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As a major European capital for culture, tourism and business, Madrid receives frequent daily direct flights from all over the continent. From the UK, direct flights to Madrid are offered from many regional cities as well as from London. RyanAir operates direct flights from Manchester and easyJet from Edinburgh, for example. Other airlines such as AerLingus and KLM offer departures with a stop in their home capitals. Some 32 daily direct flights to Madrid leave from London's airports each day. Flag carrier British Airways and Iberia offer departures from Heathrow and Gatwick, budget airlines RyanAir, easyJet, and AirEuropa operate from Gatwick and Stansted. BA also offers a daily departure from London City Airport. German passengers can take direct flights from Frankfurt operated by Lufthansa, AirEuropa and Iberia, and from Berlin with RyanAir, Iberia Express, and AirBerlin. From Paris, Transavia, Vueling, easyJet, AirEuropa and RyanAir operate direct flights to Madrid. Scandinavian passengers can fly direct from Copenhagen with Iberia Express and Norwegian, and from Stockholm and Oslo with Norwegian. Flights arrive at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. From here, passengers can make the 12-kilometre journey into the city centre by Metro rail or by bus. Metro Line 8 trains run to the Nuevos Ministerios station in the heart of Madrid in just 15 minutes. Frequent buses run to Atocha-Renfe train station, a major transport hub for the city.
Spain's capital is a beguiling blend of stately elegance and seductive energy. Its elegance is manifest in its grand boulevards, handsome buildings, expansive parks, and world class galleries that showcase the works of native masters Goya, Velasquez and Picasso. Its energy manifests itself in the vibrant spirit of the madrilenos with their passion for dining, cafe culture and nightlife. Madrid is a year-round destination and whether you're seeking the traditional Spain of bullfights and flamencos or an iconic soccer team and the latest dance beats, Madrid will deliver.