There isn't a high speed railway between Bologna and Verona, but the various types of express trains which use the route are faster because they travel non-stop between these two cities.
Though as is typical, the faster a train, the more expensive it is likely to be; but the difference between journey times isn't particularly extreme on this route.
However, if you will be booking tickets last minute at the station, then taking the slower Regionale Veloce (RV) trains will be a money saver.
Though this is a route on which it can pay off to look up the journey in advance.
The departure times of the RV trains tend to be irregular and the price difference with the express trains can be comparatively minor.
Frecce and Italo trains - Bolzano or Brescia or Bergamo
EC trains - Muenchen
If you are happy to book ahead and commit to a specific departure, taking these faster express trains, won't be much more expensive than buying tickets at the station for the the slower Regionale (R/RV) trains.
And if you book any of the express train services you will have a reserved seat.
Though if you will be booking tickets last minute, you will save if you take those slower trains.
3 x Frecciarossa trains per day
3 x Frecciargento trains per day
2 x Italo trains per day
2 or 3 x EC trains per day
The express train service between Bologna and Verona is provided by;
*Save by booking in advance: Yes, for more details on how to obtain the cheapest prices for Frecce trains see the guide to Italian rail tickets.
Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date; though the booking period will be typically be shorter when looking up journeys for travel after the second Sunday in December.
Tickets for the Frecce trains and the EC trains are placed on sale up to 6 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available 3 to 4 months ahead.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains; and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia or EC trains.
If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on Trainline or Omio; though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.
Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
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The Frecce and Italo trains depart from the AV binari (tracks/platforms) at Bologna Centrale, but the EC trains usually depart from the binari (tracks/platforms) by the Ovest concourse.
Verona - the Regionale (R)) trains
Brennero - the Regionale Veloce (RV) trains
If you want to make a spontaneous day trip from Bologna to Verona, then taking these Regionale services will save you money, as they will be the cheapest option when booking tickets last minute at the station.
Though if you want to book tickets at the last minute, it's still a good idea to look up the departure times on the Trenitalia website before heading to the station; there are fewer trains between Bologna and Verona than you might expect there to be.
There isn't a departure in every hour and there is a gap between 08:10 and 11:10.
9 x trains per day
Book early and save: No
Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.
If you will be buying tickets at the station just before departure, then tickets for these Regionale Veloce (RGV/RV) trains will be around 50% of the price of the faster Frecce trains and at least €5 cheaper than the EC trains
Rail pass users should target these trains and avoid the rail pass reservation fees on the Frecce and EC trains.
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The Regionale Veloce (RV) trains are slightly faster, but that doesn't matter on this route with its comparatively infrequent services.
What also doesn't matter is that there are no seat reservations available on these trains, they commence their journeys in Bologna, so finding spare seats when boarding shouldn't usually be a problem.
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