How to take a rail journey from Florence/Firenze to Bologna

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Firenze / Florence to Bologna by train

Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia share the high speed route, which is mainly in tunnels, from Firenze/Florence with competing Italo trains.
As the journey time is comparatively short, the differences in the on board experience will matter less than the price; see the ticketing notes below on how the Trenitalia and Italo prices can be compared.

Though regardless of which high speed (AV) service you take, you'll in effect be paying a premium to travel by it, the more than 60 km of tunnels through which the trains rush at more than 280 km/h, cost billions of euros to build.
However, the Frecce and Italo trains are the only services which provide a direct link from Firenze S.M.Novella, the city's central station, to Bologna Centrale.
The Intercity (IC) trains, which are typically cheaper, depart from Firenze Rifredi station.

Routes you can take to go from Firenze / Florence to Bologna

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the high speed Frecce trains

Route Information

Option 2: taking the high speed Italo trains

Route Information

Option 3; taking an Intercity train
Station Guides
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Firenze Rifredi Guide Coming soon...
The main departure hall is to the right, the Ovest entrance is on the far left
Bologna Centrale Rail Station Guide
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 4min



Travel Info

From: Firenze S.M. Novella station: 1 x train per day

From: Firenze Rifredi station: 4 x daily trains. plus an additional train on Fridays.

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