Bologna to Innsbruck by train

How to take one of Europe's most stunning railway journeys

Connect in Innsbruck for multiple other beautiful destinations including Garmisch, Linz, Salzburg, Seefeld and St Anton.



From Bologna Centrale to Innsbruck Hbf

Travel Information

Final Destination: Muenchen (Italian spelling)

These trains also call at: Brennero, Jenbach and Worgl - connect in Worgl for Kitzbuhel and Zell-am-See

Mon-Fri = 3 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 2 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

When booking tickets for this journey, look for the trains which typically depart Bologna daily at 07:45 and 11:52 and on Mon-Friday only at 15:52.

It can be worth comparing prices on the OBB website with the other websites on which this journey can be booked; these trains are operated by OBB.

Rail Pass Users:

Rail pass users must make reservations prior to boarding, irrespective if you will be using a 1st or 2nd class pass.
Avoid these rail pass reservation fees by taking the Regionale Veloce train to Brennero, which typically departs at 12:05; connecting into a local train on to Innsbruck.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

Trenitalia *

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.
Save A Train *

Save A Train Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)

Good to Know

These train don't depart from the AV station at Bologna Centrale, so they're best accessed by the main entrance on the city side of the station.

Between Trento and Bolzano Between Trento and Bolzano
Between Bolzano and Brennero Between Bolzano and Brennero
Between Bolzano and Brennero Between Bolzano and Brennero
Between Brennero and Innsbruck (summer) Between Brennero and Innsbruck (summer)
Between Brennero and Innsbruck (winter) Between Brennero and Innsbruck (winter)
Between Brennero and Innsbruck (winter) Between Brennero and Innsbruck (winter)

The train journey between Verona and Innsbruck is one of the most incredible in Europe, but you need to be sat on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) to see the best of the stunning views.

That's because the highlight of the journey comes towards journey's end when the train travels between Brennero and Innsbruck.

The views on the left, on this section of the journey, are captured in this video; filmed from a train travelling in the opposite direction.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Verona.

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