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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Zagreb  •  5h 54m

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

$106 - $309

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Bus Atlassib  •  37h 23m

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

$65 - $130

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Fly to Ljubljana, shuttle  •  9h 38m

  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  •  10h 1m

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

$207 - $703

Train, bus via Barcelona Sants  •  25h 26m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Gare de Valence-TGV to Gare de Grenoble
  4. Take the bus from Grenoble to Zagreb

$211 - $361

Train  •  26h 37m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Strasbourg Tgv
  4. Take the train from Strasbourg to München Hbf Tgv
  5. Take the train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zagreb Autobusni kolodvor

$413 - $536

Train, bus  •  28h 28m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Marseille-St-Charles Ave
  2. Take the bus from Marseille to Zagreb

$259 - $372

Bus ALSA  •  39h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Mestre
  2. Take the bus from Venice, Venice Mestre to Zagreb 427 / ...

$119 - $192

Drive  •  20h 39m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Zagreb 1369.2 miles

$260 - $390

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Zagreb is to bus which costs 60€ - 120€ and takes 37h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Zagreb is to fly which costs 90€ - 270€ and takes 5h 54m.

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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 Padova. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37h 23m.

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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 25h 26m and costs 180€ - 320€.

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It takes approximately 5h 54m to get from Madrid to Zagreb, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Madrid to Zagreb is to fly which takes 5h 54m and costs 90€ - 270€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 350€ - 470€ and takes 26h 37m, you could also bus, which costs 60€ - 120€ and takes 37h 23m.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Zagreb Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 50m.

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Madrid to Zagreb bus services, operated by Florentia Bus, 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: 5h 54m

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

Iberia, Lufthansa and five other airlines fly from Madrid to Zagreb every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Zagreb via Barcelona Sants, Montpellier Saint-Roch, Strasbourg, München Hbf, München Hauptbahnhof Nord, München Hackerbrücke, and München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) in around 26h 37m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Munich
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $1,100
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$410 - $900
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Flights from Madrid to Graz via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Brussels
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $700
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from Madrid to Zagreb via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Adria Airways
Website
adria.si
Flights from Madrid to Ljubljana via Prague
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$65 - $280
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Marseille-St-Charles
Ave. Duration
8h 1m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $200
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4h 14m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$100 - $120
1st Class
$140 - $210
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $170
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $170
1st Class
$200 - $300
Train from Strasbourg to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $150
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
4h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
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 Gare de Valence-TGV to Gare de Grenoble
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$19 - $27
1st Class
$25 - $40
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München ZOB (Hackerbrücke) to Zagreb Autobusni kolodvor
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
GoOpti
Phone
+386 1 320 4530
Email
info@goopti.com
Website
goopti.com
Shuttle from Ljubljana Airport to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
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
2h 49m
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
14h 29m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Schedules at
arriva.com.hr
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Marseille to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
19h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Atlassib
Phone
(004) 0269 229.224
Email
informatii@atlassib.es
Website
atlassib.es
Bus from Madrid to Padova
Ave. Duration
29h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
atlassib.es
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus from Padova to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
6h 38m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Vincek Autobusi ltd.
Phone
0800 1992
Email
Gradski-bus@autobusi-vincek.com
Website
autobusi-vincek.com
Bus from Padova to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130
Schedules at
autobusi-vincek.com
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
31h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
alsa.com
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 Venice, Venice Mestre to Zagreb
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Iberia, Swiss, Air Europa and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Zagreb Airport.

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There are 2296+ 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 22m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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