There isn't a high speed railway between Verona and Bologna, 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 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.
Final Destination: Roma or Napoli
There is no high speed line between Verona and Bologna, but despite that the Frecce trains are usually the most expensive trains on this route, so are best avoided.
The alternative EuroCity trains, which will have travelled from Germany via Austria, are less frequent, but as there is no high speed line, they come close to matching the speed of these Frecce trains and they can be cheaper too.
The also comparatively infrequent Italo trains can offer a good deal, though the 'Tickets' info explains how to compare the price with the Frecce and EC trains.
Though if you will be booking last minute at the station, you will save money if you take the slower Regionale trains between these two cities.
If you do want to book tickets last minute at the station, it's definitely worth looking up the departure times on the Trenitalia website, before you head to Verona Porta Nuova.
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
*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.
Though not all trains will be available more than 4 months ahead
The express train service between Verona and Bologna is provided by;
(1) Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia, and
(2) other EC trains, which tend to be €5 cheaper than the Frecce trains,
(3) other Italo trains
Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains and the EC trains are placed on sale 4 months in advance (usually), but the Italo train tickets are made available 5 months ahead (usually).
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, EC 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.
Though by booking tickets for any of these trains, you will have a complimentary seat reservation
Using InterRail and Eurail Passes
Try to avoid taking these express trains between these two cities, the flat rate rail pass reservation fees, which are payable on any of these trains are particularly expensive considering the length of the journey.
Though if need be you'll save around €4 by taking a Frecce train and avoiding the EC trains.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Italia Rail||from €15|
|Save A Train||from €14.90|
There are fewer trains from Verona to Bologna overall than you might expect, particularly earlier in the day; the usual final departure of the morning is a Frecce train at around 08:50.
Most of these RV trains are 2nd class only.
Final Destination: Bologna
You can save money by taking these Regional Veloce trains, compared to the alternative express train services; the Frecce trains and the EuroCity trains, particularly if you will be buying tickets last minute at the station.
If you do want to do so, it's definitely worth looking up the departure times on the Trenitalia website, before you head to Verona Porta Nuova.
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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
These R/RV trains ae more frequent in the afternoons, the only morning departure by them is at 07:03 (usually).
So if you want or need to depart from Verona for Bologna between 07:15 and 12:00, the only option is to take a Frecce train, so booking them in advance will be the best option.
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