Getting to Bologna

By plane

Bologna's closest airport is Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna) International Airport (IATA: BLQ), just a few minutes from the city centre, served by taxi and a special bus line called the Aerobus. A taxi from the airport to the centre costs about €15. An Aerobus Ticket costs €6, and it stops outside the main terminal building. The ticket is also valid for 1 hour on the other buses in Bologna. Bus 54 goes towards the west suburbs of Bologna, and will get you on to the 'main' routes. Another bus stop is about 10 minutes walk from the airport (bus stop name: Birra - other side of the elevated motorway, follow the road out of the airport, turn right at the first roundabout and straight through the second roundabout) and you can board buses 81 and 91 which will take you to Bologna Central railway station. Bus tickets are valid for 75 minutes travel and cost €1.5 purchased at the bus, €1.3 purchased in advance (one can buy tickets in the bar on the opposite side of the street or at the airport in Carrefour Express). Go to the website of the local bus company, TPER, and you will find maps that show all routes including that of the airport bus.

  • Ryanair flies to Bologna Gugliemo Marconi. British Airways and Turkish Airlines have 2 or 3 flights per day (depending on season) to/from London Heathrow and to/from Istanbul Ataturk respectively.
  • Marconi Airport also has numerous international connections available, including nonstop flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Budapest, Brussels (National), Charleroi (Brussels South), Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Katowice, Krakow, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw (Modlin), Wroclaw and Zagreb (limited dates; in 2011 only from September onwards).

By train

Due to its central location and geography, Bologna has emerged as the main rail transport hub of northern Italy, making it very well connected with other major Italian cities. From 14 December 2008, the new high speed railway line is available to/from Milan, shortening the journey to 65 minutes. Bologna is also 37 minutes from Florence, 2 hours 20 minutes from Rome, 2 hours from Venice, 1 hour from Ferrara, etc. The new high speed train line between Rome and Bologna is now fully available and can make trips much faster.

There is also an overnight sleeper service from Paris Bercy to Bologna. Departs Paris 6:52 pm and arrives Bologna at 6 am. Return departs Bologna 10:30 pm and arrives in Paris at 9:06 am.

By car

The city is at the junction of the A1, A14 and A13 highways, and so is easily accessible from anywhere in Italy. Most traffic from Milan exits the A1 and take the Tangenziale, but beware this road at rush hour because it is horrendously packed. It may take around two hours from the A1 exit to the Tangenziale to the centre at certain peak times over summer busy weekends, especially at the beginning and end of August.


Bologna is like any big city, parking is difficult but there are many car parks. Parking in the city centre is available, many are open 24 hours. On of the biggest parking in the city centre is in Piazza VIII Agosto.