|Distance||50 miles (81 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 45 min|
|Average train ticket price||$12 (€10)|
|Train providers||Italo, Regionale, Frecciarossa, Intercity, Trenitalia, Intercity Notte, Frecciargento or Regionale Veloce|
Trains from Florence to Bologna cover the 50 miles (81 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 45 min with our travel partners like Italo, Regionale, Frecciarossa, Intercity, Trenitalia, Intercity Notte, Frecciargento or Regionale Veloce. There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $12 (€10), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $11 (€9). Travelers depart most frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and arrive in Bologna Centrale.
Travel from Florence to Bologna from $11 (€9) with Omio’s train partners Italo, Frecciarossa and Trenitalia! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable trip for you.
Italo is a brand of high-speed trains from the Italian train company Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) offering regular services to popular cities around Italy, such as Rome, Naples, Florence and Milan. Among its fleet of trains are 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 speeds up to 150 mph (250 km/h). You can choose from the following Italo ticket types when purchasing tickets between Florence and Bologna: Low Cost, Economy, and Flex. Italo offers four different class options: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. 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 films, music and games). While some amenities may differ based on the class option booked, each train car is modernly equipped with a high level of comfort.
Italo has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Florence to Bologna:
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 traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and arriving in Bologna Centrale.
Passengers board their train most frequently from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to this train station.
Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Bologna Centrale and need to travel approximately 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the train station to the city center in Bologna.
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