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There are 7 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Frankfurt  •  5h 36m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Madrid (MAD) FRA - MAD

21€ - 114€

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  7h 20m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Madrid (MAD) DUS - MAD

85€ - 291€

Train to Strasbourg, fly  •  7h 28m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Strasbourg
  2. Fly from Strasbourg (SXB) to Madrid (MAD) SXB - MAD

118€ - 296€

Train  •  15h 47m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Paris l'Est Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants Tgv
  3. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

239€ - 380€

Bus via Paris  •  24h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt central train station to Paris N1305 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Madrid 793

73€ - 105€

Bus  •  3 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt Main Station to Madrid

180€ - 260€

Drive  •  16h 54m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid 1833.5 km

190€ - 290€

Frankfurt am Main to Madrid by bus

The bus journey time between Frankfurt am Main and Madrid is around 27h and covers a distance of around 1890 km. The fastest bus normally takes 27h. Operated by FlixBus and Blablabus, the Frankfurt am Main to Madrid bus service departs from Frankfurt central train station and arrives in Madrid. Typically four buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Frankfurt am Main to Madrid bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Madrid is 112.

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The social distance requirement in Madrid is 1.5 metres.

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The cost-effective way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid is to fly, which costs 21€ - 120€ and takes 5h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid is to fly which costs 21€ - 120€ and takes 5h 36m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt Main Station station and arriving at Madrid. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 3 days 4h.

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No, there is no direct train from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 47m.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Madrid is 1446 km. The road distance is 1833.5 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 15h 47m and costs 230€ - 380€.

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It takes approximately 5h 36m to get from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Frankfurt Main Station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Madrid train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid is to fly which takes 5h 36m and costs 21€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 230€ - 380€ and takes 15h 47m, you could also bus via Paris, which costs 70€ - 110€ and takes 24h 40m.

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  • Distance: 1446.3 km
  • Duration: 5h 36m

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Madrid, Spain?

Lufthansa, Air Europa and seven other airlines fly from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid via Paris l'Est, Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Barcelona-Sants in around 15h 47m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 280€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Strasbourg to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
60€ - 200€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 350€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 240€
Flights from Strasbourg to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
130€ - 390€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 210€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 210€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170€ - 410€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
18€ - 120€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 120€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 440€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 500€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 280€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Tunis
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
120€ - 240€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
65€ - 320€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
80€ - 410€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Madrid via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
40€ - 160€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Paris l'Est
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
100€ - 140€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 48m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 55€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
45€ - 55€
1st Class
45€ - 55€
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Paris l'Est
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
90€ - 120€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
90€ - 110€
1st Class
100€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 85€
Promo+
70€ - 75€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt central train station to Paris
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Frankfurt - Main station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
18€ - 23€
Website
Blablabus
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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 Frankfurt Main Station to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 days 4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180€ - 260€
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 35m.

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Frankfurt am Main to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Madrid is 1834 km. It takes approximately 16h 54m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Madrid.

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Air Europa, Tunisair, Iberia and three other airlines offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 5774+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to line 35880 train which takes 15 min and costs 3€ - 5€.

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