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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 29m

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

$78 - $263

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Fly to Basel, train  •  6h 30m

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

$80 - $278

Fly to Geneva, train  •  8h 22m

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

$117 - $353

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  10h 5m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Linate (LIN) MAD - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Arth-Goldau

$106 - $379

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  9h 46m

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

$131 - $363

Train  •  14h 51m

  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 Luzern 15

$283 - $411

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  16h 8m

  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 Luzern 15

$280 - $449

Bus  •  28h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Zurich
  2. Take the bus from Zurich to Luzern K188 / ...

$126 - $204

Drive  •  15h 25m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lucerne 1007.8 miles

$210 - $310

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lucerne is to fly and train which costs 65€ - 230€ and takes 6h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Lucerne is to fly and train which costs 65€ - 230€ and takes 6h 29m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Madrid Avenida de América and arriving at Luzern via Zurich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lucerne. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Luzern via Avignon TGV and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 51m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lucerne is 1212 km. The road distance is 1612.6 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 14h 51m and costs 240€ - 360€.

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It takes approximately 6h 29m to get from Madrid to Lucerne, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Lucerne 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 Lucerne is to train which takes 14h 51m and costs 240€ - 360€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 110€ - 180€ and takes 28h 15m.

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  • Distance: 757.7 miles
  • Duration: 6h 29m

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Lucerne via Avignon TGV and Genève in around 14h 51m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Lucerne via Zurich in around 28h 15m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $480
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,900
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $490
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Porto
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
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 Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
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 Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Arth-Goldau
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
First
$65 - $130
Standard
$22 - $75
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Spanish Railways AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Avignon TGV
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
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
2h 50m
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
2h 52m
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
1h 46m
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
1h 44m
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
2h 52m
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
1h 50m
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
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Zurich
Ave. Duration
26h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 Zurich to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Zurigo to Lucerna
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Website
Marino Autolinee
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Zürich, Carparkplatz Sihlquai to Lucerne, Inseli Park
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Website
regiojet.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 10m.

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Madrid to Lucerne bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Luzern station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lucerne is 1613 km. It takes approximately 15h 25m to drive from Madrid to Lucerne.

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Air Europa, Vueling Airlines, Iberia and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 369+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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