Zurich to Madrid by train

  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    13hr 11m
  • Distance
    1,248 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    21hr 36m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Zurich to Madrid by train

Fast trains from Zurich to Madrid take around 13 hours and 11 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 1,248 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Zurich and Madrid.

1. Are there direct trains from Zurich to Madrid?

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

We usually find around 27 departures on the route from Zurich to Madrid 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 26 departures.

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

The Zurich to Madrid train travel time is normally about 13 hours and 11 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Madrid is usually scheduled to depart Zurich around 05:19 and the last train is around 00:02. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Zurich around 05:19, and the last at 21:30.

When to book Zurich to Madrid 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 Zurich to Madrid by train.

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Which train companies operate between Zurich and Madrid?

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

  • AVE
  • FS100
  • InterCity
  • Intercités
  • Intercités de Nuit
  • Lyria
  • TGV

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.