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

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Train via Milan  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the train from Zürich Hb to Lugano Ic2 / ...
  2. Take the train from Lugano to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale

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Bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Bologna Centrale N524 / ...

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Train  •  5h 57m

  1. Take the train from Zürich Hb to Bologna Centrale Ec

Bus via Casalecchio Casa Conoscenza  •  9h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai to Casalecchio di Reno Via Porrettana L'Aurora Viaggi

Drive  •  5h 6m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Bologna 494.4 km

Fly to Bologna  •  3h 35m

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

Fly to Florence, train  •  4h 37m

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

Fly to Venice, train  •  5h 21m

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

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  4h 51m

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

Zürich to Bologna by train

131 Weekly Trains
5h 25m Average Duration
€122 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 6h 55m.

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The fastest way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to fly which takes 3h 35m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 320.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich Bus Station station and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich Hb and arriving at Bologna Centrale. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 57m.

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The distance between Zürich and Bologna is 465 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 5h 25m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 200.

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It takes approximately 5h 25m 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 Zürich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Bologna is to train via Milan which takes 5h 25m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 6h 55m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 90 - SFr 320 and takes 3h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Bologna.
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  • Distance: 465.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 25m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Bologna via Lugano, Milano Centrale, and Milano Centrale Station in around 5h 25m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich Bus Station to Bologna Centrale 5 times a day. Tickets cost €35 - €55 and the journey takes 6h 55m. Pistoia viaggi also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €420
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €600
Flights from Zurich to Venice
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €700
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €650
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bologna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €360
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €390
Flights from Zurich to Venice via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€460 - €1000
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €420
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
+41 848 44 66 88
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€60 - €110
Website
https://www.sbb.ch/en
Train from Lugano to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€22 - €40
Website
https://www.sbb.ch/en
Train from Zürich Hb to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€140 - €260
Website
https://www.sbb.ch/en
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 06 8937 1892
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
https://www.italotreno.it/en
Smart Economy
€40 - €50
Smart Flex
€40 - €55
Train from Stazione Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€28 - €40
Website
https://www.italotreno.it/en
Smart Economy
€28 - €40
Smart Flex
€29 - €40
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
https://www.italotreno.it/en
Smart Economy
€30 - €45
Smart Flex
€35 - €45
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €45
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/en/frecce.html
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
https://www.trenitalia.com/en/frecce.html
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€18 - €65
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/en/frecce.html
Super Economy
€18 - €25
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
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
€7 - €14
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html
1st Class
€12 - €14
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €21
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html
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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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 Firenze S.M.N. to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/
2nd Class
€7 - €11
Train from Venezia Mestre to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/
2nd Class
€11 - €15
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
https://www.trenitalia.com/
2nd Class
€14 - €20
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 Malpensa Aeroporto Terminal 1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
https://www.trenord.it/en/
Malpensa Express
Phone
02 72 49 49 49
Website
malpensaexpress.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto Terminal 1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€13
Website
https://www.malpensaexpress.it/en/
2nd Class
€13
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).

Rome2Rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
https://www.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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Pistoia viaggi
Phone
+393293958604
Email
info@pistoiaviaggi.com
Website
pistoia-viaggi.it
Bus from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
pistoia-viaggi.it
L'Aurora Viaggi
Phone
+39 0963 313116
Email
info@viaggiaurora.it
Website
viaggiaurora.it
Bus from Zurich Central Bus Station Sihlquai to Casalecchio di Reno Via Porrettana
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
L'Aurora Viaggi

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Zürich to Bologna bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Bologna Centrale 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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