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

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Fly to Zurich  •  5h 20m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zurich (ZRH) MAD - ZRH

SFr 50 - SFr 240

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Fly to Basel, train  •  6h 26m

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

SFr 84 - SFr 295

Fly to Geneva, train  •  7h 52m

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

SFr 129 - SFr 540

Train  •  14h 40m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Ter / ...
  4. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...

SFr 241 - SFr 420

Bus  •  25h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Burgos
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to Zürich

SFr 107 - SFr 149

Bus via Villagonzalo Pedernales  •  27h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to International Interconnection Hub N1158
  2. Take the bus from International Interconnection Hub to Zurich Bus Station N1157

SFr 96 - SFr 119

Bus #2  •  3 days 8h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Zurich

SFr 260 - SFr 360

Drive  •  15h 33m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Zürich 1648.5 km

SFr 190 - SFr 290

Spain → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
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Austria: Burgenland, Kärnten, Niederösterreich, Oberösterreich, Salzburg, Steiermark, Wien
France: Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Germany: Saxony, Thuringia
Italy: Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Tuscany, Veneto

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  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Zürich is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Zürich is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Zürich is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 2 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Zürich is to fly which costs 45€ - 220€ and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Zürich is to fly which costs 45€ - 220€ and takes 5h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Zurich. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 3 days 8h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Zürich. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Zürich HB via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 40m.

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It is 1247 km from Madrid to Zürich. It is approximately 1648.5 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 14h 40m and costs 210€ - 380€.

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It takes approximately 5h 20m to get from Madrid to Zürich, including transfers.

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Madrid to Zürich bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Zürich 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 Zürich is to fly which takes 5h 20m and costs 45€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 210€ - 380€ and takes 14h 40m, you could also bus, which costs 95€ - 140€ and takes 25h 45m.

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  • Distance: 1247 km
  • Duration: 5h 20m

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

Swiss, Iberia and five other airlines fly from Madrid to Zürich every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Zürich via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 14h 40m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 750
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 750
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 290
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 450
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 420
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 1700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 650
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 170
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 330
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 1700
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 Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
en.oui.sncf
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 39
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 130
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 65 - SFr 90
Promo+
SFr 75 - SFr 81
Flexible
SFr 95 - SFr 130
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 95
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 22 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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 Madrid to Burgos
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 21 - SFr 30
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 days 8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 260 - SFr 360
Website
alsa.com
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Burgos to Zürich
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
iberocoach.com
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to International Interconnection Hub
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 15 - SFr 19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from International Interconnection Hub to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
23h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 100
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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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 Zürich bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Zurich station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Zürich is 1648 km. It takes approximately 15h 33m to drive from Madrid to Zürich.

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

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