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) northeast of Bologna's city centre.
Getting to the city
There is a special airport bus which takes you into the centre of Bologna. It leaves every 15 minutes during the day from outside the arrivals hall. The first bus is at 5.30am and the last one is at 1.15am. The bus is called Aerobus or BLQ and is easily identified as it is grey and light blue in colour as opposed to the orange urban buses. The fare from airport to the centre is €6 per person and you can pay the driver directly on the bus or from ticketing machines in the airport.
The BLQ's furthest point in its route takes one to Bologna Central Railway Station, 4 miles (6km) from the airport. It is a major transport hub, with connections to places all over Italy. The journey from the airport to the railway station takes about 25-30 minutes, depending on the traffic.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
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.
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 about €15 and a bit more for extra luggage.
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. 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 wifi 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.
Wifi: Free wifi 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 about €3.50 per hour, or €30 per day. Medium- to long-term parking rates are €10 for up to 24 hours and €10 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 via your mobile phone.
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.