HOW TO REACH BOLOGNA

This year, ECCB has an ambitious “no flight” target for the transportation of delegates to Bologna. Europe is by far the continent with the densest, fastest and most reliable rail network at the continental scale. Continental rail travel in Europe is much faster and easier than most people think. Us conservationists are very much aware of the disastrous impacts of carbon emissions and global warming. A great number of talks at the conference will be focusing on those impacts on biodiversity. But if we conservationists don’t make that little extra effort to limit our carbon emissions when we can, who will? And how consistent would we be with our research and mission?

Would you have imagined you could travel by train to Bologna from Munich in less than 7 hours with a single direct train, or from Stockholm in one night and one day? So take that little extra time to sit back in a comfortable train seat while working on your presentation or watching Europe go by, and meet fellow ECCB delegates! Because yes, you will meet them on the train!

So here is a guide to travel by train to Bologna from pretty much everywhere in Europe. All timetables aim to get you to Bologna by Sunday, June 16 in the evening, or Monday, June 17 in the morning. They are just examples. You can always leave earlier or later, at your convenience.

We would also like to give special thanks to Olivier Boissier for helping us gather all the information regarding train timetables and routes!

On this page, we have also included information on travel by bicycle for a more sustainable way of transport and by flight for those who cannot travel differently.

By Train

For the strategic geographic location – between downtown and the north – 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. Bologna is the main Italian railway junction, a high-speed line connects it to Florence (37 minutes) Milan (65 minutes) Rome (2 hours and 22 minutes). Venice can be reached in less than an hour and a half.

You can find some useful extra information at:

You can also read this excellent article to learn how American climate scientists travel for several days across the continent by train to attend the AGU conference: https://www.wired.com/story/climate-scientists-take-the-train/

From Germany:

Direct trains from Munich to Bologna:

  • June 16: Direct Nightjet night train
    München – Bologna NJ 295 20:10 – 05:30 (June 17)
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/

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More information at:

https://www.seat61.com/trains-and-routes/munich-to-venice-by-eurocity-train.htm

https://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Munich.htm#Munich-Italy

https://www.nightjet.com/en/reiseziele/italien/bologna

From Austria:

Direct night train or doable in one day, from Vienna to Bologna:

  • June 16
    Wien – Innsbrück RJX 860 10:28 – 14:44
    Innsbrück – Bologna RJ 87 15:24 – 20:16
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/
  • June 16: Direct Nightjet night train
    Wien – Bologna NJ 40233 19:18 – 05:30 (June 17)
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/

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  • June 22
    Bologna – Innsbrück EC 84 11:52 – 16:36
    Innsbrück – Wien RJX 661 17:14 – 21:32
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/
  • June 22: Direct Nightjet night train
    Bologna – Wien NJ 40294 23:07 – 09:04
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/

Direct night train or doable in one day, from Salzburg to Bologna:

  • June 16
    Salzburg – Innsbrück RJX 860 12:56 – 14:44
    Innsbrück – Bologna RJ 87 15:24 – 20:16
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/
  • June 16: Direct Nightjet night train
    Salzburg – Bologna NJ 295 22:02 – 05:44 (June 17)
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/

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  • June 22
    Bologna – Innsbrück EC 84 11:52 – 16:36
    Innsbrück – Salzburg RJX 661 17:14 – 19:02
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/
  • June 22: Direct Nightjet night train
    Bologna – Salzburg NJ 294 23:07 – 06:49 (June 23)
    Book at https://www.oebb.at/en/

Direct train from Innsbrück to Bologna:

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More information at:

https://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Vienna.htm#Vienna-Italy

https://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Salzburg.htm#Salzburg-Italy

https://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Innsbruck.htm#Innsbruck-Italy

https://www.nightjet.com/en/reiseziele/italien/bologna

From France:

Doable in one day, from Montpellier to Bologna:

  • June 16
    • Montpellier – Ventimiglia (book at www.sncf-connect.com/app/en-en/home/search/od):
      Montpellier – Marseille TER 876532 06:39 – 08:40
      Marseille – Nice TER 17477 09:57 – 12:36
      Nice – Ventimiglia TER 86045 12:50 – 13:41 (they leave every half hour)
    • 2) Ventimiglia – Bologna (book at www.trenitalia.com/en.html):
      Ventimiglia – Milano Intercity 635 15:10 – 18:55
      Milano – Bologna Frecciarossa 9563 19:10 – 20:24

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  • June 22
    • 1) Bologna – Ventimiglia (book at www.trenitalia.com/en.html):
      Bologna – Milano Frecciarossa 9574 07:31 – 08:50
      Milano – Ventimiglia Intercity 659 09:10 – 13:17
    • 2) Ventimiglia – Montpellier (book at www.sncf-connect.com/app/en-en/home/search/od):
      Ventimiglia – Nice TER 86046 14:17 – 15:11
      Nice – Marseille TER 17486 15:25 – 18:08
      Marseille – Montpellier TER 18:25 – 20:24

More information at:

https://www.seat61.com/international-trains/other-cities/trains-from-Montpellier.htm#Montpellier_to_Italy

https://www.seat61.com/trains-and-routes/nice-to-italy-by-train.htm

By Air

Guglielmo Marconi International Airport, 15 minutes by bus from the town centre, links Bologna with the main Italian and European airports. It is a major airport in Italy for the number of international destinations served, with a runway for flights with a range of up to 5 thousand nautical miles and modern technology for safety and environmental protection.

Find more information on the official website of the airport at www.bologna-airport.it

Cycle Route

  • Long-Distance Cycle Routes:
    • from Munich to Bologna* – the Cycling Route cross into Italy at the Brenner Pass, then at Calestano (PR) connects to the Ciclovia Francigena, the name for the Italian section of the Eurovelo 5; At Mantova you can change route and use the Sun Route*.
    • from Norway to Italy, the Sun Route* – the Sun Route touches different countries in Europe, such as Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czechia, Austria, and Italy (and it arrives at Malta).
  • The Via Francigena Cycle Route
    The Via Francigena Cycle Route* is the traditional pilgrimage route that runs from Canterbury in south-east England to Rome.
    There are 3 variants of the route:
    • the Via Francigena Cycling Route is the closest to the Via Francigena hiking route, crossing into Italy at the Gran St Bernard Pass;
    • the Ciclovia Francigena is the name for the Italian section of the Eurovelo 5. The eurovelo 5 follows the Swiss national route 3 from Basel to Chiasso in Italy taking the Gotthard pass;
    • there’s also the Moncenisio variant of the Ciclovia Francigena, which starts at the Col du Mont Cenis. You can stop at Piacenza and then take the route to Bologna from here.

*Please, note that these are external websites not managed by the Organizing Secretariat of ECCB 2024.