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There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Interlaken by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Basel, train

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

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Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Chambery Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Chambéry to Fribourg
  3. Take the train from Fribourg/Freiburg Poya to Thun

Fly to Zurich, train

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

Fly to Geneva, train

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

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train

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

Train via Barcelona

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
  4. Take the train from Genève to Bern
  5. Take the train from Bern to Interlaken West

Train

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Avignon TGV to Genève
  3. Take the train from Genève to Bern
  4. Take the train from Bern to Interlaken West

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bern
  3. Take the bus from Bern to Interlaken Station East

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid to Interlaken
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International entry into Switzerland from Spain

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to delay international travel until fully vaccinated

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Yes, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Interlaken is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Interlaken is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Interlaken is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

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

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Last updated: 9 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Interlaken is to bus and train which costs €70 - €100 and takes 29h 14m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Interlaken is to fly and train. Taking this option will cost €100 - €310 and takes 7h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Interlaken station. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Interlaken Station East via Bilbao and Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Interlaken. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Interlaken West via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Genève and Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 44m.

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The distance between Madrid and Interlaken is 1162 km. The road distance is 1586.3 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Interlaken without a car is to train via Barcelona which takes 14h 44m and costs €200 - €370.

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It takes approximately 7h 16m to get from Madrid to Interlaken, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Interlaken 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 Interlaken is to train via Barcelona which takes 14h 44m and costs €200 - €370. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €95 - €130 and takes 27h.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Interlaken.
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  • Distance: 1161.6 km
  • Duration: 7h 16m

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Interlaken via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Genève, and Bern in around 14h 44m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Interlaken via Bilbao and Bern in around 27h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 370
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 370
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 420
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 420
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 330
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 320
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 310
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 350
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 320
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 310
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 480
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 480
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 240
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 240
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 280
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 650
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 430
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 80
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Avignon TGV to Genève
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 210
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Basel SBB to Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
SBB GmbH
Train from Bern to Interlaken West
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
SBB GmbH
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 Spiez
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 110
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
SFr 45 - SFr 65
1st Class
SFr 80 - SFr 110
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Promo+
SFr 70 - SFr 75
Flexible
SFr 90 - SFr 120
Renfe SNCF
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 90
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Avignon Tgv
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 21 - SFr 30
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 45
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
Train from Avignon Tgv to Geneve
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 85
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 65 - SFr 80
1st Class
SFr 70 - SFr 85
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Fribourg/Freiburg Poya to Thun
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 16
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
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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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
alsa.com
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bilbao to Bern
Ave. Duration
19h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Bern to Interlaken Station East
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Chambéry to Fribourg
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 18
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Chambery Bus Station
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Website
Union Ivkoni

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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 Interlaken bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Interlaken Station East.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Interlaken is 1586 km. It takes approximately 14h 59m to drive from Madrid to Interlaken.

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