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

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Train via Milan

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Chiasso
  2. Take the train from Chiasso to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Bologna

Train

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Bologna Centrale

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Chiasso
  2. Take the train from Chiasso to Milano Greco Pirelli
  3. Take the train from Milano Greco Pirelli to Piacenza
  4. Take the bus from Piacenza Central Train Station to Bologna Autostazione

Drive

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bologna

Fly Zurich to Bologna

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

Fly Zurich to Florence, train

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR)
  2. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale

Fly Zurich to Milan Malpensa, train

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale

Fly Zurich to Venice, train

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

Train, train to Munich, fly to Bologna

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36
  2. Take the train from Hauptbahnhof to Flughafen München
  3. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Bologna (BLQ)

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to bus which costs SFr 25 - SFr 31 and takes 6h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to fly which costs SFr 75 - SFr 220 and takes 3h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich Bus Station station and arriving at Bologna. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 2m.

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The distance between Zürich and Bologna is 385 km. The road distance is 494.4 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bologna without a car is to train via Milan which takes 4h 58m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 210.

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It takes approximately 4h 58m to get from Zürich to Bologna, including transfers.

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

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Zürich to Bologna train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to train via Milan which takes 4h 58m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 25 - SFr 31 and takes 6h 40m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 75 - SFr 220 and takes 3h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 385.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 58m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Bologna via Chiasso and Milano Centrale in around 4h 58m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich Bus Station to Bologna 3 times a day. Tickets cost €24 - €30 and the journey takes 6h 40m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €290
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €420
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €450
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €490
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€210 - €750
Flights from Zurich to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€200 - €1900
Flights from Munich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Munich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Train operators
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zuerich Hb to Chiasso
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chiasso to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €25
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€130 - €240
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€95 - €180
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Chiasso to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€9 - €20
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€9 - €13
1st Class
€15 - €20
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 Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€18 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€18 - €25
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
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 Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €27
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €24
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €21
Smart Low Cost
€12 - €17
Smart Flex
€26 - €40
Train from Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €45
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€17 - €24
Smart Low Cost
€14 - €21
Smart Flex
€30 - €45
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 Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €20
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €10
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€10 - €15
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Chiasso to Milano Greco Pirelli
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
Train from Milano Greco Pirelli to Piacenza
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
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 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €21
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€19 - €21
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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Malpensa Express
Phone
02 72 49 49 49
Website
malpensaexpress.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Malpensa Express
2nd Class
€11 - €16
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hauptbahnhof to Flughafen München
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Bologna
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Itabus
Phone
+39 06 88 93 82 32
Website
itabus.it
Bus from Piacenza Central Train Station to Bologna Autostazione
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Website
Itabus
Consorzio Autolinee S.r.l.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Bologna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Zürich to Bologna train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Bologna Centrale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Bologna is 494 km. It takes approximately 5h 6m to drive from Zürich to Bologna.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Bologna Airport.

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Book your Zürich to Bologna bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 290+ hotels available in Bologna. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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