There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to Cologne by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  4 h 56 min

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

$58 - $296

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  20 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Luxembourg
  2. Take the train from Luxembourg, Gare Centrale to Köln Hbf Re

$4

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Fly to Dusseldorf  •  5 h 40 min

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

$56 - $274

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 51 min

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

$107 - $387

Bus Eurolines DE  •  24 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona - Ronda Sant Pere-Plaza Urquinaona to Lloret de Mar 2
  2. Take the bus from Lloret de Mar to Köln

$93 - $187

Bus ALSA  •  46 h 45 min

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

$80 - $180

Drive, train  •  14 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Lörrach Hbf
  2. Take the train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf Ice / ...

$245 - $372

Drive  •  12 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Cologne 850.2 miles

$170 - $260

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Cologne is to bus and train which costs 3€ and takes 20 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Cologne is to fly which costs 45€ - 260€ and takes 4 h 56 min.

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

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The distance between Barcelona and Cologne is 1123 km. The road distance is 1360.3 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Cologne without a car is to bus and train which takes 20 h 23 min and costs 3€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to get from Barcelona to Cologne, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Cologne bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Cologne is to fly which takes 4 h 56 min and costs 45€ - 260€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 75€ - 160€ and takes 24 h 50 min.

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 10 min.

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Barcelona to Cologne bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Cologne-Main Station.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Cologne.
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  • Distance: 701.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 56 min

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 bus from Barcelona to Cologne via Lloret de Mar in around 24 h 50 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 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 15 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 1 min
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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Cologne/Bonn Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
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
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Barcelona to Dusseldorf via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $900
Flights from Barcelona to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
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
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
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Koln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel Bad Bf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
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
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Lloret de Mar to Köln
Ave. Duration
23 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$90 - $170
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
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Cologne is 1360 km. It takes approximately 12 h 55 min to drive from Barcelona to Cologne.

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Swiss, Ryanair, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport.

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There are 924+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $61 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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