Bologna travel guide

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You're Going to Love Bologna

With a population of 366,133, Bologna is a must-see destination in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Bologna to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Bologna

If you’re looking for affordable options, DALP (Via Molino Scarselli 76) and La Fatica - Antica Osteria (8/A Via Torleone) are great picks.

When to visit Bologna

Bologna in August
Estimated hotel price
S$ 174
1 night at 3-star hotel
Bologna in August
Estimated hotel price
S$ 174
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Bologna in July, when the average temperature is 24 °C, and the highest can go up to 30 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -1 °C, with an average temperature of 2 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in November, when precipitation is around 81 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Bologna, with an average rainfall of 43 mm.

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How to Get to Bologna

Plane

When flying to Bologna, you’ll arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), which is located 6 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Bologna from Singapore departs from Singapore and takes around 30h 25m.

Train

Trenitalia is the most popular train carrier serving Bologna, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Bologna to Florence takes 0h 37m and costs around S$ 17 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Rome, expect to pay about S$ 43 for a 2h 03m trip. Located 1.4 km from the city centre, Bologna Centrale is the busiest station in Bologna. Another popular train station is Bologna San Ruffillo, located 4 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bologna is to pick up a car hire from Milan, which is about 200 km from Bologna. You’ll find branches of SURPRICE CAR RENTAL and Rental Plus, among others, in Milan.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bologna, including FlixBus, Itabus and MarinoBus. From Florence, the bus ride to Bologna takes 121 km and will cost you around S$ 16. From Verona, the ticket costs about S$ 20 for a journey of 177 km. The most popular bus station is Bologna Autostazione, located 1.3 km from the city centre of Bologna. Bologna Area di Servizio Cantagallo is also a commonly used station, and is 6 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Bologna, you’ll arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), which is located 6 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Bologna from Singapore departs from Singapore and takes around 30h 25m.

Train

Trenitalia is the most popular train carrier serving Bologna, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Bologna to Florence takes 0h 37m and costs around S$ 17 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Rome, expect to pay about S$ 43 for a 2h 03m trip. Located 1.4 km from the city centre, Bologna Centrale is the busiest station in Bologna. Another popular train station is Bologna San Ruffillo, located 4 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Bologna is to pick up a car hire from Milan, which is about 200 km from Bologna. You’ll find branches of SURPRICE CAR RENTAL and Rental Plus, among others, in Milan.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Bologna, including FlixBus, Itabus and MarinoBus. From Florence, the bus ride to Bologna takes 121 km and will cost you around S$ 16. From Verona, the ticket costs about S$ 20 for a journey of 177 km. The most popular bus station is Bologna Autostazione, located 1.3 km from the city centre of Bologna. Bologna Area di Servizio Cantagallo is also a commonly used station, and is 6 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Bologna

Lufthansa
Good (4,680 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,747 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,178 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,443 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Air France
Good (976 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,103 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,941 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,367 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,213 reviews)
LOT
Good (665 reviews)
Finnair
Good (771 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (927 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (848 reviews)
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Where to stay in Bologna

From 5-star hotels such as the Grand Hotel Majestic gia' Baglioni to great affordable options like the B&B Accorsi, Bologna offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around S$ 125 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to S$ 232 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Dopa Hostel and Hotel Perla. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Bologna, with prices from S$ 56 to S$ 665 per night. Santo Stefano is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Bologna are about 12% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Bologna

Most booked hotels in Bologna

Hotel Cosmopolitan Bologna
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
S$ 89+
NH Bologna Villanova
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
S$ 85+
Suite Hotel Elite
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
S$ 102+
Holiday Inn Bologna - Fiera
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
S$ 108+
Flyon Hotel & Conference Center
4 stars
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
S$ 99+

Hiring a car in Bologna

Expect to pay S$ 2.72 per litre in Bologna (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between S$ 32.53 and S$ 43.37. The most frequently booked car type in Bologna is Premium (Class Premium SUV or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Hyundai i10 or similar) is, on average, 88% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay S$ 2.72 per litre in Bologna (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between S$ 32.53 and S$ 43.37. The most frequently booked car type in Bologna is Premium (Class Premium SUV or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Hyundai i10 or similar) is, on average, 88% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.