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  1. Cheapest price £102.30
  2. 30 day advance £161.60
  3. 7 day advance £210.20
  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    20:31
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    11hr 57m
  1. The journey by train from London to Bologna is very easy. It's a journey that can be done entirely by day, but the following overnight option is very useful. The key link in this journey is the overnight train from Paris to northern Italy, which leaves the French capital every evening bound for Venice. You have a choice of couchette or sleeping berth on this night train. The latter is much more comfortable. To connect with the evening departure from Paris to Italy, you’ll need to take an afternoon Eurostar service from London to Paris.

    The night train’s first stop in Italy is Milan, where you can connect onto an onward early morning high-speed service direct to Bologna. Instead of changing trains at Milan at the crack of dawn, you can also stay on the night train for another 2 hours to Verona or even another 3 hours to Padua, connecting in one of those cities onto a direct train to Bologna.

    If you value your sleep and want to avoid that early morning change of train in Milan, just enter either ‘via Verona Porta Nuova’ or ‘via Padova’ in the booking tool above. Changing trains at Verona or Padua often makes no difference to the fare. Indeed, sometimes it is even cheaper than changing in Milan.

    Whichever way you travel from London to Bologna, bookings on this route normally open about four months prior to travel, and that's when you'll find the cheapest tickets.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon

    When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.

    If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

    Paris to Milan (night train)

    Paris to Milan (night train)

    The Thello overnight train from Paris to Milan departs from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. In the early hours, the train runs along the shore of Lake Geneva with – on a clear night – beautiful views of the Alps. There is a glorious moment in the morning when the train skirts the edge of Lake Maggiore.

    There is just one scheduled stop in France (at Dijon) to pick up passengers, and no station stops on the overnight run across Switzerland. In the morning the train stops at Milan, before continuing to Verona, Padua and Venice.

    Milan to Bologna

    Milan to Bologna

    Trenitalia operate high-speed Frecciarossa trains on the route from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale. There is at least one departure per hour with additional services at peak times. Most trains on this route run without stopping between the two cities and take just 65 minutes.

    If high-speed travel is not your style, sit back and relax on one of the regional trains that trundle over the North Italian Plain from Milan to Bologna. These slower services leave Milan Centrale every two hours and take just under three hours for the run to Bologna, stopping over a dozen times along the way.

  2. It is easy to travel by train from London to Bologna. There is an overnight option, using the Thello night train from Paris to Italy. But many prefer travelling entirely by day, using the following route. It’s a long journey for one day, but easily done with an early start from London.

    Start by taking a Eurostar to Paris. In the French capital you’ll need to change stations to connect onto a French TGV train to Turin. That train travels through Burgundy and the Alps before reaching Italy. In Turin you alight from the TGV at Porta Susa station, from where there are connecting high-speed trains to Bologna. This final leg from Turin to Bologna is on either an Italo or a Frecciarossa service. Both trains offer very high levels of comfort.

    This journey in one day from London to Bologna is only possible in the outward direction, and then only on days when there is a 05.40 Eurostar from London to Paris. You might consider making an overnight stay in France to break this long journey: Paris and Chambéry are obvious choices. To return by day from Bologna to London, your best bet is to travel first to Turin, staying there overnight, and then picking up either of the two morning TGV services to Paris. Both arrive in the French capital with plenty of time to catch a Eurostar on to London.

    Bookings for this journey normally open four months in advance, which is when you'll find the cheapest tickets.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon

    When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.

    If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

    Paris to Turin

    Paris to Turin

    Fast TGV trains leave the Gare de Lyon in Paris three times each day for Turin. These direct services speed south from the French capital, cutting through Burgundy to reach Lyon, their first stop. After that, the pace slows as the terrain becomes more mountainous. All trains on this route stop at Chambéry and Modane before entering Italy, where the train makes two stops at Bardoneccia and Oulx.

    Upon arrival in Turin, the high-speed trains from Paris stop at Porta Susa station, an easy 10-minute walk west of the city centre. Porto Susa affords an excellent range of onward connections - including high-speed services to Florence and Rome, as well as direct trains to Verona and Venice. The TGV from Paris continues beyond Turin Porta Susa to Milan, dawdling rather than dashing on the final leg of its long journey from Paris.

    Turin to Bologna

    Turin to Bologna

    Trenitalia and NTV Italo compete head-to-head on the 360-kilometre rail route from Turin Porta Susa to Bologna Centrale. Trenitalia offer about ten departures each day on the route. There are just three or four Italo trains (depending on the day of the week). Note that tickets are not usually interchangeable between the two companies. Milan is the main city on the way. Both Frecciarossa and Italo high-speed trains take 2 hrs 10 mins for the run from Turin to Bologna.

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