How to get
Bologna and Prato are within easy reach using the main public transport means.
It is also possible to reach the main stops along Via della Lana e della Seta thanks to the Bologna-Prato railway line. Further info at www.trenitalia.com
For the strategic geographic location - between downtown and the north - Bologna is the main Italian railway junction, made even more efficient by the high-speed trains.
You can arrive at Bologna Central Station, thanks to high speed trains, in half an hour, from Florence, an hour from Milan, in an hour and a half from Venice, in 2 ½ hours from Rome, in 5 hours and 45 minutes from Bari.
By car - Highways
In Bologna there are the two main Italian motorways that junction, linking the north and south of the country (A1 and A14). You can go towards Milan (with a deviation from Parma to Genoa), then Venice (A13) and Brenner (A22). You can also reach the south, to Rome or Reggio Calabria (A1) and from Bari or Lecce or Taranto (A14).
In Bus - Bus station
Buses arrive to the bus station from the main towns in the metropolitan area of Bologna and from all major Italian and European cities. You can go the West to Spain, Portugal, or to Morocco in the South, East to Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and North up to Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway and England, to name the further.
Touristic Coaches - Bus Station
The historical center of Bologna (area inside the beltway) is an area with restricted access to tourist buses from 7.00 to 20.00 daily, including holidays.
At the Bus Station, Piazza XX Settembre, 100 meters from the train station and 15 minute walk from Piazza Maggiore, and well connected by public transportation to anywhere in the city, there is a service available to host tour buses at the bus station in Bologna. Coaches can park, paying a fee, and the drivers can ask for a city map.
By plane - Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Guglielmo Marconi International Airport, 15 minutes by bus from historic downtown, connecting Bologna to the main Italian and European airports.
The Bologna airport is one of the most important stop in Italy for international flights and for wide range of choice of links.
Florence-Bologna Stazione Centrale (Central Station)
Florence-Viareggio Stazione Centrale. Stazione Borgonuovo and Stazione Porta al Serraglio (Central Station, Stazione Borgonuovo and Porta al Serraglio Station)
Passengers information 892021 (national number) every day, 24 hours a day
A1 motorway Calenzano-Sesto Fiorentino exit
A1 motorway A11 junction Firenze Nord
A11 motorway Prato Est, Prato Ovest exit
SP 325 Prato-Bologna
Transportation Service Florence-Prato/Prato-Florence
the buses of the CAP Line run every 15 minutes (every 30 minutes in the summer) from Florence to Prato and viceversa.
Prato - Cap Autolinee P.za Stazione Ph. +39 0574 60 82 35
Firenze - Largo F.lli Alinari Ph. +39 055 21 46 37
Touristic coeaches - parkings
Via Berlinguer near Questura (Police Station) - Prato Est motorway exit
Piazza Mercato Nuovo (not on Monday morning)
Only to get on and to get off the bus: Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri
The parking for tourist buses is free, there is no check point.
Amerigo Vespucci Airport (Peretola) – Florence
Via del Termine, 11 50127 Firenze www.aeroporto.firenze.it
It is situated about 20 km from Prato direction south-east.
Galileo Galilei Airport-Pisa
Piazza d’Ascanio, 1 56121 Pisa www.pisa-airport.com
It is situated about 60 km from Prato.