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There are 7 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

SFr 130 - SFr 304

Cheapest option

Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 21m

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

SFr 75 - SFr 320

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Fly to Mulhouse  •  6h 33m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Mulhouse (MLH) MAD - MLH

SFr 170 - SFr 494

Train  •  13h 32m

  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

SFr 209 - SFr 337

Bus via Lyon  •  23h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid, Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache N748
  2. Take the bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Basel, Basel SBB N122 / ...

SFr 83 - SFr 101

Bus  •  26h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel

SFr 80 - SFr 190

Drive  •  15h 9m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Basel 1551.1 km

SFr 190 - SFr 280

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to bus via Lyon which costs 75€ - 95€ and takes 23h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs 120€ - 290€ 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, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 26h 41m.

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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 13h 32m.

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The distance between Madrid and Basel is 1200 km. The road distance is 1551.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Basel without a car is to train which takes 13h 32m and costs 190€ - 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 FlixBus, depart from Madrid, Madrid 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 120€ - 290€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 190€ - 320€ and takes 13h 32m, you could also bus via Lyon, which costs 75€ - 95€ and takes 23h 50m.

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

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

easyJet, Lufthansa and five 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 13h 32m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 250 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 250 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 260
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 260
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 700
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 210
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Toulouse, Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Marseille, Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 150
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 350
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 170
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 180
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 230
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 350
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 230
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 260
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 270
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 100
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 390
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 200
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 370
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 Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 32 - SFr 37
1st Class
SFr 26 - SFr 31
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 70 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 95
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 130
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 65 - SFr 90
Promo+
SFr 74 - SFr 80
Flexible
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Renfe SNCF
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid, Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Basel, Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
26h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 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. 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 to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 days 5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 200
Website
alsa.com

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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, 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 1551 km. It takes approximately 15h 9m to drive from Madrid to Basel.

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Air France, British Airways, KLM and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Basel bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 623+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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