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How to travel from Rotterdam to Bologna by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Rotterdam to Bologna? Look no further.

You'll usually find 19 trains per day running between Rotterdam and Bologna, which usually take 17 hours 27 minutes to complete the 970 km journey. It can take as little as 12 hours 6 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 Bologna from Rotterdam, you'll just need to make 2 changes along the way. During your journey, you're likely to be traveling with TGV, Thalys or Frecciarossa, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Rotterdam to Bologna if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $87.08. 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.

Rotterdam to Bologna by train

It takes an average of 17h 27m to travel from Rotterdam to Bologna by train, over a distance of around 602 miles (970 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Rotterdam to Bologna and tickets for this journey start from $87.08 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 12h 6m
PriceFrom $87.08
Distance602 miles (970 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
First train06:58
Last train23:14
Departure stationRotterdam
Arrival stationBologna
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, Thalys, Autolinee Federico, TGV Lyria, Itabus, Trenitalia, SNCF, Italo, NS, SBB CFF FFS

Rotterdam to Bologna train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rotterdam to Bologna for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:58 04:43 18h 45m, 3 changes
10:14 04:43 18h 29m, 4 changes
10:58 05:09 18h 11m, 2 changes
12:58 07:04 18h 6m, 5 changes
13:11 08:49 19h 38m, 4 changes
14:14 08:49 18h 35m, 5 changes
14:58 10:04 19h 6m, 3 changes
15:58 10:04 18h 6m, 3 changes
19:05 11:24 16h 19m, 3 changes
20:05 15:04 18h 59m, 7 changes

NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Rotterdam to Bologna

You can travel from Rotterdam to Bologna on NS, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

PhotoNicky Boogaard, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

NS is the main railway operator in the Netherlands. It connects the four corners of the country with regional, medium-distance and high-speed trains. It's also possible for you to travel at night thanks to multi-line night trains, including Schiphol and Eindhoven airports. All trains are equipped with two comfort classes – First Class and Second Class.

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

Cheap train tickets from Rotterdam to Bologna

The price of train tickets from Rotterdam to Bologna starts at $87.08 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 Rotterdam to Bologna 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 Rotterdam to Bologna

Want to know more about your journey from Rotterdam to Bologna? 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 Rotterdam to Bologna take?

The average journey time by train between Rotterdam and Bologna is 17 hours and 27 minutes, with around 19 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 Rotterdam and Bologna by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rotterdam to Bologna is 12 hours and 6 minutes.

How much does the train from Rotterdam to Bologna cost?

Train tickets from Rotterdam to Bologna can start from as little as $87.08 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 Rotterdam to Bologna?

No, there are no direct train services from Rotterdam to Bologna. Travelling from Rotterdam to Bologna by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Rotterdam to Bologna leave?

The first train from Rotterdam to Bologna leaves at 06:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Rotterdam to Bologna leave?

The last train from Rotterdam to Bologna leaves at 23:14. 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 Rotterdam and Bologna by train?

Trains travelling from Rotterdam to Bologna cover a distance of around 602 miles (970 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rotterdam to Bologna for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. 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 09/06/2022 for travel on 09/06/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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