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Flying to Bologna

British Airways and Ryanair run direct flights from the UK to Bologna. Cheap flights are available year-round, although prices tend to go up in summer. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Flight times:

From London – 2 hours 5 minutes; New York – 9 hours 35 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 10 hours 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 stradestatali (SS), which are often fast, multi-lane carriageways that are toll free. Stradeprovinciale are perfect for exploring Italy’s hidden countryside.

Car lights must be switched on at any time on autostrade and stradestatali. 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: +39 06 491 115; www.aci.it) provides further information.

Emergency breakdown service:

ACI (tel: +39 803 116).

Routes:

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

Coaches:

There are numerous coach service providers operating to and from Bologna’s coach terminal, Autostazione di Bologna, Piazza XX Settembre 6 (tel: +39 051 245 400; 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.

Travel by rail

Services:

From London – 2 hours 5 minutes; New York – 9 hours 35 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 10 hours 10 minutes; Sydney – 20 hours 20 minutes.

Operators:

From London – 2 hours 5 minutes; New York – 9 hours 35 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 10 hours 10 minutes; Sydney – 20 hours 20 minutes.

Journey times:

From London – 2 hours 5 minutes; New York – 9 hours 35 minutes; Los Angeles – 12 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 10 hours 10 minutes; Sydney – 20 hours 20 minutes.