Flights to Madrid: Flights from UK to Spain
Flights to Madrid from which airports in the UK?
Spain's lively capital is well-served by regular cheap flights from across the UK, making it an ideal short-break destination.
Unsurprisingly, the greatest number of flights from the UK to Madrid depart out of London, with travellers able to fly from City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports, thereby making the search for cheap airline tickets relatively easy, particularly for those who are abel to book flights online.
Holidaymakers and business flyer outside of London can travel to Madrid direct from Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds-Bradford and Liverpool airports, while those north of the border are able to fly from Edinburgh Airport.
Airlines flying to Madrid from the UK
Both national carriers, Iberia and British Airways offer regular links between their respective capitals, though while the former flies out of just Heathrow, the latter operates routes from both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, in addition to the City Airport services offered by its City Flyer arm.
However, the greatest choice and the cheapest seats are offered by the low-cost airlines.
easyJet in particular flies from five separate UK airports, with bmibaby, Jet2.com, Ryanair and Air Comet also offering low fares between the two cities.
Where is Madrid in Spain?
Bordered by the regions of Castile and Leon and Castile La Mancha, Spain's historic capital is located almost right in the heart of the country.
Excellent public transport links, including the recently-opened fast train line to Barcelona, make Madrid the ideal gateway to the Iberian peninsular, while it also serves as the entrance to Europe for the tens of thousands of Latin American migrants touching down at the airport each year.
Flights between the UK and Madrid take less than two hours, thereby eliminating the need for a stop-over, while the time difference of just one hour also makes the city the perfect choice for holidaymakers looking for a hassle-free short break.
Things to see and do in Madrid
Though one of Europe's most dynamic cities, Madrid is nevertheless compact enough to explore by foot.
Highlights for the culturally-minded include the 'Golden Triangle' of art galleries, including the Prado and Reina Sofia, as well as the Royal Palace and the winding streets of the historic Santa Ana district.
Surrounding the stunning Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol – accepted as the very centre of the city – are hundreds of chic boutiques and hotels to suit all budgets, while the neighbourhoods of Chueca and Moncola boast some of the world's best nightlife, though most of the most popular bars and clubs don't start to get full until the early hours of the morning.
For those after a more relaxing break, Madrid's café society scene is up there with Paris, while the Retiro Park offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the centre.