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

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Fly to Zurich  •  5 h 11 min

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

$63 - $233

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Fly to Basel, train  •  6 h 14 min

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

$80 - $278

Fly to Geneva, train  •  7 h 45 min

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

$117 - $353

Train  •  15 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV Tgv
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  4. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève 7-Y / ...
  5. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...

$282 - $415

Bus  •  26 h 15 min

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

$120 - $200

Drive  •  15 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Zürich 1016.2 miles

$210 - $310

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Avenida de América and arriving at Zurich. Services depart once daily, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 26 h 15 min.

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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 Station, Valence TGV, Lyon Part Dieu and Genève. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 43 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Zürich is 1247 km. The road distance is 1626 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 15 h 43 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 11 min to get from Madrid to Zürich, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Zürich 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 Zürich is to fly which takes 5 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 15 h 43 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 26 h 15 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 779.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 11 min

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

Iberia, Swiss and 10 other airlines fly from Madrid to Zürich hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Zürich via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Gare de Valence TGV, Valence TGV, Lyon Part Dieu, and Genève in around 15 h 43 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
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 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 Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
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 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 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
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
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 Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
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
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
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
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 Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
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
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $150
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 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Valence TGV to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$25 - $30
1st Class
$43 - $46
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.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
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
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 - $200
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eurolines.ch
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 Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 days 8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
alsa.com

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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 1626 km. It takes approximately 15 h 38 min to drive from Madrid to Zürich.

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

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 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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