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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Sankt Gallen by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Zurich, train

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

Fly to Basel, train

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Basel (BSL)
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen

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 St. Gallen

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 St. Gallen

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lyon Gare Perrache
  2. Take the bus from Lyon Perrache to St. Gallen train station

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid to Sankt Gallen

Madrid to Sankt Gallen by train

7 Weekly Trains
16h 10m Average Duration
SFr 252 Cheapest Price
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The cost-effective way to get from Madrid to Sankt Gallen is to bus, which costs €75 - €120 and takes 29h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Sankt Gallen is to fly and train which costs €75 - €230 and takes 5h 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Sankt Gallen station. However, there are services departing from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur and arriving at St. Gallen train station via Lyon Perrache. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Sankt Gallen. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at St. Gallen via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 10m.

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The distance between Madrid and Sankt Gallen is 1303 km. The road distance is 1729 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sankt Gallen without a car is to train via Barcelona which takes 16h 10m and costs €240 - €450.

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It takes approximately 5h 53m to get from Madrid to Sankt Gallen, including transfers.

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Madrid to Sankt Gallen bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, depart from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid to Sankt Gallen 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 Sankt Gallen is to train via Barcelona which takes 16h 10m and costs €240 - €450. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €75 - €120 and takes 29h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sankt Gallen.
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  • Distance: 1302.6 km
  • Duration: 5h 53m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Sankt Gallen, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Madrid to Sankt Gallen via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 16h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Sankt Gallen via Lyon Gare Perrache and Lyon Perrache in around 29h 10m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 430
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 430
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
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 320
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 430
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 320
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
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 Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - 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
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
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 650
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
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 Zürich Flughafen to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to St. Gallen
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 200
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 Zürich Flughafen to St. Gallen(CH)
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
Train from Zürich HB to St. Gallen(CH)
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
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 Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 31 - SFr 36
1st Class
SFr 25 - SFr 30
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
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lyon Gare Perrache
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 65
Website
Union Ivkoni
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 80
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lyon Perrache to St. Gallen train station
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 35
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.
For more information, please visit this page
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lyon Perrache SNCF Train Station to St. Gallen Lagerstrasse
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 22
Website
RegioJet

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Madrid to Sankt Gallen bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at St. Gallen train station.

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Madrid to Sankt Gallen train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at St. Gallen station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Sankt Gallen is 1729 km. It takes approximately 16h 17m to drive from Madrid to Sankt Gallen.

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Swiss, Air Europa, British Airways and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 59+ hotels available in Sankt Gallen. Prices start at SFr 100 per night.

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