There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Zagreb by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Fly to Zagreb  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Zagreb (ZAG) MAD - ZAG

$116 - $413

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Fly to Ljubljana, shuttle  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Ljubljana (LJU) MAD - LJU
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Ljubljana Airport to Zagreb

$172 - $603

Fly to Graz, shuttle  •  9 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Graz (GRZ) MAD - GRZ
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Graz Airport to Zagreb

$207 - $703

Train, bus  •  25 h 25 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 Grenoble
  4. Take the bus from Grenoble to Zagreb

$211 - $322

Train  •  30 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station Tgv
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville Tgv
  4. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB 3-Y / ...
  5. Take the train from Zürich HB to Zagreb Glavni Kolod. En

$382 - $545

Bus FlixBus  •  33 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache 748
  2. Take the bus from Lyon to Zagreb

$121 - $299

Bus, train  •  38 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Mestre
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale Rv / ...
  3. Take the bus from Trieste to Zagreb 402

$126 - $199

Bus Atlassib  •  39 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Padova
  2. Take the bus from Padova to Zagreb 4

Drive  •  20 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Zagreb 1369.2 miles

$260 - $390

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Zagreb. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Zagreb via Lyon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 57 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Zagreb. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Zagreb Glavni Kolod. via Barcelona Sants Station, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Mulhouse Ville and Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30 h 25 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Zagreb is 1701 km. The road distance is 2190.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Zagreb without a car is to train and bus which takes 25 h 25 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 43 min to get from Madrid to Zagreb, including transfers.

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Madrid to Zagreb bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Zagreb 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 Zagreb is to fly which takes 5 h 43 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 30 h 25 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 33 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Zagreb Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 40 min.

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Madrid to Zagreb bus services, operated by Arriva d.o.o., arrive at Zagreb station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Zagreb.
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  • Distance: 1063.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Zagreb, Croatia?

Iberia, Lufthansa and six other airlines fly from Madrid to Zagreb every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Zagreb via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Montpellier St. Roch Station, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Mulhouse Ville, and Zürich HB in around 30 h 25 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Munich
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Brussels
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $900
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $700
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Prague
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$65 - $280
Train operators
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
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
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 Valence TGV to Grenoble
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$19 - $27
1st Class
$25 - $40
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $150
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$130 - $150
1st Class
$180 - $260
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $34
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $34
1st Class
$48 - $53
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 Mulhouse Ville to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Zagreb Glavni Kolod.
Ave. Duration
14 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Trieste Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
Bus operators
GoOpti
Phone
+386 1 320 4530
Email
info@goopti.com
Website
goopti.com
Shuttle from Ljubljana Airport to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$30 - $280
Schedules at
goopti.com
Shared
$30 - $45
Private
$130 - $280
Shuttle from Graz Airport to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$35 - $330
Schedules at
goopti.com
Shared
$35 - $45
Private
$150 - $330
Arriva d.o.o.
Phone
+385 (0)72 660 660
Email
info@arriva.com.hr
Website
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Grenoble to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
14 h 29 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $110
Schedules at
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Lyon to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
16 h 7 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $110
Schedules at
arriva.com.hr
Bus from Trieste to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
arriva.com.hr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Trieste to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $22
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Lyon to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
16 h 46 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
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 Mestre
Ave. Duration
31 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
alsa.com
Crnja Tours
Phone
+385 91 30 30 356
Email
info@crnja-tours.hr
Website
crnja-tours.hr
Bus from Trieste to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Schedules at
crnja-tours.hr
Book at
crnja.getbybus.com
Bus from Padova to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
crnja-tours.hr
Book at
crnja.getbybus.com
Globtour
Website
globtour.com
Bus from Trieste Zob to Zagreb Zob
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Schedules at
globtour.com
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus from Trieste to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Bus from Padova to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
ATVO S.p.A.
Phone
+39 0421 5944
Email
atvo@atvo.it
Website
atvo.it
Bus from Trieste Station to Autobusni kolodvor
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
atvo.it
Atlassib
Phone
(004) 0269 229.224
Email
informatii@atlassib.es
Website
atlassib.es
Bus from Madrid to Padova
Ave. Duration
29 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
atlassib.es
Vincek Autobusi ltd.
Phone
0800 1992
Email
Gradski-bus@autobusi-vincek.com
Website
autobusi-vincek.com
Bus from Padova to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130
Schedules at
autobusi-vincek.com

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Madrid to Zagreb train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Zagreb Glavni Kolod. station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Zagreb is 2191 km. It takes approximately 20 h 39 min to drive from Madrid to Zagreb.

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Iberia, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines and Lufthansa offer flights from Madrid Airport to Zagreb Airport.

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There are 2080+ hotels available in Zagreb. Prices start at $46 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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