Getting to and from Bologna Airport (BLQ)
Bologna Airport (BLQ) is an important gateway to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and is located approximately 6 km from the city centre of Bologna. The airport lies in the northwestern suburbs of Bologna, and is also known as Guglielmo Marconi Airport, which is the name of a famous Italian inventor and electrical engineer. Bologna is considered to be the third most important airport in Italy, and in 2010, just over five and a half million passengers passed through its terminal, which was a record number of passengers for the airport. In the coming years passenger traffic is only expected to steadily increase. Driving to the airport is relatively easy, as it is linked to a couple of major motorways and highways.
The city of Bologna is surrounded by a few interesting towns. To the north are the towns of Calderara di Reno, Trebbo and San Vitale Grande, while to the south is Borgo Panigale. The airport is sometimes referred to as the Borgo Panigale Airport because it is so close to this area. Lavino de Mezzo is found to the west, and Coticella is located to the far east of the airport. The towns of Lippo, Lame and Saffi are also nearby. The major cities of Milan and Florence are within driving distance of Bologna. Milan is about 200 km away, and Florence is just over a hundred kilometers from the airport.
Motorists will find it very easy to reach Bologna by car, as there are a few prominent roads and motorways providing access to the airport. The A1, A13 and A14, which is also known as the Autostrada Adriatica, are major motorways leading to the airport from various locations. The A14 Tangenziale Bypass (Junction 4) is one of the main routes to the airport. The airport is well signposted from this area, as well as from the other routes as ‘Aeroporto di Bologna’. Traveling from the center of Bologna should not take more than fifteen minutes, unless traffic is particularly heavy.
Passengers traveling from the direction of Milano will take the A1 motorway, Exit Bologna Borgo Panigale, and travel on the bypass. The A13 is the major route followed by motorists coming from the Padova area. From the A13, use Exit Bologna Arcoveggio, and take the bypass. From Ancona, the A14 runs to the airport. Use Exit Bologna San Lazzaro, and take the bypass. The co-ordinates of the airport are 44°32'07.60"N and 11°17'19.20"E, should you be traveling with a satellite navigation system.
The Via dell’Aeroporto leads directly to the air terminal, and to the parking areas. Motorists will find plenty of parking spaces and parking areas, with each dedicated to various lengths of parking periods. There is Express Parking available, which is free for the first fifteen minutes, short-term and long-term parking areas, and valet parking services. There are also many parking spaces under cover. The air terminal is a three-level construction, handling arrivals from the ground floor, and departures from the first floor. The top level of the building is mainly used for restaurant facilities and other catering services. On the ground floor, there are also two check-in areas.
Passengers will find a number of useful facilities The Banca Carisbo – Gruppo Sanpaolo IMI provides all types of banking services, and is one of the leading banks in the Emilia-Romagna region. Travelex provides currency exchange services, and there are also a few cash machines throughout the terminal. The MBL VIP Lounge is available for the use of business passengers, and is found on the first floor of the terminal. MBL stands for the ‘Marconi Business Lounge’. The lounge is a modern and comfortable area furnished with armchairs and sofas, and provides various services, such as hand baggage check-in for certain airlines, WiFi PC connections, satellite TV and sound system, a cafeteria, and a fully equipped office area with basic business services. Business functions can be arranged in one of the meeting rooms or in the conference hall of the Marconi Business Lounge. The meeting rooms offer equipment of the latest technology, and catering services can be arranged. The conference and meeting room facilities at Bologna Airport are open from05:00 to 21:30, and should always be reserved in advance.
Further facilities include a left luggage office and Lost and Found office, a ‘re-pack and go’ service to assist passengers with luggage which is too heavy or too full, a play area for young children, baby changing areas and basic first aid facilities. The airport is fully accessible by disabled passengers, and offers all the necessary adjustments for their comfort.
Passengers who do not wish to drive to the airport in their own vehicle can use bus, taxi or railway services. Buses travel to the airport from the Bologna Central Railway Station, and various other locations, and taxis are available by arrangement or from the main bus and railway stations in the city. They can also be found at busy public or tourist areas. There is no train station at the airport; therefore passengers arriving at the Bologna Train Station will need to catch the Aerobus to the airport.
Information desks are located with the terminal building for further enquiries.