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Taking the train from Bologna to Ferrara

Italy’s kitchen is calling, and its name is Bologna. Yes, home to mortadella, foodies will be thrilled to visit this buzzing city, and for dessert? A trip to Ferrara, home to some uniquely delicious cuisine itself. The train between these cities takes a mere 20 minutes, which is the perfect digestion time between courses! Italo and Trenitalia trains serve this route, with added WiFi if you board their high-speed models.

Work up an appetite by cycling through the city of Ferrara (most of the locals will be peddling right along with you) and around the Roman walls. Culinary delights here include pumpkin pasta and tenerina chocolate cake, although gelato in the square that homes the iconic cathedral is hard to beat! Stomach rumbling for adventure? Book your train ticket to delicious with our fare finder!

Bologna to Ferrara by train

It takes an average of 27m to travel from Bologna to Ferrara by train, over a distance of around 27 miles (44 km). There are normally 30 trains per day travelling from Bologna to Ferrara and tickets for this journey start from €3.85 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 20m
Price€3.85 - €37.80
Distance27 miles (44 km)
Frequency30 trains per day
Departure stationBologna
Arrival stationFerrara
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTrenitalia, Italo

Bologna to Ferrara train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bologna to Ferrara for Thursday 24th Sep 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
21:15 Bologna Centrale21:46 FerraraRegionale 2248 Trenitalia Get tickets31m, direct
21:23 Bologna Centrale21:50 FerraraFrecciarossa 9432 Trenitalia Get tickets27m, direct
22:03 Bologna Centrale22:27 FerraraFrecciarossa 9434 Trenitalia Get tickets24m, direct
22:23 Bologna Centrale22:54 FerraraEuroNight 1236 Trenitalia Get tickets31m, direct
03:26 Bologna Centrale03:53 FerraraInterCityNight 35774 Trenitalia Get tickets27m, direct
06:15 Bologna Centrale06:46 FerraraRegionale 2222 Trenitalia Get tickets31m, direct
07:15 Bologna Centrale07:46 FerraraRegionale 2224 Trenitalia Get tickets31m, direct
08:03 Bologna Centrale08:27 FerraraFrecciargento 9400 Trenitalia Get tickets24m, direct
08:12 Bologna Centrale08:42 FerraraRegionale 2226 Trenitalia Get tickets30m, direct
09:03 Bologna Centrale09:27 FerraraFrecciargento 9404 Trenitalia Get tickets24m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains from Bologna to Ferrara

You can travel from Bologna to Ferrara 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 Bologna to Ferrara

Train tickets from Bologna to Ferrara start at €3.85 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €9.97.
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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 Bologna to Ferrara 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Bologna and Ferrara is 27 minutes, with around 30 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 Bologna and Ferrara by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bologna to Ferrara is 20 minutes.

How much does the train from Bologna to Ferrara cost?

Train tickets from Bologna to Ferrara can start from as little as €3.85 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 Bologna to Ferrara?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna to Ferrara without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Bologna to Ferrara. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Bologna to Ferrara leaves at 03:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bologna to Ferrara leaves at 22:03. 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 Bologna and Ferrara by train?

Trains travelling from Bologna to Ferrara cover a distance of around 27 miles (44 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Ferrara to Bologna.
Average savings on fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in Italy. Subject to availability. Excludes coach. / Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bologna to Ferrara for a typical week day using timetable data for 24/09/2020. 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 21/09/2020 for travel on 21/09/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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