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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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London to Bologna by train

from £90.40

Avg 2 changes 11hr 57m

London to Bologna by train

from £90.40

Avg 2 changes 11hr 57m

Paris to Bologna by train

from £36.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 56m

Nice to Bologna by train

from £30.70

Avg 1 change 6hr 14m

La Spezia to Bologna by train

from £16.80

Avg 1 change 2hr 46m

Verona to Bologna by train

from £8.50

Avg 0 changes 50m

Pisa to Bologna by train

from £16.40

Avg 1 change 1hr 40m

Ancona to Bologna by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 41m

Florence to Bologna by train

from £13.10

Avg 0 changes 35m

Bari to Bologna by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 22m

Rimini to Bologna by train

from £8.80

Avg 0 changes 54m

Geneva to Bologna by train

from £39.70

Avg 1 change 5hr 43m

Pesaro to Bologna by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 14m

Ravenna to Bologna by train

from £6.60

Avg 0 changes 59m

Venice to Bologna by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 13m

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Rome to Bologna by train

from £9.30

Avg 0 changes 1hr 55m

Turin to Bologna by train

from £22.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr

Modena to Bologna by train

from £3.40

Avg 0 changes 21m

Naples to Bologna by train

from £22.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 15m

Parma to Bologna by train

from £6.60

Avg 0 changes 52m

Milan to Bologna by train

from £8.70

Avg 0 changes 1hr 2m

Ferrara to Bologna by train

from £4.30

Avg 0 changes 24m

Zurich to Bologna by train

from £22.90

Avg 1 change 5hr 13m

Padua to Bologna by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 57m

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