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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 49m

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

SFr 50 - SFr 217

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Fly to Mulhouse  •  6h 39m

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

SFr 95 - SFr 437

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 51m

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

SFr 70 - SFr 268

Fly to Strasbourg, train  •  6h 46m

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

SFr 122 - SFr 355

Train  •  12h 44m

  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 202 - SFr 278

Bus, train  •  22h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - South Station to Geneva - Bus station
  2. Take the train from Genève to Bern 15 / ...
  3. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...

SFr 129 - SFr 214

Bus  •  26h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel

SFr 120 - SFr 190

Drive  •  15h 9m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Basel 969.4 miles

SFr 200 - SFr 300

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 4h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 4h 49m.

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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 Gare de Basel-SBB via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu and Gare de Mulhouse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 44m.

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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 12h 44m and costs 170€ - 250€.

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It takes approximately 4h 49m to get from Madrid to Basel, including transfers.

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Madrid to Basel bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from 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 49m and costs 40€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 170€ - 250€ and takes 12h 44m, you could also bus, which costs 100€ - 170€ and takes 26h 41m.

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  • Distance: 749.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 49m

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

Iberia, easyJet 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 Gare de Mulhouse in around 12h 44m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 700
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 180 - SFr 850
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Toulouse, Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 700
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 190 - SFr 550
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 600
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 430
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
SFr 320 - SFr 1800
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 430
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 370
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 370
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 490
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 500
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 260
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 700
TUI fly Belgium
Website
tuifly.be
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Lyon
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 430
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Marseille
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 440
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg via Marseille
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 260
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

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
53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 26
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 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 22 - SFr 27
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 41
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 75 - SFr 90
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 150
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 18 - SFr 20
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 18 - SFr 20
1st Class
SFr 22 - SFr 35
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
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 24
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.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 Gare de Strasbourg to Gare de Basel-SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 14 - SFr 22
1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 45 - SFr 70
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 220
Renfe AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Renfe AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 110
Website
renfe.com
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 15
Website
trenitalia.com
1st Class
SFr 12 - SFr 15
Bus operators
Ouibus

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 Madrid - South Station to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 70
Website
Ouibus
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 120 - 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 85 - SFr 140
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 10m.

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

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Madrid to Basel train services, operated by inOui TGV, 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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Iberia, Vueling Airlines, KLM and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 568+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at SFr 68 per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 26m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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