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There are 7 ways to get from Cologne to Barcelona by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Cologne Bonn  •  4h 47m

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

62€ - 289€

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  5h 31m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Barcelona (BCN) DUS - BCN

55€ - 234€

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Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Barcelona (BCN) FRA - BCN

62€ - 231€

Train to Brussels, fly  •  6h 27m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Barcelona (BCN) BRU - BCN

86€ - 231€

Train  •  11h 7m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Paris Nord Thalys
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants Tgv

198€ - 349€

Bus  •  24h 45m

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

100€ - 140€

Drive  •  12h 48m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Barcelona 1357 km

140€ - 220€

Cologne to Barcelona by train

The train journey time between Cologne and Barcelona is around 24h 10m and covers a distance of around 1612 km. The fastest train normally takes 24h 10m. Operated by Thalys, Transilien and Renfe SNCF, the Cologne to Barcelona train service departs from Koeln Hbf and arrives in Barcelona-Sants. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Barcelona is to fly which costs 60€ - 290€ and takes 4h 47m.

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The fastest way to get from Cologne to Barcelona is to fly. Taking this option will cost 60€ - 290€ and takes 4h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cologne-Main Station station and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 24h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Barcelona-Sants via Paris Nord and Paris Gare De Lyon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 7m.

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The distance between Cologne and Barcelona is 1123 km. The road distance is 1357 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 11h 7m and costs 190€ - 350€.

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It takes approximately 4h 47m to get from Cologne to Barcelona, including transfers.

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Cologne to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Cologne-Main Station.

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Cologne to Barcelona train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Barcelona is to fly which takes 4h 47m and costs 60€ - 290€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 190€ - 350€ and takes 11h 7m, you could also bus, which costs 100€ - 140€ and takes 24h 45m.

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  • Distance: 1123 km
  • Duration: 4h 47m

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

Ryanair, Eurowings and Lufthansa fly from Cologne to Barcelona 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Barcelona via Paris Nord and Paris Gare De Lyon in around 11h 7m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Barcelona via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 550€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 390€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 390€
Flights from Frankfurt to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Flights from Frankfurt to Barcelona via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 300€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 300€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 220€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
85€ - 260€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
26€ - 230€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 220€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
85€ - 260€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
26€ - 230€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 220€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 300€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
60€ - 300€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 300€
Flights from Frankfurt to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 350€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 130€
Flights from Frankfurt to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
16€ - 170€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
24€ - 200€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 500€
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 370€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 550€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 210€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Barcelona via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
150€ - 370€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Brussels to Barcelona via Nice
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 220€
Train operators
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
ABELLIO Rail
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio NRW
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110€ - 230€
Website
Thalys
Standard
110€ - 150€
Comfort
120€ - 160€
Premium
160€ - 230€
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 Koeln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Bus operators
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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 Cologne-Main Station to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100€ - 140€
Website
alsa.com

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

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Cologne to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona station.

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Cologne to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Barcelona is 1357 km. It takes approximately 12h 48m to drive from Cologne to Barcelona.

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

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