The high-speed Frecciarossa and Italo trains from Florence to Bologna take just 35m on the fastest services. Taking the train is fast, easy and affordable, making Bologna an excellent destination for a day trip from Florence. The Florence-Bologna route is very popular with tourists and locals alike, so there are plenty of services between the two cities. There are 57 direct services per day departing from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station and arriving into Bologna Centrale. Book your tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a seat on a high-speed service – we’ll send you etickets which you can print at home or keep handy on your phone for peace of mind.
Once you arrive in Bologna, you’ll be spoilt for choice over attractions to see and places to eat. Try some traditional egg pasta in a local restaurant, followed by some delicious gelato. Next, head to the Piazza Maggiore to see a Renaissance-era city square in its full splendour or visit one of the city’s many historical Basilicas. When Bologna is just 35m from Florence by train, it’s well worth a visit for a day, weekend or longer!
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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 Florence to Bologna Centrale 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 Florence and Bologna Centrale is 44 minutes, with around 48 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 Florence to Bologna Centrale is 39 minutes.
Train tickets from Florence to Bologna Centrale can start from as little as €7.90 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 Florence to Bologna Centrale without having to change trains. There are 47 direct trains from Florence to Bologna Centrale. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Florence to Bologna Centrale leaves at 02:17. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Florence to Bologna Centrale leaves at 22:29. 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 Florence to Bologna Centrale cover a distance of around 51 miles (82 km) during the journey.