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Cologne to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 37h 20m to travel from Cologne to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 775 miles (1247 km). There are normally 1 train per day travelling from Cologne to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €246.95 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 37h 20m
Price€246.95 - €364.60
Distance775 miles (1247 km)
Frequency1 train per day
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationMadrid
Changes8 changes
Train and bus operators

Cologne to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Madrid for Tuesday 14th Apr 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
19:00 08:20 37h 20m, 8 changes

Trenitalia, Thello, Renfe and Renfe-SNCF trains from Cologne to Madrid

You can travel from Cologne to Madrid on Trenitalia, Thello, Renfe and Renfe-SNCF trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

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Thello, part of the Trenitalia Group, is an international railway service that connects France and Italy. Thello trains provide direct connections between Paris and Venice via Dijon, and Marseille and Milan via Nice. Trains between Paris and Venice are night/sleeper trains with three service levels. Choose either Standard shared berth compartments (4-6 berth), a standard bed cabin (1-3 people) which includes a welcome drink, breakfast, bed furnishings and a toiletry set, or treat yourself to a premium cabin (1-2 people) which feature a private bathroom with sink, shower and WC. Trains between Marseille and Milan offer Standard Class seating, as well as First Class, which has wider reclining seats for extra comfort.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Madrid

Train tickets from Cologne to Madrid start at €246.95 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around .
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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 Cologne to Madrid 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Cologne to Madrid? 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 Cologne to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Madrid is 37 hours and 20 minutes, with around 1 train 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 Cologne and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Madrid is 37 hours and 20 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Madrid can start from as little as €246.95 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 Cologne to Madrid?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Madrid. Travelling from Cologne to Madrid by train will require a minimum of 8 changes.

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

The first train from Cologne to Madrid leaves at 19:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Madrid leaves at 19:00. 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 Cologne and Madrid by train?

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

Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cologne to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 14/04/2020. 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 14/02/2020 for travel on 01/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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