Travel to Bologna

Flying to Bologna

British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet are among the airlines providing direct flights from the UK to Bologna.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 10 minutes; New York - 9 hours 35 minutes; Los Angeles - 12 hours and 50 minutes; Toronto -10 hours and 10 minutes; Sydney - 20 hours 20 minutes.

Travel by road

Summary:

Italy has an excellent selection of autostrade (A) (motorways), the main north-south link being the autostrada del sole, which links Milan with Naples in the south of Italy. Speed limits on motorways are 130kph (81mph), while on non-urban highways it's 110kph (68mph). In built-up areas it's 50kph (31mph). Motorways are tolled, so travellers on a budget might prefer the strade statali (SS), which are often fast, multi-lane carriageways that are toll free. Strade provinciale are perfect for exploring Italy's hidden countryside.

By law, both driver and passenger must wear their seat belts, if fitted, or face an on-the-spot fine. Speeding and driving through a red light also incur fines. Car lights must be switched on at any time on autostrade and strade statali. All those not in possession of an EU licence must carry an International Driving Permit alongside their national licence. The minimum age for driving a car is 18, but from 14 years up you are permitted to drive a moped under 50cc (for which you don't need a licence). Up to 125cc you must be 16 years or over, and for above this you need a motorcycle licence. EU nationals taking their own vehicle will need an International Insurance Certificate, also known as a Carta Verde (Green Card), issued by your car-insurance company. Automobile Club Italia (ACI) (tel: (06) 491 115; www.aci.it) provides further information.

Emergency breakdown service:

ACI: (tel: 803 116).

Routes:

Bologna is linked to Milan, Florence and Rome by the A1. The A13 arrives directly from Venice and Padua and the A14 links Bologna to the coastal towns of Ravenna and Rimini.

Driving times:

From Milan - 2 hours; Rome - 4 hours; Venice - 1 hour 40 minutes; Florence - 1 hour 15 mins.

Coaches:

There are numerous coach service providers operating to and from Bologna's coach terminal, Autostazione di Bologna, Piazza XX Settembre 6 (tel: 0512 45400; www.autostazionebo.it), just around the corner from the train station. Pullman (coaches) from regional centres such as Ferrara and Modena arrive at this station. There are also long-distance services from Milan and Ancona and international services from London, Paris and Frankfurt. Facilities at the coach station include a restaurant, ATM, hairdressers, and newsagent.

Travel by rail

Services:

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 tickets by stamping them in the yellow machines, located on the platform, before boarding, to avoid having to pay a fine. 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. Work is ongoing to quadruple the number of platforms and to build a second station, thus increasing the level of service and decreasing travel times on the main lines. EuroCity and Euronight train services link Bologna with more than 40 other European destinations including Paris, Basel and Brussels.

Operators:

The Italian state railway, Ferrovie dello Stato (tel: 892 021, in Italy only; www.trenitalia.it), is both economical and efficient.

Journey times:

From Milan - 1 hour; Florence - 30 minutes; Rome - 2 hours 30 minutes; Venice - 1 hour 30 minutes; Naples - 5 hours.




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