Getting there & away
Buses for Ferrara (€3.30, one hour, hourly) leave from the main bus station (051 29 02 90) off Piazza XX Settembre, just southeast of the train station. For most other regional destinations, the train’s a better option.
The city is linked to Milan, Florence and Rome by the A1 Autostrada del Sole. The A13 heads directly to Ferrara, Padua and Venice, and the A14 to Rimini and Ravenna. Bologna is also on the SS9 (Via Emilia), which connects Milan to the Adriatic coast. The SS64 goes to Ferrara.
Major car-hire companies are represented both at Guglielmo Marconi airport and in town. City offices include Europcar (051 24 71 01; Via Giovanni Amendola 12f) and Hertz (051 25 48 30; Via Giovanni Amendola 16a).
Bologna is a major transport junction for northern Italy and has frequent services to Florence (€11.50, one hour, half-hourly), Rome (€34, three hours, half-hourly) and Milan (€22, two hours, half-hourly).
Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi airport (BLQ; 051 647 96 15; www.bologna-airport.it) is about 6km northwest of the city.
Ryanair flies twice daily between London Stansted and Forlì airport (054 347 49 21; www.forli-airport.it), 70km southeast of Bologna.