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How To Reach Bologna
Bologna is the capital and largest city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy and is the seventh most populated city in Italy. Bologna is located in central Italy and is to the north of Florence, making it a good location that has connectivity. Having said that, it is a given that modes of transportation like the airways, railways and roadways are well developed enough to reach the city as well as go outside of it. This makes it convenient to the people of Bologna as well as tourists visiting the city for leisure to go to and fro from different destinations. Can’t decide how to go? Read on as below are some of the best ways to reach Bologna.
The airport that serves the region of Bologna is Guglielmo Marconi International Airport, which is located at a distance of 9.3 km from the center of the city. Major airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and many more fly from different cities inside Italy as well as European cities like London, Barcelona, Madrid Frankfurt, Brussels and many more. Once you reach the airport, you can take a cab to the center of the city that will cost you EUR 15 or you can opt to take the regular bus that stand right outside the arrival terminal and goes downtown or to the railways station; the bus tickets will cost you around EUR 4.5 and can be paid for in the bus itself.
Doing a road trip in Italy is a dream come true for many! The beautiful motorable roads, of Italy, with scenic views all around, make it a great experience. The main motorway that connects Bologna with Rome, Milan and Florence is the A1 autostrada. If you are coming from Genoa or Turin, you can take the A21 and then eventually take the A1 motorway. From Padua, Trieste and Venice you can take the A13 autostrada to reach Bologna. Peak hours of the day have quite a bit of traffic which you must be mindful of. This may not be the fastest way to reach the beautiful city of Bologna, but definitely the most fun way to reach.
Due to the excellent location that Bologna is situated in, it has become one of the main railway hubs for northern Italy; this is what makes it well connected to the rest of the cities in Italy. The Bologna Centrale is the main railway station that serves the city and is 1.8 km away from the city center. There are various speed trains that ply from Milan and Florence to Bologna; the speed train from Milan takes only 65 minutes to reach Bologna and takes 37 minutes from Florence and 2.5 hours from Rome. There is also an overnight sleeper train from Paris to Bologna that takes almost twelve hours. Also, there are two trains that go directly to Munich and take about 6.5 hours to reach.
There are several ways to get around Bologna; you have the option of taking a bus, commuting around by taxi, riding a bike or simply moving around on foot. The TPER bus service is the one that runs throughout the city and serves passengers of that region; these busses are comfortable and the cheapest way to get around Bologna. You can also find taxis at the railways station, bus stations and piazzas that will take you sightseeing, but this may be a more expensive option. If you want to explore the city on your own then you should hire a bicycle that is easily available at different stands or you can simply walk around wherever you can to get a deeper essence of the city.