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There are 4 ways to get from Florence to Bologna by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  38 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...

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Rideshare  •  1h 37m

  1. Take the rideshare from Florence to Bologna 103.8 km

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Drive  •  1h 8m

  1. Drive from Florence to Bologna 100.3 km

Florence to Bologna by train

The train journey time between Florence and Bologna is around 38 min and covers a distance of around 91 km. The fastest train normally takes 34 min. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, ItaloTreno and Trenitalia, the Florence to Bologna train service departs from Firenze S.M.N. and arrives in Bologna Centrale. Typically 474 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
38 min
Fastest train time:
34 min
Train distance:
91 km
Trains per week:
474
Cheapest price:
€6
Carbon emissions:
4 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:32
Last train departs at:
22:12

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Florence to Bologna train schedules

Florence → Bologna
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  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Bologna is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Bologna is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Bologna is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Florence to Bologna is to rideshare, which costs €5 and takes 1h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Florence to Bologna is to train which costs €6 - €45 and takes 38 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Florence and arriving at Bologna. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Firenze S.M.N. and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 38 min.

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The distance between Florence and Bologna is 80 km. The road distance is 100.3 km.

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The best way to get from Florence to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 38 min and costs €6 - €45.

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The train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale takes 38 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Florence to Bologna train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Firenze S.M.N. station.

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The best way to get from Florence to Bologna is to train which takes 38 min and costs €6 - €45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €6 - €26 and takes 1h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Florence to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 79.8 km
  • Duration: 38 min

What companies run services between Florence, Italy and Bologna, Italy?

Trenitalia Frecce operates a train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale hourly. Tickets cost €11 - €45 and the journey takes 38 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Florence to Bologna twice daily. Tickets cost €8 - €11 and the journey takes 1h 50m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €45
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€11 - €15
Base Standard
€25 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €45
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €21
Smart Low Cost
€12 - €17
Smart Flex
€26 - €40
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 Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Florence to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus from Florence to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Consorzio Autolinee S.r.l.
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Florence to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Florence to Bologna train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Bologna Centrale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Florence to Bologna is 100 km. It takes approximately 1h 8m to drive from Florence to Bologna.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Florence and Bologna. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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