Madrid to Zurich by train

  • First train
    05:50
  • Last train
    21:30
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    14hr 1m
  • Distance
    1,248 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    11
  • Avg. journey time
    22hr 16m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Madrid to Zurich by train

Fast trains from Madrid to Zurich take around 14 hours and 1 minute, covering a distance of approximately 1,248 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Madrid and Zurich.

1. Are there direct trains from Madrid to Zurich?

Journeys between Madrid and Zurich usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 15 departures on the route from Madrid to Zurich every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 9 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Madrid to Zurich?

The Madrid to Zurich train travel time is normally about 14 hours and 1 minute, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Madrid to Zurich train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Zurich is usually scheduled to depart Madrid around 05:50 and the last train is around 21:30. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Madrid around 06:20, and the last at 21:30.

When to book Madrid to Zurich train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Madrid to Zurich by train.

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Which train companies operate between Madrid and Zurich?

More than one train company operates on the route from Madrid to Zurich, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • AV City
  • AVE
  • AVE-TGV
  • Alvia
  • FS100
  • ICE
  • Inter City
  • InterCity
  • Intercites
  • Intercités
  • Intercités de Nuit
  • Interregio
  • Lyria
  • RENFE-SNCF
  • TER
  • TGV
  • Train Express Regional
  • Trenhotel

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.