Fastest journey5hr 20m
Take a comfortable Frecciabianca train from Bologna to Bari. Departures are at hourly intervals for much of the day, with services taking less than 6 hours to reach Bari. Occasional Intercity services travel the same route, but they make many more stops, so add at least an hour to the journey time.
From Bologna, the trains to Bari run south-east along a very straight track to reach the coast at Rimini. There you’ll catch a glimpse of the mountainous Republic of San Marino to the right, with the Adriatic to your left. The route then follows the coast south via Ancona to Bari.
Bookings for the journey from Bologna to Bari normally open four months prior to travel, which is when you'll find the cheapest tickets.
Bologna to Bari
All Frecciabianca and Intercity trains to Bari leave from Bologna Centrale and arrive at Bari Centrale. Most Frecciabianca services on this route make six intermediate stops. The two most important towns along the way are Rimini and Ancona. If you opt instead for the slower Intercity service, your train will make more than 20 stops on the journey from Bologna to Bari.
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Image credits: Small port of Bari by Marco Tamma