Because the Frecce train from Torino to the Adriatic Coast now takes the high speed line between Milano and Bologna, the only direct train from Torino to Modena is an InterCity Notte overnight train, which has limited seated accommodation.
Within the plethora of the indirect journey options for taking a train from Torino to Modena, what isn't initially obvious is that this combination of trains...
(1) A Frecciarossa or Frecciarossa 1000 train from Torino to Bologna
(2) A Regionale or Regionale Veloce train from Bologna to Modena
...is the fastest.
Look for the combination of journeys with only 1 x change of train, which are scheduled to take less than 2hr 55min.
This routing won't seem logical if you look at a map, as the Frecce trains rush by Modena on route to Bologna, but the speed of those Frecce trains results in this being the quickest route.
The end-to-end journey times of under 2hr 55min will all be dependent on making a connection between trains of under 15 mins at Bologna Centrale station.
But there's no need to be concerned about making this connection, as your ticket(s) will be valid on any R or RV train from Bologna on to Modena; and there a generally two such trains per hour on from Bologna.
Up to 9 x connections per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 4 months* ahead of the travel date - usually
Now that there are no longer any direct trains from Torino/Turin to Modena, when you look up this journey on the Trenitalia website, you will see a plethora of journey options.
The fastest,with a journey time of between 2hr 40 mins and 2hr 55mins are those with; 'Changes:1' and a Fecciarossa or Frecciarossa 1000 train above a Regionale train in the 'Trains' column.
Our step-by-step guide to booking train tickets on the Trenitalia (Italian national railways) website is available HERE.
If you're new to booking tickets for train journeys in Italy, we also recommend taking a look at our guide to Italian train tickets - it should help you save time and money and confusion.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Trenitalia||from around €25|
Final Destination: Roma or Napoli or Salerrno
The trains on this route from Torino to Bologna commence their journeys at Torino Porta Nuova station.
They depart from there around 10 mins before they depart from Torino Porta Susa.
If you will be commencing your journey on the Torino Metro, it can make sense to head to Porta Susa in order to take these trains.
As all seats are reserved, including yours, you won't have to worry about no spare seats being available if you board at Torino Porta Susa.
Though if you will be travelling with luggage, it can be a better idea to board these trains at Porta Nuova, you'll increase your chances of being able to find an optimum space in which to store your bags.
Though whether you travel from Porta Susa or Porta Nuova stations makes no difference to the ticket price.
The alternative Italo trains:
Alternative Italo trains share this Torino to Bologna high speed route with these Frecce trains.
They're less frequent, but can be cheaper; the departure times and prices can be compared on the Omio and Trainline booking websites, see the 'Ticket Information' below.
These trains travel at speeds of up to 290 km/h on the two fastest railway lines in Italy between Torino and Milano; and then between Milano and Bologna.So the only part of the trip that isn't at high speed is the part of the journey between them, through the city of Milan.
These trains will reverse direction on departure from Milano Centrale station.
The RGV trains - Piacenza or Milano;
The REG trains - Parma
These trains will normally depart from the Ovest concourse in Bologna station
ShowMeTheJourney doesn't recommend taking those trains if you will be commencing your journey in Bologna; they're more expensive and the extra cost is difficult to justify for such a short journey.
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