By train - dead easy.
Ravenna has a railway station so you can get there from anywhere else which has a railway station. :-) You can find Italian train times, details and fares in English on the official Trenitalia website linked below.
A daytrip from Bologna Centrale to Ravenna is very easy indeed. There are plenty of trains per day. The journey takes from just over 1 hour 20 minutes on the Regionale trains. Don't be tempted to take the fast Freccia train options from Bologna because a) they involve a change of train and b) that change means the journey takes 2+ hours.
Regionale trains are safe, comfortable and easy to use. you don't need to buy tickets in advance online (and you can't anyway, unless you live in Italy) because Regionale trains cannot get so full that you cannot board and do not have reservable seats. You almost certainly won't have any problems in finding a seat but, if you did, you can stand until a seat becomes available.
So just buy your ticket from Bologna station on the day you make the journey. If you intend to come back the same day it might be worth buying a ticket for the return journey as well. The reason? Ravenna is a small station and, when I visited, there were only two ticket machines. Both were out of order. The ticket office was open, so I had no problems getting a ticket, but there are no guarantees that it will be open when you are there.
Don't forget to validate (date-stamp) your Regionale ticket before boarding the train. You'll find validation machines at the entrances to platforms. They are yellow cuboids (older) or green-and-white ovoids (newer). there are on-the-spot fines for non-validation and inspectors do check, although the cheerful inspector on my train to Ravenna was happy to 'let off' the two US ladies who had not bothered to validate their tickets.
After you've got off the train and walked out of Ravenna station just cross the road and carry on walking straight ahead. The heart of the historical centre is around 10 minutes' flat, easy walk from the station and even the furthest-away site (the Basilica of San Vitale) is only about 15-20 minutes' easy walk away. There is some signage to help you navigate, though it would be better to have a streetmap. See my tip about Ravenna Tourist Information office, where you can get an excellent map for free.Related to:
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Buses are also quite comfortable to use. You should buy tickets in the places called Tabacchi (also cigarettes and stamps :)). you can buy a single ticket or a ticket depending on the duration of the time, there is a ticket for 75 minutes ride, you can take any buses in the area during that time. Ticket bought on the bus will cost you more.
In summer if you want to go to the seaside take a bus no. 60 (Marina di Ravenna~15-20 min) or 70 (passes Punta Marina, so to Marina di Ravenna ~25mins), they go quite often. Busses depart from the stop that is in front of the train station, cross the street and wait.
As most of locals use bikes, scooters, cars, so I'd say public transport especially to new growing districts of Ravenna isn't very much well developed yet. Thus to the older areas or around the center or seaside you won't have any problems.
Train to Ravenna
Ravenna is located directly east of Bologna, very close to the Adriatic Sea. The city is best reached by rail from Bologna, which has frequent trains back and forth. The journey takes about 70 minutes and is not particularly expensive.
By train to Ravenna
Ravenna is well connected with Bologna and there are also a couple of trains going from Rimini. Travelling by train is easy and cheap in Italy, so train transport is most probably the best choice you can get. A one-way ticket from Forlì via Bologna to Ravenna took me only 3,75 EUR (2006).Related to:
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Getting there -Train, Plane
The easiest way to come to Ravenna with public transport is train. It takes an hour and 20 minutes to come from/to Bologna and costs around 4 or 5 Euro. Trains go every hour.
Forli airport (there you land with Ryainair) http://www.forli-airport.it/ing/home.htm, Bologna airport http://www.bologna-airport.it/ .
Bikes are good also for getting around Ravenna, tourist office give them for free. You just have to leave a copy of your ID document and you'll get a key from the public bicycles. Ravenna is a city of bicycles and you won't have much problems parking them.
You can also use bicycle to reach the seaside, there's a bike track at the main road, so cars won't bother you.
Ravenna is quite a small city, accordingly, for getting around the center by foot you won't have any problems. It's 10-15 minutes by foot from the train station. With all the things you usually want to see staying the first time - Basilica di San Vitale, Gala Placidia and other.
The only usual "tourist must see" thing you won't find there it's St. Apolinnare di nuovo that is outside Ravenna, but you can reach it easily by bus.
While the city of Ravenna is not the busiest rail junction of Italy or even of Emilia Romagna, it is still not really difficult to get there by rail. I took a direct train from Rimini – there are some going to Ravenna (few of these trains continue to Bologna).
To reach Ravenna from all the other Italian destinations, you should get to Bologna first (not an impossible task, since it is an essential stop on many important lines) and then take a regional (or interregional) train to Ravenna. Regional & interregional trains are somewhat slow, but they are the only type going there, and they are really cheap.
Parking at the seaside and motos
Marina di Ravenna and other seaside places especially on weekends are full, hard to find a place for a car. That's also one of the reasons why motorbikes, scooters and bikes are popular there - they take less space and can go around the cars.
It's better not to leave helmets on scooters or bikes, if it doesn't fit inside your scooter part that's under a lock, take your helmet to the bar of the stabilimento balneare (beach establishment) where you're staying and ask to keep it.Related to:
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Bus from Forli Airport
I thought a few people might like to know that Ryan air has now started a new bus service from Forli airport to Bologne,Rimini and Ravenna.It's brilliant because it means you no longer have to take the bus to Forli town and then take a train etc.The Ryan air buses wait for the flights to arrive even if they are delayed so there is no need to stress.It is best for those traveling to Ravenna as before it meant taking a bus and two trains which is crazy because Ravenna is only 30km from Forli airport!
I don't know the price for Bologne or Rimini but to Ravenna it's 7 euros and takes about 40 minutes.The bus takes you directly to the central bus station.
The way to Ravenna
The district of Ravennna lies in the north east of Italy, some 80 km (50 miles) from Bologna, the regional capital of Emilia Romagna
The Guglielmo Marconi international airport at Bologna is some 90 km (56 miles) from Ravenna. From the airport you can get to Ravenna by car (all motorway) or by train, a journey which takes between 1 and 2 hours. Other airports, including Forlì , some 30 km/19 miles from Ravenna and Rimini , 60 km (37 miles) to the south are less than an hour's drive away. The major airports in Milan (Linate and Malpensa) are about 4 hours down the motorway, while Rome airport (Leonardo da Vinci ) can be reached in 5 hours and Venice (Marco Polo) in about two hours.
The quickest way to get to the district of Ravenna is by car. For those coming down from Venice the quickest route is the "Romea" 309 trunk road linking the two towns, with turn-offs for Padua and Ferrara. Heading south along the Romea road you cross the Po Delta and the Ferrara coastal region, encountering the Romanesque Pomposa Abbey and reach Ravenna . Alternatively you may prefer to travel from Padua to Ferrara - a splendid Renaissance city- and then reach the Via Romea along a modern dual carriage way.
From Ravenna you may travel to Rome in 4 hours' drive, through Umbria, Assisi and Perugia using the E55 dual carriage way that begins at Ravenna and crosses through the Forlì and Cesena Apennines. This dual carriage road also enables you to reach Arezzo , in the west of Tuscany ,in less than 3 hours.
From the south , following the Adriatic coast along the 16 trunk road, Ravenna is within 1 hour's drive of Rimini and less than 2 hours of the Republic of San Marino.
The best mean of transport in town is a Bike, it can be hired in a shop ( ab. 45,00 Euro per month), for longer stays it is better to buy an used one that can be sold to other students at the end of the course.
In the city centre you...
In the city centre you absolutely have to go on foot, but if you want to reach the sea it's better you take a bus from the station or you call a taxi. Anyway Ravenna inhabitants usually use the motorcycle to reach the sea or to turn around in the city.
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A good way to get to Ravenna and also to travel within Italy is by train.
Train Station in Ravenna:
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