The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Rome to Bologna will cost around $ 66 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 33.
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1 h 55 m
2 h 57 m
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Of the 133 train that leave Rome for Bologna every day 115 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 304 km distance in an average of 2 h 57 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 1 h 55 m .
The slowest train will take 10 h 11 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
4 hours 48 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$22|
|Trains depart from:||Rome|
|Trains arrive in:||Bologna|
|Train Companies:||Intercity, Italo, Intercity Notte, Regionale Veloce|
Rail connections between Rome and Bologna have never been better, with Italy's high-speed rail network meaning that most direct trains from Rome to Bologna now take just over two hours. There are frequent direct high-speed and slower stopping services seven days a week, most leaving from Rome Termini station, but some departing from Rome Tiburtina. Departure times range from early morning to late evening.
Private rail operator Italo provides weekday connections from Rome to Bologna on the high-speed lines. The timetable also includes direct services to Bologna Centrale from national rail operator Trenitalia, using its high-speed Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains for high-speed connections.
Some of Italo's high-speed services manage the 205-mile route north from Rome to Bologna in just one hour and 55 minutes but most Italo and Trenitalia high-speed services take around 15 to 20 minutes longer. Trenitalia also offers daily slow stopping services which take between four and five hours to reach Bologna.
There are at least four to five trains an hour daily from Rome to Bologna, the majority of them high-speed services. Trenitalia schedules also include 5-6 daily economical slow trains taking twice as long to reach the northern city. Timetables begin in the early morning and continue throughout the day until late evening.
Departure train station: Services depart from either Rome Termini or Rome Tiburtina. Termini station is located in the heart of Rome city center, with public transport links provided by local bus routes and Metro trains on lines A and B. Some trains depart from Tiburtina Station, on the north-east side of the city, with connections on Metro line B and from buses stopping at the adjacent terminus. Both stations offer coffee bars, food stores, luggage storage facilities, and taxi stands.
Arrival train station: Trains arrive at Bologna Centrale. Bologna Centrale Station is located about a mile north of the historic city center, with local buses making the trip downtown in about ten minutes. The station concourse has a cafe, restaurant, gift shop, and baggage storage facilities.