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There are 8 ways to get from Trieste to Bologna by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car, plane or shuttle

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Train  •  3h 7m

  1. Take the train from Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...

€18 - €80

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Rideshare  •  3h 43m

  1. Take the rideshare from Trieste to Bologna 299.6 km

€16

6 alternative options

Train via Venice  •  3h 35m

  1. Take the train from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale Fr / ...

€20 - €108

Bus  •  4h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Trieste to Bologna N482 / ...

€17 - €80

Night train  •  5h 19m

  1. Take the night train from Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale Ini

€35 - €55

Drive  •  2h 51m

  1. Drive from Trieste to Bologna 299.9 km

€35 - €55

Fly  •  5h 35m

  1. Fly from Trieste (TRS) to Bologna (BLQ) TRS - BLQ

€31 - €181

Shuttle  •  5h 26m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Portorož to Bologna

€58 - €616

Trieste to Bologna by train

The train journey time between Trieste and Bologna is around 3h 52m and covers a distance of around 296 km. The fastest train normally takes 3h 7m. Operated by Trenitalia Frecce, Trenitalia Intercity and ItaloTreno, the Trieste to Bologna train service departs from Trieste Centrale and arrives in Bologna Centrale. Typically 21 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 52m
Fastest train time:
3h 7m
Trains per week:
21
Cheapest price:
€18
Carbon emissions:
15 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:21
Last train departs at:
11:39

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Trieste to Bologna train schedules

Trieste → Bologna
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The cheapest way to get from Trieste to Bologna is to rideshare which costs €16 and takes 3h 43m.

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The fastest way to get from Trieste to Bologna is to drive which takes 2h 51m and costs €35 - €55.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Trieste and arriving at Bologna. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Trieste Centrale and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 7m.

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The distance between Trieste and Bologna is 231 km. The road distance is 299.9 km.

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The best way to get from Trieste to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 3h 7m and costs €18 - €80.

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The train from Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale takes 3h 7m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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

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Trieste to Bologna train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, depart from Trieste Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Trieste to Bologna is to train which takes 3h 7m and costs €18 - €80. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €17 - €80 and takes 4h 35m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €190 and takes 5h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Trieste to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 230.6 km
  • Duration: 3h 7m

What companies run services between Trieste, Italy and Bologna, Italy?

Trenitalia Frecce operates a train from Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale once daily. Tickets cost €23 - €80 and the journey takes 3h 7m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Trieste to Bologna 3 times a day. Tickets cost €17 - €21 and the journey takes 4h 35m. Florentia Bus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €600
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €1300
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €600
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Bari
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€22 - €120
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Palermo
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€25 - €130
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Catania
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€27 - €140
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Trieste to Bologna via Olbia
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€40 - €230
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 Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€23 - €80
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€23 - €35
Base Standard
€45 - €60
Base Premium
€55 - €80
Train from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €40
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
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 Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€18 - €26
Train from Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€10 - €15
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
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 Trieste to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€20 - €60
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€22 - €35
Smart Low Cost
€20 - €29
Smart Flex
€40 - €60
Train from Trieste to Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€16 - €23
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €20
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
Train from Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€17 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €21
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
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 Trieste Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €20
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€18 - €20
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 Night

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
800 90 60 60
Website
trenitalia.com
Night train from Trieste Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
5h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Trenitalia ICN
Schedules at
Trenitalia
Schedules at
Bahn DB
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Trieste to Bologna
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus from Trieste to Bologna
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €80
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
GoOpti
Phone
+386 1 320 4530
Email
info@goopti.com
Website
goopti.com
Shuttle from Portorož to Bologna
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
€40 - €480
Schedules at
goopti.com
Shared
€44 - €48
Private
€260 - €480
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Trieste to Bologna
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€16
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Trieste Airport to Bologna Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Trieste to Bologna is 300 km. It takes approximately 2h 51m to drive from Trieste to Bologna.

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