HOW TO GET TO BOLOGNA

By air

Bologna International Airport “Guglielmo Marconi” (BLQ) has direct connections to all the main European airports.  See here all the destination.

The airport is located at 15-20 minutes by car and at 20-25 minutes by Airport Bus BLQ respectively from the city centre. The fee from the airport to the city centre is 15-20€ for taxis and 6€ by a Bus called BLQ.

See the Conference Venue page to get from the airport to the Conference Venue.

By train

For the strategic geographic location Bologna is the main Italian railway junction, made even more efficient by the high-speed trains, which, together with the new railway station project, has led to greater development and a significant increase of daily transit of trains and passengers. You can now arrive at Bologna Central Station, thanks to high speed trains, in half an hour, from Florence, an hour from Milan, in an hour and a half from Venice, in 2 ½ hours from Rome, in 5 hours and 45 minutes from Bari.

See the Conference Venue page to get from the Railway Station to the Conference Venue.

By car

The city is at the junction of the A1, A14 and A13 highways, and so is easily accessible from anywhere in Italy. Most traffic from Milan would exit the A1 and take the Tangenziale, but beware this road at rush hour because it is horrendously packed. Expect to use 2 hours from the A1 exit to the Tangenziale to the center at certain peak times over summer busy weekends, especially at the beginning and end of August.
The Conference venue offers a covered garage parking with 200 places. For hotel guests parking fare from Euro 21,00 to Euro 25,00 x car x 24 hours, VAT included. For meeting participants, not staying at the hotel Euro 2,00 x car x hour, VAT included.

From Milan Malpensa Airport (MPX)

If you fly from your country to Milan Malpensa (MPX), the best way to get to Bologna from this airport is by train.

it takes 2 hours and 9 minutes to go from Milano Malpensa Airport to Bologna Central station by train.

Every hour there is  a train departing from Malpensa Airport Terminal 1. It takes 52 minutes to arrive in Milan Central Station. Here you need to change train and take a high speed train that departs about 15 minutes later. You can buy tickets online. Full price is 57.00 Euro for a second class ticket. You can find better offers on Trenitalia website if you buy tickets online in advance, but they are  subjected to some restrictions.

Visit Trenitalia website for trains schedule and more tickets information.

From Milan Linate Airport (Lin)

If you fly from your lcountry to Milan Linate (LIN), the best way to get to Bologna from this airport is by bus and train.

Every 30 minutes there is a bus leaving Linate airport to Milan Central Station. The bus ticket costs 5.00 Euro. The journey time is about 30 minutes (traffic depending)

High speed trains (Frecciarossa for Trenitalia and Italo for Italo Treno) departs every half an hour from Milano Centrale

It takes 1h and 2 minutes with Trenitalia at 44.00 Euro full price and 1 hour and 12 minutes with Italo Treno at 39.90 Euro

Visit Trenitalia and Italo Treno websites for trains schedule and more tickets information.

From Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO), known as Fiumicino Airport

If you fly from your country to Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO), the best way to get to Bologna from this airport is by train.

it takes around 3 hours to go from Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Bologna Central station by train.

Almost every 20 minutes there is  a train departing from Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Rome Termini Station or to Rome Tiburtina station. Here you need to change train and take a high speed train that departs about 15 minutes later. You can buy tickets online. Full price is 67.00 Euro for a second class ticket with a stop in Rome Tiburtina station and 73.00 Euro for a second class ticket with a stop in Rome Termini station. You can find better offers on Trenitalia website if you buy tickets online in advance, but they are  subjected to some restrictions.

Visit Trenitalia website for trains schedule and more tickets information.

 

Visa Information

Due to Schengen Agreement reached in 1985 among the majority of the EU member states, the citizens of the designated countries are allowed to travel visa free among the Schengen territories, meanwhile non Schengen countries can enter the whole Schengen territory with one unified document known as the Schengen Visa. Check here whether you need a visa to enter Italy.