Train from Milan to Bologna
Visit one of Italy’s top food cities from its fashion capital. Find out about taking the train from Milan to Bologna.
Milan is the kind of city that isn’t on every Italy itinerary, but it’s home to a major international airport and is well-connected via high-speed rail, so it’s a great entry point for an Italy trip. That’s especially true if you’re heading from Milan to Bologna.
The fastest high-speed trains in Italy can make the 132-mile (213-km) trip from Milan to Bologna in just over an hour, giving you ample time to settle into your hotel before seeking out an appropriate place to have lunch.
Frequent Trains from Milan to Bologna
The Milan-to-Bologna route is a popular one, partly because Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains go through Bologna en route from Milan to points further south - including Rome.
There are 67 Trenitalia trains departing Milano Centrale each day bound for Bologna Centrale. These are primarily Frecciarossa - the fastest AV trains - and direct, taking just over one hour to get from Milan to Bologna. A Regionale train also connects the two cities, but the journey takes more than 2 hours 45 minutes. Tickets cost $23-35.
There are two stations in Milan connected to Bologna Centrale on the Italo network - Milano Centrale and Milano Rogoredo. The trip takes from 1-1.25 hours depending on the station from which you travel.
Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Milan to Bologna
There are numerous direct trains from Milan to Bologna each day, the vast majority of which are high-speed trains. During commuter hours, there are a few trains per hour, while during much of the rest of the day there’s one train each hour. Chances are very good there will be one that suits your schedule.
Amenities on Trains from Milan 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.
Milan and Bologna Train Stations
Milan's main station, Centrale, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines stop nearby.
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.