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There are 12 ways to get from London to Bologna by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, night train, car, car train or car ferry

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Fly London City to Bologna  •  8h 14m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Bologna (BLQ) LCY - BLQ

73€ - 322€

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Train to London Luton, fly to Bologna  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Bologna (BLQ) LTN - BLQ

48€ - 209€

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Fly London Stansted to Bologna  •  5h 22m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Bologna (BLQ) STN - BLQ

75€ - 467€

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Florence, train  •  6h 19m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Florence (FLR) LGW - FLR
  3. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale

54€ - 543€

Fly London City to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 44m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Milan Linate (LIN) LCY - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale

180€ - 826€

Fly London Stansted to Venice, train  •  7h 56m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Venice (VCE) STN - VCE
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale

55€ - 270€

Train  •  12h 29m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  3. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Bologna Centrale Fr

256€ - 589€

Train via Milan  •  12h 40m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Milano P.Garibaldi Tgv
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...

254€ - 586€

Bus  •  24h 18m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Bologna N521

95€ - 105€

Bus and ferry, night train  •  30h 35m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London to München
  2. Take the night train from Muenchen Hbf to Bologna Centrale Nj

97€ - 133€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  14h 13m

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Bologna

315€ - 400€

Drive, car ferry  •  16h 6m

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
  3. Drive from Dunkirk to Bologna

239€ - 400€

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The cheapest way to get from London to Bologna is to train and fly which costs £45 - £470 and takes 6h 19m.

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The fastest way to get from London to Bologna is to fly. Taking this option will cost £60 - £410 and takes 5h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London to Bologna. However, there are services departing from London Victoria and arriving at Bologna via Paris. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 18m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Bologna. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Eurostar and arriving at Bologna Centrale via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 29m.

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The distance between London and Bologna is 1153 km.

The best way to get from London to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 12h 29m and costs £220 - £550.

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It takes approximately 8h 14m to get from London to Bologna, including transfers.

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London to Bologna bus services, operated by Traveleuro Tours & Travels, depart from London Victoria station.

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London to Bologna train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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The best way to get from London to Bologna is to fly which takes 8h 14m and costs £60 - £280. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £220 - £550 and takes 12h 29m, you could also bus, which costs £80 - £95 and takes 24h 18m.

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Map of how to get from London to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 1153.4 km
  • Duration: 8h 14m

What companies run services between London, England and Bologna, Italy?

Lufthansa, KLM and five other airlines fly from London Bank DLR to Bologna 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from London King's Cross to Bologna via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Torino Porta Susa in around 12h 29m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 70€
Flights from London Gatwick to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
35€ - 70€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London City to Bologna via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Friday
Estimated price
75€ - 320€
Flights from London Stansted to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
11€ - 110€
Flights from London Stansted to Venice
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
25€ - 320€
Flights from London Stansted to Venice via Prague
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
25€ - 320€
Flights from London Luton to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
21€ - 150€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London City to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 460€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London City to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 350€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 460€
Flights from London City to Bologna via Luxembourg, Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
100€ - 470€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from London City to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 290€
Flights from London City to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London City to Bologna via Dublin
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
90€ - 270€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London City to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
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€
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
18€ - 25€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 55€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
14€ - 20€
Base Standard
30€ - 45€
Base Premium
35€ - 55€
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 90€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
27€ - 40€
Base Standard
50€ - 70€
Base Premium
60€ - 90€
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€
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 21€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
19€ - 21€
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 Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
16€ - 20€
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
19€ - 28€
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
8€ - 23€
Off-Peak Single
14€ - 20€
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
19€ - 28€
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
5h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 150€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
110€ - 130€
1st Class
120€ - 150€
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Milano P.Garibaldi
Ave. Duration
7h 6m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
120€ - 170€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
120€ - 150€
1st Class
140€ - 170€
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
153€
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Traveleuro Tours & Travels
Phone
07710115044
Email
info@traveleuro.co.uk
Website
traveleuro.co.uk
Bus from London Victoria to Paris Bercy
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
46€
Schedules at
traveleuro.co.uk
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Bologna
Ave. Duration
14h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 60€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to München
Ave. Duration
20h 23m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 150€
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
75€ - 150€
Standard Car - Flexi
130€ - 170€

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There is no direct flight from London City Airport to Bologna Airport. The quickest flight takes 5h 15m and has one stopover.

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

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Bologna is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 3:47 PM in London and 4:47 PM in Bologna.

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

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Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Luxair and four other airlines offer flights from London City Airport to Bologna Airport.

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There are 1121+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from London to London City Airport is to train which takes 21 min and costs £1 - £5.

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