Arrived an hour early for out 11:35 train to Pamplona. We are now in Zubiri after our 3rd day of walking. So happy to be back! The magic is still here!
 

Lisi

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Fyi-we arrived at MAD at 9:05 am on Thurs. Customs went smoothly, lots of walking, escalators, tram, down to luggage retrieval, which we had our QR code scanned before entering. We took a taxi to Atocha, 30 euros and approx 15-20 min. Arrived an hour early for out 11:35 train to Pamplona. We are now in Zubiri after our 3rd day of walking. So happy to be back! The magic is still here!
Great info. Thank you and Buen Camino!
 
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Frank Wortley

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Great info. Thank you and Buen Camino!
I am wondering whether catching a plane to Pamplona might be another option. It is easy to get from the airport to the Old City Centre and costs about 1.50 Euros by bus. You can see the bus stop from the airport entrance.
 

Lisi

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I am wondering whether catching a plane to Pamplona might be another option. It is easy to get from the airport to the Old City Centre and costs about 1.50 Euros by bus. You can see the bus stop from the airport entrance.
Thanks Frank. Flying is actually my first choice but the two flights on that day leave 12:20 and 7:Xxpm. I won't be able to catch the earlier one since my international flight touches down 12:05. The later flight means I Arrive later than the 15:15 bus.
 

Frank Wortley

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Thanks Frank. Flying is actually my first choice but the two flights on that day leave 12:20 and 7:Xxpm. I won't be able to catch the earlier one since my international flight touches down 12:05. The later flight means I Arrive later than the 15:15 bus.
Yep! Bus is best. Have a gr8 Camino experience.

Frank
 

1stCaminoFrances

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Fyi-we arrived at MAD at 9:05 am on Thurs. Customs went smoothly, lots of walking, escalators, tram, down to luggage retrieval, which we had our QR code scanned before entering. We took a taxi to Atocha, 30 euros and approx 15-20 min. Arrived an hour early for out 11:35 train to Pamplona. We are now in Zubiri after our 3rd day of walking. So happy to be back! The magic is still here!
Connie, I think I'm going to be arriving on that same plane in the middle of September. Did you check any luggage? How do you recommend getting to SJPdP from Pamplona?
 

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