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There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Bologna by train, bus and ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 37 min

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

$56 - $96

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Bus FlixBus  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Bologna, Bologna 519 / ...

$28 - $50

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Bus and ferry  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Zurich to Bologna

$40 - $50

Bus Calanda Viaggi  •  9 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Zürich Zob Sihlquai to Bologna Casalecchio Schaffhausen - CHIARAVALLE C.LE 12:30 / ...

$44 - $58

Drive  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bologna 313.6 miles

$75 - $110

Fly to Bologna  •  5 h 42 min

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

$107 - $342

Fly to Florence, train  •  5 h

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

$104 - $396

Fly to Venice, train  •  5 h 56 min

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

$78 - $350

Fly to Lugano, train  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Lugano (LUG) ZRH - LUG
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna C.Le

$131 - $331

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  5 h 25 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

$114 - $339

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 train which costs SFr 55 - SFr 100 and takes 4 h 37 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 37 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 37 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 100.

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 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 37 min and costs SFr 55 - SFr 100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 28 - SFr 50 and takes 6 h 40 min, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 350 and takes 5 h 42 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 37 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 37 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Bologna 3 times a day. Tickets cost $28 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 40 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 Venice
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $310
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $340
Flights from Zurich to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $290
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Lugano
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Madrid
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $700
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
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $850
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 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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
Every 30 minutes
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
$28 - $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 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Mestre Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
italotreno.it
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 Venezia Mestre to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
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 - $50
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Bologna, Bologna
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Calanda Viaggi
Website
calandaviaggi.com
Bus from Zürich Zob Sihlquai to Bologna Casalecchio
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
calandaviaggi.com

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Bologna Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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

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Zürich to Bologna train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Bologna C.Le station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Bologna is 502 km. It takes approximately 5 h 13 min to drive from Zürich to Bologna.

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Swiss, Alitalia, Scandinavian Airlines and 10 other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Bologna Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Bologna train tickets online with Loco2 and Loco2.

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Book your Zürich to Bologna bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 1600+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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