From the Sky to the Streets: Getting to Bologna by Flight, Bus, or Car

How to reach Bologna

Feeling a sudden craving for tortellini and can’t wait anymore?

No problem at all, let me show you the best ways to reach Bologna by flight, bus, car or train and how to move safely once here.

How to get to Bologna by bus

By Flight

The easiest option.

Guglielmo Marconi airport is well connected by national and international airlines (like British Airways, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and many more) to fly to the main European and some American cities.

The airport is close to downtown (approximately 6 km). And once landed here are the best ways to get from Bologna Airport to the city centre.

By Train

Fear of fly?
That’s ok, you can arrive in Bologna by train from Florence, Venice, Milan or Rome in no more than a couple of hours.

Bologna is a junction city between North and South of Italy, and its Stazione Centrale train station is a connection through which most lines pass.

With Trenitalia or Italo high-speed trains, you can reach Bologna in very little time from the most important cities but also with night trains from Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna.

The train station is located in the city centre, close to the best hotels in Bologna and 15 minutes walking to Piazza Maggiore, the main square from where our Bologna food tours start.

Don't forget to use local trains for your day trips.
Modena, Parma, Ravenna are astonishing small towns less than 1 hour far from Bologna.

And oh well, we have food tours there too :)

By Car

The pro of arriving by car is to be free from the imposed time of public transport.

You can reach Bologna by highway:

  • From Milan by A1 coming from North
  • From Florence by A1 coming from South
  • From Venice and Padua by A13
  • From Ancona, Rimini and Ravenna by A14

But there are also Cons.

Be aware that the city centre is closed to private cars from 8 AM to 8 PM, every day, and there are a lot of ZTL (Limited Traffic Zones) very tricky, with a very high risk to get an unpleasant ticket.

There's a daily pass you can buy to enter the ZLT risk-free and it costs about 6 euros.

My suggestion?
Use the car only to arrive in Bologna and to move outside the city.
Follow my lead to park your can in Bologna for the rest of the time and walk as more as you can.
That's the real way to fall in love with Bologna.

How to get to Bologna

One more tip

Well now you know all about the best ways to get to Bologna, and you can finally have your tasty dish of tortellini.

There is just one thing left to do: book your food tour because, let’s be clear, in Bologna there is plenty of great food and you don’t want to miss a single bite don’t you?

[Photos courtesy of Ștefan Jurcă, Creative Commons]

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