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Bologna, Italy Hotels and City Guide

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Bologna - Transportation

Bologna Transportation

Bologna is a fairly compact city making it easy to get around. Most of the sights are within easy walking distance of one another with traffic not cluttered on the roads. Much of Bologna is for the pedestrians, with an efficient bus and railway service network. Alternatively, if you prefer to be driven around Bologna, there are plenty of taxis - although these can prove to be a more expensive option.

Road

Having a car in Bologna can be a hindrance, but is essential if you want to explore the surrounding Italian countryside. Parking within the city can be tricky too. Bologna's highways are well-networked, making the city accessible from Italy and bordering countries. Route A1 also called 'Highway of the Sun,' links Milan, Florence and Rome. Highway A13 connects the city to Trieste, Udine, Venice, Padua and Ferrara. The A14 heads directly from Bologna to Ancona, Bari, Rimini and Ravenna.

Car Rentals

Many renowned car hire companies have based their offices in Bologna such as Avis at Via Pietramellara 27d and Hertz at Via G Amendola 16. The legal age limit to drive in Bologna is above 23 and all drivers must possess either a valid EU licence or an International Driving Permit. Car rental in Bologna is expensive but basic insurance is included in the price of the car hire. For an additional premium, extra cover can be purchased and this will be highly beneficial to avoid any surplus charges in the case of an accident. The agency has the right to check a person’s driving record for violations before approving the rental.

Taxis

You can hail taxis from the street, but cabs can be hard to come by. Visitors have the option of either hiring a cab at a taxi rank or telephoning the city’s taxi co-operative.

Travelling by taxi in Bologna is expensive and passengers have to incur an additional charge levied according to luggage quantity, if travelling on Sundays and when they wish to journey between 10:00 pm - 7:00 am. If booking by telephone, passengers will be charged for the trip to the pick-up point. Taxi fares are calculated to include taxes and service charge - further tipping therefore is at the customer’s discretion. Try to negotiate the taxi fare in advance if possible, to avoid overcharging. You should only use the official licensed taxis in Bologna, which are clearly identified by the taxi sign on the roof and a numbered shield on the side.

Limousines

Luxury cars chauffeured by English-speaking drivers are offered at Essediesse (Via Jacopo della Lana 8), and Linea Blu (Via Corazza 3).

Bus

Bologna operates an efficient bus service. The bus station in Bologna is situated at the ATC (Azienda Trasporti Comunali) at Piazza XX Settembre and has services running every hour for Ferrara, Imola, Modena and Ravenna. There are also less frequent services to many other destinations in the region and some international buses to Amsterdam, Paris, London, Brussels, Prague and Warsaw. You can purchase bus tickets at many booths and tobacconists in Bologna. Bus route maps can also be purchased from the tourist office. Not all bus routes operate on Sundays.

On average, routes run daily between 6:30 am and 11:00 pm. Tickets allow the traveller to change buses or make a return journey within the hour. As it is with the trains, travellers must validate their bus tickets by punching them at the machine upon boarding the bus.

Buses offer access to Bologna at a leisurely pace. Overall fares are lower than other forms of public transportation. Some travellers may find long-distance bus travel uncomfortable due to the lack of sleeping accommodation.

Trains

The rail network offers a relaxing alternative for the traveller with time to spare. Advanced reservations are recommended to ensure reduced fares and availability of desired accommodation.

Bologna is a most important railway nucleus in Italy. Given its privileged position, it benefits from constant infrastructure developments. With the introduction of the high-speed train and improvements to the Intercity and Eurostar lines, daily connections are available not only to the rest of Italy, but also to major cities throughout Europe.

Trenitalia's EuroStar Trains provide the fastest service to and from Italy's major centres. They also provide a high-level of comfort for the more discerning traveller.

Trenitalia's Intercity Trains reach the most number of destinations throughout Italy. The service offers 120 trains a day, reaching over 212 stations throughout the country.

If you take the train in Italy, you have to stamp your ticket in one of the yellow machines before boarding the train, otherwise you risk a fine. Do remember that for ES (Eurostar) and IC (Intercity) trains, you have to pay extra. Be aware, trains in Bologna are sometimes rerouted to different platforms. This can happen up to a few minutes before departure and very often is only mentioned in Italian. Therefore, always ask before you get into the train and check on the announcement boards on each platform.

Bicycle and Scooter Hire

Bicycles and scooters are available for hire from Senzauto, at the train station in Piazza Medaglie d’Oro. Visitors should ask for ‘Noleggi Biciclette’ (Bicycle hire).

Air

Bologna is served by technologically advanced airports, namely Bologna International Airport (Guglielmo Marconi Airport) and Forli Airport (Società Esercizio Aeroporti). Guglielmo Marconi Airport is the 3rd largest in Italy and handles more than 3,000,000 passengers annually. The airport features many amenities, such as restaurants, duty-free shopping and baggage storage facilities. Guglielmo Marconi Airport, located north-west of the city at Borgo Panigale, is serviced mainly by European and intra-continental airlines. You can fly in from Rome, Venice, Pisa, Frankfurt, Paris, London etc.

Bologna Forli International Airport is a smaller airport serving both Bologna and the nearby town of Forli. Airlines such as Windjet, Skyline, Transatlantic and Ryanair all pick-up and drop-off passengers here; the airport also offers long-term parking facilities. Other airports in the neighbourhood of Bologna are Verona, Rimini and Florence.

Many charters with weekly frequency regularly connect Bologna with other cities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The airlines serving Bologna regularly are Air France, Air Littoral, Airone, Albania Airlines, Alitalia, Australian Airlines, British Airways, Crossair-Swissair, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Sabena, SAS, and Tap-Air Portugal.





Hotels in Bologna, Italy

Best Western Hotel City

Best Western Hotel City

Via Magenta 10, Bologna, I-40128, Italy

Local attractions, events and activities 700 metres from train station 1 kilometre from fair district 1 kilometre from Palazzo Dei Congressi 2 kilometres from Piazza Maggiore 2 kilometres from Cathedral of San Pietro 2 kilometres...




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Best Western Hotel Maggiore

Best Western Hotel Maggiore

Via Emilia Ponente 62/3, Bologna, I-40133, Italy

The Best Western Hotel Maggiore is easily accessible from major highways, close to the Maggiore Hospital, 2 kilometres from the city centre, and 3 kilometres from the airport. Out of limited traffic zone, the hotel offers an American Bar, large car park and garage....




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Best Western Hotel Re Enzo

Best Western Hotel Re Enzo

Via S Croce 26, Bologna, I-40122, Italy

The Best Western Hotel Re Enzo is a first-class facility located in a quiet area within a 10-minute walk from the historical, commercial, and tourist centres of Bologna. This hotel is ideal if guests are traveling with a car since garage parking and easy motorway...




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Best Western Hotel San Donato

Best Western Hotel San Donato

Via Zamboni 16, Bologna, I-40126, Italy

With its prime position in the heart of the city, overlooking ?Le Due Torri? and a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, the Best Western Hotel San Donato, completely rennovated follwoing newest hospitality concept, offers well-appointed, spacious rooms and idyllic bar...




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Grand Hotel Majestic gi Baglioni

Grand Hotel Majestic gi Baglioni

Via Indipendenza 8, Bologna, 40121, Italy

Hotel Introduction The Grand Hotel Baglioni, member in full standing of Leading Hotels of the World, is a truly city getaway, designed for clientele in search of an elegant environment and a grand epoch hotel atmosphere offering exclusive,... more
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AC Hotel Bologna

AC Hotel Bologna

Sebastiano Serlio, 28 Bologna 40128

Nestled in the heart if this famous Italian city, the AC Hotel Bologna offers its guest a prime position, whether their visit is for business or leisure... more
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Art Hotels Commercianti

Art Hotels Commercianti

Via De' Pignattari 11, 40124 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionAntique first class hotel with 34 rooms located in the city centre adjoining Piazza Maggiore. Hotel offers lounge - use of personal computer - sitting room - elegantly furnished bedrooms and suites.Hotel Commercianti is an antique building... more
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Art Hotels Novecento

Art Hotels Novecento

Piazza Galileo 3/4, 40123 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionDesign first class hotel with 25 rooms located in the city centre near the Town Hall. Hotel offers good location-carparking-buffet breakfast-bar and beutifully designed bedrooms. Hotel Novecento was built in a Viennese Secession style... more
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Corona D Oro

Corona D Oro

Via Oberdan, 12 , 40126 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionHotel Corona D Oro is an elegant, firts class hotel. Just renovated, the hotel is centrally located, close to Piazza Maggiore. The hotel offers its guests breakfast room where delicious breakfast is served, bicycle rental, garage. The... more
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Golden Tulip Aemilia

Golden Tulip Aemilia

Via Zaccherini Alvisi 16, Bologna 40138, Italy

A brand new hotel centrally located in Bologna with easy access to the historical centre, the trade fair, station and airport. This modern hotel offers its clients a comfortable stay with high quality services and facilities, both for the working guest as well as the... more
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Hotel Executive

Hotel Executive

Via Ferrarese, 161, 40128 Bologna, Italy

Hotel IntroductionHotel Executive has a 4-star rating and is situated 1.5 km from the main railway station. All of its 56 air-conditioned rooms are elegantly decorated with modern furnishing. The rooms also come with equisitely-laid hardwood floorings and... more
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Hotel Internazionale

Hotel Internazionale

Via Indipendenza 60 Bologna 40121 Italy

The Hotel Internazionale, inside an Ancient palace, is located in the very heart of the historic centre of Bologna. more
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Hotel Molino Rosso

Hotel Molino Rosso

Via Selice 49, 40026 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionConstructed on the site of an ancient mill, the Hotel Molino Rosso is renowned for its exceptionally warm hospitality and superb facilities. Our experience as a first class hotel began some 25 years ago, in which time we have developed... more
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Royal Hotel Carlton

Royal Hotel Carlton

Via Montebello 8 Bologna 40121 Italy

The Royal Hotel Carlton, recently restored, is synonymous with hospitality and quality in Bologna. more
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Savoia Hotel

Savoia Hotel

Via San Donato 159/161, 40127 Bologna/ Italy

Hotel IntroductionComfortable first class hotel, located in the city centre near railway station. Hotel offers good central location , restaurant, buffet, business center featuring modern meeting rooms suitable for a variety of meetings. Guest rooms are... more
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Sofitel Bologna

Sofitel Bologna

Viale Pietramellara 59, 40121 Bologna, Italy

Situated around a big garden across the train station and close to the historic centre, Exhibition Centre and University Museum. 10 minutes from the airport. 244 rooms, 2 non-smoking floors. Local specialities at our restaurant. 4 meeting rooms for up to 80 people. Squash... more
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Starhotels Excelsior

Starhotels Excelsior

Viale Pietramellara 51, Bologna 40121, Italy

Following a complete renovation, the new four-star Starhotel Excelsior was born by joining two Starhotels: the Alexander and the Milano Excelsior, and is located just across from Bologna's train station, a short distance from the city center, two kilometers from... more
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Art Hotels Orologio

Art Hotels Orologio

Via IV Novembre 10, 40123 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionCompletely renovated standard class hotel with 34 rooms-located city centre in front of the City Hall. Hotel offers modern bedroom facilities-lounge-bar-meeting facilities-internet access and bike hire.Hotel Orologio was completely renovated... more
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Holiday Inn Bologna City

Holiday Inn Bologna City

Piazza della Costituzione 1, Bologna 40128, Italy

162 guest rooms 6 floors Pets allowed Underground garage features 120 parking spaces and cars can be parked at hourly and daily rates. The daily parking fee may vary from 11.00-18.00 Euro. Unattended out-door car park features 35 parking spaces,... more
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Holiday Inn Bologna-Via Emilia

Holiday Inn Bologna-Via Emilia

Via ME Lepido 203 / 214, Bologna 40132, Italy

The Holiday Inn Bologna-Via Emilia has four conference rooms: San Luca, Nettuno, Garisenda and Due Torri. The maximum capacity theatre style is 200 delegates. The easy access of the hotel, close to the airport and the main highway, makes the Holiday Inn Bologna-Via... more
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Hotel Holiday

Hotel Holiday

Via Bertiera 13, 40126 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionElegant first class hotel, located in a suburb of Bologna in Imola. The Hotel offers beautiful grounds-full sports and fitness centre-restaurant-large conference facilities and beautifully designed, equipped with all modern amenities rooms.... more
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Hotel San Felice

Hotel San Felice

Via Riva di Reno, 2, 40122 Bolonia, Italy

Hotel IntroductionHotel San Felice is a charming, standard class hotel located in the city centre of Bologna. It is barely 5 minutes from the train station. The charming, 1960-built hotel was refurbished in 2002 and given an exquisitely modern touch. San... more
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Bologna-Fiera

Bologna-Fiera

Via Del Commercio Associato 3, Bologna, Italy

Hotel Description156 rooms, new built hotel. Sound proof, equipped with air conditioning with individual control, fast internet connection, satellite digital TV, direct telephone and Hair dryer.Accesible for disabled guests.Bar, Parking free of charge,... more
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