Enjoy hassle-free, low-cost travel when you take the train from Rome to Bologna Centrale. You'll have your pick of providers with high-speed services available throughout the day from Trenitalia on their super-comfortable Frecciarossa services and from Italo, who offer a range of luxury onboard services. This includes reclining leather seats, WiFi and even the latest blockbuster films. Relax as you fly through the Italian countryside, with journey times far quicker than driving.
Step on the train in central Rome and find yourself within Bologna's walled historic centre in just over two hours, with no need for long check-ins or baggage restrictions. Bologna is the birthplace of Bolognese sauce, so be sure to tantalise your taste buds with this world-famous dish. Enjoy a spot of culture and you'll understand why Bologna is both a European City of Culture and also a UNESCO City of Music.
If we've got your taste buds tickled, why not book your Rome to Bologna Centrale train with us today? Read on for FAQs as well as low ticket prices available with a choice of high-speed rail providers, seat classes and departure times.
It takes an average of 2h 11m to travel from Rome to Bologna Centrale by train, over a distance of around 189 miles (305 km). There are normally 66 trains per day traveling from Rome to Bologna Centrale and tickets for this journey start from $11.32 when you book in advance.
305 miles (189 km)
66 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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 Rome to Bologna Centrale 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 Rome and Bologna Centrale is 2 hours and 11 minutes, with around 66 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale is 1 hour and 58 minutes.
Train tickets from Rome to Bologna Centrale can start from as little as $11.32 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Bologna Centrale without having to change trains. There are 61 direct trains from Rome to Bologna Centrale each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Rome to Bologna Centrale leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Rome to Bologna Centrale leaves at 22:35. 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale cover a distance of around 189 miles (305 km) during the journey.