There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Bologna by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Bologna  •  4 h 56 min

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

$43 - $217

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Fly to Florence, train  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Florence (FLR) MAD - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Bologna C.Le

$94 - $357

Fly to Pisa, train  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Pisa (PSA) MAD - PSA
  2. Take the train from Pisa C.Le to Firenze Smn
  3. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Bologna C.Le

$64 - $263

Fly to Venice, train  •  6 h 58 min

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

$104 - $363

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Milan Linate (LIN) MAD - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le

$93 - $324

Train  •  17 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV TGV
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
  4. Take the train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  5. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Bologna C.Le Fr

$252 - $346

Bus  •  29 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Milano
  2. Take the bus from Milano to Bologna Marozzi-Marino / ...

$105 - $164

Bus, train  •  32 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Padova
  2. Take the train from Padova to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...

Drive  •  16 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Bologna 1079 miles

$250 - $380

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Bologna is to fly which costs 35€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Bologna is to fly which costs 35€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 56 min.

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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 via Milano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 55 min.

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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 C.Le via Barcelona Sants Station, Valence TGV, Chambery-Challes-E and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 18 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Bologna is 1312 km. The road distance is 1726.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 17 h 18 min and costs 210€ - 300€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 56 min 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 Spanish Railways 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 4 h 56 min and costs 35€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 210€ - 300€ and takes 17 h 18 min, you could also bus, which costs 85€ - 140€ and takes 29 h 55 min.

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  • Distance: 820.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 56 min

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

Iberia, Ryanair and eight other airlines fly from Madrid to Bologna hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Bologna via Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Sants Station, Gare de Valence TGV, Valence TGV, Chambery-Challes-E, Torino Porta Susa, and Torino Porta Susa in around 17 h 18 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Florence
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Pisa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Venice
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Pisa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Florence
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Pisa via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Pisa via Rome
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Madrid to Venice
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Madrid to Pisa via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Venice via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Milan Linate via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from Madrid to Pisa
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Madrid to Pisa via Lamezia Terme
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Bologna via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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.Maria Novella to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Padova to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Mestre Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Padova Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
italotreno.it
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 Pisa C.Le to Firenze Smn
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$11 - $14
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
renfe.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $50
1st Class
$65 - $85
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Milano
Ave. Duration
26 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
alsa.com
Marozzi VT
Phone
080 579 0211
Email
info@marozzivt.it
Website
marozzivt.it
Bus from Milano to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $29
Schedules at
marozzivt.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan, Milan to Bologna, Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Saj
Phone
0981 500331
Email
info@saj.it
Website
saj.it
Bus from Milano Lampugnano to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
saj.it
Atlassib
Phone
(004) 0269 229.224
Email
informatii@atlassib.es
Website
atlassib.es
Bus from Madrid to Padova
Ave. Duration
29 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
atlassib.es

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

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Madrid to Bologna bus services, operated by Marozzi VT, arrive at Bologna station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Bologna is 1726 km. It takes approximately 16 h 23 min to drive from Madrid to Bologna.

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Ryanair, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal and five other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Bologna Airport.

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There are 1531+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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