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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Frankfurt  •  5h 17m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Frankfurt (FRA) MAD - FRA

28€ - 164€

5 alternative options

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  7h 15m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Dusseldorf (DUS) MAD - DUS
  2. Take the train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf

77€ - 303€

Train  •  15h 29m

  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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Tgv

223€ - 348€

Bus via Paris  •  25h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Paris 793
  2. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Frankfurt - Main station Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Metz > Saarbrücken > Mannheim > Frankfurt - Airport > Frankfurt - Main station / ...

75€ - 109€

Bus  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Frankfurt Main Station

140€ - 210€

Drive  •  16h 48m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 1830 km

190€ - 290€

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Germany 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 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Germany.

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Last updated: 20 Apr 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to fly which costs 28€ - 170€ and takes 5h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to fly which costs 28€ - 170€ and takes 5h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Frankfurt Main Station station. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 2 days 4h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level). However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf via Barcelona-Sants and Lyon Part Dieu. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 29m.

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The distance between Madrid and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 1445 km. The road distance is 1830 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) without a car is to train which takes 15h 29m and costs 220€ - 350€.

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It takes approximately 5h 17m to get from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), including transfers.

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Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 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 Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to fly which takes 5h 17m and costs 28€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 220€ - 350€ and takes 15h 29m, you could also bus via Paris, which costs 75€ - 110€ and takes 25h 46m.

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  • Distance: 1444.6 km
  • Duration: 5h 17m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), Germany?

Lufthansa, Air Europa and five other airlines fly from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) via Barcelona-Sants and Lyon Part Dieu in around 15h 29m.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 350€
Flights from Madrid to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 230€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Madrid to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 280€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 210€
Flights from Madrid to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
170€ - 410€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
18€ - 120€
Flights from Madrid to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 170€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 440€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
130€ - 230€
Flights from Madrid to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 450€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 400€
Flights from Madrid to Dusseldorf via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 410€
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).

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Duesseldorf Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 50€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
22€ - 30€
1st Class
35€ - 50€
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
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
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 Lyon Part Dieu to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100€ - 150€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
100€ - 130€
1st Class
120€ - 150€
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Paris
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Frankfurt central train station
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

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 Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Frankfurt - Main station
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
18€ - 23€
Website
Blablabus
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 Frankfurt Main Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
140€ - 210€
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 30m.

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Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Frankfurt Main Station.

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Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 1830 km. It takes approximately 16h 48m to drive from Madrid to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).

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Air Europa, Swiss, TAP Portugal and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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