Paris to Bologna by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

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  1. Cheapest Price $47.30
  2. 30 day advance $163.64
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    7hr 56m
  • Distance
    841 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    13hr 39m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Bologna by train

Fast trains from Paris to Bologna take around 7 hours and 56 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 841 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Bologna.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Bologna?

Journeys between Paris and Bologna usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 41 departures on the route from Paris to Bologna every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 48 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Bologna?

The Paris to Bologna train travel time is normally about 7 hours and 56 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Paris to Bologna train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Bologna is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 06:11 and the last train is around 20:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 06:14, and the last at 21:55.

What's the Paris to Bologna train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Bologna are $47.30.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $163 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $106. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Paris to Bologna train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Bologna by train.

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Which train companies operate between Paris and Bologna?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Bologna, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • EuroNight
  • Frecciabianca
  • Frecciargento
  • Frecciarossa
  • Frecciarossa 1000
  • IC Notte
  • InterCity
  • Intercity Notte
  • Italo
  • Regionale
  • Regionale Veloce
  • TGV
  • Thello

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Bologna to Paris by train

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TGV & Italo/Frecciarossa

It is easy to travel by train from Paris to Bologna. There is an overnight option, using the Thello night train from Paris to either Milan, Verona or Padua and then continuing from one of those cities by fast daytime train to Bologna the following morning.

If you prefer, you can also travel entirely by day using the route recommended here. There is a choice of two trains each day for the outward journey from Paris to Bologna. On the return there is just one train each day, which gets back to Paris in the late evening. Changing trains at Turin Porta Susa gives the best timings in both directions.

You'll begin your journey by boarding a high-speed TGV train from Paris to Turin. That train sweeps through Burgundy and the Alps, reaching Turin less than 5 hours after leaving the French capital. In Turin you alight from the TGV at Porta Susa station, from where there are connecting high-speed trains to Bologna.

Paris to Turin

Fast TGV trains speed south from the French capital, cutting through Burgundy to reach Lyon, their first stop. After that, the pace slows as the terrain becomes more mountainous. All trains on this route stop at Chambéry and Modane before entering Italy, where the train makes two stops at Bardoneccia and Oulx.

Upon arrival in Turin, the high-speed trains from Paris stop at Porta Susa station, an easy 10-minute walk west of the city centre. Porto Susa affords an excellent range of onward connections - including high-speed services to Florence and Rome, as well as direct trains to Verona and Venice. The TGV from Paris continues beyond Turin Porta Susa to Milan, dawdling rather than dashing on the final leg of its long journey from Paris.

Torino Porta Susa to Bologna Centrale

Trenitalia and NTV Italo compete head-to-head on the 360-kilometre rail route from Turin Porta Susa to Bologna Centrale. Trenitalia offer about ten departures each day on the route. There are just three or four Italo trains (depending on the day of the week). Note that tickets are not usually interchangeable between the two companies. Milan is the main city on the way. Both Frecciarossa and Italo high-speed trains take 2 hrs 10 mins for the run from Turin to Bologna.

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