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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Frankfurt  •  5 h 23 min

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

$58 - $219

7 alternative options

Fly to Stuttgart, train  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Stuttgart (STR) MAD - STR
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf

$119 - $314

Fly to Cologne Bonn, train  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Cologne Bonn (CGN) MAD - CGN
  2. Take the train from Siegburg/Bonn to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf

$100 - $366

Train  •  15 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  3. Take the train from Paris Est to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

$390 - $509

Bus Eurolines DE  •  30 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Karlsruhe
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 017 / ...

$109 - $154

Bus Eurolines CH  •  36 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel
  2. Take the bus from Basel, Basel central station to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 108 / ...

$145 - $236

Bus ALSA  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Frankfurt Main Station

$95 - $150

Drive  •  17 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main 1147.3 miles

$240 - $350

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main is to fly which costs 50€ - 190€ and takes 5 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main is to fly which costs 50€ - 190€ and takes 5 h 23 min.

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

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf via Barcelona Sants, Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Est. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 47 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Frankfurt am Main is 1446 km. The road distance is 1835.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 15 h 47 min and costs 330€ - 450€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to get from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main, including transfers.

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Madrid to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Frankfurt am Main 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 Frankfurt am Main is to fly which takes 5 h 23 min and costs 50€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 330€ - 450€ and takes 15 h 47 min, you could also bus, which costs 90€ - 140€ and takes 30 h 8 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main.
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  • Distance: 904 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 23 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Lufthansa, Ryanair and 10 other airlines fly from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main via Barcelona Sants, Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare De Lyon, Paris Nord, and Paris Est in around 15 h 47 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Cologne Bonn via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Flights from Madrid to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Cologne Bonn via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $490
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Madrid to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $390
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Madrid to Stuttgart via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Siegburg/Bonn to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Paris Est to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Spanish Railways AVE
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$260 - $390
Train from Paris Est to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $220
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 Paris Gare De Lyon
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Madrid to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
27 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Website
eurolines.de
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
marinobus.it
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
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 4 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 35 min.

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Madrid to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Frankfurt Main Station.

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Madrid to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Frankfurt am Main is 1836 km. It takes approximately 17 h 10 min to drive from Madrid to Frankfurt am Main.

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Ryanair, LATAM Chile, Air Europa and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Frankfurt am Main bus tickets online with ALSA.

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There are 680+ hotels available in Frankfurt am Main. Prices start at $55 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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