After the dream-like La Serenissima, come back down to earth and eat your fill at the vibrant university town Italians call "La Grassa." Find out about taking the train from Venice to Bologna.
Bologna may not be on everyone's Italy itinerary, but it can be a fun contrast to Venice's quiet, other-worldly vibe. Many people go to Bologna for the food alone! And it's a wonderful introduction to the Emilia-Romagna region, often overlooked for its neighbor Tuscany.
With the train from Venice to Bologna taking just 1.5 hours, it's also a great day trip from Venice – and you won't have to worry about traffic and parking.
Frequent Trains from Venice Santa Lucia to Bologna Centrale
Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains cover the 97-mile (156-km) distance from Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated to Venezia S. Lucia) to Bologna Centrale in about an hour and a half. It's a direct train, and tickets cost $10-22. There are approximately 37 trains per day, which should tell you how popular this itinerary is!
Italo trains connect Venezia Santa Lucia with Bologna Centrale, too. This trip clocks in a bit faster, at an hour and 15 minutes, and there are eight per day. Italo trains stop at Venezia Mestre (the mainland station) and Padua before hitting Bologna.
Direct Trains from Venice to Bologna
All AV trains from Venice to Bologna are direct, with only two stops in between. There are some slower trains that connect the cities as well, so it’s important to pay attention to the ticket details as you’re booking to make sure you know what your itinerary requires.
Amenities on the Train from Venice 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.
Venice and Bologna Train Stations
Venice has two stations, though one – Mestre – is on the mainland. Pay attention so that you don't get off too early. The station on the islands, where most people are going, is called Venezia Santa Lucia (sometimes abbreviated as S.Lucia), and there's a vaporetto stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal. Some trains stop at both Venice stations, while others stop at only Santa Lucia.
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 Venice 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 Venice to Bologna train stations.
Venice Santa Lucia Guide
This handsome 1940s-50s train station boasts 16 platforms and sits across the lagoon, right on the Grand Canal.Read More >>
Bologna Train Station
Bologna Centrale is the main train station in the Emilia-Romagna capital city of Bologna. The station was first built in 1876, replacing a station constructed in 1859.Read More >>
Things To Do in Bologna
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Classic Gondola Ride
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Hotels in Bologna
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