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Bologna to Parma by train

The journey from Bologna to Parma by train is 54.09 mi and takes 1 hr 23 min. There are 63 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:46 AM and the last at 10:18 PM. It is possible to travel from Bologna to Parma by train for as little as $7.39 or as much as $76.43. The best price for this journey is $7.39.

Lowest Price$7.39
Journey Duration1 hr 23 min
Connection per Day63
Lowest Price$7.39
Highest Price$76.43
First Departure12:46 AM
Last Departure10:18 PM
Distance54.09 mi
DepartureBologna
ArrivalParma
CarriersItalo Treno, InterCityNotteMore

Bologna to Parma Train Times

Departure date
Monday, Feb 26, 2024

Traveling from Bologna to Parma by Train

Embarking on a train journey from Bologna, a city celebrated for its rich culinary heritage and medieval architecture, to Parma, known for its gastronomic delights and Renaissance art, offers a delightful experience through the heart of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. This route, covering a relatively short distance, typically has a travel time of around 1 hr 23 min. The train services on this route, operated by Trenitalia and Italo, provide frequent and reliable connections, making it a convenient choice for travelers. With multiple 63 departures throughout the day, and passengers can easily find a time that suits their schedule. For the best fares, often starting from as low as $7.39, it is advisable to book tickets in advance. Passengers must arrive at the station at least 20 minutes before departure for a stress-free boarding experience.

Trenitalia, Italy's national railway, offers various services, including the high-speed Frecciarossa and the more economical Regionale trains. Italo, another major operator, provides high-speed services known for their comfort and efficiency. Both companies offer different classes of service, catering to various needs and budgets. Standard class in both Trenitalia and Italo trains offers comfortable seating, ample legroom, and power outlets, suitable for leisure and business travelers. For those seeking a more luxurious journey, first-class options provide additional comforts such as extra space, quieter carriages, and complimentary refreshments in some services.

The journey begins at Bologna Centrale, one of Italy's major railway stations, offering easy access to Bologna's famous landmarks like the Piazza Maggiore and the Two Towers. Upon arrival in Parma, passengers disembark at Parma Railway Station, conveniently located for exploring the city's attractions, such as the Parma Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Teatro Regio.

Things to Do in Parma:

  1. Visit the Parma Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture.
  2. Explore the Baptistery of Parma, known for its octagonal shape and stunning frescoes.
  3. Enjoy a performance at the Teatro Regio, a renowned opera house.
  4. Stroll through Ducal Park, a beautiful green space in the heart of the city.
  5. Discover the art collections at the Galleria Nazionale.
  6. Taste the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Parma ham.
  7. Explore the historic streets and charming squares of Parma's city center.
  8. Visit the Palazzo della Pilotta, a complex of cultural institutions and museums.
  9. Sample traditional dishes at local trattorias and restaurants.
  10. Attend local festivals and events, celebrating Parma's rich cultural heritage.

What to Eat in Parma:

  1. Parmigiano Reggiano: The famous hard cheese, a staple in Italian cuisine.
  2. Prosciutto di Parma: A world-renowned cured ham, thinly sliced and full of flavor.
  3. Tortelli d'erbetta: A traditional pasta stuffed with ricotta and greens.
  4. Culatello: A prized cured meat, similar to prosciutto but with a more delicate taste.
  5. Lasagne Verdi: Green lasagna, a regional variation with spinach in the pasta layers.
  6. Focaccia: A type of flatbread, often topped with herbs and olive oil.
  7. Zuppa Inglese: A dessert similar to trifle, made with sponge cake and custard.
  8. Lambrusco: A sparkling red wine, perfect to accompany the local cuisine.
  9. Fungo di Borgotaro: A variety of mushrooms with IGP status used in various dishes.
  10. Salame di Felino: A savory salami, another of Parma's famous cured meats.

Day Trips from Parma:

Parma's location in the Emilia-Romagna region makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby cities and attractions:

  1. Modena: Known for its balsamic vinegar, historic sites, and the Enzo Ferrari Museum.
  2. Reggio Emilia is a city with beautiful squares, theaters, and a rich gastronomic scene.
  3. Mantua: A UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Renaissance architecture and art.
  4. Bologna: A vibrant university city with rich history, culture, and cuisine.
  5. Ferrara: Known for its medieval and Renaissance architecture and the Este Castle.
  6. Verona: The city of Romeo and Juliet, with its ancient Roman arena and charming old town.
  7. Cinque Terre: A picturesque coastal area with colorful villages and stunning sea views.
  8. Piacenza: A city with impressive palaces and art, located at the edge of the Po Valley.
  9. Cremona: Famous for its violin-making tradition and the Cremona Cathedral.
  10. The Apennines: For nature lovers, the nearby mountains offer hiking and outdoor activities.

Travel Tips for Parma:

When visiting Parma, exploring the city on foot or by bicycle is advisable, as its historical center is compact and pedestrian-friendly. The climate in Parma is typically continental, with hot summers and cold winters, so dressing in layers is recommended. The city's culinary scene is a highlight, offering a chance to savor authentic Italian flavors and local specialties. Parma is also known for its cultural events and festivals, mainly related to food and music. 

For those looking to experience Italy's unique blend of gastronomy, art, and history, a train journey from Bologna to Parma is an excellent choice. With its convenient services and scenic route, it's an ideal way to explore these two charming Italian cities, and Virail can assist in finding the best travel deals for your journey.

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Cheap train tickets from Bologna to Parma
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Bologna to Parma.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Bologna to Parma, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Bologna to Parma.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $3.20 to $9.21 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 65% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Bologna to Parma

The cheapest Bologna - Parma train tickets can be found for as low as $7.45 if you’re lucky, or $8.13 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $8.50.

Find the best day to travel to Parma by train

When travelling to Parma by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

Find out more about the carriers on this route.

FlixBus, a long-distance bus company, operates in both Europe and the United States. Founded in 2013, it has grown to become one of the largest bus operators in Europe, connecting over 2,500 destinations in 30 countries. Originating in Germany, FlixBus has expanded quickly to neighboring countries including France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Croatia, while also offering regular services to Norway, Spain, and England. With affordable fares and comfortable amenities such as free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard toilets, FlixBus provides a convenient and enjoyable travel experience.

Frecciarossa, operated by Trenitalia, the national railway company, is a renowned high-speed train service in Italy. FRECCIAROSSA trains, reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h, connect major cities including Rome, Milan, Naples, Florence, and Turin.

Itabus is a bus company that operates in Italy, offering long-distance bus services between major cities and airports. It provides service to Milan, Rome, Bologna, Venice, and other key cities in Italy. Itabus aims to provide affordable and sustainable travel options for passengers, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions and promoting eco-friendly practices.

While not as swift as the high-speed ICE trains, Deutsche Bahn’s InterCity trains boast speeds up to 200km/h, offering spacious carriages and dining options. Operating across numerous German routes, such as Cologne-Hamburg, these trains also extend to international destinations, including Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Some routes even feature double-deck trains.

Ticket types and facilities from Bologna to Parma

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by Frecciarossa and DB - Intercity when traveling from Bologna to Parma.

Premium

Premium service includes a wider seat, more legroom, and access to additional amenities such as a welcome drink and a choice of newspapers. Coach 4 on the Frecciarossa 1000 train is reserved for the Premium level.
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Standard

Standard is the basic level of service and includes a comfortable seat and access to basic onboard services. Coaches 5-8 are for the Standard level with seats covered in gray eco-leather.
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Executive

Executive is the highest level of service and includes all of the amenities of the Business level, as well as a personal entertainment system, and gourmet meals served by a dedicated onboard chef.
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Business

Business service is designed for business travelers and includes all of the amenities of the Premium level, as well as access to a dedicated Business Lounge and priority boarding. Coaches 2 and 3 of Frecciarossa 1000 are reserved for the Business level of service.
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Second Class

On SBB Intercity trains, in addition to basic amenities for Second Class ticket, there's a Family Zone specially designed to offer comfort for families with children. If you get hungry during the journey, you can enjoy tasty meals in the restaurant carriage.
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First Class

In the First Class of SBB Intercity, you can benefit from personal power socket, more comfortable seats, and larger luggage space. Some IC trains also offer quiet zones and business areas.
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Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

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On Frecciarossa trains, free WiFi is available. Use their Portale FRECCE service to watch movies, TV, and catch up on news. It also provides travel updates and additional booking options.
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Seek serenity? Frecciarossa offers designated quiet zones for Business Class to ensure a peaceful journey, free from distractions.
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No matter the model – be it ETR 500, ETR 600, ETR 700, or ETR 1000 – every seat comes with its power socket to keep your devices charged.
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On Frecciarossa trains, you won't face any restrictions on the amount of luggage you can bring on board. You can easily stow small bags and items in overhead racks or under your seat, while larger suitcases can be placed in the luggage racks situated in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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Special assistance is a call away for those who require it. Dial the toll-free 800 90 60 60 from Italian landlines or the international number +3902323232 from any phone, including from abroad.
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Satiate your hunger at the FrecciaBistrò, stationed at the train's center. Or, for added convenience, order directly to your seat through the Portale FRECCE's EasyBistrò. Premium and Business Class travelers receive complimentary snacks and drinks, while Executive Class passengers delight in gourmet meals curated by chef Carlo Cracc.
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No matter the weather outside, stay comfortably cool with onboard air-conditioning.
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Folding bikes are allowed as hand luggage, while non-folding bikes need to be disassembled and placed in travel cases shown to the conductor or platform staff before boarding, and stowed in a specific part of the train.
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Deutsche Bahn is rolling out free WiFi on their IC trains, with some already offering the service.
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All seats in both classes have power sockets on DB IC trains.
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On IC trains, you can bring any amount of luggage without restrictions. Store small bags either in the overhead racks or beneath your seats. For bigger luggage items, use the racks found in the compartments or close to the exterior doors.
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Deutsche Bahn's Mobility Service provides assistance for boarding, disembarking, and train transfers. Staff are on hand to address questions and ensure a smooth trip.
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On the DB IC trains, there's a restaurant for meals or a bistro for snacks. You can eat at the bistro or in your seat. First Class passengers get free food at their seat. The menu changes but always has local food, including vegetarian and vegan choices.
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Intercity trains have air-conditioned sections.
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For IC trains, a ticket and reservation are required for bicycles, with the reservation cost included. Bikes are typically stored in second class carriages, though your seat may be elsewhere.
Services on board Frecciarossa, Autobus and FlixBus from Bologna to Parma
Compare services on board when travelling from Bologna to Parma by train.
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Bologna to Parma CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
6.09kg
Bus
6.53kg
Flight
17.41kg
Car
13.93kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Bologna to Parma by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Bologna and Parma are 6.09kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Bologna and Parma? By taking the train between Bologna and Parma you will save 11.32kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.44kg compared to a bus and 7.84kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Bologna to Parma?
A train ticket from Bologna to Parma is $11.93. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $7.39.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Bologna to Parma?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Bologna to Parma is $7.39. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Bologna and Parma by train?
Bologna to Parma is 54.09 mi.
How long does the train between Bologna and Parma take?
Bologna to Parma is on average 1 hr 23 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 0 hr 47 min.
Which companies operate from Bologna to Parma?
The train journey from Bologna to Parma is covered by 7 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Italo Treno, InterCityNotte, Frecciarossa, Autobus, FlixBus, Itabus, DB - Intercity and Regionale Veloce.
How many train connections per day go from Bologna to Parma?
Bologna to Parma has 63 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Bologna to Parma leave?
The earliest train from Bologna to Parma departs at 12:46 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Bologna to Parma depart?
The latest train from Bologna to Parma departs at 10:18 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Bologna to Parma in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $7.39 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
From which stations can I leave from Bologna to Parma?
There are 4 station(s) that you can depart from Bologna to go to Parma. You can go from Casalecchio di Reno Stazione Casalecchio Garibaldi, Bologna Airport, Bologna Piazza Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Bologna Centrale and you can arrive at Parma - Viale Toschi.
How many direct connections depart from Bologna to Parma?
There are on average 28 direct connection(s) from Bologna to go to Parma.
What's the fastest journey time between Bologna to Parma by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Bologna and Parma is 0 hr 47 min.
Is there a direct train from Bologna to Parma?
Yes, there is a direct train between Bologna and Parma.
What are the CO2 emissions for Bologna to Parma by train?
The train journey from Bologna to Parma creates 6.09kg of CO2 emissions.

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