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.
|Journey time||From 22h 49m|
|Distance||775 miles (1247 km)|
|Frequency||3 trains per day|
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.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Cologne is 22 hours and 49 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Madrid to Cologne leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Madrid to Cologne cover a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km) during the journey.