The Bologna Airport "Guglielmo Marconi" is linked by national and international airlines. A bus shuttle (BLQ) connects (every 11' from 7 am to 9 pm) the airport to the city centre/the central railway station. If you take the BLQ shuttle and your hotel is in the city centre, you can get off at the central railway station (Stazione Centrale, end of the line) in about 20 minutes. The BLQ ticket costs 6 € and can be purchased directly on board. The distance from the railway station to the city centre is about 1 km, and to the venue is about 1.5 km (see map). If arriving on Sunday, the route from the railway station to the city centre is currently not served very efficiently by public transportation, but you could take a taxi from there for a few Euros. Alternatively, a taxi from the airport to the city centre costs about 20 €.
Bologna is the main Italian railway junction between north and center/south Italy and therefore all of the most important national and international lines pass through it. FrecciaRossa, FrecciaArgento and Italo (high speed) trains connect it to all the major Italian cities. The distance from the railway station to the city centre is about 1 km, and to the venue is about 1.5 km (see map). Conference venue and hotels are all within a walking distance from the station.
The main motorway connection is the A1 (E35), which links Bologna directly to Milan, Florence, and Rome and to three other main routes. If you come from Turin, Genoa or Brescia you can take the A21 and then you will reach the A1 at Piacenza; from Genoa and La Spezia, take the A15 and then go into A1 at Parma; from Brenner Pass, Verona, Mantova, by the A22 and then A1 at Modena. From Trieste, Tarvisio-Villach, Venice, and Padua the A13 motorway arrives in Bologna directly, as the A14 from Ancona, Rimini and Ravenna. Once in Bologna, you exit the motorway entering into the city bypass (follow the signs "Tangenziale"). The bypass exit n. 7 (Centro - via Stalingrado) leads you to a large road (via Stalingrado) pointing to the city centre. Bear in mind that access into the city centre is restricted and electronically controlled. Ask your hotel for information, as they can provide a free access permit for your car. Note that parking in the city centre is not for free. Ask your hotel for parking fares as well.
Buses are run by TPER. The ticket can be purchased at kiosks (1.30 €) or on the bus itself (1.50 €), exact coin fare needed for the red ticket dispenser on board). If purchased at kiosks, the ticket has to be validated on the bus. For a taxi, call +39-051-372727 (COTABO), +39-051-534141 (CAT), +39-051-519090 (COSEPURI) or +39-051-6349444 (SACA).