There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Geneva by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Geneva (GVA) MAD - GVA

$47 - $221

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Train  •  12 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  4. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...

$197 - $270

Bus FlixBus  •  20 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache 748
  2. Take the bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois

$86 - $138

Bus Eurolines CH  •  21 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Genève

$100 - $210

Bus, train  •  26 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Martigny
  2. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport 1 / ...

$138 - $256

Drive  •  12 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Geneva 842.1 miles

$170 - $260

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Avenida de América and arriving at Genève. Services depart once daily, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 21 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Genève via Barcelona Sants Station, Valence TGV and Lyon Part Dieu. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 31 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Geneva is 1023 km. The road distance is 1347.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 12 h 31 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to get from Madrid to Geneva, including transfers.

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Madrid to Geneva bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Madrid Avenida de América station.

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Madrid to Geneva train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Geneva is to fly which takes 4 h 36 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 12 h 31 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 20 h 11 min.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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Madrid to Geneva bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Genève station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 639.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 36 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland?

Swiss, Iberia and five other airlines fly from Madrid to Geneva hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Gare de Valence TGV, Valence TGV, and Lyon Part Dieu in around 12 h 31 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
renfe.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Valence TGV to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $30
1st Class
$44 - $46
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
isilines.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lyon to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois - Gare
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Book at
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Genève
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $210
Book at
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid to Martigny
Ave. Duration
22 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Ginebra
Ave. Duration
3 days 1 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
alsa.com

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Madrid to Geneva train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Genève station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Geneva is 1347 km. It takes approximately 12 h 52 min to drive from Madrid to Geneva.

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easyJet, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 393+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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