Fly direct to Bologna from the United Kingdom and get to know one of Italy’s most instantly likeable cities. Founded over 2,000 years ago, Bologna has both a remarkable density of ancient buildings and a youthful population, partly attracted by its historic university. Due to Covid-19, schedules and airports are subject to change. For the latest information, check our timetable.
The city’s red brick core still looks medieval, with grand spaces such as the arcaded central Piazza Maggiore and the religious complex of San Stefano. Its many portico arcades also make ideal shelters for cafés, bars and ice cream parlours that stay open into the early morning. Flights to Bolognaare also the best way to access a large chunk of northern Italy. Less than an hour from the airport is the stunning Romanesque cathedral of Modena, while the Adriatic Coast and the beaches of Rimini are just over an hour away.
Only 3.5 miles from the city centre, Bologna’s airport is connected to the city’s railway station by a shuttle bus that takes 20 minutes. Central Bologna is served by a good bus network, for which tickets can be bought from kiosks or from machines on the buses themselves.
Bologna airport’s shops include outlets for fashion brands Furla and Mandarina Duck, while its Vecchia Malga is an offshoot of a famous local family store selling cheese, salami and fresh pasta. The airport also hosts several places to eat, amongst which the standout example is perhaps unusual Bollicine, which is a combined ice cream parlour and wine bar.