Between Rimini and Ancona

Bologna to Bari by train

How to travel from Bologna to Bari by train along the lovely Adriatic Coast

There is a choice of two express services when taking a train from Bologna to Bari:
1 - The more frequent Frecce services are also faster, despite the lack of a high speed line; but that speed tends to come at a higher price.
2 - There also InterCity services, which are slower because they make more station calls.

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Routes

Option 1: taking the faster Frecce trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Lecce (or Taranto or Bari)

The trains also call at: Ancona and Pescara

There is no high speed line between Bologna and Bari but these Frecce trains are faster than the alternative Intercity trains for Bologna to Bari journeys, because they make fewer station calls.

Italo trains do not operate on this route.

up to 8 x Frecciarossa trains per day
2 x Frecciargento trains per day
2 x Frecciabianca trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 4 months ahead of the travel date; though this period of time can be shorter, particularly when searching for journeys more than three months ahead during October and March.

Take care when choosing departures on this Bologna to Bari train journey, these Frecce trains tend to be more expensive then the alternative Intercity trains, but aside from saving 45mins - 1hr, the journey experience will actually be fairly similar.

Rail Pass Users:

If the timings of the alternative Intercity trains suit, then target those and not these Frecce trains.

You will save €10 in rail pass reservation fees by taking those InterCity trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italiarail from €30

Italiarail Guide

ItaliaRail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.

Users of InterRail and Eurail passes can also book seat reservations on the Frecce and InterCity trains without paying a booking fee,

Trenitalia from €29.90

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Trainline from €29.90

Trainline Guide

Omio from €30

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

SaveATrain from €29.90

SaveATrain Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal viewsNot High Speed

Good to Know

These trains DON'T depart from the AV station at Bologna Centrale, instead they depart from the main part of station in the open air.

Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona
Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona
Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona
Between Rimini and Ancona Between Rimini and Ancona

If your reserved seat is on the left the train (when facing the direction of travel) you'll be able to fully appreciate the highlights of the journey - which kick in after the train has departed from Rimini.
(If your seat isn't on the left, temporarily move over to one which is).

Once the train has travelled around 20 mins south of Rimini, you'll be able to revel in one of the best coastal train journeys in all of Europe.
For much of this part of the trip, the beach is all that separates The Adriatic from the train - a particular highlight is the part of the journey to the north of Ancona.

The sea views then continue, with the train travelling by the coast for around an hour in total either side of Pescara.

Option 2: taking the generally cheaper InterCity trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Taranto or Bari

The trains also call at: Ancona and Pescara

These Intercity train are slower, but generally cheaper than the alternative faster Frecce trains.
They can be much cheaper when the most heavily discounted 'Super Economy' tickets on those Frecce trains have sold out.

Rail pass users should take these IC trains, do so and you will save €10.

Sunday to Friday = 5 x trains per day
Saturday = 6 x trains

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months* ahead of the travel date

*Not all departures may be available when looking 3 months ahead, but all trains should be visiible around 11 weeks ahead.

Take care when choosing departures on this Bologna to Bari train journey, these Intercity trains are nearly always cheaper than the alternative Frecce trains.

Rail Pass Users:

If the timings of the alternative Intercity trains suit, then target these trains and not the alternative Frecce trains.

Target these IC trains if you want to save €10 on rail pass reservation fees.
Though in the summer and at weekends, if you'll want the peace of mind of being able to remain in the same seat for the entire journey, paying the optional €3 reservation fee is virtually essential.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €12.90

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Italiarail from €12.90

Italiarail Guide

ItaliaRail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.

Users of InterRail and Eurail passes can also book seat reservations on the Frecce and InterCity trains without paying a booking fee,

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal viewsNot High Speed

Good to Know

These trains DON'T depart from the AV station at Bologna Centrale - instead they depart from the main station.

Travellers have stepped out into the corridor on the IC train in order to take in the coastal views Travellers have stepped out into the corridor on the IC train in order to take in the coastal views

These trains take the same route as the Frecce trains.

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