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There are 5 ways to get from Potenza to Cosenza by bus, train or car

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Potenza Viale G. Marconi to Sala Consilina
  2. Take the bus from Sala Consilina to Rende

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Train

  1. Take the train from Potenza Centrale to Metaponto
  2. Take the train from Metaponto to Cosenza

Bus via Lauria

  1. Take the bus from Potenza Via Cavour to Lauria Superiore
  2. Take the bus from Lauria to Cosenza

Bus via Lauria #2

  1. Take the bus from Potenza - Cavour to Lauria Superiore
  2. Take the bus from Lauria to Cosenza

Drive

  1. Drive from Potenza to Cosenza

Potenza to Cosenza by bus

The bus journey time between Potenza and Cosenza is around 8h 47m and covers a distance of around 231 km. This includes an average layover time of around 6h 5m. The fastest bus normally takes 8h 42m. Operated by Societa Lagonegrese Automobilistica S.R.L., Sita Sud and Lirosi Linee, the Potenza to Cosenza bus service departs from Potenza Viale G. Marconi and arrives in Rende. Typically six buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average bus journey times

Time on bus:
2h 41m
Layover time:
6h 5m
Total time:
8h 47m

Bus route information

Fastest bus time:
8h 42m
Bus distance:
231 km
Buses per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€12
Carbon emissions:
28 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
18:50
Last bus departs at:
19:23

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Potenza to Cosenza bus schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Potenza to Cosenza is to bus which costs €12 - €18 and takes 3h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Potenza to Cosenza is to drive which costs €28 - €45 and takes 2h 36m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Potenza to Cosenza. However, there are services departing from Potenza Viale G. Marconi and arriving at Rende via Sala Consilina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Potenza to Cosenza. However, there are services departing from Potenza Centrale and arriving at Cosenza via Metaponto. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 33m.

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It is 154 km from Potenza to Cosenza. It is approximately 218.4 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Potenza to Cosenza without a car is to bus which takes 3h 40m and costs €12 - €18.

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It takes approximately 3h 40m to get from Potenza to Cosenza, including transfers.

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Potenza to Cosenza bus services, operated by Societa Lagonegrese Automobilistica S.R.L., depart from Potenza Viale G. Marconi station.

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Potenza to Cosenza train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Potenza Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Potenza to Cosenza is to bus which takes 3h 40m and costs €12 - €18. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €17 - €70 and takes 4h 33m.

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Map of how to get from Potenza to Cosenza.
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  • Distance: 154.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 40m

What companies run services between Potenza, Italy and Cosenza, Italy?

You can take a bus from Potenza to Cosenza via Sala Consilina in around 3h 40m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Potenza to Cosenza via Metaponto in around 4h 33m.

Train operators
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 Potenza Centrale to Metaponto
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€7 - €16
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Trenitalia
1st Class
€14 - €16
Train from Metaponto to Cosenza
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€10 - €20
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€18 - €20
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 Potenza Centrale to Metaponto
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €12
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€8 - €12
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 Potenza Centrale to Metaponto
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €50
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Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€12 - €16
Base Standard
€26 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €50
Bus operators
Societa Lagonegrese Automobilistica S.R.L.
Phone
+39 0973 41416
Email
info@slasrl.eu
Website
slasrl.eu
Bus from Potenza Viale G. Marconi to Sala Consilina
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€3 - €6
Schedules at
slasrl.eu
Bus from Potenza Via Cavour to Lauria Superiore
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€7 - €12
Schedules at
slasrl.eu
Sita Sud
Phone
+39 080 579 0211
Email
info@sitasudtrasporti.it
Website
sitasudtrasporti.it
Bus from Potenza - Verdi to Sala Consilina
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€3 - €5
Schedules at
sitasudtrasporti.it
2nd Class
€3 - €5
Bus from Potenza - Cavour to Lauria Superiore
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Schedules at
sitasudtrasporti.it
2nd Class
€6 - €9

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Potenza to Cosenza bus services, operated by Lirosi Linee, arrive at Rende station.

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Potenza to Cosenza train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Cosenza station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Potenza to Cosenza is 218 km. It takes approximately 2h 36m to drive from Potenza to Cosenza.

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