Travel between the capitals of two Italian regions in less time than it takes many people to commute to work. Find out about taking the train from Florence to Bologna.
The high-speed rail network in Italy has cut travel times drastically all over the country, making day trips possible that weren’t before. The trip from Florence to Bologna was never as bad as, say, Milan to Rome, but with high-speed trains you can now cover the 67 miles (108 km) in just over a half-hour.
What this means for many travelers is the ability to explore the historic city of Bologna from a base in Florence easily. The drive would take more than twice as long, so the train is absolutely the most convenient option.
Frequent Trains from Florence to Bologna
There are 59 Trenitalia trains departing Firenze Santa Maria Novella station for Bologna Centrale each day, the majority of which are direct high-speed trains. Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains (both the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento) make the trip in 35-37 minutes, with ticket prices ranging from $17-23.
There are slower trains, many of which require changing trains along the way, that would make the trip at least 1-2 hours long. The ticket prices are $14-15 for these trains. The savings isn’t the big enough to detract from the AV trains for most travelers.
Firenze Santa Maria Novella and Bologna Centrale are also both served by Italo trains, which will get you from Florence to Bologna in 35 minutes.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Florence to Bologna
There are numerous direct high-speed trains from Florence to Bologna each day, so there should be one that suits your travel schedule.
Amenities on Trains from Florence to Bologna
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains offer very similar in passenger experience to the top of the line AV trains (they’re just not as fast). There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars. Passengers in 1st class cars get a free drink and a newspaper. Both typically have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
Florence and Bologna Train Stations
Florence's Santa Maria Novella station, the main station in the city, is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.
Bologna Centrale is the main station in Bologna, and one of the busiest in Italy. It’s on the outskirts of the city center near the ring road, and served by several city buses.
See below for details on traveling from Florence to Bologna by train.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Train Travel in Italy
From seat assignments and luggage space to the different types of tickets, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about train travel in Italy.
Arrival and Departure Train Destinations
Read on for information about Florence to Bologna train stations.
Santa Maria Novella (SMN)
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Bologna Train Station
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