There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Lausanne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Geneva, train  •  5 h 31 min

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

$64 - $253

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  7 h 27 min

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

$127 - $353

Fly to Basel, train  •  7 h 35 min

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

$113 - $338

Fly to Lyon, train  •  8 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lyon (LYS) MAD - LYS
  2. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
  3. Take the train from Genève to Lausanne

$118 - $320

Train  •  16 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Girona Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Girona to Port Bou Ir / ...
  3. Take the train from Cerbère to Montpellier Saint-Roch
  4. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  5. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  6. Take the train from Genève to Lausanne 1 / ...

$240 - $362

Bus  •  22 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Martigny

$100 - $200

Drive  •  13 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lausanne 881.6 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lausanne is to fly and train which costs 55€ - 220€ and takes 5 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Lausanne is to fly and train which costs 55€ - 220€ and takes 5 h 31 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Martigny. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 22 h 34 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Lausanne via Girona, Cerbère, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 26 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Lausanne is 1073 km. The road distance is 1410.5 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lausanne without a car is to train which takes 16 h 26 min and costs 200€ - 310€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 31 min to get from Madrid to Lausanne, including transfers.

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Madrid to Lausanne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Lausanne 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 Lausanne is to train which takes 16 h 26 min and costs 200€ - 310€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 85€ - 170€ and takes 22 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 50 min.

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Madrid to Lausanne bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, arrive at Martigny station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lausanne.
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  • Distance: 670.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 31 min

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Lausanne via Girona, Port Bou, Cerbère, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 16 h 26 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Madrid to Lausanne 3 times a week. Tickets cost $100 - $200 and the journey takes 22 h 34 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $490
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $400
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 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 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Cerbère to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $70
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
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
Train from Genève to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$31 - $35
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$60 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $120
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 Geneve to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Spanish Railways AVE
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 Girona to Port Bou
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $19
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid to Martigny
Ave. Duration
22 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $200
Book at
eurolines.ch

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