There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Bologna by train, bus and ferry, bus, car or plane

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

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Train  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le Fr / ...

$58 - $97

Cheapest option

Bus FlixBus  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Bologna, Bologna 421 / ...

$29 - $50

7 alternative options

Bus and ferry  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna

$40 - $55

Bus Autolinee Gambioli  •  7 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Bologna

$40 - $60

Drive  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bologna 313.6 miles

$75 - $110

Fly to Bologna  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bologna (BLQ) ZRH - BLQ

$99 - $344

Fly to Florence, train  •  4 h 26 min

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

$95 - $402

Fly to Venice, train  •  5 h 31 min

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

$80 - $390

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Porta Garibaldi
  3. Take the train from Milano Porta Garibaldi to Bologna C.Le

$107 - $340

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to bus and ferry which costs SFr 40 - SFr 50 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to fly and train which costs SFr 90 - SFr 390 and takes 4 h 26 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Bologna. Services depart twice a week, and operate Tuesday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Bologna. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Bologna C.Le via Milano Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 54 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Bologna is 385 km. The road distance is 501.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bologna without a car is to train which takes 4 h 54 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 95.

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It takes approximately 4 h 54 min to get from Zürich to Bologna, including transfers.

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

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Zürich to Bologna train services, operated by Trenitalia Eurocity, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to train which takes 4 h 54 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 28 - SFr 50 and takes 7 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 95 - SFr 330 and takes 5 h 24 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 240.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 54 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Bologna, Italy?

You can take a train from Zürich to Bologna via Milano Centrale in around 4 h 54 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Bologna 4 times a day. Tickets cost $29 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h 5 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,800
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Train operators
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.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 Porta Garibaldi to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $25
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
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 Zurich to Bologna, Bologna
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autolinee Gambioli
Phone
+41 (0) 79.71.85.806
Email
info@autolineegambioli.it
Website
autolineegambioli.it
Bus from Zürich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
autolineegambioli.it

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