Traveling with train from Rome to Bologna

Have you already gotten your plane ticket to Rome in order, but you are looking for more places to visit outside Rome? Maybe you have read our article on how to travel from Rome to Firenze already, and now you consider visiting another city, for example, Bologna. But, how can you travel by train from Rome to Bologna? How much time will it take? What is the price of the different train tickets?

If you want to travel from Rome to Bologna with train, there are a couple of things worth knowing. The main train station in Rome is the Termini station, and you should plan on leaving Rome from this station to make things as efficient as possible. As you arrive to Bologna, make sure to arrive to Bologna Centrale, a central station in Bologna from which you can easily invade the city!

Visit Piazza Maggiore in Bologna on a day-trip from Rome
Visit Piazza Maggiore in Bologna on a day-trip from Rome

The normal travel time between the two cities are around 2 hours if you use the fast trains. That isn’t very much, making it easy to do a day trip to Bologna from Roma, and return back in the evening.

How much does the train ticket cost between Rome and Bologna?

It is quite amazing that the train time is only two hours, considering that it covers a distance of almost 400km. So, if you would do the same distance by car, it would take much more time. And that is also why the tickets can be quite expensive, at least if you buy only a few days before the actual travel.

For example, if I would buy a train ticket that connects Rome with Bologna right now, the price would be 60 Euro (for a ticket in one of the upcoming days). But, if I plan ahead and buy the ticket a couple of weeks in advance or more, I can easily find tickets costing only 30 Euro or less. So, if you can, prepare your travel and buy your tickets early.

Where to buy the train tickets?

If you want to buy a train ticket online for the ride between Rome and Bologna, the best place to do so is at www.trenitalia.com. This site is available in both English and Italian, making it easy to go ahead with the booking process, and also to get an overview of the different trains and the prices.

How to get from the railway station in Bologna to the city center?

The distance between the railway station in Bologna and the main square in the city (Piazza Maggiore) is 1,5km. This can be done in an easy way on foot and shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes. But, if you start visiting stores along the way like Zara, you will for sure spend more time before you end up at the main square on Bologna.

Two suggested walking paths from Bologna Stazione to Piazza Maggiore in Bologna.
Two suggested walking paths from Bologna Stazione to Piazza Maggiore in Bologna.

I hope by now you will be better prepared for your day-trip from Rome to Bologna. If you have any further questions, use the comment field beneath.

Increased security in Rome

Rome is the eternal city, and without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Here you can walk and enjoy the sight of some of the most famous historical buildings in the world. But, with great treasures comes great responsibility!

I recently spoke with someone who visited Rome some 10-15 years ago. He was amazed by the big changes in town. Last time he visited Rome, he could enter and leave the churches and the famous sights as he wished. Now he had to stand in line for several minutes (and maybe much more) just to pass through the security line to enter into just any church in Rome. And of course, as he wanted to visit the St. Peter’s Church, he had to wait for even more time. He was amazed, and a bit annoyed by all the security controls. Is it really necessary?

Watching out for the beautiful buildings!

The security in Rome is there to keep you safe – Source: Pixabay

The security in Rome

It is really unfortunate that there are so many security controls in Rome. If anyone finds this to be disturbing and annoying, it is us working and walking the streets of Rome regularly. But, there is a price you have to pay if you want to keep the city as amazing as it is today… and that is the price of the security. Unfortunately, there have been several terror attacks worldwide on popular locations and around tourist attractions. In Rome such an attack wouldn’t just be an attack on the people in the area, it would also mean the destruction of some of the most beautiful historical buildings and areas we have left in history. In other words, the security in Rome isn’t only there to protect the people, it is also there to protect the buildings the people visit.

It might be hard to understand this and cope with it, especially as you have to wait for a long time out in the sun on a warm summer day, but the fear of not having a building to visit at all is even worse.

In other words, try to keep your spirit high, and rather be grateful that you have the chance to visit such historical buildings and areas at all! Be grateful for having the money to fly to Rome, to order an airport transfer, and to live in a nice hotel. And later, go home and watch a movie about Rome in the old days, and see the buildings and areas you have visited during the daytime come alive on the screen in the evening.

Take care of your own safety

If we first write about safety and security, make sure to watch out for your belongings and your own security while in Rome. The city is packed with police, so you shouldn’t have to fear for your own health, but your wealth might suffer if someone steals your wallet or credit cards. In other words, watch out for your wallet and important documents. Keep them safe, and do not be an easy prey to anyone looking for a tourist to fool.

Another thing to watch out for is your confidential information and pictures on your laptop and mobile devices. If you connect to the Internet using open WiFi connections in the hotel or in a restaurant, it is very easy to steal data, pictures, and passwords if you do not watch out. A way to solve the problem is to not connect to the Internet using open WiFi networks, to only use your 3G/4G connection, or to use a VPN that will encrypt your online data and keep you safe, also when using a free open WiFi network. You can read more about some good VPN providers in the VPN reviews section in the IP Address Guide.

Are you ready for Rome?

Rome is waiting for you, and even though all this information might be hard to digest, you have a lot to look forward to. Do not come to Rome fearing the worst, but be prepared, and have a wonderful time in the eternal city. It is better to take care and get home safely than to mess around and suffer the consequences!

Thank you for reading, and if you have anything you would like to add, please write a comment and let me know whatever is on your heart!

Pixar exhibition in Rome

For more than 30 years, Pixar has produced some of the best-animated movies the world has ever seen. They have created some of the most popular heroes of our days, like Lightning McQueen, the Incredibles, Nemo, and lots of others. If you come to Rome between October 9th, 2018, and January 20th, 2019, you can enjoy an exhibition in which you can learn more about Pixar and how their success-stories are created.

Pixar exhibition in Rome

Pixar exhibition in Rome

How will you get to know more about Pixar during this exhibition? Everyone coming to check out the Pixar exhibition in Rome will have the chance to see more than 400 drawings, illustrations, sculptures, and collages, giving an insight in what the production of the different stories might be like.

The Pixar exhibition in Rome

The Pixar exhibition will be arranged in Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. This is situated in the heart of Rome, not far from Piazza Venezia, and other famous attractions in Rome.

Does this sound like an interesting exhibition in Rome? Or would you rather do something else? You can read about other exhibitions and programs in Rome here in our Rome Guide.

Do not forget to plan your trip to Rome well. The city has so much to offer, and there is just a lot to see. If you want to get an efficient start on your stay, make sure to book your airport transfer in Rome right now so that you will get to your hotel as quickly as possible.

There is another exhibition taking place in Rome at the same time as the Pixar exhibition. This is an exhibition about Andy Warhol, and in it, you can see more than 160 works created by the man considered to be one of the most important artists in the world in the 20th century. Would you like to know more about this exhibition? Check out the following article om Steemit.

We wish you a pleasant stay in Rome!