How to get to Bologna from Cologne

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from Cologne to Bologna

How to get to Bologna from Cologne by train, bus, flight or ferry.

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The best way to travel from Cologne to Bologna is by taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Deutsche Bahn
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20:16Bologna Centrale
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20:16Bologna Centrale
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Deutsche Bahn
Cologne Hbf
20:16Bologna Centrale
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Travel Information to Bologna from Cologne

distanceDistance488 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, train or flight
priceTicket price range£36 - £81
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £36 • 11 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £81 • 1 h 30 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus, Ryanair or Deutsche Bahn

Take a coach, train or flight to travel 488 miles from Cologne to Bologna. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are FlixBus, Ryanair or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach, flight or train from Cologne to Bologna.

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You can travel by travel to Bologna from Cologne with Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and FlixBus. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main operator of travel services in Germany, making on average 40,000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your travel from Cologne to Bologna. DB uses different types of travel such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain travel.

    FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost travel operators, founded in Germany and offering long-distance travel services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

      Austrian Airlines is Austria’s leading airline and you can choose between Economy Class or Business Class for your next travel between Cologne and Bologna.

        FAQs: Cologne to Bologna

        FAQs: Travel to Bologna easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Bologna.

        There are 3 travel options from Cologne to Bologna: coach, train or flight.

        The cheapest way to go to Bologna from Cologne is by taking a train, which costs on average £36.

        This is compared to other ways of getting from Cologne to Bologna:

        Taking a train costs £4 less than taking a coach, which costs on average £39 for the same trip.

        Taking a train costs £45 less than taking a flight, which average ticket prices of £81.

        The fastest way from Cologne to Bologna is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 30 min.

        There are alternative travel options to Bologna that take longer:

        Taking a coach requires on average 15 h of travel time.

        Train takes 11 h 5 min on average.

        The distance between Cologne and Bologna is around 488 miles.

        The average frequency per day from Cologne to Bologna is:

        • 1 coach per day.

        However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Bologna from Cologne as scheduled services by coach, train or flight can vary by season or day of the week.

        These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Cologne to Bologna:

        • Most travellers take a coach from Cologne, Siegburger Street (Access Tankstelle) to Bologna, Stazione Centrale.
        • Most travellers take a flight from Cologne Bonn Airport to Bologna Airport.
        • Most travellers catch their train from Cologne Hbf and arrive in Bologna Centrale.

        Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cologne to Bologna:

        • You can travel to Bologna from Cologne by coach with FlixBus, Infobus or National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £39 with FlixBus from Cologne to Bologna.
        • You can travel by plane from Cologne to Bologna with Ryanair, Malta Air, Eurowings, TUIfly, Lufthansa Cityline (2), Lufthansa, Smartwings, Air Dolomiti, Eurowings Europe, TAP Portugal or Austrian Airlines, and you can find Eurowings Cologne to Bologna tickets for £81 on Omio.
        • You can travel by train from Cologne to Bologna with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Cologne to Bologna tickets for £36 on Omio.

        Yes, there are direct routes from Cologne to Bologna with the following travel companies:

        • You can take a direct coach with FlixBus.
        • You can travel directly by plane with.
        • You can book a direct train with.

        Direct services to Bologna tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

        Many of our customers travelling from Cologne to Bologna don't make Bologna their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are Florence, Rome, Milan, Venice or Paris, either of which you could add to your Cologne and Bologna trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Bologna to any of these top destinations today!

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