The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Florence to Bologna is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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Of the 105 trains that leave Florence for Bologna every day 85 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||50 miles (81 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 28 min|
|Average train ticket price||$14 (€13)|
|Train frequency||74 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 74 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Regionale, Frecciarossa, Italo, Intercity, Regionale Veloce, Trenitalia, Intercity Notte or Frecciargento|
Trains from Florence to Bologna cover the 50 miles (81 km) long route taking on average 1 h 28 min with our travel partners like Regionale, Frecciarossa, Italo, Intercity, Regionale Veloce, Trenitalia, Intercity Notte or Frecciargento. Normally, there are 74 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as $9 (€8), but the average price of train tickets is $14 (€13). Travelers depart most frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and arrive in Bologna Centrale.
Travel to Bologna from Florence from $9 (€8) with Omio’s train partners Frecciarossa, Italo and Trenitalia! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular route for you.
Italo is a brand of high-speed trains operated by the Italian train company Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV). Its fleet of trains includes the Italo AGV 575, the premier high-speed service reaching speeds up to 186 mph (300 km/h), and the Italo EVO, an eco-friendly train that can reach a maximum speed of 150 mph (250 km/h). Italo offers four different class options, but each train car is modernly equipped with a high level of comfort. You can choose between the Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive classes. Standard services in all Italo trains include bathrooms, free WiFi, power outlets, reclining leather seats, footrests, snack machines and Italo Live (free onboard entertainment featuring a selection of movies, music and games). Italo offers three types of fares with different prices and flexibility: Low Cost, Economy, and Flex.
Find the perfect train from Florence to Bologna with Trenitalia. Trenitalia offers different ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Base, Economy, Super Economy and Ordinaria tickets. You can also apply Trenitalia discount cards on Omio at the time of purchase. The distance to Bologna from Florence by train is 50 miles (81 km) and the cheapest price for a one-way ticket is $9 (€8). Check out Trenitalia’s train schedule from Florence to Bologna, compare the best prices for the journey and book your cheap train ticket on Omio today!
Trenitalia is the main provider of train services in Italy, with a huge fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and speed at which they travel. The company's flagship trains are the high-speed Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca. Trenitalia also operates trains such as the Eurocity (EC), Euronotte (EN), InterCity (IC), InterCitynotte (ICN), as well as the Regionale Veloce (RV), Regionale (R), Suburbano (S) and Metropolitano (M). Bathrooms and WiFi access are standard on long-distance train routes. In most cases, the trains also provide barrier-free access.
Step on board a Frecciarossa train and relax as you travel across Italy. Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa high-speed trains make about 200 connections across Italy per day and are renowned for their comfort, speed and reduced environmental impact. Frecciarossa trains reach speeds up to 186 mph (300 kmh), so you can travel 50 miles (81 km) quickly between Florence and Bologna. When booking your Frecciarossa train between Florence and Bologna, you can choose between four different classes: Standard, Premium, Business, and Executive. While each class offers different levels of comfort, all Frecciarossa classes provide free WiFi access, power outlets, air conditioning, bathrooms, luggage storage, onboard entertainment, and restaurant and bar services to passengers.
Prices for the Florence to Bologna train start as low as $9 (€8) one-way on Omio. Simply check the latest Trenitalia Frecciarossa train schedule for your ideal departure and arrival times, choose between the Super Economy, Economy, and Base fares, and book your cheap train between Florence and Bologna on Omio today!
Florence to Bologna train information with Frecciarossa:
To get from the central Italian city of Florence to Bologna, which sits 64.5 miles (104 km) north, passengers can opt for one of the many trains departing daily. Trains from Florence to Bologna run most hours of the day and can take as little as about 40min, or long as 4h—which is typically on standard, late-night services that have transfers. Once in Bologna, explore the historic city center where there are stunning piazzas, narrow alleys, arcades and restaurants.
Two train companies offer multiple journeys from Florence to Bologna daily. Trenitalia services the route almost every hour of the day, with multiple trains departing each hour between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.—including weekends and holidays. Duration of the journey varies depending upon the service chosen; some routes include transfers or stops, while routes that are run by Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa trains (the company’s high-speed service) are direct. Italo, the second train company that services the route, also runs multiple daily options; however, it only runs direct, high-speed options, and operates about four-to-five services daily.
Trenitalia offers passengers several options for trains from Florence to Bologna. On weekdays, services begin just after 2:00 a.m., then run every 1 to 2h until about 6:00 a.m. when the schedule increases to offer multiple routes hourly. The Frecciarossa (or high-speed) train type runs one service almost every hour. Standard trains typically take just over 1h, but some of the routes that include a transfer may take between about 2 to 4h. The weekend and holiday schedule varies slightly, with the first train each day departing before 2:00 a.m. and the cadence slightly reduced in the early morning; the final train departs just before 11:30 p.m. Passengers should take note of departure and arrival stations on their ticket, as trains depart for three separate stations and arrive at two. For a fee, Trenitalia ticket policy allows customers with certain ticket types to refund or amend their tickets prior to departure; passengers holding Super Economy tickets should note that their tickets are not eligible for exchange or refund.
Services offered to travelers by Italo have a regular schedule throughout the week and weekends. With four-to-five options daily, Italo’s first departure is around 10:40 a.m. and the final departure is around 6:30 p.m. On Sundays through Fridays Italo offers two late-morning options and two late-afternoon options; on Saturdays, one additional route is added to the schedule. Because Italo only offers a high-speed train type for the journey, the service has no transfers and runs non-stop; this means that passengers can expect their ride to typically take about 40min. All Italo trains depart from Florence Santa Maria Novella and arrive at Bologna Centrale. With regard to ticket policy, customers will find that individuals holding Economy tickets are allowed to make changes or request refunds for a fee at any time before departure. Customers with Flex fares are allowed free exchanges, but refunds still incur a fee and all requests must be made prior to departure.
There are multiple ticket categories and fare options offered by Trenitalia and Italo for trains from Florence to Bologna. While some tickets types provide passengers with additional services, all passengers have access to free Wi-Fi for staying up-to-date with news, emails and social media. The trains also offer access to refreshment services, which may be café cars, bistro services or vending machines. Additionally, there are bathroom facilities available on-board. For passengers who have brought a few carry-on items, there is plenty of luggage space available in the form of overhead racks and designated suitcase areas. If that luggage includes a folded bicycle or stroller, the items can be stowed safely. Individuals who have reduced mobility or accessibility concerns will find reserved spaces for wheelchair users and policies allowing free travel for guide dogs. Travel policy with each company makes allowances for small pets; larger pets—which Italo identifies as animals weighing more than 22 pounds (10 kg)—can travel on-board with both train companies for a fee; if traveling with a pet, a spot on the train must be reserved at least 2h in advance of the scheduled departure. Customers are encouraged to review the travel policies on the Omio website for specifics regarding services, luggage and pets.
With more than 55 combined train departure options, Trenitalia and Italo offer a regular timetable of departures throughout the day to take passengers to Barcelona. On weekdays, customers will find that there are multiple departure times each hour between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., but services offered almost every hour of the day. This is similar with weekend and holiday travel.
Trenitalia offers passengers with direct, high-speed Frecciarossa trains from Florence to Bologna multiple times a day. These routes typically take about 40min. Italo also offers direct, non-stop trains with a 40-minute duration a handful of times throughout the day. However, if the departure time and fare price does not suit you, Trenitalia offers several options during peak and off-peak hours; these services include direct, non-stop routes as well as routes requiring a transfer.
Departure train station: The three departure stations in Florence are Santa Maria Novella, Campo di Marte and Rifredi. Santa Maria Novella and Rifredi are 3-to-4 miles (4.8-6.4 km) from the city center, whereas Campo di Marte only 0.7 miles (1.1 km). To get to any of the stations, passengers can grab a city bus or taxi. At each station there are basic facilities like restrooms and places to buy tickets.
Arrival train station: There are two arrivals train stations in Bologna: Bologna Centrale and Bologna San Ruffillo. Centrale is 0.8 miles (1.4 km) and San Ruffillo 3 miles (4.6 km) from the city center. Travelers can grab a taxi or city bus to get to the city center. At the stations, there are shops, cafés and accessible restrooms.
Travelers who are looking to affect the cost of their ticket on a train from Florence to Bologna will find that the quickest way to get a low cost option is to select the route that has transfers or multiple stops, since the fast-train and direct options tend to cost more. While this is ideal for passengers who have great flexibility in their travel schedule, it may not always be an option. If you are looking for cheap train tickets from Florence to Bologna, but do not have time to spare, the best option is to book the standard ticket for your route of choice—added ticket flexibility incurs an additional cost, so standard fares, which attach a ticket to a specific train and train time may not allow for refunds or exchanges, but will come at a lower cost. Passengers are also encouraged to review any discount opportunities. For example, children and youths ride for a reduced cost, with children under the age of two traveling for free with Trenitalia.
The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:
When departing from Florence, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Firenze Rifredi and Firenze Campo di Marte. When arriving in Bologna, you can end your trip in train stations like Bologna Centrale, Bologna Borgo Panigale and Bologna Mazzini.
Omio customers book a train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Bologna Centrale most frequently for this route.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Bologna Centrale, located 1.6 miles (2.5 km) away from the city center.
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