Exchange the landlocked tranquillity of Bologna for the coastal haven of Naples on board Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciargento and Intercity trains. The average train time from Bologna to Naples is 3h 49m, although it can take 3h 26m on the fastest direct services. There are about 45 trains covering this route every day, 30 of which are direct. The first train leaves Bologna Centrale station at 02:17, while the last train leaves at 21:00.
Let the train whisk you from Northern to Southern Italy in a bit over three hours, offering speedy and reliable services every time, with lots of onboard comforts too. Frecciarossa and Italo high-speed trains come with wider and more comfortable seats, free WiFi, power sockets, at-seat gourmet meal service and much more - travelling by train has never been more relaxing!
Arriving in Naples, you'll be able to admire the city's stunning Royal Palace and taste the best pizza in the world, or even arrange a day trip out to the ruined city of Pompeii, taking in the awe-inspiring power of Mount Vesuvius on the horizon.
Still not convinced? Scroll down for more details about the train journey from Bologna to Naples, including train times, ticket prices and frequently asked questions.
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.
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 Bologna to Naples 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 Bologna and Naples is 12 hours and 35 minutes, with around 7 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 Bologna to Naples is 3 hours and 53 minutes.
Train tickets from Bologna to Naples can start from as little as €25.75 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 Bologna to Naples without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Bologna to Naples. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Bologna to Naples leaves at 11:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Bologna to Naples leaves at 20:48. 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 Bologna to Naples cover a distance of around 292 miles (470 km) during the journey.