A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Copenhagen to Madrid

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Traveling from Copenhagen to Madrid by train is a great experience. You'll pass through Hamburg, Cologne, Paris and Barcelona. It's a 3 days long train ride with beautiful scenery.

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Day 1

Copenhagen Denmark
Hamburg Germany

Grab a quick bite and switch trains in Hamburg.

Hamburg Germany
Cologne Germany

Spend 1 night in Cologne

Day 2

Cologne Germany
Paris France

Have a nice lunch and switch train stations in Paris.

Paris France
Barcelona Spain

Spend 1 night in Barcelona

Day 3

Barcelona Spain
Madrid Spain

Arrive at your final destination, Madrid.

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Going to Madrid Spain

Good to know when traveling from Copenhagen to Madrid

Seat reservations

Some trains require that you have a seat reservation included in your ticket. But don't worry about that on All Aboard because all tickets we sell include seat reservations.

Seat reservation for Interrail

Seat reservations are usually not required for local and regional trains. However, it is needed for most high-speed, international, and night trains. But make sure to book seats if you need to be somewhere at a certain time, traveling with kids or if it's high season. Unsure if you need a seat reservation? Check your route here.

Reservations may be made at the train station, on the rail company website, or in the Rail Planner App.

Onboard catering & food

Most of the trains in Europe have restaurant cars open to all passengers, regardless of the fare. What is offered depends on the operator but also during what time you travel. They usually serve hot food, drinks and snacks available for all customers.

Onboard catering during covid-19

Many train operators don't have onboard catering due to the current situation. And face masks are required on many trains so if possible – eat and drink before you hop on the train.

Can I charge my phone on the train?

Most long distance trains in Europe have power sockets available. In some cases, the number of power sockets may be limited in the 2nd class cars. In 1st class, however, it's most common that there are power sockets somewhere around each seat. If it's super important to you, the best way to really know is to google the name of the train (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.

Wondering if there's free wifi available? Find more information here: Is there wifi on the train?