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It is good to have information at hand even before your departure, in order to make your stay in the city unforgettable.
Museums closed on Mondays
For those wishing to visit one of the city’s museums it is useful to know that on Mondays they are closed.
Book restaurants before your departure
Some restaurants in bolognaare so famous that they are besieged, especially on weekends, and for the local people themselves it is sometimes difficult to find a free table. Booking your table weeks in advance is certainly a wise choice.
Choose your hotel based on the city area and how you intend to move
It is good to choose your accommodation in Bologna in advance and wisely, so that you can enjoy your trip as much as possible. It is useful to understand immediately which area is most suitable for you, also counting your means of transport and what you want to visit and to do
A hotel in the city center is certainly the best choice to discover the history of the city and all the main monuments without effort, moving only a few steps. However, we remind you that the center is easily accessible, both on foot and by public transport, even from neighboring areas, that may be preferred by those traveling by car in order to avoid ZTL, the limited traffic area, and possible parking difficulties.
Plan how long you will stay in town
It will be useful to plan how many days to stay in the city from the very first moments of organizing the trip. We recommend this choice especially to get a better price when booking your accommodation. Some accommodation facilities may in fact apply discounts to those staying for several days, it could certainly be cheaper than extending your overnight stay at the last minute.
We suggest you make your choice also taking into consideration the various events or guided tours that you could book in the city.
Stay in Bologna to visit nearby cities
From Bologna there are many beautiful Italian cities that can be easily reached thanks to the easy rail connections or the short distance by car. Often the city has been chosen and discovered by many tourists for this reason, and then remains in their hearts.
There are many ways to visit the city while saving money
Choose your means of transport in advance
For example, you can book train and plane tickets as early as possible to save considerably. Or if you are traveling by car, understand in advance where to park it and how much it costs, so as to avoid expensive expenses.
If you travel on foot, and you are planning to use the buses in the city to move to the most distant points, it might be useful to buy a 10-ride ticket in order to save money. Tickets for the 10-ride bus are easily found at any tobacco shop and are cheaper than buying a single ticket.
Book your accommodation months in advance, trying to avoid trade fairs or peak seasons
Booking your hotel in advance will surely help you to get better prices. Without forgetting that Bologna is full of trade fairs, during which finding free accommodation could become very difficult. To save money, it is useful to inquire about the most important business events and not book on those dates.
It is useful to know that July and August are usually the months where it is easier to find offers and lower prices, unlike in other cities. September, on the other hand, can be considered the high season, also given the various conferences and fairs that take place in that period.
Free self tours and pre-selected guided tours
The symbolic places of the historic center can be easily reached on foot. Thanks to our articles, on what to see in the city, you can decide what to see in advance and for many attractions you don’t even need a ticket!
You can organize self-guided tours such as the Seven Secrets one.
If you prefer to take a guided tour, we recommend that you see our suggestions on the dedicated page. Booking a guided tour in advance will allow you to have more choice, and find the one most in line with your idea of savings.
Free public museums on the first Sunday of the month
If you intend to visit the museums in the city this information could be useful, certainly a great way to save.
Bologna is very well connected to the motorway network. The exits from the motorway are different and divided by area, so as to allow you to reach your destination more easily.
For those traveling by car it is important to find out about the restricted traffic areas and where to park, as you can learn more in our dedicated articles. Choosing the hotel also based on any free parking offered could, for example, be a useful choice to avoid incurring additional expenses.
There are so many rental companies operating in the city and you will surely find the right car for you. But not before taking the right steps to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Are you looking for free Wi-Fi in Bologna? Here’s how to connect to the wireless network! Find out all the access points on the map
If you have decided to travel by car or if you are planning to rent one, it is good to know how to get around Bologna by car, some information could be really useful!
To get around in Bologna with a taxi is really easy, you just should known some simple informatios about the taxis services. Here you can find a couple of useful tips. Charges and fares and priority taxi for people with disability.
To get to Bologna by plane you can use the Guglielmo marcomi airport, headed by the Italian scientist.
This has become an international airport over the years, today it offers flights to a multitude of destinations, there are connections to major European cities and worldwide. Marconi is the seventh most used airport in Italy.
Getting to the center with the car is not easy, if you want to enjoy your trip without too much troubles, you can leave your car in a car park and walk comfortably on foot or by bus. You just need to know which are the best car parks!