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Taking the train from Rome to Bologna Centrale

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.

Rome to Bologna Centrale by train

It takes an average of 3h 7m to travel from Rome to Bologna Centrale by train, over a distance of around 189 miles (305 km). There are normally 38 trains per day travelling from Rome to Bologna Centrale and tickets for this journey start from $19 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 3m
PriceFrom $19
Distance189 miles (305 km)
Frequency38 trains per day
First train01:53
Last train21:50
Departure stationRome
Arrival stationBologna Centrale
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsMarino, Trenitalia, Italo, Flixbus, Itabus

Rome to Bologna Centrale train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rome to Bologna Centrale for Monday May 17th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
22:35 Roma Termini03:28 Bologna CentraleInterCityNight 1530 Trenitalia Get tickets4h 53m, direct
23:55 Roma Tiburtina07:16 Bologna CentraleInterCityNight 1558 Trenitalia Get tickets7h 21m, 1 change
06:50 Roma Termini08:53 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9608 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 3m, direct
07:20 Roma Tiburtina09:33 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9512 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 13m, direct
07:35 Roma Tiburtina09:48 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9304 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 13m, direct
07:45 Roma Tiburtina09:58 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9406 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 13m, direct
08:20 Roma Termini10:23 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9616 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 3m, direct
08:45 Roma Tiburtina10:58 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9412 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 13m, direct
09:00 Roma Tiburtina11:13 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 8506 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 13m, direct
09:20 Roma Tiburtina11:33 Bologna CentraleFrecciarossa 9522 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 13m, direct

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

You can travel from Roma 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale

The price of train tickets from Rome to Bologna Centrale starts at $19 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 Rome 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale

Want to know more about your journey from Rome 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale take?

The average journey time by train between Rome and Bologna Centrale is 3 hours and 7 minutes, with around 38 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 Rome and Bologna Centrale by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rome to Bologna Centrale is 2 hours and 3 minutes.

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

Train tickets from Rome to Bologna Centrale can start from as little as $19 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Rome to Bologna Centrale without having to change trains. There are 35 direct trains from Rome 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 Rome to Bologna Centrale leave?

The first train from Rome to Bologna Centrale leaves at 01:53. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rome to Bologna Centrale leaves at 21:50. 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 Rome and Bologna Centrale by train?

Trains travelling from Rome to Bologna Centrale cover a distance of around 189 miles (305 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rome to Bologna Centrale for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/17/2021. 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 06/11/2021 for travel on 06/11/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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