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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Barcelona to Bologna by train

from £168.50

Avg 3 changes 16hr 5m

Fidenza to Bologna by train

from £9.10

Avg 0 changes 1hr 11m

Chambéry to Bologna by train

from £36.80

Avg 1 change 4hr 52m

Lucca to Bologna by train

from £24.70

Avg 1 change 2hr 7m

Ravenna to Bologna by train

from £6.80

Avg 0 changes 59m

Geneva to Bologna by train

from £50.00

Avg 1 change 5hr 43m

Cesenatico to Bologna by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 30m

Brindisi to Bologna by train

from £27.90

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Verona to Bologna by train

from £9.00

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London to Bologna by train

from £85.20

Avg 2 changes 11hr 57m

London to Bologna by train

from £85.20

Avg 2 changes 11hr 57m

Pisa to Bologna by train

from £13.60

Avg 1 change 1hr 38m

Genoa to Bologna by train

from £43.60

Avg 1 change 2hr 47m

Strasbourg to Bologna by train

from £68.10

Avg 2 changes 7hr 21m

Rovigo to Bologna by train

from £7.20

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Como to Bologna by train

from £35.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 4m

Reggio nell'Emilia to Bologna by train

from £5.50

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Berne to Bologna by train

from £41.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 38m

Riomaggiore to Bologna by train

from £17.60

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Prato to Bologna by train

from £7.80

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Dijon to Bologna by train

from £86.60

Avg 1 change 8hr 7m

Madrid to Bologna by train

from £237.50

Avg 3 changes 21hr 12m

Aix-en-Provence to Bologna by train

from £72.40

Avg 2 changes 8hr 57m

Arezzo to Bologna by train

from £12.10

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Fiumicino to Bologna by train

from £26.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 57m

Mulhouse to Bologna by train

from £57.50

Avg 2 changes 6hr 26m

La Spezia to Bologna by train

from £17.60

Avg 1 change 2hr 36m

Lugano to Bologna by train

from £37.00

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Nice to Bologna by train

from £28.30

Avg 1 change 6hr 7m

Basel to Bologna by train

from £50.00

Avg 1 change 5hr 41m

Zurich to Bologna by train

from £41.00

Avg 1 change 4hr 56m

Castel San Pietro Terme to Bologna by train

from £2.90

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Bolzano to Bologna by train

from £18.60

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Rimini to Bologna by train

from £9.00

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Lucerne to Bologna by train

from £57.20

Avg 1 change 4hr 41m

Lyon to Bologna by train

from £38.60

Avg 1 change 6hr 29m

Alessandria to Bologna by train

from £18.60

Avg 0 changes 2hr 14m

Siena to Bologna by train

from £15.40

Avg 1 change 2hr 10m

Ferrara to Bologna by train

from £4.40

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Vicenza to Bologna by train

from £11.60

Avg 1 change 1hr 24m

Modena to Bologna by train

from £3.50

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Rovereto to Bologna by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 40m

Cervia to Bologna by train

from £9.10

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Avignon to Bologna by train

from £77.70

Avg 2 changes 8hr 46m

Cesena to Bologna by train

from £6.80

Avg 0 changes 49m

Treviso to Bologna by train

from £12.10

Avg 0 changes 1hr 45m

Innsbruck to Bologna by train

from £27.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 40m

Cannes to Bologna by train

from £32.70

Avg 1 change 6hr 47m

Perugia to Bologna by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 2hr 5m

Pesaro to Bologna by train

from £9.20

Avg 0 changes 1hr 14m

Montpellier to Bologna by train

from £78.40

Avg 2 changes 9hr 39m

Trieste to Bologna by train

from £9.10

Avg 0 changes 2hr 58m

Valence to Bologna by train

from £75.90

Avg 2 changes 8hr 2m

Grenoble to Bologna by train

from £57.40

Avg 1 change 5hr 40m

Viareggio to Bologna by train

from £18.90

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Forlì to Bologna by train

from £5.50

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Aix-les-Bains to Bologna by train

from £42.00

Avg 2 changes 5hr 11m

Mantova to Bologna by train

from £8.40

Avg 0 changes 1hr 6m

Marseille to Bologna by train

from £49.90

Avg 1 change 8hr 51m

Parma to Bologna by train

from £6.80

Avg 0 changes 52m

Munich to Bologna by train

from £26.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 29m

Rome to Bologna by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 55m

Brussels to Bologna by train

from £97.20

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Fano to Bologna by train

from £9.10

Avg 0 changes 1hr 49m

Salerno to Bologna by train

from £30.40

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