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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

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

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Fly to Basel, train

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

Fly to Geneva, train

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

Train

  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 Zürich HB

Bus via Bilbao

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Zurich

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Chambery Bus Station
  2. Take the bus from Chambéry to Zurich Bus Station

Bus #2

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Zurich

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid to Zürich

Madrid to Zürich by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Zürich is around 14h 42m and covers a distance of around 1698 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2h 24m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, SNCF and others, the Madrid to Zürich train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Zürich HB. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Trains
14h 42m Average Duration
SFr 215 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Switzerland from Spain

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Spain

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Yes, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues
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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 subject to regional advice.

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

No, returning to Spain from Switzerland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Zürich is to bus which costs €65 - €90 and takes 27h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Zürich is to fly which costs €60 - €320 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 42m.

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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 42m and costs €220 - €410.

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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 €60 - €320. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €220 - €410 and takes 14h 42m, you could also bus via Bilbao, which costs €90 - €200 and takes 25h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 1247 km
  • Duration: 5h 20m

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

Air Europa, Swiss and nine other airlines fly from Madrid to Zürich hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Zürich via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 14h 42m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 800
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 160 - SFr 800
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 950
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 950
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 1100
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 400
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 490
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 400
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 490
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 550
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 600
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 700
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 650
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 360
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 1100
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 800
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 420
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 360
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 1900
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 9m
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 Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 23 - SFr 35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 29 - SFr 34
1st Class
SFr 23 - SFr 28
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
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 55 - SFr 110
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
SFr 55 - SFr 75
Promo+
SFr 65 - SFr 70
Flexible
SFr 85 - SFr 110
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 55 - SFr 80
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
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 19 - SFr 45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 19 - SFr 28
Rail 1st Class
SFr 28 - SFr 45
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 40
Website
ALSA
Bus from Bilbao to Zurich
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 150
Website
ALSA
Bus from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 days 8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 220 - SFr 310
Website
ALSA
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 Bilbao to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
21h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 75
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Chambéry to Zurich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 19 - SFr 24
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.
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Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Chambery Bus Station
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 65
Website
Union Ivkoni

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

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