If you’re in Verona and are wondering where to take your next city adventure then might we suggest Bologna? It’s less than an hour away and also lets you take a speedy Trenitalia or Italo train, and who doesn’t love a ride on modern and comfy trains? Bologna, home of bolognese, which may be all the convincing you need, but there’s plenty to enjoy about this city, often considered the kitchen of Italy. First, why not work up an appetite at the Two Towers. These looming structures date back to the 1100s, and give a fantastic view, as well as a great workout, to those who climb to the top.
Reward yourself with some gelato in Piazza Maggiore, the expansive city square where you can rub shoulders with the locals as well as enjoy the impressive sight of Saint Petronius Church which, even unfinished, remains one of Italy’s most beautiful churches. Just a short walk away is one of the city icons, the Fountain of Neptune, so be sure to throw in a coin and hope the sea god gives you good luck, or just some good fish. Not that you’ll need luck for that, the city is filled with eateries that serve everything from delicious meats to fresh seafood and sweet treats to follow it all up. Indulge as only the Italians know how in Bologna, but make sure to fill up on our handy travel tips below too!
|Journey time||From 52m|
|Distance||66 miles (106 km)|
|Frequency||28 trains per day|
|Departure station||Verona Porta Nuova|
|Arrival station||Bologna Centrale|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||Autolinee Federico, Marino, Itabus, Trenitalia, ÖBB, Flixbus, Simet Bus S.P.A., Italo|
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). From December 2021, you can also travel with Frecciarossa from Milan to Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The trains are operated by Trenitalia France and have 4 levels of service - Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room - and two types of carriages: 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.
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 Verona Porta Nuova 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 Verona Porta Nuova and Bologna Centrale is 1 hour and 46 minutes, with around 28 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 Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale is 52 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale can start from as little as €9 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale without having to change trains. There are 22 direct trains from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale leaves at 05:18. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale leaves at 22:22. 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 Verona Porta Nuova to Bologna Centrale cover a distance of around 66 miles (106 km) during the journey.