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from Madrid to Cologne

You can get from Madrid to Cologne by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Madrid to Cologne on Nov 30 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

05:35PMMadrid Barajas Airport5h25 11:00PMCologne/Bonn Airport
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05:35PMMadrid Barajas Airport5h25 11:00PMCologne/Bonn Airport
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07:20AMMadrid Barajas Airport5h45 01:05PMCologne/Bonn Airport
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07:20AMMadrid Barajas Airport9h50 05:10PMCologne/Bonn Airport
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Travel Information from Madrid to Cologne

distanceDistance886 miles (1429 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight or bus
priceTicket price range$97 - $182
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $97 (€80) • 28 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $182 (€151) • 4 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesLufthansa Cityline or Flixbus

Take a flight or bus to travel 886 miles (1429 km) from Madrid to Cologne. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 4 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $97 (€80). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Lufthansa Cityline or Flixbus among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight or bus from Madrid to Cologne.

Travel Tips

Travel from Madrid to Cologne
Travel to Cologne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Madrid to Cologne.
Is cross-border travel to Cologne, Germany from Madrid, Spain currently allowed?

International travel from Madrid, Spain to Cologne, Germany is: Partially open.

Can I enter Germany if coming from Spain?

Entry into Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Cologne if traveling from Madrid?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state

What measures do I need to follow in Cologne, Germany due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Germany must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 11/28/21; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip between Madrid and Cologne.

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Spain from Cologne, Germany?

The restriction level for your return to Madrid, Spain from Germany is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Madrid from Cologne restricted?

Entry into Spain is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Madrid from Cologne?

Conditions of reentry into Spain:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Madrid, Spain?

You should observe these safety measures in Spain as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Spain was last checked on 11/29/21. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Madrid from Cologne closer to your date of departure here.

How do I reach Cologne from Madrid?

There are 2 ways to travel between Madrid and Cologne including taking a flight or bus.

How do I get from Madrid to Cologne the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to go to Cologne from Madrid is by taking a bus, which costs on average $97 (€80).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Cologne:

A bus is $85 (€71) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Madrid to Cologne costing on average $182 (€151).

What is the fastest way to get from Madrid to Cologne?

The fastest way to get to Cologne from Madrid is by flight with an average travel time of 4 h 15 min.

Other travel options to Cologne can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Cologne by bus can take on average 28 h 40 min.

How far is Cologne from Madrid?

You should expect to travel around 886 miles (1429 km) between Madrid and Cologne.

When traveling from Madrid to Cologne, where do I depart from Madrid and where do I arrive in Cologne?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Madrid to Cologne:

  • Flights mostly depart from Madrid Barajas Airport and arrive in Cologne/Bonn Airport.
  • Buses mostly leave from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and tend to arrive in Köln, Köln Bonn Airport.
Who can get me from Madrid to Cologne?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Cologne:

  • You can go to Cologne from Madrid by plane with Lufthansa Cityline. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $182 (€151) with Lufthansa Cityline from Madrid to Cologne on Omio.
  • You can travel by bus between Madrid and Cologne with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Madrid to Cologne tickets for $97 (€80) on Omio.
Is there a direct service to Cologne from Madrid?

Yes, there are direct services available from Madrid to Cologne with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct flights with.
  • You can travel directly by bus with.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Cologne as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Madrid to Cologne.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Madrid to Cologne?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Madrid to Cologne often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Berlin, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Madrid and Cologne itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Cologne and any of these top destinations today!
How early should I book Madrid to Cologne tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Madrid to Cologne, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost on average $182 (€151) one way.
  • Bus tickets cost on average $97 (€80) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Madrid to Cologne online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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