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There are 9 ways to get from Geneva to Bologna by train, bus, night train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  5 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Milano Centrale Eurocity / ...
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...

$109 - $182

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Bus  •  10 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Bologna, Bologna N504 / ...

$40 - $70

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Night train, train  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Take the night train from Geneve to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Modena Fb / ...

$86 - $123

Drive  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Bologna 340.5 miles

$80 - $120

Fly Geneva to Bologna  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Bologna (BLQ) GVA - BLQ

$91 - $301

Fly Geneva to Milan Linate, train  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le

$66 - $277

Fly Geneva to Florence, train  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Florence (FLR) GVA - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale

$73 - $285

Train to Lyon, fly to Bologna  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Bologna (BLQ) LYS - BLQ

$110 - $359

Fly Geneva to Venice, train  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Venice (VCE) GVA - VCE
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna C.Le

$57 - $289

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Bologna is to bus which costs SFr 40 - SFr 70 and takes 10 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Bologna is to fly and train which costs SFr 65 - SFr 280 and takes 4 h 16 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Geneva and arriving at Bologna, Bologna. Services depart twice daily, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 10 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Bologna. However, there are services departing from Geneve and arriving at Bologna C.Le via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 7 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Bologna is 448 km. The road distance is 544.8 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 5 h 7 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 190.

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It takes approximately 5 h 7 min to get from Geneva to Bologna, including transfers.

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Geneva to Bologna bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Geneva station.

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Geneva to Bologna train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Geneve station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Bologna is to train which takes 5 h 7 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 70 and takes 10 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 90 - SFr 300 and takes 5 h 56 min.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 280 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 7 min

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Bologna, Italy?

You can take a train from Geneva to Bologna via Milano Centrale in around 5 h 7 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Geneva to Bologna twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $70 and the journey takes 10 h 50 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Venice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Geneva to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Florence
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Flights from Geneva to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Flights from Geneva to Venice via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,300
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $210
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $850
Flights from Lyon to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $850
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,400
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Geneva to Bologna via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$75 - $290
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $340
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Geneve to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Modena
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Mestre Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
italotreno.it
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Bologna, Bologna
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Geneva Airport to Bologna Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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Geneva to Bologna bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bologna, Bologna station.

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Geneva to Bologna train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Bologna C.Le station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Bologna is 545 km. It takes approximately 5 h 28 min to drive from Geneva to Bologna.

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Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Aer Lingus and nine other airlines offer flights from Geneva Airport to Bologna Airport.

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Book your Geneva to Bologna bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 1579+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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