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Travel from Madrid to Cologne by train in 22 hours 49 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Madrid to Cologne by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Madrid to Cologne by train is 24 hours 34 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 22 hours 49 minutes. You'll usually find 3 trains per day traveling the 1247 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 4 changes along the way as there are no direct services to Cologne.

Book train tickets from Madrid to Cologne in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $258.69. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Madrid to Cologne by train

It takes an average of 24h 34m to travel from Madrid to Cologne by train, over a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km). There are normally 3 trains per day traveling from Madrid to Cologne and tickets for this journey start from $258.69 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 22h 49m
PriceFrom $258.69
Distance775 miles (1247 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train06:30
Last train20:40
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationCologne
Changes4 changes

Madrid to Cologne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Cologne for Tuesday Oct 4th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
05:30 04:19 22h 49m, 8 changes
12:25 14:39 26h 14m, 4 changes
19:40 20:19 24h 39m, 5 changes

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Cologne

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Cologne starts at $258.69 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Madrid to Cologne by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Madrid to Cologne

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Cologne? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Madrid to Cologne take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Cologne is 24 hours and 34 minutes, with around 3 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Madrid and Cologne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Cologne is 22 hours and 49 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Cologne cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Cologne can start from as little as $258.69 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Cologne?

No, there are no direct train services from Madrid to Cologne. Travelling from Madrid to Cologne by train will require a minimum of 4 changes.

What time does the first train from Madrid to Cologne leave?

The first train from Madrid to Cologne leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Madrid to Cologne leave?

The last train from Madrid to Cologne leaves at 20:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Madrid and Cologne by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Cologne cover a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cologne to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Cologne for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/04/2022. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 03/09/2020 for travel on 03/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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