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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Basel  •  4 h 45 min

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

$50 - $217

7 alternative options

Fly to Mulhouse  •  6 h 40 min

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

$95 - $407

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 59 min

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

$92 - $292

Fly to Strasbourg, train  •  6 h 35 min

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

$140 - $382

Train  •  12 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Avignon TGV Ave
  2. Take the train from Avignon TGV to Basel SBB Tgv

$248 - $316

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  13 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville Tgv

$269 - $357

Bus  •  26 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel

$120 - $190

Drive  •  15 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Basel 1021.6 miles

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Basel is to fly which costs 40€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Basel. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 26 h 41 min.

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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 Avignon TGV. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 52 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Basel is 1200 km. The road distance is 1634.6 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Basel without a car is to train which takes 12 h 52 min and costs 210€ - 280€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 45 min 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 Spanish Railways 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 4 h 45 min and costs 40€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 210€ - 280€ and takes 12 h 52 min, you could also bus, which costs 100€ - 170€ and takes 26 h 41 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Basel.
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  • Distance: 749.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 45 min

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

Iberia, easyJet and four other airlines fly from Madrid to Basel every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Basel via Avignon TGV in around 12 h 52 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Mulhouse via Toulouse, Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,800
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Strasbourg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Avignon TGV to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $140
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$120 - $140
1st Class
$170 - $240
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$130 - $150
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $150
1st Class
$180 - $260
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Strasbourg to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
Spanish Railways AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Avignon TGV
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
26 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch

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

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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 Basel SBB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Basel is 1635 km. It takes approximately 15 h 15 min to drive from Madrid to Basel.

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Iberia, Vueling Airlines, British Airways and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 506+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at $70 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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