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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

SFr 47 - SFr 205

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h

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

SFr 67 - SFr 165

Fly to Strasbourg, train  •  6h 59m

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

SFr 134 - SFr 344

Train  •  12h 54m

  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 260 - SFr 470

Bus  •  23h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache N748
  2. Take the bus from Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A to Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse RegioJet

SFr 76 - SFr 94

Bus via Bilbao  •  25h 10m

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

SFr 154 - SFr 217

Bus #2  •  3 days 5h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel

SFr 250 - SFr 350

Drive  •  14h 55m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Basel 1544.7 km

SFr 180 - SFr 270

Madrid to Basel by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Basel is around 23h 54m and covers a distance of around 1693 km. The fastest train normally takes 22h 58m. 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 six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
23h 54m
Fastest train time:
22h 58m
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
SFr 215
Carbon emissions:
89 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
20:40
Last train departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Basel 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

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 10 days in a non high-risk area
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
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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 Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, India, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, United Kingdom and Uruguay
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 10 days in a non high-risk area
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Spain

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 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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

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

The social distance requirement in Basel is 2 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, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs €40 - €190 and takes 4h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs €40 - €190 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 54m.

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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 54m and costs €230 - €430.

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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 ALSA, 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 58m and costs €40 - €190. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €230 - €430 and takes 12h 54m, you could also bus, which costs €65 - €90 and takes 23h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Basel.
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  • Distance: 1199.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 58m

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

easyJet, Air France and five other airlines fly from Madrid to Basel every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Mulhouse Ville in around 12h 54m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 400
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 280
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 270
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 360
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 300
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 280
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 400
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 280
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - 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 Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 290
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 150
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 200
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 250
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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 600
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 140
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 700
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 26 - SFr 40
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 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Mulhouse
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 220
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
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
4 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 Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 95
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 75 - SFr 90
1st Class
SFr 80 - SFr 95
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 20 - SFr 45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 20 - SFr 29
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
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
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 Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 19
Website
RegioJet
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 Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Basel
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 170
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
3 days 5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 250 - SFr 350
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 ALSA, arrive at Basel 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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easyJet, Air France, British Airways and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport.

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