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There are 23 intercity buses per day from Rome to Bologna. Traveling by bus from Rome to Bologna usually takes around 5 hours and 53 minutes, but the fastest Autoservizi Salemi bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 30 minutes.
|Distance||188 mi (303 km)|
|Shortest duration||4h 30m|
|Trips per day||19|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus|
How much is a bus ticket from Rome to Bologna?
$16.62 is the average price of a bus ticket from Rome to Bologna. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$27 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Rome to Bologna in August, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$53 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.
What bus companies travel from Rome to Bologna?
There are 4 bus lines from Rome to Bologna available for you to search and book on Wanderu. With 18 daily trips, FlixBus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Autoservizi Salemi||1||4h 30m||$44.42|
Autoservizi Salemi is an Italian bus company that travels the length of the Italian peninsula daily. Some notable routes include stops in Milan, Florence, Bologna, Marsala, and Palermo. Their modern buses have excellent amenities including air conditioning, power outlets, restrooms, WiFi, and snacks and drinks for sale.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 18 trips from Rome to Bologna, and usually makes the trip in about 6 hours and 9 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.
Itabus is an Italian bus company servicing the whole peninsula, including major tourist hotspots like (Rome)(/bus-tickets/it-rm/rome/), Trieste, and Catania. The company has both single and double-decker buses with clean, comfortable seats, complimentary WiFi, power outlets, restrooms, and air conditioning. Upgrade to a premium ticket for even larger seats and extenable armchairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Rome to Bologna during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride from Rome to Bologna?
The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 53 minutes to cover the 303 kilometers from Rome to Bologna. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 30 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
"Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Bologna at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go."
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Rome?
The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Rome to Bologna, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus departures serve Bologna each day?
Rome is a city rich in cultural heritage, as well as one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. To fully understand the city’s extraordinary history, visitors should take the time to visit the Capitoline Museums, where the collections include hundreds of sculptures as well as the Capitoline Wolf, the symbol of Rome itself. The famous Trevi’s Fountain is also on the must-see list of many travelers. Boasting an amazing baroque design with mythological motifs, the fountain is one of the most photogenic spots in the city, and it is located near the principal shopping area. If you wish to check out some of the city’s most iconic structures, head over to the Sistine Chapel, which houses the famous fresco by Michelangelo.
Rome is every foodie’s heaven. As you explore the city’s food scene, don’t hesitate to take the chance to try out a local specialty, artichokes. The best place to try these out is at Nonna Betta. For those who want to try the famous Roma coffee, Caffe Sant'Eustachio might be the right spot.
The principal train station in Rome is the Termini station. The main bus station is Roma Tiburtina. The city’s air services are fulfilled by three airports: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Rome Ciampino Airport, and Roma-Urbe, of which the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is the largest.
Where does the bus leave from in Rome?
Main departure station: Largo Guido Mazzoni
Rome's main long-distance bus station, known as Autostazione Tiburtina, is located on Largo Guido Mazzoni in the northeast of the city. The modern, state-of-the-art facility has several small food outlets, restrooms, and left luggage facilities. Bus companies like FlixBus and RegioJet operate routes from Tiburtina to destinations including Venice and Prague. It can be accessed via the city's metro line B and is just a short walk to Roma Tiburtina railway station. Several hotels, bars, and restaurants line the nearby Via Tiburtina for the perfect welcome to the Eternal City.
All bus stations in Rome:
Largo Guido Mazzoni
Largo Mazzoni Guido 3
Via Vincenzo Giudice
Where does the bus arrive in Bologna?
Main arrival station: Piazza XX Settembre 6
These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Bologna.
Bus stations in Bologna:
Piazza XX Settembre 6
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