Airport Guide: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport handles more than six million passengers a year and serves Bologna and its metropolitan area. The airport is well connected to many cities in Europe through direct services offered by a few legacy carriers and several low-cost airlines like Ryanair. Departing or arriving from Bologna, you’ll have an easy time as a passenger as the airport is rather tiny.
Bologna is known as one of the most beautiful touristic cities in Italy, but also has some importance in terms of business. That’s basically why Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is a relatively big airport taking into account that Bologna itself is relatively small.
Besides several seasonal routes, there are also dozens of year-long routes operated by low-cost carriers like Ryanair or Wizz Air. Besides intercontinental connections through airlines like Lufthansa or Alitalia, Emirates also flies directly from Bologna to its hub in Dubai.
Biggest airlines at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport:
- Ryanair: Several routes to destinations in Europe and North Africa
- Wizz Air: Several routes to destinations in Eastern Europe
- Lufthansa (partly operated by Air Dolomiti): Flights to Munich and Frankfurt
Shops and restaurants at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Even though serving quite a number of passengers, Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport remains relatively small when it comes to the facilities available. As it’s the norm for Italy, there are quite a number of interesting fashion shops at the airport.
Moreover, you can find the typical airport souvenir and press shops. When it comes to dining, there are a few restaurants and several cafés, which mostly serve local food. The number of fast food facilities is relatively limited meanwhile.
Sleeping at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi Airport comes with three airport hotels. However, only FlyOn Hotel Bologna can be reached by foot. There are a few other hotels in the approximate of Bologna Airport, but you either need to make use of a shuttle (for a fee) or take a taxi. Most hotels near the airport got either three or four stars and cost between 50 and 100 Euro per night depending on the date of your stay and the level of luxury you like. If you don’t want to spend money for an overnight stay near the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, you may also sleep inside the airport, which is open 24 hours a day and offers some comfortable chairs.
Lounges at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
As Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is a relatively small airport, there is just a single VIP lounge. This one is operated by a third party, which usually means the quality is sub-par. That’s especially true for the Marconi Business Lounge in Venice, which I’ve visited and found to be even bad for South European standards.
You might access the only lounge at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport either by having a Business or First Class ticket, a certain frequent flyer status, Priority Pass or paying cash at the door (26 Euro / ~ 29 US-Dollar).
Transportation at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Bologna has a relatively well developed public transportation network, which means that you can easily reach Bologna’s city center by bus from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport. The bus to the city center is named Aerobus and costs 6 Euro (~ 7 US-Dollar) for the ride to the city center.
The bus operates every 15 minutes during the day and takes approximately 20 minutes to drop you either near the city center or at the central station, where the bus also departed on the way back. You can buy tickets either online or by purchasing a ticket from the driver. In the future, Bologna is supposed to have a monorail system connecting Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport with the Central Station in just seven minutes.