What are the things I need to know in Bologna?
Traveling or studying abroad in Bologna? It’s not a must, but it’s a very good idea to have this Bologna useful information on hand. You never know just when you might need it. You will find Tourist Information Centers at the airport, in Piazza Maggiore and the entrance to FICO Eataly World.
Bologna Consulates and Embassies
Hopefully, you won’t ever need to visit either, but if you do, it’s best to know where to find them. Unfortunately, a U.S. Consulate is not located in Bologna, so in the case of passport problems or notary needs, you’ll have to go to the nearest one in Florence (37 min. train ride). If the situation is more problem some, then you’ll have to head to the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
For those of you not looking for a U.S. consulate: Consulates in Bologna
For other U.S. consulate locations and exact addresses: U.S. Consulate and Embassy locations
Bologna Emergency Numbers:
Fire Station: 115
Medical Emergency: 118
Bologna Travel to and from
Bologna is a crossroads of many major highways, making it completely accessible by car. For a list of highways you can take to reach the center, take a look here: Highways. If you plan on driving in Bologna with a car, here’s what you need to know: Bologna by Car. The train (Trenitalia) is probably the most popular means of transportation to take you from one city to the next. In just 37 minutes you can be in Florence, 65 minutes you’re in Milan and 2.5 hours you are in Rome. The Marconi International Airport is just a short 15 minutes from the center and a cheap fixed rate taxi ride away. There is also a bus that leaves frequently from 7 AM to 9:30 PM that will take you from the main Bologna Train Station to the airport: AeroBus. Bologna Airport offers not only international flights, but cheap flights through RyanAir, taking you all throughout Europe. Last, but not least, there are coach bus systems that can you take you to and from Bologna. These buses take you throughout Italy, but also other countries in Europe but very decent prices. Check out FlixBus
Bologna Wash and Dry
Remember, most (practically all) Italian apartments do not have dryers, so many people tend to do their laundry at laundromats. These are located all throughout the city center for your convenience. There are usually soap/softener/dryer sheets available in a dispenser for a cheap price, but you are also welcome to bring your own. Check out all of the locations here: Laundromats. Just a tip: stay with your stuff. You never know who might want some new jeans.
Bologna Medical Information
Depending on the severity of the situation, there a number of things you can do. If you have a cold, cut, etc. you can easily find any pharmacy in the city center and they will be happy to help; just look for the big green cross outside. If the situation is worse, you can go to a number of places. You can see a general practitioner, go to the emergency room or the guardia medica which is always open and is equivalent to our walk-in clinics. For exact locations, hours and other specifics: Medical Information
Bologna Bank and Bologna ATM
You will find banks all over the city center and even more ATMs. To start, you will always find an ATM at the airport, train station or any tourist center. For a list of banks, hours and ATM locations: Bologna Banks and ATMS
It is suggested that you get around Bologna by foot because the city center itself is small and best seen this way. However, there is the option of renting or buying a cheap bicycle to move around with (of course only if you are living here for a decent amount of time). The buses run regularly throughout the city and you can find all of the hours and pricing on their website: Bologna Bus. Last but not least, there are taxis which you can reach by calling +39 051 4590 or visiting their website to book a taxi: Bologna Taxi.