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    Bus from the airport and city buses

    by Trekki Updated Nov 8, 2014

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    Bologna’s Aerobus provides quick and easy transport into the town centre, 6 Euro one way (price as of September 2014), leaves every 10 minutes and takes approx. 15-20 minutes, depending on the traffic. During the week its stops in the town centre are at the streets Ugo Bassi (the western section) and twice in Via dell’Independencia (at San Pietro and Arena di Sole) and finally at the train station. On Saturdays and Sundays, called “T-Days” in the bus schedules, the very town centre is closed for traffic, so then it stops in Via Marconi and Mille Via dei Mille. The bus stops for Aerobus have clearly different signs than the ones for the general bus traffic (see second photo for Aerobus bus stops).
    Aerobus – map and bus stops
    Aerobus – weekend bus stops

    Other than that Bologna is served by countless bus lines and “navette” (small buses). Many of them are connecting to out of town destinations, such as Imola, San Lazzaro and also to San Luca, the famous sanctuary on the hills south of town. The prices are very reasonable: 1,30 Euro per ticket, valid for 1 hour, 5 Euro for a day ticket and 12 Euro for 10 tickets valid for 75 minutes.
    Bus stops are clearly marked with red square signs; the ones in town often have displays showing the next buses.
    I didn’t use the public buses because I found Bologna despite its size a quite walkable town.
    Extensive map of Bologna’s bus network
    Bus line details and schedules
    In addition to the original information on “TPER”, Bologna’s public transport website, this website has information in English:
    ATC – English information about Bologna’s public transport

    And then there are the so-called City Red Buses, hop-on-hop-off buses. With 13 Euro this seems like a good option for those with lack in time or those who prefer buses out of other reasons:
    City Red Bus, Bologna.

    © Ingrid D., September 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Bologna is very bicycle friendly

    by Trekki Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    This is especially for Don, @Nemorino :-) So in case you want to attend an opera in Bologna, be prepared :-)

    Given that city cycling is not really popular throughout Italy and moreover is quite dangerous for the cyclists, this is not the case in Bologna. I should have been prepared for this, because Bologna is one of Europe’s oldest and biggest universities, so many students live here. But cycling is not only popular with the students in Bologna: I saw people of all ages on their bikes. [Oh my, this should not sound that only young people are students..... ]
    Separate lanes for cyclists are rather common inside and outside of Bologna’s city centre, especially when streets are not that narrow.
    And to me it also seemed that the car drivers are relatively “educated” in the city, means that they don’t race and don’t cut lanes as it is the case on many Italian motorways and in the bigger cities like Rome and Milano.
    5 points for Bologna!

    What I did not find out yet is if it is possible to rent bicycles in Bologna. I am sure it is, but they don't have the "Velib" system yet. Maybe one day.

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    Vespa: An Italian Icon

    by von.otter Written Jan 14, 2013

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    “Sembra una vespa!” (“It resembles a wasp!”)
    — Enrico Piaggio (1905-1965), his reaction to the buzzing sound of the engine of a Vespa prototype

    Italians love their Vespas. And so does the rest of the world; this icon of post-World War II Italian industrial design is the most successful motor scooter ever made. Throughout Bologna large parts of the cityscape are given over to the Vespa, as this line of parked vehicles near the main train station illustrates.

    Emerging from the Second World War with an industrial and transportation infrastructure that lay in ruins, Italy needed a vehicle that could navigate the country’s bombed-out roads. Another consequence of the War that contributed to the Vespa’s development was Italy’s agreement with the Allies to limit its military production. The vehicle’s manufacturer, Piaggio & Co. S.p.A, turned from making fighter planes to Vespas.

    Plenty of web sites can help you find the model and terms that will suit your comfort level, should choose to see the city on a motor scooter.

    Motor Scooters, Bologna, May 2010 Motor Scooters, Bologna, May 2010
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    Cheap tickets and different routes

    by Azhut Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The best way to visit Bologna is absolutely by bus becuase it's fast and cheap. There are many destinations to choose that give you the chance to discover the city and other places nearby (Palasport Malaguti for example).
    To read more and to plan our trip go to the site below.

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    Taxis in Bologna

    by IanHB Written Nov 28, 2010

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    Taxis are plentiful but not cheap! There are a few taxi ranks - the station, Piazza Maggiore, but I saw no cabs cruising around looking for hire as in London or New York. If you call a cab to collect you from the hotel, you pay for it's journey to collect you - so beware. The meter keeps running at traffic lights and traffic holdups - not fun! However they do get around quickly, and if you are lugging a suitcase it is worth it as the old city is a rabbit warren if you do not know exactly where your hotel is.

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    Around with a bike

    by ludogatto Written Oct 20, 2009

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    Bologna is not like Ferrara (the italian capital of the bicycle), but it's easy to have a plesant ride in the medieval city parents live in the city center and I live 4 kn ouside near the stadium and the San Luca Hill but when I'd like to do shopping in the center the best way is the bike....
    You can rent it in some places:

    Astronolo Via O. Regnoli, 2 TEL 051 308828 FAX 051 308828
    from mon to sat 7.30 to 19.00; sunday closed
    24 hours min. € 4.00 - max € 9.00 (citybike)
    min. € 9.00 - max € 18.00 (elettric bike)

    Autorimessa Pincio
    INDIRIZZO Via Indipendenza, 71/z - TELEFONO 051 249081 FAX 051 249081
    E-MAIL from7.00 to 24.00

    Garage San Rocco - GSR Rent
    ADDRESS Via San Rocco, 11/e - 40122 Bologna
    TELEPHONE 051 556107 FAX 051 5280384
    OPENING HOURS from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 1am
    PRICE LIST: BIKE 1 day € 10.00

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    a cheeper way to go to the airport

    by ludogatto Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    the direct bus Aerobus that you can take to get to the airport and back it's fast but not cheep ( 5 euros for one way or 60 minutes on the regular bus) and if you need to go to the airport only for infos or similar there is another way: take a regular 60 minutes tickets (1 euros), from arrival station of the ariport there is the 54 line stop, take it and at Cinta stop go down and take on the opposite side of Via Emilia the 13 line that take you in the city center and you can stop where you want on the take more time but it's cheep!
    The aiport worker take this line!
    in the web site there is a special link to shuttel airport bus...jump it and go to map On the interective map clik on the 13 line and after on 54 to see the right trip

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    Airbus: from/to airport

    by ludogatto Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    There is the web page of ATC (public transportation society) in Bologna, and this is the right page for Aerobus, with all info onthe bus stop, the time and the price.

    the are 2 AIRBUs line from the airport: one go directily to the fair district, the second go in the city center but remember they to less stop then a regular bus, there is one in front of the main haospital ( ospedale Maggiore) and 3 in the city center and station, it's more quick but you have to igo n the city center!

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    Open-Top bus tour

    by darkjedi Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    Trambus Open, the new tourist bus tour Giro Tp, gives you the opportunity to discover the beauties, art, monuments and secrets of Bologna

    The bus, whose route of about 10 km goes through the historical city centre up to San Michele in Bosco, is managed with a single deck topless buses and, during the winter, with 20 completely covered seats. The tourist coaches are specially equipped with multilingual audio guides. The ticket Stop & Go is valid for the whole day and enables you to get on and off the bus whenever and wherever you like at the special Girotp stops.

    We picked up this tour opposite the main railway station and did a complete tour before getting off. The guides spoke english and remained calm at all times despite the idiot american tourist in front of us that couldn't be bothered to use the in-bus audio guides but still insisted on asking what everything was. All the major sites are passed and a stop for the city view from a hillside church (not San Luca) is also included on the route.

    Word of warning. Make sure the guide knows where you want to get off as the bus had a tendency to just drive past a stop sometimes. Tickets can be bought on board, at Atc sales points and in over 60 hotels in town. There is a useful route map to download and print out from their web site but you will also get one with your ticked priced at 10 Euros.

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    Bologna Bus Station

    by darkjedi Written Oct 25, 2008

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    Bologna Bus Station is convieniently located 200m from the main railway station. The station discharges busses and coaches to all local towns and also longer distance routes. There are large electronic displays all over the building and everywhere is signposted well.

    Outside entrance Inside Departure bays at night Departure bay 15 to Forli
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  • Place to leave your car

    by Monci2 Written Sep 24, 2008

    You need to watch out where do you leave you car during the night. All the staying in Bologna I keep my car on private parking because it is cheaper than places on the street in the city center. One time I came back in the night (about 11 p.m.) I parked on the street with a place with blue lines next to others cars. In the mornig I noticed that my car disapeared... It was one night per month when that street was cleaning... I do not know but I supose that people needs to take their cars after midnight or pay 150 euro as me. The most expensive parking in my live

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    Scooter rentals

    by ludogatto Updated May 15, 2008

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    If u want to discover the town and the neighboroud by motorbike or bicycle here some adresses if u want to rent it:

    Speedy, via Alberelli 1/a, tel. 338 4178286 or 338 4404440, open Mon - Sun 8am to 10 pm, scooter rental is E30/day or E219/week; scooteroni rental is E50/day or E310/week.

    Garage San Rocco, Via San Rocco, 11/e, Tel: 051 556107; email:, open Mon -Sat 7am to 1 am; scotter rental E30/day.

    Astronolo, Via O. Regnoli, 2, Tel: 051 308828, open Mon - Sat 7:30am to 7pm, scotter rental per day is between E24 & E90, or for a week E50 - E160. Try them at and you can get the full info.

    thanks to NorCal08 for all these infos!

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    Walking around Bologna

    by jdm267 Written Apr 22, 2008

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    I know, I know, driving and parking in Bologna is hazardous to one's health. But driving through the medieval streets in an Alfa Romeo is a dream come true....someday

    The most convenient way to traverse Bologna is by walking. Bologna is piccolo and it is easy to criss cross the entire city within an hour or so. Besides the warm colors of the brick apartments, piazzas and porticos will keep you enthralled. The architecture and overall feel of Bologna is much warmer than in Milano, and in my experience, a visitor is less susceptible to getting lost here as in Venezia. My advice is to walk...everywhere.

    Oh yeah, I included a picture of a bus. You can take a bus as an alternative to walking. I found the ride to be pleasant but still inefficient. Purchase tickets at the tobacco shops for 1 euro per ride.

    Alfa Romeo....classic L'autobus

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  • Travelling aroud by bus

    by Fra.da. Written Nov 27, 2006

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    You'll probably arrive in Bologna by train at "Bologna Centrale" railway station. The cheapest way to get to downtown Bologna is to travel by bus. Almost all lines leave from the square just in front of the railway station. There are several lines, ask the driver to know which one suits your destinatio. If you want to go to Piazza Maggiore/due Torri, catch the 25, leaving every 5 minutes just in front of the main doors of the station. Don't worry about buying the ticket, you can easily pay on board. Every trip costs 1 € and the ticket made on board at the automatic machine lasts for 1 hour. You need to pay cash, so prepare a 1 € coin.

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    Getting to Bologna

    by sue_stone Written Nov 14, 2006

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    I have now visited Bologna three times. The first time we arrived by train. The station is centrally located, and is only a short bus ride from the main square, Piazza Maggiore. There is more information on train travel in the next tip.

    The second time we flew into Bologna from London. We flew with British Airways, and the flight arrived at Bologna's main airport called Marconi International Airport. Marconi is located only 6km northwest of the city centre. To get into town from the airport you can catch the Bologna Aerobus, which departs every 15 minutes, and the journey takes about 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi (which is what we did - didn't want to waste a minute of sight seeing time!). There is a large taxi rank at the front of the airport and a trip into the centre of town costs around 12-15 euro.

    There is also a smaller airport called Forli, which is around an hours drive from Bologna. Some of the budget airlines (eg. Ryanair) fly into here.

    One our third visit to Bologna we drove in, and dropped off our hire car. Bologna is a pretty big place and some of the signposting off the motorway is confusing. We ended up exiting too early and having a scenic drive through the outskirts of Bologna, having no idea where we were. Somehow, either by fluke, or due to my superior 'navigation skills' we managed to find the car rental place with only one small argument ; )

    flying to Bologna catching a taxi from the airport taxi fares
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