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There are 5 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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Bus via Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport  •  1h 37m

  1. Take the bus from Florence Piazzale Montelungo to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Florence Piazzale Montelungo - Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport

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Drive  •  1h 8m

  1. Drive from Florence to Bologna 100.3 km
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  • FFP2 masks are required on all public transport
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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.

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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 four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Firenze S.M.N. and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart every 30 minutes, 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 every 30 minutes.

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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 via Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, which costs €27 - €40 and takes 1h 37m.

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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 every 30 minutes. Tickets cost €11 - €45 and the journey takes 38 min. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, Appennino Shuttle operates a bus from Florence Piazzale Montelungo to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport every 3 hours. Tickets cost €20 and the journey takes 1h 25m.

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
Every 30 minutes
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 Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €10
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 44m
Frequency
Twice daily
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
Appennino Shuttle
Phone
+39 055 5001302
Email
info@appenninoshuttle.it
Website
appenninoshuttle.it
Bus from Florence Piazzale Montelungo to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€20
Website
Appennino Shuttle
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Florence to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€8 - €10
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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Other operators
Blablacar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Florence to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€5
Schedules at
blablacar.com

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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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There are 239+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at €100 per night.

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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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