There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Bern 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, train  •  6h 18m

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

SFr 110 - SFr 350

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 18m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zurich (ZRH) MAD - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern

SFr 82 - SFr 320

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Fly to Geneva, train  •  6h 57m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Geneva (GVA) MAD - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern

SFr 97 - SFr 330

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8h 37m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MAD - MXP
  2. Take the train from Gallarate to Bern

SFr 86 - SFr 514

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  9h 30m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Linate (LIN) MAD - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bern

SFr 121 - SFr 456

Train  •  13h 34m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv Ave
  2. Take the train from Avignon Tgv to Geneve Tgv
  3. Take the train from Genève to Bern 15 / ...

SFr 211 - SFr 309

Bus via Burgos  •  23h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Burgos Madrid - South Station > Madrid - Avénida de America > Madrid - Barajas Airport > Burgos > San Sebastián > Biriatou - Spain > Biriatou - France > Bayonne > Bordeaux City Centre > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to Bern

SFr 101 - SFr 139

Bus  •  3 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Berne/Neufeld

SFr 240 - SFr 340

Drive  •  14h 26m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Bern 1531.4 km

SFr 190 - SFr 280

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Bern is to bus via Burgos which costs 90€ - 130€ and takes 23h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Bern is to fly and train which costs 75€ - 300€ and takes 6h 18m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Berne/Neufeld. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 3 days 4h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Bern. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Bern via Avignon Tgv and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 34m.

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The distance between Madrid and Bern is 1152 km. The road distance is 1531.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bern without a car is to train which takes 13h 34m and costs 190€ - 290€.

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It takes approximately 6h 18m to get from Madrid to Bern, including transfers.

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Madrid to Bern bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bern is to train which takes 13h 34m and costs 190€ - 290€. Alternatively, you can bus via Burgos, which costs 90€ - 130€ and takes 23h 11m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Bern.
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  • Distance: 1151.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 18m

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Bern via Avignon Tgv and Genève in around 13h 34m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Bern via Burgos in around 23h 11m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 250
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 700
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 250
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 200
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 350
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 150
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 460
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 310
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 310
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 310
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 160
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 220
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 230
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 230
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 310
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 240
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 240
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 700
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 260
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 460
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 230
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 350
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 430
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 210
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 300
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 300
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 800
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 Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
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)
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 Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 24
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Gallarate to Bern
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 140
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 55 - SFr 75
1st Class
SFr 95 - SFr 140
Train from Milano Centrale to Bern
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 150
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 60 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 110 - SFr 150
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 130
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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 Avignon Tgv to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 90
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 70 - SFr 85
1st Class
SFr 75 - SFr 90
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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Burgos
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 29
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Berne/Neufeld
Ave. Duration
3 days 4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 240 - SFr 340
Website
alsa.com
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Burgos to Bern
Ave. Duration
19h 26m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 110
Website
iberocoach.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 Bern bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Berne/Neufeld station.

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Madrid to Bern train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Bern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Bern is 1531 km. It takes approximately 14h 26m to drive from Madrid to Bern.

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

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Book your Madrid to Bern bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 150+ hotels available in Bern. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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