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Taking the train from Milan to Bologna

Travel from Italy's fashion capital to the historic and lively capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region when you take the train from Milan to Bologna. Driving between cities can be stressful - traffic jams, unfamiliar roads and a lack of parking places can turn the experience into a nightmare. Now you can forget about all that and enjoy your journey to the max when you sit back and relax on a comfortable and speedy Frecciarossa train with its free WiFi, spacious seating and power outlets.

With the fastest routes to Bologna taking just under an hour, you'll be exploring the fascinating attractions of this stunning city before you know it! Just take a 20-minute stroll from the station and you'll discover Piazza Maggiore with its cafes and restaurants, as well as the narrow, winding streets of the old town. And don't forget the delicious Bolognese food that will get your tastebuds tingling.

Are you ready to book your train journey from Milan to Bologna? Then read on and find ticket prices and train times to suit you.

Milan to Bologna by train

It takes an average of 1h 31m to travel from Milan to Bologna by train, over a distance of around 125 miles (201 km). There are normally 64 trains per day travelling from Milan to Bologna and tickets for this journey start from €7.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 16m
PriceFrom €7.90
Distance125 miles (201 km)
Frequency64 trains per day
First train04:45
Last train21:50
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationBologna
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAutolinee Federico, Marino, Itabus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Trenitalia, Flixbus, Italo, Simet Bus S.P.A.

Milan to Bologna train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Bologna for Sunday 14th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
04:35 Milano Centrale06:09 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9505 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 34m, direct
04:35 Milano Centrale06:09 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9505 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 34m, direct
05:24 Milano Rogoredo06:54 Bologna Centraleitalo 6619 Italo Get tickets1h 30m, direct
05:35 Milano Centrale07:24 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9511 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 49m, direct
05:45 Milano Centrale08:09 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9303 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 24m, direct
05:46 Milano Rogoredo07:24 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9511 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 38m, direct
06:15 Milano Centrale07:54 Bologna Centraleitalo 6633 Italo Get tickets1h 39m, direct
06:35 Milano Centrale08:24 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9515 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 49m, direct
06:45 Milano Rogoredo08:24 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9515 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 39m, direct
06:50 Milano Centrale09:14 Bologna CentraleIC 583 Trenitalia Get tickets2h 24m, direct
07:15 Milano Centrale08:54 Bologna Centraleitalo 6659 Italo Get tickets1h 39m, direct
07:30 Milano Centrale09:24 Bologna Centralefrecciarossa 9519 Trenitalia Get tickets1h 54m, direct

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

You can travel from Milan to Bologna 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, free WiFi connection and 4 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 selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). You can now also travel with Frecciarossa between Milan and Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The new Frecciarossa trains have 4 levels of service – Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room – and two types of carriage: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.

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 Milan to Bologna

The price of train tickets from Milan to Bologna starts at €7.90 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 Milan 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Milan and Bologna is 1 hour and 31 minutes, with around 64 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 Milan and Bologna by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Bologna is 1 hour and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Bologna cost?

Train ticket prices from Milan to Bologna can start from as little as €7.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Milan to Bologna?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Bologna without having to change trains. There are 58 direct trains from Milan to Bologna each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Milan to Bologna leaves at 04:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Milan to Bologna leaves at 21:50. 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 Milan and Bologna by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Bologna cover a distance of around 125 miles (201 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bologna to Milan. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Milan 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. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Milan to Bologna for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/14/2022. 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 04/13/2022 for travel on 04/13/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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