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There are 11 ways to get from Rotterdam to Bologna by train, plane, bus, night train, car or shuttle

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Bologna  •  4h 48m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Bologna (BLQ) AMS - BLQ

76€ - 249€

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Train to Eindhoven, fly to Bologna  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Eindhoven Centraal
  2. Fly from Eindhoven (EIN) to Bologna (BLQ) EIN - BLQ

41€ - 220€

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Florence, train  •  5h 54m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Florence (FLR) AMS - FLR
  3. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale

83€ - 1720€

Train to Brussels, fly to Bologna  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Bologna (BLQ) BRU - BLQ

119€ - 305€

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Venice, train  •  7h 12m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Venice (VCE) AMS - VCE
  3. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale

61€ - 332€

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Milan Linate, train  •  6h 33m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Milan Linate (LIN) AMS - LIN
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale

73€ - 283€

Train  •  12h 46m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris Nord
  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

238€ - 443€

Bus  •  22h

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Sainte Aybert - France > Sainte Aybert - Belgique > Brussels City Center - Midi Train station > Hazeldonk - Belgique > Hazeldonk - Pays Bas > Rotterdam > Amsterdam City Center - Sloterdijk
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Bologna N521

65€ - 79€

Train, night train  •  20h 41m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the night train from Utrecht Centraal to Innsbruck Hbf En
  3. Take the train from Innsbruck Hbf to Bologna Centrale Ecb

121€ - 259€

Drive  •  12h 9m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Bologna 1303.2 km

160€ - 240€

Shuttle, train  •  19h 41m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Utrecht, Touringcarhalte Reactorweg to Desenzano del Garda
  2. Take the train from Desenzano del Garda to Bologna Centrale 8959

191€ - 246€

Netherlands → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Netherlands

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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Israel and United Kingdom

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. Brazil, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Netherlands

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 5 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
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This applies to arrivals from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra and Monaco
  • Health declaration required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican
  • 10 day mandatory monitored quarantine
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Netherlands.

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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 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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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 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Netherlands from Italy.

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Last updated: 4 May 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Rotterdam to Bologna is to bus, which costs 65€ - 80€ and takes 22h.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Bologna is to train and fly which costs 75€ - 250€ and takes 4h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Bologna. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Bologna via Paris. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22h.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Bologna. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Bologna Centrale via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 46m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Bologna is 969 km. The road distance is 1303.2 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 12h 46m and costs 230€ - 450€.

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It takes approximately 4h 48m to get from Rotterdam to Bologna, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Bologna bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Rotterdam station.

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Rotterdam to Bologna train services, operated by Thalys, depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Bologna is to train which takes 12h 46m and costs 230€ - 450€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 65€ - 80€ and takes 22h.

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  • Distance: 968.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 48m

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Bologna, Italy?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Bologna via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Torino Porta Susa in around 12h 46m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Bologna via Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine and Paris in around 22h.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 430€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 750€
Flights from Brussels to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 370€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Venice
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 700€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 230€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 450€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 430€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 300€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Venice via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 410€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 380€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
170€ - 380€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Venice via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 380€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 600€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Venice via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
150€ - 600€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Brussels to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
55€ - 210€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
50€ - 290€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Venice
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 110€
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 110€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 210€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 290€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Eindhoven to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
19€ - 160€
Transavia Holland
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Eindhoven to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 160€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Milan Linate via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 260€
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 21€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
9€ - 13€
1st Class
16€ - 21€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Eindhoven Centraal
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
13€ - 35€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
13€ - 19€
1st Class
23€ - 35€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 24€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
1st Class
17€ - 24€
Night train from Utrecht Centraal to Innsbruck Hbf
Ave. Duration
13h 12m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
75€ - 180€
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
75€ - 110€
1st Class
130€ - 180€
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Thalys
Standard
40€ - 55€
Comfort
50€ - 70€
Premium
50€ - 75€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 90€
Website
Thalys
Standard
45€ - 65€
Comfort
55€ - 75€
Premium
60€ - 90€
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
95€ - 200€
Website
Thalys
Standard
95€ - 140€
Comfort
110€ - 150€
Premium
140€ - 200€
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 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 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 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 Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
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€
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€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Innsbruck Hbf to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Desenzano del Garda to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 45€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
17€ - 24€
Smart Low Cost
14€ - 21€
Smart Flex
30€ - 45€
Bus operators
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
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Rotterdam to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
Blablabus
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 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
Starliner
Phone
+31 (0) 172-881316
Email
info@starliner.nl
Website
starliner.nl
Shuttle from Utrecht, Touringcarhalte Reactorweg to Desenzano del Garda
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
160€
Book at
Starliner

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