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Fly to Zurich  •  2h 53m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zurich (ZRH) MAD - ZRH

SFr 38 - SFr 131

6 alternative options

Fly to Basel, train  •  3h 56m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Basel (BSL) MAD - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB

SFr 59 - SFr 229

Fly to Geneva, train  •  5h 23m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Geneva (GVA) MAD - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Zürich HB

SFr 122 - SFr 292

Train  •  15h 55m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Ter / ...
  4. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...

SFr 269 - SFr 465

Bus  •  25h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Burgos
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to Zürich

SFr 106 - SFr 148

Bus, night bus  •  25h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache N748
  2. Take the night bus from Lyon Perrache to Zurich Bus Station N106

SFr 87 - SFr 105

Drive  •  15h 28m

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich 1644.2 km

SFr 190 - SFr 290

Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich by train

The train journey time between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Zürich is around 30h 56m and covers a distance of around 1716 km. The fastest train normally takes 23h 27m. Operated by Renfe Cercanias, Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF and others, the Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich train service departs from Aeropuerto T4 and arrives in Zürich HB. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
30h 56m
Fastest train time:
23h 27m
Train distance:
1716 km
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
90 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
20:01
Last train departs at:
22:01

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich train schedules

Spain → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to arrivals from Spain
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Health declaration required
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
France: Paris, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Pays de la Loire

This applies to arrivals from India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vatican
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Zürich is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Zürich is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, returning to Spain from Switzerland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 21 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich is to fly which costs €30 - €120 and takes 2h 53m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich is to fly. Taking this option will cost €30 - €120 and takes 2h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 and arriving at Zürich via Burgos. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Aeropuerto T4 and arriving at Zürich HB via Madrid-Puerta De Atocha, Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 55m.

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The distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Zürich is 1235 km. The road distance is 1644.2 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 15h 55m and costs €240 - €430.

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It takes approximately 2h 53m to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich, including transfers.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich is to fly which takes 2h 53m and costs €30 - €120. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €240 - €430 and takes 15h 55m, you could also bus, which costs €95 - €140 and takes 25h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 1234.6 km
  • Duration: 2h 53m

What companies run services between Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain and Zürich, Switzerland?

Swiss, Air Europa and six other airlines fly from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich via Atocha, Madrid-Puerta De Atocha, Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 15h 55m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 300
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 190
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 300
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 190
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 310
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 310
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 130
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 340
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 360
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 390
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 260
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 150
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 130
Train operators
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 39
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 130
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 65 - SFr 90
Promo+
SFr 75 - SFr 81
Flexible
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 95
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Bus operators
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 Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Burgos
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 29
Website
alsa.com
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Burgos to Zürich
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
iberocoach.com
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 Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Lyon Perrache to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 30
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich bus services, operated by Iberocoach, arrive at Zürich station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich is 1644 km. It takes approximately 15h 28m to drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Zürich.

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Swiss, Air Europa, Iberia and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport.

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