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Madrid to Zürich by train

It takes an average of 19h 23m to travel from Madrid to Zürich by train, over a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Zürich and tickets for this journey start from €139.25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 14h 45m
Price€139.25 - €546.59
Distance775 miles (1247 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationZürich
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsALSA

Madrid to Zürich train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Zürich for Tuesday 2nd Mar 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:08 06:55 19h 47m, 4 changes
07:32 10:17 14h 45m, 3 changes
04:34 04:12 23h 38m, 5 changes

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Zürich

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Zürich starts at €139.25 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.
lowest price found
from139.25
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price309.23
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price335.56
on the day
avg. single price480.49

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 Madrid to Zürich 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Zürich? 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 Madrid to Zürich take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Zürich is 19 hours and 23 minutes, with around 3 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 Madrid and Zürich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Zürich is 14 hours and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Zürich cost?

Train ticket prices from Madrid to Zürich can start from as little as €139.25 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Zürich?

No, there are no direct train services from Madrid to Zürich. Travelling from Madrid to Zürich by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

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

The first train from Madrid to Zürich leaves at 11:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Zürich leaves at 07:32. 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 Madrid and Zürich by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Zürich 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 Zürich to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Zürich for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/03/2021. 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 08/02/2021 for travel on 15/01/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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