There are 12 ways to get from Cologne to Madrid by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Madrid (MAD) CGN - MAD

$68 - $301

Cheapest option

Train to Luxembourg, fly  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Luxembourg, Gare Centrale
  2. Fly from Luxembourg (LUX) to Madrid (MAD) LUX - MAD

$52 - $209

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Fly from Dusseldorf  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Madrid (MAD) DUS - MAD

$94 - $304

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  6 h 6 min

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

$87 - $259

Train to Brussels, fly  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Madrid (MAD) BRU - MAD

$89 - $272

Train, train to Amsterdam, fly  •  8 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Koln Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  3. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Madrid (MAD) AMS - MAD

$127 - $312

Train  •  14 h

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants Tgv
  3. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...

$421 - $523

Bus Ouibus  •  25 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne to Madrid - Avénida de America Ouibus

$81 - $108

Bus Eurolines DE  •  35 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Karlsruhe 227 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Madrid

$134 - $198

Bus ALSA  •  3 days 8 h

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

$130 - $210

Train, drive  •  19 h

  1. Take the train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants Tgv
  3. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Malgrat de Mar R1
  4. Drive from Malgrat de Mar to Madrid

$425 - $540

Drive  •  16 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Madrid 1097 miles

$230 - $340

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Cologne-Main Station station and arriving at Madrid. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 3 days 8 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Köln Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha via Paris Nord RER, Paris Gare de Lyon and Barcelona Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h.

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The distance between Cologne and Madrid is 1430 km. The road distance is 1755.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 14 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 33 min to get from Cologne to Madrid, including transfers.

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

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Cologne to Madrid train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Köln Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Madrid is to fly which takes 5 h 33 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 14 h, you could also bus, which costs and takes 25 h 53 min.

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 40 min.

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

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  • Distance: 893.5 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 33 min

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

Ryanair, Lufthansa and easyJet fly from Cologne to Madrid every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Madrid via Paris-Nord, Paris Nord RER, Paris Lyon Banlieue, Paris Gare de Lyon, and Barcelona Sants in around 14 h.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,200
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $390
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $450
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid via Berlin Schoenefeld
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $310
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$35 - $310
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $420
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $470
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $480
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $390
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Madrid via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid via London Luton
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $900
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $550
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Luxembourg to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $430
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
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 Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Brusel Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Koln Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Luxembourg Railways (CFL)
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 Utrecht Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Köln Hauptbahnhof to Paris-Nord
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$140 - $190
1st Class
$190 - $260
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$260 - $400
Spanish Railways AVE
Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE)
Phone
900 41 00 41
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Malgrat de Mar
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
renfe.com
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Cologne to Madrid - Avénida de America
Ave. Duration
24 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Website
Ouibus
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Madrid
Ave. Duration
27 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
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 Cologne-Main Station to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 days 8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$130 - $210
Website
alsa.com

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Cologne to Madrid train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Madrid is 1755 km. It takes approximately 16 h 40 min to drive from Cologne to Madrid.

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easyJet, Lufthansa and Ryanair offer flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Madrid Airport.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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