There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Lucerne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Basel, train  •  6 h 30 min

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

$80 - $283

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6 h 34 min

  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 Geneva, train  •  8 h 17 min

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

$117 - $353

Fly to Milan Malpensa, bus, train  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) MAD - MXP
  2. Take the bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
  3. Take the train from Lugano to Luzern

$128 - $341

Train  •  15 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station Tgv
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville Tgv
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$289 - $398

Bus, train  •  25 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache 748
  2. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  3. Take the train from Genève to Luzern 15

$187 - $329

Bus  •  28 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Zurich
  2. Take the bus from Zürich to Lucerne Ouibus

$127 - $205

Drive  •  15 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lucerne 1007.8 miles

$210 - $310

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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 Lucerne via Zürich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28 h 25 min.

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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 Barcelona Sants Station, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Mulhouse Ville and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 11 min.

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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 15 h 11 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min 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 15 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 28 h 25 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 757.7 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Lucerne via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Montpellier St. Roch Station, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Mulhouse Ville, and Basel SBB in around 15 h 11 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Lucerne via Zurich and Zürich in around 28 h 25 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
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 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
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
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
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 Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $490
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 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
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 Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
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 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 Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,900
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
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 Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
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 Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 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
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Milan Malpensa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $480
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
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
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 Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $100
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
$50 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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 Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $150
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $150
1st Class
$180 - $270
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
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
Bus operators
Malpensa Express Bus
Phone
+41 91 858 23 23
Email
info@giosytours.ch
Website
malpensa-express.com
Bus from Milan Airport Malpensa 1 to Lugano, Piazzale Besso
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Schedules at
malpensa-express.com
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 Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid Avenida de América to Zurich
Ave. Duration
26 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
eurolines.ch
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Zürich to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Ouibus

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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 15 h 25 min to drive from Madrid to Lucerne.

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Iberia, Vueling Airlines, KLM and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Basel Airport.

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There are 361+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $91 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 .

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