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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 11m to travel from Milan to Bologna by train, over a distance of around 125 miles (201 km). There are normally 34 trains per day travelling from Milan to Bologna and tickets for this journey start from €9.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 02m
Price€9.90 - €102.90
Distance125 miles (201 km)
Frequency34 trains per day
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationBologna
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsgoopti,

Milan to Bologna train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Bologna for mardi 14 juil. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:13 11:42 1h 29m, direct
10:27 11:42 1h 15m, 1 change
11:10 12:22 1h 12m, direct
12:10 13:22 1h 12m, direct
13:10 14:22 1h 12m, direct
14:10 15:22 1h 12m, direct
14:25 15:32 1h 07m, direct
15:10 16:22 1h 12m, direct
15:25 16:32 1h 07m, direct
15:35 16:50 1h 15m, direct

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

You can travel from Milan to Bologna on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciabianca 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Milan to Bologna

Train tickets from Milan to Bologna start at €9.90 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 €36.02.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price35.72
on the day
avg. single price36.02

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 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 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 11 minutes, with around 34 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 2 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Bologna cost?

Train tickets from Milan to Bologna can start from as little as €9.90 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.

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 33 direct trains from Milan to Bologna. 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 05:00. 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 20:50. 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.
 / 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 Milan to Bologna 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 03/08/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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