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    Car Hire at Bologna Train Station - Exploring the Heart of Italy

    Located on the northern fringes of the city, close to the ring road, Bologna Centrale is a major railway and transportation hub that caters for over 160,000 daily passenger movements (around 60 million each year), making it one of Italy’s busiest train stations. Catering for around 800 trains a day, it was one of the first stations to welcome the high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) train services in 2008.

    Bologna itself is a thriving tourist city with a reputation for fine Italian cuisine. It's also a very old place with a long history and very unique character, especially around the old quarter where two adjoining squares - Piazza Maggiore and Piazza del Nettuno - feature many interesting buildings, elegant boutiques, architectural highlights and famous centuries-old fountains. Founded in 1390, the ancient Basilica of St Petronius is the main target for most first-time visitors, who flock there to see its remarkable interior.

    Bologna Centrale has almost 30 platforms in total spread across several levels, including the newer part of the station built specifically for AV trains. The station handles 800 trains a day to and from major cities all over Italy and beyond. The station is so well connected that due to the large number of high-speed train routes servicing the city, it is now reachable from Florence in 30 minutes, Milan (1 hour), Venice (90 minutes) and Rome in just 2 and a half hours. From Bologna Centrale it is also possible to travel by train to key destinations in Austria, Germany, France and even the UK.

    With a car hire at Bologna Train Station you'll have the whole of northern and central Italy within striking distance, including the magnificent cities of Florence, Genoa, Milan and Venice. Bologna is also the perfect base from which to explore the enchanting Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, a land of mountains, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a lovely stretch of golden, sandy Adriatic coastline.

    You can book a cheap car hire at Bologna Station in a few quick and easy steps through the Auto Europe booking engine. If you need any help with your travel plans, please call our award-winning rental specialists on +441233225114 and they will be very happy to help you choose the right vehicle for your needs at the very best price. For added peace of mind, why not check out our Bologna car hire reviews section to see what others thought about Auto Europe's excellent range of car hire options in the city.

    Station Information

    Inaugurated in 1876, Bologna Central Station was designed by the architect Gaetano Ratti of the Clementine Academy of Architecture. Linked to Bologna Airport by a 5-km monorail service, it is located on Piazza Medaglie d’Oro at the northern tip of the city centre, about a 25-minute walk from Piazza Maggiore, the city's main square. After many recent phases of expansion and improvements, most notably the opening of the high-speed train section, Bologna Centrale Station today is one of the largest railway stations in the country, with one ground level and three below-ground levels, as well as a main entrance and a side entrance, plus two side platform areas.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Bologna Train Station

    We offer a range of very affordable options for people looking to book a car rental at Bologna Train Station, along with a wide choice of vehicles such as multi-seater mini-vans and luxurious cars for that special road-trip in the beautiful north of Italy. The main car hire companies operating at Bologna railway station are located inside the station or very close proximity to the main building.

    Alamo Car Hire at Bologna Train Station Alamo at Bologna Train Station
    Via Pietramellara 35/
    Bologna, Italy 40131
    +39 051 243 995
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sat 8am-7pm (closed Sun).
    Hertz Car Hire at Bologna Train Station Hertz at Bologna Train Station
    Via Boldrini 4
    Bologna, Italy 40121
    +39 344 1908587
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fr 8am-7pm and Sat 8am-1pm (closed Sun)

    Station facilities

    As a major transportation hub that caters for thousands of passengers every day, Bologna Centrale Station is one of the most modern and efficient in northern Italy when it comes to on-site facilities. For the convenience of travellers in transit, there's a modern waiting room available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with baby-changing facilities. The station also has a luggage room open daily from 7am to 10pm as well as a chemist, tourist information office, lost-luggage department, banking services and several shops, bars, restaurants and cafés in the middle of the station.

    How to get to and from Bologna Train Station

    Bologna Train Station can be easily reached by the A1 Autostrada del Sol, which skirts around the city (the tangenziale) to the north and also connects with Florence, Milan and Rome. Bologna is a relatively easy city to get around with a car hire from Bologna Train Station and the centre is fairly compact with most of the main tourist sights located within easy reach of one another. The city also has a very good public transport system, much of which revolves around Bologna Centrale through which many buses operate to connect the station with key parts of the city, including many of the main tourist areas.

    Parking tips

    Free parking spaces in Bologna are few and far between, so be prepared spend time looking around for free or cheap parking options when you rent a car at Bologna Train Station. Be equally aware that the inner city has restricted access within its Traffic Limited Zone (ZTL) where it's forbidden for non-residents to enter during certain parts of the day unless special permission has been granted (such as those with a hotel reservation, etc.). On-street parking operates with a colour code system, so if the road you're on has a blue line, it's safe to park (assuming you can find a space, and make sure you have plenty of coins to put in the machine). Streets with a white line mean that it's a residents-only zone and your car will be removed if you park there, while yellow lines indicate that only buses, taxis and people with disabilities can leave their vehicle there on those streets. Car parks are propbably your best bet in downtown Bologna and there are many large ones set in good locations near the city centre. In close proximity to Bologna Train Statin is Parking Stazione which offers well supervised indoor parking for up to 800 vehicles, while the Parcheggio VIII Agosto car park is a large underground multi-storey car park in a very central location.

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