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

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Fly to Zurich  •  5h 18m

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

SFr 53 - SFr 260

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Fly to Basel, train  •  6h 25m

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

SFr 105 - SFr 345

Fly to Geneva, train  •  7h 42m

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

SFr 127 - SFr 390

Train  •  14h 30m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Montpellier Saint-Roch Ave
  2. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville Tgv
  3. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB Tgv

SFr 236 - SFr 352

Bus via Burgos  •  25h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Burgos Madrid - South Station > Madrid - Avénida de America > Madrid - Barajas Airport > Burgos > San Sebastián > Biriatou - Spain > Biriatou - France > Bayonne > Bordeaux City Centre > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to Zürich

SFr 106 - SFr 149

Bus, train  •  28h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Basel
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Baden 36

SFr 118 - SFr 254

Bus  •  3 days 8h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Zurich

SFr 250 - SFr 360

Drive  •  15h 37m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Zürich 1651.3 km

SFr 200 - SFr 300

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Zürich is to fly which costs 45€ - 240€ and takes 5h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Zürich is to fly which costs 45€ - 240€ and takes 5h 18m.

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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 Montpellier Saint-Roch and Mulhouse Ville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 30m.

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The distance between Madrid and Zürich is 1247 km. The road distance is 1651.3 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 14h 30m and costs 210€ - 330€.

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It takes approximately 5h 18m 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 SNCF, 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 18m and costs 45€ - 240€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 210€ - 330€ and takes 14h 30m, you could also bus via Burgos, which costs 95€ - 140€ and takes 25h 45m.

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  • Distance: 1247 km
  • Duration: 5h 18m

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

Swiss, Iberia and 10 other airlines fly from Madrid to Zürich hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Zürich via Montpellier Saint-Roch and Mulhouse Ville in around 14h 30m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 170 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 440
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 250
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 200
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 310
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 240
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 240
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 350
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 230
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 270
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 160
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 260
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 550
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Zurich via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 330
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 230
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 800
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 210
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 12m
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 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 75
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Baden
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
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 25 - SFr 35
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
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 33 - SFr 38
1st Class
SFr 27 - SFr 32
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 160
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 110 - SFr 140
1st Class
SFr 130 - SFr 160
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 35 - SFr 45
1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 40
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 22
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 120
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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 29
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 days 8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 250 - 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
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Madrid to Basel
Ave. Duration
26h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 190
Book at
eurolines.ch

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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 1651 km. It takes approximately 15h 37m to drive from Madrid to Zürich.

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

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