The small regional airport serving the Italian city of Bologna is named after its most famous son: engineer, Nobel Laureate and inventor of the radio Guglielmo Marconi. Located just 3.75 miles (6km) from the city, Bologna G Marconi Airport (BLQ) is seeing steadily rising traffic, as Bologna becomes an increasingly popular business and tourism destination. As Bologna is perfectly situated between heavyweight tourist destinations like Milan, Genoa, Pisa, Florence, San Marino, Venice, and Verona, it offers a great opportunity to escape the queues of the larger hubs. The small size of the airport makes for a hassle-free experience; a perfect introduction or a blissful end to a holiday spent soaking up the sights and attractions of northern Italy. Bologna Airport offers great connections to other Italian cities and to several key European destinations, and budget travellers should note that several low-cost carriers offer cheap flights to and from Bologna.
The airport is located four miles (6km) north-east of Bologna's city centre. The drive takes 20 minutes.
Getting to the city
Train: The nearest train station to the airport is 4 miles (6km) away, but Bologna Central Railway Station is a major transport hub, with connections to places all over Italy. There is a €5 shuttle-bus that departs every two hours during the day.
Bus: There are buses departing directly to Modena and Siena every two hours from the airport.
Taxi: There are fixed-fare taxis outside the terminal; however, they are in high demand during peak times, so it may be a good idea to book in advance. The fare is €10, with a fee for airport pick-up that varies according to time: €3 on weekdays from 6am to 10pm, €4.70 on Sundays and holidays between 6am and 10pm, and €5.60 from 10pm until 6am every day.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in September).
Information desk: +39 051 647 9617 or +39 051 9680/3.
There are plenty of car hire agencies at the airport, including Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Sixt and Thrifty. You need to be over 18 and have an International Driver's Permit to rent a car in Italy.
There are fixed-fare taxis outside the terminal; however, they are in high demand during peak times, so it may be a good idea to book in advance. The fare is €10, with a fee for airport pick-up that varies according to time: €3 on weekdays from 6am to 10pm, €4.70 on Sundays and holidays between 6am and 10pm, and €5.60 from 10pm until 6am every day.
Transfer between terminals
There is only one terminal building. Departures is on the upper level, while the lower level is for arrivals.
Money and communications: a bank, ATMs, currency exchange offices.
Luggage: There is a left luggage and found objects office near the business lounge. Left luggage costs €6 per item per day, and lost property costs €5 to recover. The Re-Pack & Go service is located in Area 2 on the ground level of the terminal building.
Conference and business: The Marconi Business Lounge offers business services like wi-fi and broadband internet, photocopying and audiovisual machines, satellite TV, and a cafeteria. It's open daily, from 5am to 9:30pm.
Other facilities: Other services provided by the airport include travel agents, a first aid station, and handicapped facilities.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in the Marconi Business Lounge, which charges an entry fee.
Information: There is an information desk at the IAT office in the arrivals area. It provides information on flights and airport services, public transport, accommodation in Bologna and tourist information.
Shopping: Shopping in Bologna Airport is uniquely Italian, with both Ducati and Ferrari shops. You won't come out with a new car, but you will find tons of branded merchandise to take home for your gearhead friends. There are also Italian fashion shops like Conte of Florence, Furla, Piquadro and La Perla, and other general store and duty-free options.
Food and Drink: There are about a dozen food and drink options in the airport, ranging from ice cream parlours and snack bars, to cafes and coffee shops, to sit-down restaurants and wine bars.
For short-term parking, the Express Car Park is adjacent to the terminal building, and charges €2.20 per hour, or €22 per day. Medium- to long-term parking rates are €9.50 for up to seven hours, and €15 per day.
Flights to Bologna Airport are available on a number of international carriers and regional European airlines. These include Air France, Air Malta, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, Germanwings, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, TAP Portugal, and Turkish Airlines.
Free wi-fi is available in the Marconi Business Lounge, which charges an entry fee of €23.60.
The Marconi Business Lounge offers business services like wi-fi and broadband internet, photocopying and audiovisual machines, satellite TV and a cafeteria. The lounge is open daily, from 5am to 9.30pm, and charges an entry fee of €23.60.
Bologna Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.