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

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Fly to Basel, train  •  6 h 9 min

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

$85 - $283

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 3 min

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

$92 - $293

Fly to Geneva, train  •  6 h 45 min

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

$87 - $293

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  8 h 58 min

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

$96 - $324

Train  •  13 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Avignon TGV Ave
  2. Take the train from Avignon TGV to Genève Tgv
  3. Take the train from Genève to Bern 1 / ...

$253 - $356

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  14 h 11 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 Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève Tgv / ...
  5. Take the train from Genève to Bern 1 / ...

$257 - $394

Bus  •  24 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Bern

$110 - $200

Drive  •  14 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Bern 941.3 miles

$190 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Bern is to fly and train which costs 80€ - 260€ and takes 6 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Bern is to fly and train which costs 80€ - 260€ and takes 6 h 3 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Avenida de América and arriving at Bern. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 24 h 45 min.

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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 13 h 12 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Bern is 1152 km. The road distance is 1506 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bern without a car is to train which takes 13 h 12 min and costs 220€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Madrid to Bern, including transfers.

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Madrid to Bern bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Madrid Avenida de América station.

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Madrid to Bern 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 Bern is to train which takes 13 h 12 min and costs 220€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100€ - 180€ and takes 24 h 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Bern.
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  • Distance: 720 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 9 min

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 13 h 12 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Madrid to Bern 3 times a week. Tickets cost $110 - $200 and the journey takes 24 h 45 min.

Airlines
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 Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
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
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,900
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
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
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
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
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
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
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Tunis
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,000
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 Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Standard
$30 - $85
First
$80 - $140
Spanish Railways AVE
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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
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Avignon TGV to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $85
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $85
1st Class
$100 - $150
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 Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $70
1st Class
$90 - $120
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
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
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 Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $65
1st Class
$65 - $100
Train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Sncf Ter
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Bern
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $200
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 Bern bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Bern 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 1506 km. It takes approximately 14 h 26 min to drive from Madrid to Bern.

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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 159+ hotels available in Bern. Prices start at $90 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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