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Getting from Bologna Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Bologna Airport to City Centre

There are three transport options from Bologna Airport to the city centre of Bologna. After landing at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, you can get to the city centre by taxi, shuttle bus or public bus. Bologna Central Station, in the city centre of Bologna, is also reachable via these options. There are two taxi companies operating at Bologna Airport, Cotabo and Taxi Bologna. All taxis are metered and the approximate city centre fare is 16€. You can choose to book online via the taxi website, via telephone, or by downloading the mobile application. Taxis are available 24/7 and the trip to Bologna city centre takes 20 minutes on average. If you prefer a more affordable option for your transport to downtown Bologna, you can choose to travel by shuttle bus. Aerobus leaves the Airport every 11 minutes, every day of the week. A single ticket costs 6€ and can be bought either online or at the vending machines at the airport. The journey takes 22 minutes. There is also a public bus option to the city centre of Bologna. You have to walk 1.5 km from BLQ to the nearby stop of Birra and board buses 81 or 91 to Marconi stop in the city centre. The buses run all days and a single ticket costs 1.5€ when bought before boarding and 2€ when bought on board. Journey duration is 22 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Shuttle Bus €12 22min 05:30–00:15
Taxi €16 20min 24/7
Bus €3.0 22min 06:30–01:00

How to get from Bologna Airport to city centre by shuttle bus

Bologna Airport offers a shuttle bus service to the city centre of Bologna and Bologna Central Station operated by TPER. The Aerobus leaves every 11 minutes, Monday to Sunday 05.30 am - 00.15 am and a single ticket is 6€. The journey to the city centre is 22 minutes and you get off at Mille stop for the city centre, close to Montagnola Park, or continue until Bologna Centrale if you're headed to the Railway Station.

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

A single shuttle bus ticket to the city centre of Bologna is 6€. You can prebook your ticket online through the Aerobus website or get one at the vending machines located in the Arrivals area of the airport. You can use the same service to get to Bologna Central Station at the same price.

Cost

6€

Trip Duration

22 Min.

*Even when there's a strike, the shuttle bus still runs between 05.30 am - 08.30 am and 16.30 pm - 19.30 pm.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Aerobus shuttle buses run Monday to Sunday 05.30 am to 00.15 am.

Where do I get it from?

The shuttle bus stop is located just outside the Arrivals Terminal. Turn left as soon as you exit and you will see the bus stop right there.

Convenience

Traveling with a shuttle bus to the city centre of Bologna from the airport is a pretty convenient transportation option. The vehicles are disabled-friendly and the shuttle bus leaves from the Airport very frequently during the day. The final bus stop, Mille, in the city centre of Bologna is close to many attractions and hotels. There is no late night service, so if you arrive after hours at Bologna Airport (BLQ) you need to make alternative plans.

Editor’s Note

There is a reduced service on the following dates: 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January.

Useful Tips

You can use the same shuttle bus to get to Bologna Central Station. The bus stop to the train station is the one right after Mille.
Children under 100cm of height travel for free on board the Aerobus shuttle bus service to the city centre of Bologna.

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How to get from Bologna Airport to city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi to Bologna city centre from Bologna Airport (BLQ) is a quite affordable transport option, especially when traveling in a group of 4. The taxi fare is 16€ for a ride with up to 4 people and the trip takes approximately 20 minutes. There is an extra call-out charge when requesting a taxi via the telephone, and traffic conditions can also affect the final fare, as taxis are metered. You can prebook a taxi online, via phone or through an app for both Cotabo and Taxi Bologna. Alternatively, simply approach a taxi waiting at the taxi ranks on your right hand as you exit the airport.

Taxi fare from Bologna Airport to city centre

During non-peak times, the fare for a taxi ride from Bologna Airport to the city centre of Bologna or Bologna Central Station is 16€ for up to 4 people. The fare can be higher when there is a lot of traffic or if you decide to get a taxi by phone.

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

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Convenience

Choosing a taxi for your Bologna city centre transport is a very convenient transport option. Taxis are always available at BLQ and the final fare is quite affordable as the city centre of Bologna, as well as Bologna Central Station are located close to the airport. The taxis feature a digital meter that indicates the fare, knowing exactly how much you have to pay at the end of your ride. There is usually no waiting line for taxis and you arrive at your exact destination without a fuss. If you need to catch a train from Bologna Central Station, you can be sure you arrive on time for your transfer.

Editor’s Note

*If you ride a taxi and need to pass by a toll road, the toll fee is added to your final fare.

Useful Tips

Make sure you know your final destination before boarding a taxi. This way you avoid paying a higher fare for lack of route knowledge.
It is worth considering a more specialized taxi option if you travel in a large group, as standard taxis only accommodate groups of up to 4 people.

How to get from Bologna Airport to city centre by bus

The most affordable transport option to the city centre or the Central Station of Bologna is to travel by public bus. If you don't mind transferring or walking to the nearby Birra stop, you can board buses 81 or 91. The bus ticket costs 1.5€ and to get to the city centre you get off at the Marconi stop, or continue until Centrale for the Bologna Central Station. The buses run Monday to Friday every 10 minutes and with reduced frequency during the weekend. Journey duration is 22 minutes.

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

The bus ticket to Bologna city centre is 1.5€ when bought before getting on board. If you purchase your ticket on board you pay 2€ for a single ticket. You can purchase your ticket at public bus ticket counters at Bologna Airport, in selected grocery stores and supermarkets, as well as on board.

Cost

1.5€

Trip Duration

22 Min.

*Buses run every 11 minutes Monday to Friday, every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 60 minutes on Sundays.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Buses 81 and 91 run Monday to Friday 06.31am-23.44 pm, Saturday 06.31 am-00.53 am and Sunday 06.52 am-00.53 am.

Where do I get it from?

To take buses 81 and 91 to the city centre of Bologna, you need to walk or transfer to the Birra stop, which is located 1.5km south of the airport. Once you exit the airport terminal, take Via del Triumviarato and continue straight for about a kilometer, at which point you will be very close to the bus stop.

Convenience

Although choosing a public bus for your city centre or train station of Bologna trip from BLQ is a very affordable transport option, it is not the most convenient. Birra bus stop is located 1.5km south of the airport, which means you need to either walk to the bus stop or take a taxi that will increase the cost. If you travel light and on a budget, and you do not accompany children, it would be recommended. Bear in mind services are scarcer in weekends.

Editor’s Note

There are more ticket options from which to choose if you plan to use the public bus network regularly while in Bologna. For example, it is worth purchasing a day pass for 6€ if you are going to use several bus services on th same day.

Useful Tips

To make the most out of the low-price public bus option, purchase a ticket before leaving the airport at one of the convenience stores.
This option is not recommended for inexperienced or new to Bologna travellers as one may get lost trying to find Birra stop.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Bologna Centrale to Bologna Airport?

You can choose to travel by either taxi, shuttle bus or public bus to get to BLQ from Bologna Centrale.

How far is Bologna Airport to the city centre?

The distance between Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and the city centre is 7.5km.

How far is Bologna Airport from Florence?

Florence is located 105km south of Bologna Airport.

Does Bologna Airport have a train station?

There is no train station at Bologna Airport. If you wish to transfer to Bologna Central Station in the city centre of Bologna, you can travel by taxi, shuttle bus or public bus.

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