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Take the train from Zürich to Madrid in 13 hours 46 minutes

If you want to travel from Zürich to Madrid by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Zürich to Madrid by train to take around 19 hours 42 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 13 hours 46 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 2 trains per day running on this route, which spans 1247 km. You'll have to make 2 changes along the way on your journey to Madrid. TGV, AVE or Avlo are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Zürich to Madrid start from $99.71 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Zürich to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 19h 42m to travel from Zürich to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km). There are normally 2 trains per day traveling from Zürich to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from $99.71 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 13h 46m
PriceFrom $99.71
Distance775 miles (1247 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
First train05:59
Last train09:34
Departure stationZürich
Arrival stationMadrid
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Union Ivkoni (Bus), SNCF, SBB CFF FFS, Flixbus, Renfe-SNCF, ALSA, OUIGO, Renfe, iryo

Zürich to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zürich to Madrid for Tuesday Dec 20th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
04:59 18:45 13h 46m, 4 changes
08:34 10:12 25h 38m, 2 changes

TGV Lyria, SNCF, SBB and Renfe-SNCF trains from Zürich to Madrid

You can travel from Zürich to Madrid on TGV Lyria, SNCF, SBB and Renfe-SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.

Cheap train tickets from Zürich to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Zürich to Madrid starts at $99.71 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Zürich to Madrid by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Zürich to Madrid

Want to know more about your journey from Zürich to Madrid? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Zürich to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Zürich and Madrid is 19 hours and 42 minutes, with around 2 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Zürich and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zürich to Madrid is 13 hours and 46 minutes.

How much does the train from Zürich to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Zürich to Madrid can start from as little as $99.71 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Zürich to Madrid?

No, there are no direct train services from Zürich to Madrid. Travelling from Zürich to Madrid by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Zürich to Madrid leave?

The first train from Zürich to Madrid leaves at 05:59. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Zürich to Madrid leave?

The last train from Zürich to Madrid leaves at 09:34. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Zürich and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Zürich to Madrid cover a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Zürich.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zürich to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/20/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 01/25/2023 for travel on 01/25/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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