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.

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

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.