How to get to Bologna from Rome Airport
Bologna is one of the most beautiful and lively city in Italy. I have no doubt you want to visit and spend some time there. Yet, getting to Bologna from Roma Fiumicino Airport isn’t always easy (made doubly-difficult if you don’t speak Italian). Below you will find a clear description on how to get to Bologna from Roma-Fiumicino International Airport.
If you land in Milan check this article instead. In fact, if you are flying from outside of Europe you’ll most likely arrive either in Rome or Milan.
How to get to Bologna from Rome Airport
Option 1 – How to get to Bologna from Rome-Fiumicino Airport by car
If you crave the freedom of moving around Italy on a whim, renting a car is your best bet.. You will be free to move and to reach those small and gorgeous towns and villages that otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy. And there are A LOT of them! Follow this guide to find the best online car rental deals, get your Ferrari ready, then type “Bologna” on your smartphone gps map! As soon as you arrive at the airport, you have the chance to get on to the road and then the highway, which will lead you to Bologna passing by Florence (it’s a 400km, about 4 hours drive).
Option 2 – How to get to Bologna from Rome Fiumicino Airport without a car
The first step is to get to downtown Rome, from where then you will catch your train connection to Bologna. Below you can find all the possible ways to get to Roma Termini (or another station) from Fiumicino International Airport.
- The Leonardo express train- It connects the airport to Roma Termini station (travel time: 32 minutes). Roma Termini is the main city hub for public and private transportation .This express train leaves every 15 or 30 minutes (during the airport peak times). The first ride from Roma Termini is at 5:50 am and last one at 10:50 pm. If traveling from the airport to the city centre instead, the first departure is at 6.38am and the last one at 11:38pm. Amazingly the Leonardo Express Train is guaranteed even in the event of a strike, possibly with a replacement bus service. A one-way ticket costs 14 euros. It’s free for children under 4 years old: children 4 to 12 years old travel for free for each paying adult. Small dogs (equipped with registration from the canine registry), cats and other small animals in their carriers, and guide dogs also travel free. There’s no luggage size limit. All the trains have dedicated seats and toilets for people with reduced mobility.
- cheaper but slower alternative is the regional train FL1 which connects the Leonardo da Vinci airport of Rome – Fiumicino to the main stations of Rome, such as Trastevere, Ostiense, Tuscolana, and Tiburtina. If your headed toward Termini Station you will probably have to change trains in one of the stations I just mentioned. The length of the journey will vary from 51′ to 85′ minutes and the price is 8 euros one way. At the time being I haven’t found any return ticket discount. You can see the differences in the photo below.
- The Terravision bus costs € 5.80 one way or € 9 return (free for children up to 4 years) and does not make intermediate stops. The first Terravision bus from Rome Termini to Fiumicino leaves at 4.40am and the last at 9.50pm. The first from Fiumicino to Rome Termini starts at 5:30 and the last at 10:55pm. Click on the following link for Terravision Roma Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini bus schedule.
- Another valid option is the Sit Bus Shuttle. A ride costs € 6 one-way or € 11 return. It runs from 4:45 am to 8:30 pm for route toward the Fiumicino Airport, and from 6:45 am to 11:45 pm from Fiumicino to Roma Termini. This shuttle does two intermediate stops, one in Via Crescenzio at street number 2 (zone Vatican – Prati) and one in via Aurelia n.448. Arrive and leaves to Rome Termini in Via Marsala n.5. A side note: Sit Bus Shuttle also connects Roma Ciampino Airports.
- There is a third option: TAM ‘s buses connect Rome Termini to Fiumicino, stopping at the Roma Ostiense station. A round trip tickets is € 9.90 and a one-way €6.90. They run every 30′ or 60’ minutes.
- I honestly don’t suggest you to get to downtown Rome by taxi. The fix fare is €48 which will bring you by the Aurelian Walls. It is the more expensive and it is subject to traffic, which in Rome is notoriously terrible. Rather, I prefer the Express Train.
THE FINAL STEP
Once you have made it to downtown Rome, make sure you are the right train station. Most of the trains and fast-train leaves from Roma Termini, but there are exceptions. On Trenitalia you can buy both fast-trains and slower but cheaper inter-regional train tickets to Bologna. ItaloTreno is even a better option for fast-trains. There are always good deals on fast-train if you check in advance.
Enjoy your trip and let me know in the comment if you find this article useful.
Arriving in Milan? Read this article.
Wish you a Safe Trip!