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There are 4 ways to get from Milan to Bologna by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, line 312 bus  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Ferrara Re / ...
  3. Take the line 312 bus from Stazione to Copparo Autostazione [001] 312 / ...

€20 - €112

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8h 7m

  1. Take the bus from Milan to Ferrara 423

€20 - €29

2 alternative options

Train  •  7h 18m

  1. Take the train from Milano Rogoredo to Ferrara Ic

€21 - €33

Drive  •  3h 4m

  1. Drive from Milan to Bologna 264.8 km

€30 - €50

Milan to Bologna by train and bus

The journey time between Milan and Bologna is around 5h 36m and covers a distance of around 300 km. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 5m. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, ItaloTreno, Trenitalia Intercity and others, the Milan to Bologna service departs from Milano Centrale and arrives in Jolanda Bonaglia Terza Traversa. Typically 51 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
5h 36m
Fastest journey time:
3h 5m
Journey distance:
300 km
Services per week:
51
Cheapest price:
€23
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:00
Last service departs at:
21:20

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Milan to Bologna train and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
Milan → Bologna
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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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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Last updated: 20 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Milan to Bologna is to bus which costs €19 - €30 and takes 8h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Bologna is to drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 3h 4m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Milan to Bologna. However, there are services departing from via orefici, 24 fronte via cantu' and arriving at Jolanda Bonaglia Terza Traversa via Milan, Stazione and Copparo Autostazione [001]. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 7m.

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The distance between Milan and Bologna is 228 km. The road distance is 264.8 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Bologna without a car is to train and line 312 bus which takes 4h 45m and costs €20 - €120.

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It takes approximately 4h 45m to get from Milan to Bologna, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Milan to Bologna is to train which takes 7h 18m and costs €20 - €35. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €19 - €30 and takes 8h 7m.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Bologna is 265 km. It takes approximately 3h 4m to drive from Milan to Bologna.

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Map of how to get from Milan to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 228 km
  • Duration: 4h 45m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy?

Trenitalia Intercity operates a train from Milano Rogoredo to Ferrara twice a week. Tickets cost €16 - €23 and the journey takes 3h 40m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Milan to Ferrara once daily. Tickets cost €15 - €19 and the journey takes 4h 20m.

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 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 Bologna Centrale to Ferrara
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€8 - €40
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€8 - €11
Base Standard
€20 - €28
Base Premium
€26 - €40
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 Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €27
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €24
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
Train from Bologna Centrale to Ferrara
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€10 - €35
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€12 - €18
Smart Low Cost
€10 - €15
Smart Flex
€22 - €35
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 Bologna Centrale to Ferrara
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€4 - €7
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€4 - €7
Train from Milano Rogoredo to Ferrara
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€16 - €23
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 Bologna Centrale to Ferrara
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €8
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€7 - €8
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Milan to Ferrara
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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