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Travelling from Milan to Bologna by train

It’s easy to travel from Milan to Bologna by train. The train takes just 59m on the fastest services, travelling along the Milan-Bologna high-speed railway. There are 34 direct trains per day, with the first service leaving Milano Centrale at 05:00 and the last at 23:17. Trenitalia’s flagship Frecciarossa trains and Italo high-speed trains serve the Milan-Bologna route, hurtling between the two cities at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). If you want to guarantee a spot on a high-speed service, make sure you book in advance. We’ll send you a convenient eticket, which you can print at home or keep handy on your phone.

Situated 124 miles (200km) to the south-east of Milan, Bologna is well worth a visit. You’ll find some of the best traditional Italian food in Bologna, including fresh egg pasta, lasagne and gelato – in the summer, of course! Head to the city square, Piazza Maggiore, for a taste of unspoilt Renaissance architecture and irresistible little cafes. When you can reach Bologna in under an hour by train from Milan, there’s really no question over whether you should visit!

Ready to book your trains between Milan and Bologna? Use our Journey Planner to compare train times and ticket prices. We’ll highlight the cheapest tickets, which you can buy ahead of time. Keen to learn more about the journey? Scroll down for more information, including FAQs and on-board services.

Milan to Bologna Centrale by train

It takes an average of 3h 36m to travel from Milan to Bologna Centrale by train, over a distance of around 124 miles (200 km). There are normally 10 trains per day travelling from Milan to Bologna Centrale and tickets for this journey start from €9.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 19m
Price€9.90 - €67
Distance124 miles (200 km)
Frequency10 trains per day
Departure stationMilan
Arrival stationBologna Centrale
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsautolinee_federico, goopti,

Milan to Bologna Centrale train times

Check out the next trains departing from Milan to Bologna Centrale for Tuesday 2nd Jun 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:48 11:07 1h 19m, direct
11:33 14:55 3h 22m, 1 change
12:05 15:24 3h 19m, 1 change
12:33 15:55 3h 22m, 1 change
13:05 16:19 3h 14m, 1 change
13:49 17:25 3h 36m, 1 change
14:33 17:42 3h 09m, 1 change
16:33 19:55 3h 22m, 1 change
18:33 22:30 3h 57m, 1 change
23:33 06:53 7h 20m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Milan to Bologna Centrale 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 Centrale

Train tickets from Milan to Bologna Centrale 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 €38.57.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price31
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price33.07
on the day
avg. single price38.57

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 Centrale 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 Centrale? 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 Centrale take?

The average journey time by train between Milan and Bologna Centrale is 3 hours and 36 minutes, with around 10 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 Centrale by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Milan to Bologna Centrale is 1 hour and 19 minutes.

How much does the train from Milan to Bologna Centrale cost?

Train tickets from Milan to Bologna Centrale 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 Centrale?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Milan to Bologna Centrale without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Milan to Bologna Centrale. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Milan to Bologna Centrale leaves at 09:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Milan to Bologna Centrale leaves at 23:33. 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 Centrale by train?

Trains travelling from Milan to Bologna Centrale cover a distance of around 124 miles (200 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bologna Centrale to Milan. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Milan to Bologna Centrale.
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 Centrale for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/06/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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