There are 9 ways to get from Barcelona to Cologne by plane, 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) BCN - CGN

$58 - $294

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  20 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Luxembourg
  2. Take the train from Luxembourg to Trier Hbf Re
  3. Take the train from Trier Hbf to Köln Süd Rb / ...

$47 - $76

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Fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Dusseldorf (DUS) BCN - DUS

$56 - $274

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Frankfurt (FRA) BCN - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf

$102 - $387

Fly to Eindhoven, train  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Eindhoven (EIN) BCN - EIN
  2. Take the train from Eindhoven to Venlo
  3. Take the train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf

$72 - $335

Train  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Nord to Köln Hbf Tha

$348 - $408

Bus FlixBus  •  19 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport N710

$90 - $146

Bus ALSA  •  46 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Cologne-Main Station

$80 - $180

Drive  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Cologne 850.2 miles

$170 - $260

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Cologne is to bus and train which costs 40€ - 70€ and takes 20 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Cologne is to fly which takes 4 h 53 min and costs 50€ - 260€.

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The distance between Barcelona and Cologne is 1123 km. The road distance is 1360 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Barcelona to Cologne, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Cologne-Main Station. Services depart twice daily, and operate Wednesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 46 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Barcelona Sants and arriving at Köln Hbf via Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 5 min.

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What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Cologne, Germany?

Ryanair, Eurowings and two other airlines fly from Barcelona to Cologne every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Barcelona to Cologne via Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Paris Nord in around 11 h 5 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $900
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $600
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $500
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $440
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $550
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $190
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Train operators
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 Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
NS International
Website
nsinternational.nl
Train from Frankfurt Flughafen Fernb to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
nsinternational.nl
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Eindhoven to Venlo
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Purchase a
eurail.com
Ns
Website
ns.nl
Train from Eindhoven to Venlo
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
ns.nl
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Venlo to Neuss Hbf
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Website
eurobahn.de
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$260 - $400
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Paris Nord to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$140 - $180
1st Class
$190 - $260
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Trier Hbf to Köln, Dasselstr./Bf Süd
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Cologne, Cologne South, Airport
Ave. Duration
18 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Starbus
Phone
+34 (0) 963 49 67 67
Email
comercial@starbus.es
Website
starbus.es
Bus from Barcelona to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
starbus.es
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 Barcelona to Cologne-Main Station
Ave. Duration
46 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $130
Website
alsa.com
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Barcelona Sants to Köln
Ave. Duration
24 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $180
Website
eurolines.de

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