Bologna is strategically well located in the heart of northern Italy, a long-standing transit, exchange and destination hub for many major travel infrastructures. Located on the Via Emilia, the city lies a short distance from the sea of the Romagna Riviera and towns such as Florence, Venice and Verona. It can therefore be easily reached by car, train, bus or plane.
Bologna's Central Station serves as final destination for a large number of local, intercity and high-speed trains connecting neighbouring locations and the country's main cities.
The station is also the terminus of the Marconi Express, a monorail link service to Bologna airport.
Guglielmo Marconi Airport is located about 10 km from the city centre. Dozens of flights from Italian and international destinations land here daily.
The airport is connected to the central railway station by the Marconi Express service, which takes only 7 minutes to cover the route. The monorail costs € 11,00 one way and € 20,00 round trip.
Line 944 also connects the airport to the city for € 4.00, reaching as far as the nearby Ospedale Maggiore.
Visitors wishing to travel more cost-effectively can instead catch bus 81/91 at Birra , a 20-minute walk from the airport, which both travel to the centre of Bologna and the Central Station at the standard city fare.
From the airport you can also reach the centre by taxi. A ride to/from the centre takes about 20 minutes with the price ranging from € 20.00-25.00.
If you travel by car, you may want to know that Bologna is one of Italy's major motorway junctions, connecting the north and south of the country.
Bologna is located along the A1, only 1 hour from Florence (southbound), and just over 2 hours from Milan (northbound).
Bologna is also the gateway to the A14, running along the Adriatic side of the peninsula from Romagna all the way to Taranto.
Another important thoroughfare is the A13 towards Veneto, connecting Bologna to cities such as Ferrara and Padua, the gateway to Venice.
Buses arriving from outside the city travel primarily from the main coach station - located a short distance from the train station - with connections throughout Italy and even to foreign countries.
Visit the coach station website for information on bus routes arriving from outside the city.
If you are travelling by TOURIST BUS, you should know that city center is inside at the Limited Access Zone (ZTL) from 7am to 8pm. Entrance ticket is necessary to pass into that area and stop in Piazza Malpighi only for 5 minutes (passenger ascent and descent only) for €100 per day.
Buy Piazza Malpighi Stop's Ticket here (italian only).
You can stop also in Piazza San Mamolo for passenger descent only and stay there only for 20 minutes.