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from Cologne to Bologna

You can get from Cologne to Bologna by train, bus or flight.

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Fri
Sep 17
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$67Flixbus
$557Lufthansa Cityline
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Sep 18
$156Deutsche Bahn
$50Flixbus
$308Lufthansa
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Sep 19
$125Deutsche Bahn
$65Flixbus
$114Malta Air
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Sep 20
$112Deutsche Bahn
$57Flixbus
$19Malta Air
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Sep 21
$75Deutsche Bahn
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$153Lufthansa
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$59Deutsche Bahn
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$13Malta Air

Travel Information to Bologna from Cologne

distanceDistance488 miles (787 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$48 - $156
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $48 (€38) • 1 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $48 (€38) • 1 h 30 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, Malta Air or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 488 miles (787 km) from Cologne to Bologna. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 30 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as $48 (€38). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus, Malta Air or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Cologne to Bologna.

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FAQs
Is international travel between Cologne, Germany and Bologna, Italy allowed?

Travel from Cologne, Germany to Bologna, Italy is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Bologna from Cologne restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Bologna, Italy from Cologne?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Bologna, Italy?

The government of Italy has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The above information was last verified on 9/15/21. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between Cologne and Bologna closer to your planned date of departure here.

Are there restrictions on reentering Germany from Bologna, Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic?

The restriction level for your return to Cologne, Germany from Italy is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Cologne from Bologna restricted?

Entry into Germany is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Italy.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Cologne from Bologna?

Conditions of reentry into Germany:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Cologne, Germany?

You should observe these safety measures in Germany as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Germany was last checked on 9/16/21. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Cologne from Bologna closer to your date of departure here.

What are the ways to get from Cologne to Bologna?

There are 3 travel options from Cologne to Bologna: bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between Cologne and Bologna?

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Bologna is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around $48 (€38) compared to other travel options to Bologna:

A flight is $30 (€24) less than a bus for this journey with tickets for a bus from Cologne to Bologna costing on average $77 (€62).

Taking a flight is usually $109 (€87) less than taking a train to Bologna, which costs on average $156 (€125) for the same trip.

What is the quickest way from Cologne to Bologna?

The quickest way to travel between Cologne and Bologna is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 30 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 16 h 15 min   of travel time.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 11 h 32 min.

How many miles from Cologne to Bologna would I travel?

The Cologne to Bologna distance is around 488 miles (787 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Cologne to Bologna?

The average frequency per day from Cologne to Bologna is:

  • Around 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Cologne to Bologna as scheduled services by bus, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When traveling between Cologne and Bologna, where do I depart from Cologne and where do I arrive in Bologna?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Cologne to Bologna:

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Köln, Köln Bonn Airport and arrive in Bologna, Autostazione.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Cologne/Bonn Airport and arrive in Bologna Airport.
  • Most travelers who buy a train ticket from Cologne to Bologna depart from Köln Hbf to Bologna Centrale.
Which travel companies can take me from Cologne to Bologna?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Bologna:

  • You can travel from Cologne to Bologna by bus with Flixbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $77 (€62) with Flixbus from Cologne to Bologna.
  • You can take a flight from Cologne to Bologna with Malta Air. Cheap tickets can be found for $48 (€38) with Malta Air from Cologne to Bologna.
  • You can travel by train from Cologne to Bologna with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Bologna tickets for $156 (€125) on Omio.
Is there a way to travel directly from Cologne to Bologna?

Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Bologna with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 1 direct train per day to take to Bologna with.

Direct services to Bologna tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Cologne to Bologna?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Cologne to Bologna often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Milan, Rome or Florence. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Cologne and Bologna itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Bologna and any of these top destinations today!
When should I purchase a ticket from Cologne to Bologna online to score the best deals?

Before traveling from Cologne to Bologna, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $77 (€62) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $48 (€38) one way for this trip.
  • A train ticket costs $156 (€125) one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Cologne to Bologna tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Bologna
Köln Hbf
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