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Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by brufanatic

My daughter is flying into Bologna to attend the University of Urbino for one month, at the end of July.

Because she will have been travelling all night, including a change of planes in Frankfurt, and because this is her first "solo" experience to Europe, I hesitate to THEN have her take a bus to the train in Bologna, take a train to Pesaro, and a bus to Urbino. (That's the suggested means of transport to the University.)

Does anybody know of a REASONABLY PRICED way of getting a driver to take her -- either alone or with a group? The car services that I have contacted so far want between $400 and $890 dollars for one-way transport from the airport to Urbino.

RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by cgf

from Bologna airport a bus called BLQ direct to railway station.
from railway station to Pesaro by train, a child could do without any danger.
"Because she will have been travelling all night"... I would spend (less of) 400USD to take a rest for the day (and night) she'll arrive to Europe and ahead the following day.
I believe to go from Bologna to Urbino at end July and, of course, back to Bologna, $400 is a REASONABLY PRICE. In winter could take 5 hours, end July it's good to do for 10. Yestarday it took almost 2 (two) hours from Imola to Bologna (40km). Sure you could find someone (abusive) who could do for less... that's could be a danger...

RE: RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by cgf

I forgot to post trenitalia url

RE: RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by mccalpin

Well, Urbino is 173 kilometers away from Bologna (over 110 miles), so I don't know that $400 is really unreasonable (the $890 seems excessive though ;-) heck, for that price, I can fly from Dallas to Rome).

First, is Bologna the closest airport to Urbino that you can fly her to? I know there's an airport in Forli' which is almost halfway there, and I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't other, closer airports (such as at Rimini or Cattolica?).

If she does have to take the path suggested (which is indeed the normal method), it really isn't that difficult (easy for me to say, huh?).

May I assume that your daughter already speaks some Italian?

OK, as for the bus from Bologna airport to the main train station, here is the link - . Click on the "AEROBUS - BLQ" link, which will give you information about the route taken, number of stops, and with another link, the timetables. Basically, for most of the day, the bus leaves every 15 minutes and takes about 25 minutes...note that the Bus website says the fare is 5 euro while the airport website still says 4.50 euro...

Once she is at the main train station in Bologna, she will be easily able to buy a ticket to Pesaro. Look at for schedules. Basically, there are one to three trains an hour to Pesaro, most of which are direct (i.e., no change of train). The fare will vary because there are different types of trains on this route - the faster trains will cost more. However, from a quick glance, it seems that a second class fare will be on the order of 8 to 12 euro (rounded up), and I didn't even look for student discounts (if any).

Once she is at Pesaro (not only are there large signs at every station telling you where you are, but the other passengers will be helpful), she must take a bus to Urbino because there is no rail service there. The website for the bus service doesn't have a timetable at the moment, but I see from other postings here at VT that the bus service is fairly frequent and takes about 50 minutes. Given that this is one of the normal ways that tourists get to Urbino, I am sure that it will be obvious at the train station what to do.

Yes, this trip will be long and somewhat tiring, but she is young, and this is part of the excitement of living and studying in Europe - I did it for the first time when I was 19, and I lived to tell about it ;-)


RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by effeti

Found on yellow pages (no direct knowledge):
1) (click on "contatto" to write them, and let's hope they understand english....

Hope someone with fresher info will pop in...

RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by qaminari

It would be much cheaper for her to stay overnight in Bologna before continuing her journey, if you are worried that she will be too tired for this journey. I can see no reasonably-priced way of getting all the way to Urbino by taxi/chauffeur-driven car unless by any chance your daughter can identify other course participants who would be arriving at Bologna at the same time who could share the cost. She could take a taxi instead of the bus from the airport to the station in Bologna, though that doesn't save much effort; and again from the station at Pesaro to Urbino, and that way arrive directly at wherever she is staying there, but it's 36km which still isn't going to be cheap.

RE: RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by mccalpin

If you like Lyn's suggestion about spending the night in Bologna, note that there is a Jolly Hotel a block away from the train station (see ). I have stayed at this hotel, and it is a respectable business-class hotel (i.e., not cheap, but safe). She could come here by bus (to the train station, or hotel shuttle but this is infrequent) or by taxi. She could dump her stuff, spend the day walking around Bologna (a university town as well as a tourist spot, so she won't feel out of place) and getting acclimated to Italy, spend the night, then walk over to the train station the next morning. I am assuming that she will be able to handle her own luggage - if she can't, she's taking too much...


Hey, Francesco, for $890US, I'm surprised that YOU didn't offer to drive her ;-)

I see your photo has changed...why? Did something happen??? hahahaha Does this mean that we don't have to hear FORZA AZZURRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIII!!!!! anymore?

RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by Enzyme_X

I can take you daughter to Urbino for $250 :-)

RE: RE: Car service from Bologna to Urbino

by effeti

Bill, I'm too late, the price is lowering too much!
For the rest, i will pretend not to understand your subtle on the soccer matter! Forza Azzzzurrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!

Travel Tips for Urbino

Federico II da Montefeltro

by Enzyme_X

Urbino came to Montefeltro family in 1155 as a reward for stifling a rebellion against emperor Barbarossa. The town bloomed during the reign of Federico II da Montefeltro (1422-1482). He didn't just give the town it's present form, but made Urbino one of the cultural and artistical centers. Gaining power over some neraby towns he created his own dukedom.

It came in decline in 1508 when son of Federico II, Guidobaldo, died without a heir.
At the end of 16th century Urbino again came to power for a very short time and in 1631it came finally under the authority of church. Many of the works of art were then moved to other cities, like Rome and Firenze. On the picture is the relief of Federico II. It's very similar to the very famous painting made by Piero della Francesca. He made portraits of Federico and his wife Battista Sforza which can be seen in Firenze in Galleria Degli Uffizi.

Letter box

by Enzyme_X

In Urbino all houses tend to have the same letter box, like the one you see on the picture. They have oldfashioned designe with towns coat-of-arms on them. I find them relly nice and it's also a great idea to have one standardised letter box that give town small stone in the mosaic.

San Bernardino Church

by Enzyme_X

This, 15th century, very simple church stands on a hill just outside of the Urbino city walls (to south-east). Also known as the ''Mausoleum of the Dukes'' as both Federico II. and his son Guidobaldo with his wife Elisabetta are buried here.

Summer Study Program

by upperwestside

"Summer Study program"

I studied in Urbino Italy during the summer of 1981 while an Undergrad at Rutgers, below is the current information about that program

SU M M E R S T U D Y I N I T A L Y 2 0 0 6

The Department of Italian is conducting its thirty-fourth summer program in Italy in the beautiful city of Urbino to provide students at various levels with an opportunity to study Italian in its natural environment. In association with the Department of Art History at Rutgers University the program offers two courses for students of art history who can take advantage of the immense resources in this field at Urbino and other Italian cities. Urbino provides an ideal location for summer study for its climate, its proximity to the major centers of Italian culture, its University, and the superb setting of a Renaissance city. Beaches on the Adriatic are within easy access. The Summer 2006 Session will be under the direction of a Professor of Italian at Rutgers.

Participants must be undergraduates at Rutgers or other colleges, or high school seniors who will enter college in 2006-2007, whether at Rutgers or elsewhere, and who will be eighteen years of age at the time of the group’s departure. Teachers and other qualified applicants may also be admitted on a space available basis. No previous knowledge of Italian is required since the program offers language courses at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced level and the Art History course is conducted in English. Applications will be considered as soon as they are complete, and the applicant will be notified of the decision promptly. Applications received after April 1 will be processed on a space available basis.

Students will stay in dorms at the University of Urbino. Three meals a day will be provided.

Program cost includes group excursions to some of the most beautiful cities in Italy. In the last few years we have visited Florence and Siena staying at first rate hotels.

The group will fly from New York/Newark to Italy on approximately July 2 and will be taken to Urbino by bus. Program cost includes round trip air fare to Italy with a choice of return dates. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the airport on their return date and for their own expenses during the period after the end of the program. The air fare will be deducted from the program cost for those students who wish to make their own arrangements.

$4,000.00 (In-state) and $4,150.00 (Out-of-state). $1,500.00 is payable upon acceptance and the balance by May 15. Program costs include round-trip airfare, room, board, tuition, and group excursions. Students must pay for lunch on group excursions, their own personal expenses, dental work, vacation travel, books, etc. and $35.00 health insurance for the duration of the program. The program accepts no responsibility for personal property which must be insured separately if so desired and reserves the right to make any changes necessitated by circumstances. Travel insurance is available from the travel agent.

August 15, 2010: Festa del Duca

by Trekki

Festa del Duca, Urbino, each year in mid August (around ferragosto),

Some youtube videos, since I wasn't in a position to take photos or videos in August 2010:
Slide show
RAI1 Festa Del Duca 2010,

Urbino, Festa del Duca 15/08/2009
Urbino, Festa del Duca (slide show)2009.

another very special festival :-)


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