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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Bologna by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Bologna  •  4h 56m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Bologna (BLQ) MAD - BLQ

6 alternative options

Fly to Florence, train  •  6h 6m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Florence (FLR) MAD - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale

Fly to Venice, train  •  7h 6m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Venice (VCE) MAD - VCE
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale

Train  •  15h 52m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Milano Centrale Fr
  4. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...

Bus via Milan  •  29h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Milano
  2. Take the bus from Milan Lampugnano to Bologna Terminal Bus 200 MT Da Stazione FS Milan Lampugnano - Gallipoli Bus Station / ...

Bus  •  31h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Verona Viale Girolamo Cardinale Sofia Central Bus Station - Lisbon Oriente / ...
  2. Take the bus from Verona Viale Girolamo Cardinale to Bologna Autostazione Bolzano-Via Bruno Buozzi - Naples Metropark Central Parking / ...

Drive  •  16h 20m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Bologna 1718.6 km

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Bologna is to fly which costs €30 - €190 and takes 4h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Bologna is to fly which costs €30 - €190 and takes 4h 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Bologna. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Bologna Terminal Bus 200 MT Da Stazione FS via Milan Lampugnano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29h 1m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Bologna. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Bologna Centrale via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu and Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 52m.

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The distance between Madrid and Bologna is 1312 km. The road distance is 1718.6 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 15h 52m and costs €160 - €330.

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It takes approximately 4h 56m to get from Madrid to Bologna, including transfers.

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Madrid to Bologna bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Bologna train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bologna is to fly which takes 4h 56m and costs €30 - €190. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €160 - €330 and takes 15h 52m, you could also bus via Milan, which costs €130 - €220 and takes 29h 1m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 1312.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 56m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Bologna, Italy?

Ryanair, Iberia and four other airlines fly from Madrid to Bologna every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Bologna via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, and Milano Centrale in around 15h 52m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €320
Flights from Madrid to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €430
Flights from Madrid to Venice
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €260
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€90 - €330
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €320
Flights from Madrid to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €420
Flights from Madrid to Venice
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €260
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€90 - €330
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €430
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €650
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€20 - €230
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Porto
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€20 - €230
Flights from Madrid to Venice
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€26 - €240
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Mahon
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€26 - €240
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Bari
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€26 - €240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €380
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €450
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €390
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €550
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
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€18 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€18 - €25
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
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 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €21
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€19 - €21
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€53 - €58
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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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 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €10
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€10 - €15
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €20
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
38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €21
Smart Low Cost
€12 - €17
Smart Flex
€26 - €40
Train from Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€17 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €21
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Milano
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€130 - €180
Website
alsa.com
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Bologna Terminal Bus 200 MT Da Stazione FS
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€22 - €30
Website
Marino Autolinee
Itabus
Phone
+39 06 88 93 82 32
Website
itabus.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Bologna Autostazione
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €40
Website
Itabus
Bus from Verona Viale Girolamo Cardinale to Bologna Autostazione
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€2 - €35
Website
Itabus
Inter Saj
Phone
0981 500331
Email
info@saj.it
Website
saj.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Bologna Terminal Bus 200 MT Da Stazione FS
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€15 - €24
Website
Inter Saj
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 Milan to Bologna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€13 - €16
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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Busitalia Simet S.p.A.
Phone
+39 098 3520 315
Email
info@fsbusitaliafast.it
Website
simetbus.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Bologna Autostazione
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€32 - €38
Website
Busitalia Simet S.p.A.
Bus from Verona Viale Girolamo Cardinale to Bologna Autostazione
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€31 - €37
Website
Busitalia Simet S.p.A.
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus from Milan Lampugnano to Bologna Autostazione
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Milan to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Verona Viale Girolamo Cardinale
Ave. Duration
27h 45m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
Union Ivkoni

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Bologna Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Madrid to Bologna bus services, operated by Marino Autolinee, arrive at Bologna Terminal Bus 200 MT Da Stazione FS station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Bologna is 1719 km. It takes approximately 16h 20m to drive from Madrid to Bologna.

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Air France, Lufthansa, Ryanair and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Bologna Airport.

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