I never travel by public transportation, instead I am traveling by car.
To get to Bologna there are tree possible road directions:
- A4 plus A13 from direction of Trieste
- A1 from direction of Milano
- A22 from direction of Brennero.
As in most of Italian cities, parking in the central part of the town is a huge problem. There are too many cars inside the city because great majority of Italian use it to move around. I suggest you to park your car in the garages, it will cost you a bit more but your car will be safe and, more important, you wont spend half of a day in searching parking fo free.
Besides, city center is limited traffic area and you risk fine.
If you're travelling to Bologna by car and need to park then the best place to park is in the underground car park which lies under Piazza Otto Agosto to the north of the city centre. I spent a while trying to park in the city centre itself without any luck and then stumbled across this place. Also it keeps the car cool if the weather's warm!
I'm living in Ferrara thus it's not so far heading to Bologna for me indeed.. It was a cool saturday morning when we made our way Bologna lately.. Just 30 mins on Padova-Bologna A13 Highway and we are on the target point!
I noticed some buses driving around, but all the people (included me) were comming with their cars (motorhomes).
Try walking, cycling (there are very nice four wheels bicyces to be rent for 7 EUR per day), dont use your car if it's not necessary.
An alternative way to visit Bologna is to share a car. It's not soo expensive and it's easy. Every informations you need on this site:
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