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How to get from Bologna Airport to City Centre

The lesser-known northern Italian city, Bologna, is a wonderful city to visit. Elegant, charming and packed with historical wonders, this less touristic town is a real “foodie” paradise. Home to the oldest university in the world, inventor of the “Bolognese” sauce and archaeological marvels, it attracts over 2 million travellers yearly.

So when visiting the city, you will be landing at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, and you have 3 transportation options to get to Bologna city centre; you can take a taxi or private transfer, a train or an airport shuttle. Taking a Bologna airport taxi is a reliable and comfortable way to travel. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide door-to-door services, getting you to your Bologna hotel in just 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the Marconi Express train, which is direct from BLQ to Bologna city centre in just 7 minutes. Lastly, you can take the airport shuttle, a cost-savvy method, taking 20 minutes to reach the city centre station.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €42 25min 24/7
Taxi €16 20min 24/7
Monorail €18.40 7min 05:40–00:00
Shuttle Bus €12 20min 05:30–00:15

How to get from Bologna Airport to City Centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Bologna International Airport to the city centre is a great transportation option. Not only are taxis affordable, but they also provide 24/7 door-to-door services, taking you and your travel partners to your Bologna hotel in just 20 minutes.

Taxi fare from Bologna Airport to City Centre

Taxis in Bologna calculate their fares using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled and the time of day you are travelling on. A one-way taxi ride from Bologna airport to the city centre costs around €16, traffic dependant.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM BLQ TO CITY CENTRE
€16
€16
20 min
FROM BLQ TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€16
€16
20 min
FROM BLQ TO BOLOGNA CENTRAL STATION
€16
€16
20 min
FROM BLQ TO FLORENCE
€200
€200
90 min
Cost

€16

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Bologna International Airport.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the official Bologna taxi rank at BLQ airport. Simply exit the terminal building and turn right.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Bologna International Airport to Bologna city centre is a great travel option. Taxis are available 24/7, provide door-to-door services, whilst taking care of you and your loved ones.

Nevertheless, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate, with no extra costs, it is highly recommended to pre-book your private airport transfer.

Editor’s Note

Extra fees may apply to the passenger, such as toll fees, and if you request a taxi via telephone.

Useful Tips

Some Bologna taxi drivers may take longer routes, resulting in a higher fare. Thus, it is recommended to follow the journey by using your mobile phone's GPS.
It is recommended to book a private transfer company if you are travelling in a large group, as standard taxis can only accommodate up to 4 people.
As prices vary in Italy, it is always good to ask your taxi driver for an approximate price to your destination beforehand.

How to get from Bologna Airport to City Centre by Monorail

A faster travel alternative is to take the Marconi Express from Bologna airport straight to Bologna Centrale Station. The Monorail is fast, direct and electric, getting you to Bologna city centre in just 7 minutes.

How much is a Monorail ticket from Bologna Airport to City Centre of Bologna?

A one-way ticket on the Marconi Express from Bologna airport to Bologna Centrale Station costs €9.20 and €17 for a return ticket.

Cost

€9.20

Trip Duration

7 Min.

The Marconi Express runs daily with 8 departures per hour and every 7 minutes during rush hours.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Monorail operates daily from 05:40 to 00:00.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the Marconi Express at Bologna airport. Head to the departures level, and take the covered walkway straight to the Marconi Express station.

Convenience

Taking the Marconi Express is one of the most convenient ways to travel to Bologna Station. The Monorail takes 7 minutes to reach downtown, avoiding Bologna city traffic.

However, as the prices are quite high, taking a taxi could be more cost-efficient if there is more than one traveller.

Editor’s Note

Please note that discounted fares exist for group tickets, seniors and children.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your tickets on the Marconi Express website, or directly at the airport or train station.
The Monorail provides comfortable vehicles, luggage storage space and free Wi-Fi.

How to get from Bologna Airport to City Centre by Shuttle Bus

The most affordable transport option from Bologna International Airport to downtown Bologna is on the airport “TPER” shuttle. The bus runs frequently, taking 20 minutes to reach the city centre.

How much is the bus ticket from Bologna Airport to the city centre of Bologna?

A one-way ticket on the airport shuttle bus costs €6. You can purchase your tickets at the machines located on the first floor near the airport’s exit doors or at the vending machines located on the street (near the airport building) just before the Airbus stop.

Cost

€6

Trip Duration

20 Min.

The airport shuttle bus runs from the airport to Bologna train station every 11 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport shuttle is available daily from 05:30 to 00:15.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the airport shuttle bus stop outside Bologna airport’s Arrivals Terminal. As you exit the terminal, turn left.

Convenience

Taking the airport shuttle bus is another great travel alternative to get to downtown Bologna. The shuttle is fast and frequent. However, if you arrive late at night you will have to find another way to get to your Bologna hotel, which can be difficult if you are travelling with children and heavy luggage.

Editor’s Note

Tickets for the Shuttle can also be used on municipal public transport TPER the urban area of Bologna for up to 75 minutes.

Useful Tips

Children under 1 metre of height travel for free.
The shuttle bus provides great luggage storage for travellers from the airport.

Welcome Pickups transfer

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Bologna. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Bologna International Airport to Bologna city centre?

There are three transportation options from Bologna airport to downtown Bologna; you can take a taxi, a train or a shuttle bus.

How far is Bologna Airport to the city centre?

The distance between Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is located a short 7.5 km away from the city centre. It takes 20 minutes by car or taxi.

Does Bologna Airport have a train station?

Yes, a new monorail train station now provides direct trips to-and-from Bologna airport and Centrale Station.

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