Want to find out more about taking the train from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino? Look no further.
You'll usually find 57 trains per day running between Bologna and Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino, which usually take 4 hours 57 minutes to complete the 170 km journey. It can take as little as 3 hours 8 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino from Bologna, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca or Frecciargento, as these are the main train operators on this route.
You can save money on train tickets from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $23.69. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.
|Journey time||From 3h 8m|
|Distance||105 miles (170 km)|
|Frequency||57 trains per day|
|Arrival station||Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino|
|Train and bus operators||Trenitalia, Italo, Marino, Itabus, Trenord, BlaBlaCar Bus, Autolinee Federico, Appennino|
Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). From December 2021, you can also travel with Frecciarossa from Milan to Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The trains are operated by Trenitalia France and have 4 levels of service - Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room - and two types of carriages: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.
Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).
Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.
Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Bologna and Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino is 4 hours and 57 minutes, with around 57 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino is 3 hours and 8 minutes.
Train tickets from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino can start from as little as $23.69 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
No, there are no direct train services from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino. Travelling from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino leaves at 05:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino leaves at 23:06. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Bologna to Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino cover a distance of around 105 miles (170 km) during the journey.