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Overview: Train from Cologne to Madrid

distanceDistance886 miles (1429 km)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day

Trains from Cologne to Madrid cover the 886 miles (1429 km) long trip with our travel partners like. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. Travellers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

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Trains from Cologne to Madrid
Travel by train to Madrid 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 Cologne to Madrid.
Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains from Cologne to Madrid?

Travel between Cologne, Germany and Madrid, Spain by train is: Partially open.

What is the status of international entry into Spain from Germany?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Spain from Cologne?

Conditions of entry:

  • 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 safety rules to follow in Madrid, Spain?

When travelling in Spain, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

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

The information above was last checked on 07/12/2021. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Cologne to Madrid before travelling.

What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to Cologne, Germany from Madrid, Spain?

Return travel from Spain to Germany is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Cologne from Madrid?

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

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Germany from Madrid?

Requirements for reentering:

  • 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 are the safety rules to follow in Cologne, Germany?

The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

Last checked on 07/12/2021. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Cologne from Madrid.

How many miles is it from Cologne to Madrid by train?
You should expect to travel around 886 miles (1429 km)  between Cologne and Madrid by train.
What station does the Cologne to Madrid train leave from? Which Madrid train station do I come into from Cologne?

Some of the Cologne train stations to Madrid you can start your journey from include Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Madrid include Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Köln Hbf   and arriving in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Where is the departure train station in Cologne located? Where is the arrival train station in Madrid located?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Köln Hbf, is located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city centre of Cologne.

The most popular arrival train station, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, is located 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city centre of Madrid.

How many train services per day are there from Cologne to Madrid?
On average, there is 1 train a day from Cologne to Madrid. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Köln Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your journey to Madrid.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+49 2211411055
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transport options for Köln Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB