Trains to Bologna Find train times and tickets

If you are exploring Italy by train, you’ll end up sooner or later in Bologna. Italy’s seventh-largest city is the country’s greatest rail hub. Bologna Centrale railway station has more long-distance departures than any other station in Italy. But Bologna is more than merely a place to change trains. The city is a premier-league destination in its own right.

This left-leaning university city has a very fine centre, notable for its striking piazzas and its covered walkways (which offer protection from winter rain and summer sun). It is a great place just to wander.

Rail connectivity supported the rapid growth of Bologna in the late 19th century. The original station building is a fanciful mock-Renaissance piece that looks like a Florentine villa. It’s still in use today, but Bologna Centrale has of course expanded massively since the station opened in 1864. The main station clock is fixed forever at 10.25, the moment on a summer morning in 1980 when fascists detonated a bomb which caused terrible loss of life and injury. The scars of the Bologna massacre are still raw today. Trains come and go while visitors reflect on the memorial to the victims of the attack.

Bologna Centrale has trains at least hourly to Milan, Rome, Venice and a dozen other Italian cities. Florence, Ravenna and Verona can all be reached within an hour.

There are direct trains from Bologna to Munich, Innsbruck and Vienna. The journey from London to Bologna can be completed in a single day, but many travellers favour the overnight option, using the Thello night train from Paris to Verona and connecting there onto a direct train to Bologna.

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Faenza to Bologna by train

from £4.40

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Fiumicino to Bologna by train

from £27.80

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Verona to Bologna by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 50m

Viareggio to Bologna by train

from £18.90

Avg 1 change 2hr 4m

Lecce to Bologna by train

from £18.70

Avg 0 changes 7hr 9m

Riomaggiore to Bologna by train

from £20.50

Avg 2 changes 3hr 8m

Mantova to Bologna by train

from £8.30

Avg 0 changes 1hr 6m

Como to Bologna by train

from £32.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 4m

Senigallia to Bologna by train

from £12.10

Avg 0 changes 1hr 36m

Vicenza to Bologna by train

from £11.50

Avg 1 change 1hr 24m

Brig to Bologna by train

from £44.00

Avg 1 change 3hr 38m

Foggia to Bologna by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 35m

Cannes to Bologna by train

from £32.70

Avg 1 change 6hr 47m

Fano to Bologna by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 49m

Cesena to Bologna by train

from £6.70

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Trieste to Bologna by train

from £27.80

Avg 0 changes 2hr 58m

La Spezia to Bologna by train

from £20.20

Avg 1 change 2hr 36m

Venice to Bologna by train

from £9.10

Avg 0 changes 1hr 13m

Cervia to Bologna by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 20m

Naples to Bologna by train

from £36.90

Avg 0 changes 3hr 15m

Berne to Bologna by train

from £72.80

Avg 1 change 4hr 38m

Paris to Bologna by train

from £35.70

Avg 1 change 7hr 56m

Castel San Pietro Terme to Bologna by train

from £2.80

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Florence to Bologna by train

from £8.20

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Rovigo to Bologna by train

from £7.10

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Reggio nell'Emilia to Bologna by train

from £5.50

Avg 0 changes 24m

Voghera to Bologna by train

from £26.90

Avg 0 changes 1hr 54m

Nice to Bologna by train

from £42.30

Avg 1 change 6hr 7m

Cambridge to Bologna by train

from £191.30

Avg 3 changes 14hr 37m

Ancona to Bologna by train

from £15.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 49m

Arezzo to Bologna by train

from £21.40

Avg 0 changes 1hr 17m

Ferrara to Bologna by train

from £4.40

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Pesaro to Bologna by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 14m

Nogara to Bologna by train

from £7.40

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Modena to Bologna by train

from £3.60

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Bolzano to Bologna by train

from £18.60

Avg 0 changes 2hr 26m

Pescara to Bologna by train

from £9.10

Avg 0 changes 2hr 49m

Empoli to Bologna by train

from £19.90

Avg 1 change 1hr 26m

Brussels to Bologna by train

from £117.50

Avg 2 changes 10hr 24m

Barcelona to Bologna by train

from £103.50

Avg 3 changes 17hr 37m

Munich to Bologna by train

from £26.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 29m

Rovereto to Bologna by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 40m

Monterosso Almo to Bologna by train

from £21.20

Avg 2 changes 3hr 16m

Vernazza to Bologna by train

from £21.20

Avg 2 changes 3hr 19m

Genoa to Bologna by train

from £57.20

Avg 1 change 2hr 47m

Bari to Bologna by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 5hr 22m

Terontola to Bologna by train

from £22.60

Avg 0 changes 1hr 45m

Strasbourg to Bologna by train

from £70.50

Avg 2 changes 7hr 31m

Montpellier to Bologna by train

from £164.10

Avg 2 changes 9hr 39m

Salerno to Bologna by train

from £32.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 3m

Perugia to Bologna by train

from £12.10

Avg 0 changes 2hr 28m

Lyon to Bologna by train

from £53.50

Avg 1 change 6hr 29m

Ravenna to Bologna by train

from £6.80

Avg 0 changes 59m

Aix-en-Provence to Bologna by train

from £86.00

Avg 2 changes 8hr 57m

Imola to Bologna by train

from £3.50

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Rome to Bologna by train

from £17.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 55m

Siena to Bologna by train

from £17.70

Avg 1 change 2hr 10m

Geneva to Bologna by train

from £50.00

Avg 1 change 5hr 43m

Pisa to Bologna by train

from £13.60

Avg 1 change 1hr 40m

Brindisi to Bologna by train

from £27.80

Avg 0 changes 6hr 46m

Lucca to Bologna by train

from £12.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 7m

Trento to Bologna by train

from £57.60

Avg 0 changes 1hr 55m

Basel to Bologna by train

from £53.00

Avg 1 change 5hr 51m

Lausanne to Bologna by train

from £104.90

Avg 1 change 5hr 4m

Arth to Bologna by train

from £41.00

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