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Public Transportation in Bologna

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Bologna is an important step in adjusting to life in Bologna. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
|-Public Transportation in Bologna

Public transportation in Bologna is a well-organized and efficient system that includes buses, taxis, bicycles, and even a high-speed train. The primary public transportation system is managed by Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna (TPER), which operates the city’s bus and regional train services. In addition, there are taxi services and a bike-sharing program called MiMuovo Bici. With such a comprehensive public transportation system, an expat living in Bologna could comfortably live without a car, relying on these services and walking to get around the city.


The bus system in Bologna, operated by TPER, is extensive and reliable. It covers the entire city and its suburbs, making it easy to get around without a car. The buses run frequently, with most routes operating from early morning until midnight. Night buses are also available, although they run less frequently. The bus system is generally safe, even at night, and is used by people of all ages, including school children and the elderly. A single ticket costs €1.30 if bought in advance, or €1.50 if bought on the bus, and is valid for 75 minutes. There are also daily, weekly, and monthly passes available, which can be more cost-effective for regular users.


Taxis in Bologna are a convenient but more expensive option for getting around. They can be hailed on the street, booked in advance, or picked up from designated taxi stands around the city. All taxis are metered, and the fare includes a base rate plus a charge per kilometer. Taxis are generally safe and reliable, and can be a good option for late-night travel or for trips to the airport. However, they can be expensive, especially for longer journeys or during peak times.


Bologna is a bike-friendly city, with many dedicated bike lanes and a popular bike-sharing program called MiMuovo Bici. The program has stations throughout the city, making it easy to pick up and drop off bikes as needed. The first half hour of use is free, after which there is a small charge per hour. Biking is a great way to get around the city, as it is often faster than taking the bus or walking, especially during peak traffic times. It is also a healthy and environmentally friendly option. However, it is important to note that bike theft is a common problem in Bologna, so it is advisable to always lock your bike securely.


Bologna is also well-connected by train, with the Bologna Centrale station serving as a major hub for regional and high-speed trains. The regional trains, operated by TPER, connect Bologna with nearby cities and towns, making it easy to explore the wider region. The high-speed trains, operated by Trenitalia and Italo, connect Bologna with major cities across Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Milan. The trains are generally safe, reliable, and comfortable, although they can be crowded during peak times. Prices vary depending on the distance and type of train, but tickets can be bought in advance to secure the best deals.

In conclusion, Bologna’s public transportation system is comprehensive and efficient, making it possible to live comfortably in the city without a car. Whether you prefer to take the bus, taxi, bike, or train, there are plenty of options to suit your needs.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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