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

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Fly from Cologne Bonn  •  5h 47m

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

43€ - 397€

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Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  6h 4m

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

60€ - 413€

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  6h 9m

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

53€ - 319€

Train to Brussels, fly  •  7h 13m

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

85€ - 297€

Train  •  15h 43m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Ice
  2. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants Tgv
  4. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

266€ - 530€

Bus  •  29h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne South, Airport to International Interconnection Hub N1153
  2. Take the bus from International Interconnection Hub to Madrid, Madrid N1158

87€ - 125€

Train, bus  •  30h 28m

  1. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Madrid

113€ - 221€

Drive  •  16h 31m

  1. Drive from Cologne to Madrid 1755.1 km

190€ - 290€

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The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Madrid is to bus which costs 85€ - 130€ and takes 29h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Madrid is to fly which costs 40€ - 400€ and takes 5h 47m.

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No, there is no direct train from Cologne to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 43m.

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The distance between Cologne and Madrid is 1430 km. The road distance is 1755.1 km.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 15h 43m and costs 260€ - 550€.

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It takes approximately 5h 47m to get from Cologne to Madrid, including transfers.

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Cologne to Madrid train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Madrid is to fly which takes 5h 47m and costs 40€ - 400€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 260€ - 550€ and takes 15h 43m, you could also bus, which costs 85€ - 130€ and takes 29h 11m.

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The quickest flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 50m.

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Cologne to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 1429.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 47m

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

Ryanair, Air Leisure and four other airlines fly from Cologne to Madrid 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cologne to Madrid via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Barcelona-Sants in around 15h 43m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 380€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
180€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 310€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 250€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 400€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 230€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 190€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 410€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 310€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 2700€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 320€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 470€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 600€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 340€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
140€ - 460€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
120€ - 2700€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
120€ - 370€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 150€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
45€ - 430€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
25€ - 180€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 330€
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
110€ - 480€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 410€
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 310€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 320€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Madrid via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Basel
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
45€ - 210€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 44m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 750€
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 390€
Air Leisure
Website
air-leisure.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 350€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
180€ - 380€
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Madrid via Tunis
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
270€ - 700€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Madrid via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 340€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 250€
CSA
Website
csa.cz
Flights from Brussels to Madrid via Prague
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
120€ - 320€
Train operators
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
30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 24€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Bruxelles-Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
National Express Rail
VRR
Phone
+49 209 1584-0
Email
info@vrr.de
Website
vrr.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
2€
Website
VRR
Abrn
Website
abellio.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
abellio.de
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Duesseldorf Flughafen
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 95€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
ABELLIO Rail NRW GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Köln Hbf to D-Flughafen Bf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Abellio NRW
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 Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
18€ - 45€
Website
NS
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
1st Class
30€ - 45€
Train from Koeln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
27€ - 65€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
27€ - 40€
1st Class
45€ - 65€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 130€
Website
Thalys
Standard
65€ - 90€
Comfort
75€ - 100€
Premium
90€ - 130€
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
75€ - 160€
Website
Thalys
Standard
75€ - 110€
Comfort
90€ - 120€
Premium
110€ - 160€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 85€
Promo+
70€ - 75€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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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 International Interconnection Hub
Ave. Duration
24h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
70€ - 90€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from International Interconnection Hub to Madrid, Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Madrid is 1755 km. It takes approximately 16h 31m to drive from Cologne to Madrid.

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Ryanair, Air Leisure, Eurowings and three other airlines offer flights from Cologne Bonn Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 3003+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs 3€ - 17€.

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