By Plane -- The international Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi (www.bologna-airport.it; [tel] 051-6479615) is 6km (3[bf]3/4 miles) north of the city center and served by such domestic carriers as Alitalia and Meridiana; all the main European airlines also fly to this airport, including Ryanair (London-Stansted), EasyJet, and British Airways (both London-Gatwick), making flights from the U.K. especially competitive. A bus (marked aerobus) runs daily (6am–12:15am) every 15 to 30 minutes from the airport to Bologna’s rail station (Stazione Centrale). A one-way ticket costs 6€, and the trip usually takes 20 minutes.
By Train -- Bologna’s Stazione Centrale is at Piazza Medaglie d’Oro 2 ([tel] 892021). High-speed trains arrive hourly from Florence (trip time: about 30 min.) and Milan (about 1 hr.) Regional trains connect Bologna with other cities in the region. Note that most service between Bologna and Florence and Milan is now via high-speed train, and only a very few slower and less expensive trains run on these routes. Bus nos. A, 25, and 30 run between the station and the historic core of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore. Taxis use the meter, which starts at 3.15€—expect to pay around 6€ for trips into the center. You can make the walk easily in about 15 minutes, and it’s mostly under covered loggias.
By Car -- If you are driving in from Florence, continue north along A1 until reaching the outskirts of Bologna, where signs direct you to the city center. From Milan, take A1 southeast along the Apennines. From Venice or Ferrara, follow A13 southwest. From Rimini, Ravenna, and the towns along the Adriatic, cut west on A14. See the note on p. ### about driving and parking in Bologna; if you have a choice, it’s much easier to arrive in Bologna without a car.
Visitor Information -- The main tourist office (www.bolognawelcome.com; [tel] 051-239660) is at Piazza Maggiore in the Palazzo del Podestà, open daily 9am to 7pm. There is another office at the airport, in the arrivals hall ([tel] 051-6472113; open Mon–Sat 9am–7pm, and on Sun and holidays 9am–4pm).
Getting Around -- Central Bologna is easy to cover on foot; most of the major sights are in and around Piazza Maggiore, and most of the sidewalks are famously covered. City buses leave for most points from Piazza Nettuno or Piazza Maggiore, and the train station. Free city maps and bus maps are available at the storefront office of the ATC (Azienda Trasporti Comunali) at Piazza XX Settembre (www.atc.bo.it; [tel] 051-350111). You can buy tickets at one of many booths and tabacchi in Bologna, or pay in machines on the buses. Tickets cost 1.50€ on the bus (no change), or 1.20€ if you buy in advance from a tabacchi, and are valid for 1 hour. A citypass—a single ticket that allows 10 rides—costs just 11€. Once on board, you must validate your ticket or you’ll be fined up to 150€.
Taxis are on 24-hour radio call at [tel] 051-372727 (Cooperativa Taxisti Bolognesiare) or [tel] 051-4590 (Consorzio Autonomo Taxisti). The meter starts at 3.10€ and goes up 1.05€ to 1.15€ per kilometer.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.