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Bologna to Parma by train

The well-travelled route from Bologna to Parma takes a snappy 45-minutes by train, much quicker than driving. Plus, you’re making a smart choice for the environment, since trains emit less CO2 than cars.

If you’re keen to get stuck into the action, Parma train station is excellently located. In fifteen minutes, you can walk to the main tourist attractions, including Palazzo della Pilotta, Museo Diocesano and much more. Just be sure to do as the locals do and enjoy a glass of local vino while you’re there!

Learn more about the train route to Parma from Bologna by scrolling down.

Bologna to Parma by train

It takes an average of 52m to travel from Bologna to Parma by train, over a distance of around 55 miles (88 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Bologna to Parma and tickets for this journey start from €7.35 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 47m
Price€7.35 - €47.75
Distance55 miles (88 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
Departure stationBologna
Arrival stationParma
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsautolinee_federico, goopti,

Bologna to Parma train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bologna to Parma for Tuesday 14th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:18 10:05 47m, direct
09:33 10:31 58m, direct
09:46 10:37 51m, direct
10:33 11:31 58m, direct
11:18 12:05 47m, direct
11:45 12:52 1h 07m, direct
13:18 14:05 47m, direct
15:18 16:05 47m, direct
16:18 17:05 47m, direct
16:45 17:39 54m, direct

Frecciarossa, Trenitalia, Frecciabianca and Intercity trains from Bologna to Parma

You can travel from Bologna to Parma on Frecciarossa, Trenitalia, Frecciabianca and Intercity 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).

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.

Frecciabianca trains operate outside Trenitalia high-speed lines. Offering more than 40 daily routes, they're capable of reaching a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). Frecciabianca trains connect the centres of northern and southern Italy, running along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. All Frecciabianca trains have power sockets and large reclining seats, as well as ample space for luggage. There are two classes of service – First Class and Second Class. In First Class, customers can look forward to a welcome service with snacks and drinks and a morning newspaper.

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Trenitalia's Intercity trains run on standard lines outside the high-speed network, offering more than 90 trains a day that guarantee long and medium distance connections, ensuring wide coverage of the rail network. All Intercity trains are modern and comfortable with plenty of seats, retractable tables, power sockets, air conditioning, courtesy lights and plenty of luggage space. Intercity Night trains allow you to travel overnight in cabins with beds, berths or seating.

Cheap train tickets from Bologna to Parma

Train tickets from Bologna to Parma start at €7.35 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 €10.17.
lowest price found
from7.35
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price11.17
on the day
avg. single price10.17

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 Parma 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 Parma? 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 Parma take?

The average journey time by train between Bologna and Parma is 52 minutes, with around 18 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 Parma by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bologna to Parma is 47 minutes.

How much does the train from Bologna to Parma cost?

Train tickets from Bologna to Parma can start from as little as €7.35 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 Parma?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bologna to Parma without having to change trains. There are 18 direct trains from Bologna to Parma. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Bologna to Parma leaves at 04:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Bologna to Parma leaves at 22:18. 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 Parma by train?

Trains travelling from Bologna to Parma cover a distance of around 55 miles (88 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Parma 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 Parma for a typical week day using timetable data for 14/07/2020. 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 06/07/2020 for travel on 07/07/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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