Bologna in detail

Getting Around

Bicycle

BikeinBo Delivers a rental bike to your door anywhere in Bologna. Rates include helmet, lock, maps and front basket; an optional child seat costs €2 extra.

MoBike (https://mobike.com/it) Bologna's bike-share scheme offers 2200 bikes at 200 stations around the city. Download the app to get moving – fares start at €0.30 per 30 minutes with a €20 deposit.

Car & Motorcycle

Much of the city centre is off-limits to vehicles. If you're staying downtown, your hotel can provide a ticket (€9 per 24-hours) that entitles you to enter the ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato) and park in designated spaces marked with blue lines.

Public Transport

Bologna has an efficient bus system, run by TPER, with information booths at Bologna Centrale train station and the nearby Autostazione di Bologna. Navetta (shuttle) A or bus 27 from Piazza XX Settembre are the most direct of several buses that connect the train station with the city centre. A single costs €1.50 (€2 on board; transfers are free within a 75-minute window of your ticket validation); a 24-hour ticket (giornaliero) is €6 and a 10-trip City Pass is €14.

Tickets can be purchased at tobacco stands (tabaccherias), newstands (edicolas) or on board; as well as via the bilingual Roger app (iOS/Android; www.rogerapp.it).

Fines are issued regularly for those without valid tickets.

Tourist Train

San Luca Express This tourist 'train' that leaves Piazza Maggiore 10 times daily, seven days a week during peak tourist season is the most direct way to reach Basilica Santuario della Madonna di San Luca.

CityBoExpress On weekends, and holidays, this expensive tourist 'train' plies a circular route from Piazza del Nettuno, passing important tourist stops along Via Rizzoli, Via Ugo Bassi and Strada Maggiore, including Le Due Torri and Basilica di Santo Stefano. It departs every 35 minutes between 10.30am and 1.30pm and from 2.30pm to 7pm. From June 17 to September 15 and over Christmas holidays, an expanded route runs daily, leaving from the same Piazza Maggiore stop as San Luca Express during the week but from Piazza del Nettuno on weekends.

Taxi

TaxiClick Easy (Android/iOS; www.cotabo.it) is Bologna's favoured taxi app.