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Transportation from Bologna Airport

David Eiselt updated 22. 10. 2023

The terminal is served by an automatic train from the centre, public transport buses and long-distance services to other Italian cities.

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Price Travel time to the station Frequency
Marconi Express 11 EUR
20 EUR (return)
6 minutes 5-10 minutes
Bus Navetta Aeroporto 4 EUR + 1,50 EUR 35-40 minutes 24 minutes
Buses 81 and 91 1,50 EUR 15 minutes walking
27 minutes ride
15 minutes

Marconi Express

The automated train (monorail) called the Marconi Express is the main, fastest and most comfortable way of transport between the airport and the centre of Bologna.

The platform is about 70 metres in front of the terminal and you can't miss the way - follow the green Marconi Express signs. The train runs to Bologna Centrale station, from where you can continue on to trains heading to Rimini, Florence, Milan and all over Italy.

  • Fares: 11 EUR / 20 EUR return
  • Journey time: 7 minutes
  • Frequency: 7 minutes during the day, 15 minutes in the early morning and late evening
  • Official information: marconiexpress.it

The first connection from Centrale Station leaves at 5:40am, the last connection from the airport at 0:00am.

Tickets can be purchased in two ways - traditionally at the self-service terminals at baggage claim or directly at the entrance to the train station, or by attaching a payment card at the entrance and exit turnstiles. Your fare will be deducted automatically.

Please allow extra time on your return journey to the airport, as the capacity of the train is about 50 people and you may have to wait for departure at busy times.

Navetta Aeroporto bus

There is also bus number 944, known as Navetta Aeroporto, which runs directly from the terminal to the Ospedale Maggiore Hospital. From Ospedale Maggiore station, lines 18, 19, 38 and 39 take you to the historic centre, while lines 38 and 39 go to the station. Buses 38 and 39 are circular. The 38 is faster on the way to the centre, the 39 on the way from the centre.

Line 944 takes 10 minutes from the airport to the hospital and leaves at 20 minute intervals.

There is a special fare on the Navetta Aeroporto line, where one ride costs 4 EUR. Tickets can be bought online at ticketweb.tper.it or from the driver.

From Ospedale Maggiore station, the normal city fare is already available for 1,50 EUR, or a 24-hour ticket for 6 EUR.

The first two morning services and the last two evening services of the Navetta Aeroporto line continue to the centre and to Bologna Centrale station.

Detailed information on this line, including the timetable, can be found at tper.it/navettaaeroporto.

Bus 54

To get closer to the city lines, you can also take bus number 54 to the Cintra Daziaria / Teatri di Vita stop (buses 13 and 86 towards the centre) or Birra (buses 81 and 91 towards the centre).

However, line 54 only runs once an hour from 6:45 to 20:20. You can use a day ticket for 6 EUR, or a single ticket for 75 minutes for 1,50 EUR.

You can buy a ticket at the ticket machine at the bus stop or by simply attaching your card to the green reader inside the bus. Fares for all Bologna city lines can also be purchased via the Muver mobile app (available on Google Play / App Store).

The timetable is available on the website: tper.it/54

City buses from Birra stop

Buses from the Birra bus stop, 1,200 metres away, provide a more frequent, low-cost connection than line 54.

You can walk to Birra bus stop on the pavement in 15 minutes.

From Birra you can then take buses 81, 81A or 91, 91A (timetables can be found at: www.tper.it/orari). These run every 15 minutes to Bologna Centrale train station and cover the route in 26 minutes.

A ticket costs 1,50 EUR when purchased at the Bar Incontro newsagent at the Birra stop. For more outlets, visit tper.it/rivendite. The ticket is valid for 75 minutes from the time it is marked when you board the bus. You can also use a 24-hour ticket for these lines for 6 EUR.

Alternatively, the ticket can also be purchased via the Muver mobile app (available on: Google Play / App Store).

Night transport

The Macroni Express automatic train runs from 5:40am to 12:00am. During the night, it is replaced by bus line 940 (see the location of the bus stop at the station) at intervals of 20 minutes from 0:10 to 1:30 in the direction of the airport, or 4:30 to 5:40 in the direction of the airport.

At 5:00 and 5:20, the Navetta Aeroporto bus 944 also runs directly to the airport from Centrale station. In the direction from the airport, the last two services run to the station at 0:15 and 0:45.

Car rental

Want to go on a road-trip through the Italian countryside or to the nearby Apennine Mountains? In this case, travelling by rental car will be the best option.

Many international and local car rental companies are located right in the terminal. Prices for a week in high season start at 290 EUR. Avoid Goldcar rental companies with bad reviews.

Buses to Rimini

Shuttle Italy Airport buses connect Bologna Airport directly to Rimini, with a stop in Cesena.

The cheapest way to buy tickets is via the company's website: shuttleitalyairport.it

  • Fares to Rimini - 25 EUR one-way / 45 EUR return
  • Travel time to Rimini - 90 minutes
  • Frequency and timetable - approximately once every 2 hours: shuttleitalyairport.it/timetables

The cheapest connection is via Bologna Centrale station (cheapest from the airport with 1 change for 1,50 EUR), from where Trenitalia trains run for 10,80 EUR.

The bus stop is about 100 metres to the left of the exit from the terminal.

Buses to Florence

Bologna Airport is directly connected to Florence by Appennino Shuttle buses.

The cheapest way to buy tickets is via the company's website: appenninoshuttle.it

  • Fares to Florence - 20 EUR
  • Travel time to Florence - 95 minutes
  • Frequency and timetable - approximately once every 2 hours: appenninoshuttle.it

The cheapest connection is via Bologna Centrale station (cheapest from the airport with 1 change for 1,50 EUR), where Trenitalia trains run from 9,45 EUR, or fast trains from 14,90 EUR.

The bus stop is located about 100 metres to the left of the exit from the terminal.

Bus to Ferrara

Bologna Airport is directly connected to Ferrara by Bus&Fly buses.

The cheapest tickets can be purchased via the company's website: ferrarabusandfly.it

The cheapest connection is via Bologna Centrale station (cheapest from the airport with 1 change for 1,50 EUR), where Trenitalia trains run from 5,20 EUR.

The bus stop is located about 100 metres to the left of the exit from the terminal.

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