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Travelling from Milan to Bologna by train

It’s easy to travel from Milan to Bologna by train. The train takes just 59m on the fastest services, travelling along the Milan-Bologna high-speed railway. There are 34 direct trains per day, with the first service leaving Milano Centrale at 05:00 and the last at 23:17. Trenitalia’s flagship Frecciarossa trains and Italo high-speed trains serve the Milan-Bologna route, hurtling between the two cities at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). If you want to guarantee a spot on a high-speed service, make sure you book in advance. We’ll send you a convenient eticket, which you can print at home or keep handy on your phone.

Situated 124 miles (200km) to the south-east of Milan, Bologna is well worth a visit. You’ll find some of the best traditional Italian food in Bologna, including fresh egg pasta, lasagne and gelato – in the summer, of course! Head to the city square, Piazza Maggiore, for a taste of unspoilt Renaissance architecture and irresistible little cafes. When you can reach Bologna in under an hour by train from Milan, there’s really no question over whether you should visit!

Ready to book your trains between Milan and Bologna? Use our Journey Planner to compare train times and ticket prices. We’ll highlight the cheapest tickets, which you can buy ahead of time. Keen to learn more about the journey? Scroll down for more information, including FAQs and on-board services.

Milan to Bologna Centrale by train

It takes an average of 1h 32m to travel from Milan to Bologna Centrale by train, over a distance of around 124 miles (200 km). There are normally 71 trains per day travelling from Milan to Bologna Centrale and tickets for this journey start from $12.18 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 4m
PriceFrom $12.18
Distance124 miles (200 km)
Frequency71 trains per day
First train05:00
Last train22:00
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationBologna Centrale
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAutolinee Federico, Marino, Itabus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Simet Bus S.P.A., Italo, GoOpti

Milan to Bologna Centrale train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Bologna Centrale for Saturday Sep 25th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
14:10 Milano Centrale15:24 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9543 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
14:25 Milano Centrale15:34 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9639 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 9m, direct
15:10 Milano Centrale16:24 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9547 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
15:35 Milano Centrale16:50 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9809 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 15m, direct
16:00 Milano Centrale17:04 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9645 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 4m, direct
16:10 Milano Centrale17:24 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 36085 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
17:00 Milano Centrale18:09 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9325 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 9m, direct
17:10 Milano Centrale18:24 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9555 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 14m, direct
17:25 Milano Centrale18:34 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9651 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 9m, direct
17:35 Milano Centrale18:42 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9811 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 7m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains from Milan to Bologna Centrale

You can travel from Milan to Bologna Centrale on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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).

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.

PhotoRob Dammers, under licence CC 2.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Bologna Centrale

The price of train tickets from Milan to Bologna Centrale starts at $12.18 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Milan to Bologna Centrale by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Milan to Bologna Centrale

Want to know more about your journey from Milan to Bologna Centrale? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Milan to Bologna Centrale take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Bologna Centrale is 1 hour and 32 minutes, with around 71 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Milan and Bologna Centrale by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Bologna Centrale is 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Bologna Centrale cost?

Train tickets from Milan to Bologna Centrale can start from as little as $12.18 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.

Is there a direct train from Milan to Bologna Centrale?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Bologna Centrale without having to change trains. There are 69 direct trains from Milan to Bologna Centrale each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Milan to Bologna Centrale leave?

The first train from Milan to Bologna Centrale leaves at 05:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Milan to Bologna Centrale leave?

The last train from Milan to Bologna Centrale leaves at 22:00. 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.

What's the distance between Milan and Bologna Centrale by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Bologna Centrale cover a distance of around 124 miles (200 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Milan to Bologna Centrale for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/25/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/13/2021 for travel on 10/13/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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