Bologna's train station, Bologna Centrale, is located at Piazza Medaglie d'Oro, in the north of the city. Facilities in the station include car hire, banks, bars, restaurants, newspaper stands and a pharmacy. Passengers must validate their printed tickets by stamping them in the yellow machines, located on the platform, before boarding, to avoid having to pay a fine. E-tickets are also available. Supplements might be charged, depending on the type of train taken (Diretto, Interregionale, Espresso, Intercity or Eurostar).
Bologna Centrale is one of Italy's main crossroads for both national and international trains. It has good connections to the main destinations in Italy and is on the high-speed network, which has drastically cut travel times to numerous destinations.