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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Basel by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Basel  •  4h 58m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Basel (BSL) MAD - BSL

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 59m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zurich (ZRH) MAD - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb

Fly to Strasbourg, train  •  6h 42m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Strasbourg (SXB) MAD - SXB
  2. Take the train from Strasbourg to Basel Sbb

Train  •  12h 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 Mulhouse Ville Tgv / ...

Bus via Bilbao  •  25h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Basel

Bus  •  27h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lyon Gare Perrache Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur - Sofia Central Bus Station / ...
  2. Take the bus from Lyon Perrache to Basel SBB N122 / ...

Bus #2  •  3 days 5h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel

Drive  •  14h 55m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Basel 1544.7 km

Madrid to Basel by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Basel is around 12h 55m and covers a distance of around 1693 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h 12m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, TGV inOui and others, the Madrid to Basel train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Basel Sbb. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Trains
12h 55m Average Duration
SFr 171 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to bus which costs €75 - €110 and takes 27h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs €70 - €240 and takes 4h 58m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Basel. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 3 days 5h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Basel. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Basel Sbb via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu and Mulhouse Ville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 55m.

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The distance between Madrid and Basel is 1200 km. The road distance is 1544.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Basel without a car is to train which takes 12h 55m and costs €160 - €320.

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It takes approximately 4h 58m to get from Madrid to Basel, including transfers.

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Madrid to Basel bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid to Basel train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which takes 4h 58m and costs €70 - €240. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €160 - €320 and takes 12h 55m, you could also bus via Bilbao, which costs €130 - €200 and takes 25h 10m.

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  • Distance: 1199.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 58m

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

easyJet, Lufthansa and four other airlines fly from Madrid to Basel hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Mulhouse Ville in around 12h 55m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 400
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 400
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 390
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 500
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 410
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 410
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 420
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 750
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 1200
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg via Toulouse
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 220
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 30 - SFr 36
1st Class
SFr 25 - SFr 30
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 90
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 65 - SFr 80
1st Class
SFr 70 - SFr 90
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
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 Strasbourg to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 18 - SFr 27
Rail 1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 90
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 45 - SFr 70
Rail 1st Class
SFr 60 - SFr 90
Renfe AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Renfe AVE
Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 60 - SFr 80
Promo+
SFr 69 - SFr 74
Flexible
SFr 90 - SFr 120
Renfe SNCF
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 90
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Basel
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 160
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 days 5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 230 - SFr 320
Website
alsa.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 65
Website
Union Ivkoni
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 80
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lyon Perrache to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A to Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 18
Website
RegioJet

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

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Madrid to Basel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Basel SBB station.

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Madrid to Basel train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Mulhouse Ville station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Basel is 1545 km. It takes approximately 14h 55m to drive from Madrid to Basel.

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British Airways, easyJet, Air France and Lufthansa offer flights from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport.

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