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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  •  40 min

  1. Take the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale 9940 / ...

6€ - 40€

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Rideshare  •  1h 37m

  1. Take the rideshare from Florence to Bologna 103.8 km

5€

2 alternative options

Bus  •  1h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Florence, Florence to Bologna, Bologna N544 / ...

6€ - 26€

Drive  •  1h 8m

  1. Drive from Florence to Bologna 100.3 km

12€ - 19€

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The cheapest 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€ - 40€ and takes 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Florence, Florence and arriving at Bologna, Bologna. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 40 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 40 min and costs 6€ - 40€.

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The train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale takes 40 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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

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Florence to Bologna train services, operated by ItaloTreno, depart from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station.

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The best way to get from Florence to Bologna is to train which takes 40 min and costs 6€ - 40€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 6€ - 26€ and takes 1h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Florence to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 79.8 km
  • Duration: 40 min

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

ItaloTreno operates a train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale hourly. Tickets cost 12€ - 40€ and the journey takes 40 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Florence, Florence to Bologna, Bologna 3 times a day. Tickets cost 8€ - 11€ and the journey takes 1h 40m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
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
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 40€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
14€ - 20€
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 Rifredi to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
4 times a day
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 Rifredi to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
6€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
12€ - 14€
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, Florence to Bologna, Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Baltour
Phone
+39 0861 1991900
Email
info@baltour.it
Website
global.flixbus.com
Bus from FIRENZE - Autostazione SITA via S.Caterina da Siena17 to Bologna - Terminal Bus 200 Mt. Da Stazione Fs
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
Baltour
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
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, Bologna station.

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Florence to Bologna train services, operated by ItaloTreno, 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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Book your Florence to Bologna bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 1974+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at 87€ 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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