There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Salzburg 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 Salzburg  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Salzburg (SZG) MAD - SZG

$112 - $283

Cheapest option

Fly to Munich, train  •  7 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Munich (MUC) MAD - MUC
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$100 - $306

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Fly to Linz, train  •  9 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Linz (LNZ) MAD - LNZ
  2. Take the train from Wels Hbf to Salzburg Hbf

$162 - $450

Train, bus  •  22 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Girona Ave / ...
  2. Take the bus from Gerona/Girona to Beziers
  3. Take the train from Beziers to Dijon Ville Tgv
  4. Take the train from Dijon Ville to Zürich HB Tgv
  5. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$366 - $499

Train  •  24 h 40 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 Mulhouse Ville Tgv
  5. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB 3-Y / ...
  6. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj

$381 - $558

Bus Eurolines CH  •  33 h 45 min

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

$165 - $258

Bus Eurolines DE  •  35 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Karlsruhe
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Munich, Munich central bus station 027 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg 086 / ...

$127 - $186

Drive  •  19 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Salzburg 1298.3 miles

$240 - $360

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Salzburg is to fly and train which costs 85€ - 260€ and takes 7 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Salzburg is to fly which costs 95€ - 240€ and takes 6 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Madrid Avenida de América and arriving at Salzburg via Zürich. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Salzburg. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Salzburg Hbf via Girona, Cerbère, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Mulhouse Ville and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 40 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Salzburg is 1564 km. The road distance is 2077.3 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Salzburg without a car is to train and bus which takes 22 h 39 min and costs 310€ - 430€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 56 min to get from Madrid to Salzburg, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Salzburg 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 Salzburg is to fly which takes 6 h 56 min and costs 95€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 320€ - 480€ and takes 24 h 40 min, you could also bus, which costs 140€ - 220€ and takes 33 h 45 min.

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  • Distance: 977.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 56 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Salzburg, Austria?

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and 13 other airlines fly from Madrid to Salzburg hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Salzburg via Girona, Port Bou, Cerbère, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Mulhouse Ville, and Zürich HB in around 24 h 40 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Munich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Linz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Linz via Brussels, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Linz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Linz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Linz via Munich, Vienna
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,200
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Manchester
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $360
Cairo Aviation
Website
cairoaviation.com.eg
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Linz via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Munich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Salzburg via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Munich via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
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.

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Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wels Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $27
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Wels to Salzburg, Salzburg
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Leo Express s.r.o.
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Wels Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $15
Schedules at
leoexpress.com
Economy
$4 - $6
Business
$7 - $9
Premium
$12 - $15
Spanish Railways AVE
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Beziers to Dijon Ville
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $220
Train from Dijon Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$95 - $130
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $160
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $160
1st Class
$180 - $270
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$29 - $35
1st Class
$49 - $54
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 HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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.

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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
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 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 - $75
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 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 Gerona/Girona to Beziers
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
alsa.com
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
$130 - $210
Book at
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 - $150
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 Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Salzburg
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Madrid Airport to Salzburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Salzburg is 2077 km. It takes approximately 19 h 55 min to drive from Madrid to Salzburg.

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Brussels Airlines, Cairo Aviation, easyJet and seven other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Salzburg Airport.

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There are 1252+ hotels available in Salzburg. Prices start at $71 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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