Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Bologna: LTZ BUS
Bologna, a city in northern Italy, is known for its rich history, culture, and architecture. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of visitors every year. However, due to the high volume of tourists and the need to preserve the city's beauty, the Municipality of Bologna has implemented several regulations regarding the access of tourist buses to the historic center.
In this context, it's essential for tourists and travel operators to be aware of the rules and procedures to avoid fines and ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit. In this text, we will provide a comprehensive guide to the regulations for tourist buses in Bologna, including access points, parking, ticket purchase, and information on the access of buses to hotels in the historic center, the "T" area, and the University area.
Tourist bus access restrictions
From 7 am to 8 pm every day, including holidays, tourist buses cannot access the historic center of Bologna, except for those headed to hotels, under certain conditions.
Tourist bus parking
At the entrance of the historic center, in Piazza XX Settembre, a tourist bus welcome service is available, connected to the public transport network throughout the city. It can be used as a passenger pick-up point. Buses can also pay to park at the structure or other nearby car parks and request additional services (for information and reservations, consult the Autostazione di Bologna website). For the sole purpose of dropping off passengers, tourist buses can use the designated stop in Piazza di Porta San Mamolo (near the Rional Market) for no more than twenty minutes.
Access for tourist buses to restricted traffic zone (ztl) for stops at Piazza Malpighi Tourist buses intending to access the restricted traffic zone (ztl) to reach the stop at Piazza Malpighi (on the east side of the square, in the direction of the center) for a maximum of 5 minutes to pick up or drop off passengers, must pay an access fee of €100 per day. To reach the stop without incurring penalties, buses must follow a specific route:
access from Piazza di Porta S. Isaia, Via S. Isaia, Piazza Malpighi (bus stop) and exit from Via Marconi, Piazza dei Martiri 1943-1945, Via Don Minzoni (to the ring roads) The stop in Piazza Nettuno is never allowed. Tourist buses can circulate in the preferential lanes of Bologna outside the historic center, without the need to communicate their passage, which will not be penalized.
Ticket purchase and registration
Purchasing a ticket allows tourist buses to access the ztl to reach the stop at Piazza Malpighi and pick up or drop off passengers for a maximum of 5 minutes.
The ticket can be purchased online with payment by credit card or online bank transfer. To access the service, you must provide:
- legal entity details (personal information, company name, VAT number and tax code. Finally, the address information required to invoice the purchase)
- email address where the order receipt will be sent
- payment method
- vehicle license plate
- date of ticket use
You can purchase more than one ticket in the same order, so you can repeat this operation. Only after entering all the data can you proceed with the payment, and if it is successful, you will receive a summary email containing the receipt of the purchase made. If you have already paid an order, you can modify the data of one or more unused tickets until the day before the use date. The change is made online.
Access for licensed buses, urban shuttles, and school buses
Access for licensed buses from the Metropolitan City of Bologna, issued by the Mobility Agency (Società reti e mobilità - Srm), and urban shuttle buses remains unchanged and can access the ztl for free. School buses that transport students on behalf of the Municipalities of the Metropolitan City of Bologna continue to be included for free in the ztl access system following communication from the Municipalities they operate for.
Access for tourist buses heading to historic center hotels
Regarding telecontrol, hotels communicate the license plates of tourist buses to the Municipality of Bologna. In this way, the license plates are authorized and not fined.
Access for hotels varies depending on the area in which they are located:
Tourist buses heading to historic center hotels
Tourist buses heading to historic center hotels (to be proven by showing a hotel reservation to the police on duty) can access the ztl for the time necessary to pick up or drop off passengers near the hotel. To reach these hotels, transit through the telecontrolled entrances of the "T" area (Indipendenza, Ugo Bassi, and Rizzoli) and the University area (Bertoloni and Belmeloro) is not allowed.
List of historic center hotels:
- Atlantic via Galliera 46
- Donatello via Indipendenza 65
- Drapperie via Drapperie 5
- Holiday via Bertiera 13
- Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta via Orfeo 34/4
- Internazionale via Indipendenza 60
- Nuovo Hotel del Porto via del Porto 6
- Panorama via G. Livraghi 1
- Pedrini Strada Maggiore 79
- Perla via San Vitale 67
- Re Enzo vicolo Santa Croce 26
- Regina via Indipendenza 51
- San Donato via Zamboni 16
- San Giorgio via delle Moline 17
- San Mamolo vicolo del Falcone 8
- San Vitale via San Vitale 94
- Touring via de' Mattuiani 1
- Tre Vecchi via Indipendenza 47
Tourist buses heading to hotels in the "T" area
Tourist buses heading to hotels (to be proven by showing a hotel reservation to the police on duty) located in the "T" area or adjacent areas that cannot be reached otherwise are allowed to travel on via Indipendenza. Transit through the telecontrolled entrances of the "T" located on Rizzoli and Ugo Bassi streets is not allowed.
List of hotels in the "T" area:
- Al Cappello Rosso via Fusari 9
- Baglioni via Indipendenza 8
- Cavour via Goito 4
- Centrale vicolo Cattani 7
- Commercianti via de' Pignattari 11
- Corona D'Oro via Oberdan 12
- Garisenda via del Leone 1
- Il Canale via Bertiera 14
- Metropolitan via dell'Orso 6
- Novecento p.zza Galileo 4/3
- Orologio via IV Novembre 10
- Palace via Montegrappa 9/2
- Roma via d'Azeglio 9
Tourist buses heading to hotels in the University area
Tourist buses heading to hotels (to be proven by showing a hotel reservation to the police on duty) located in the University area can access via the telecontrolled entrances of Bertoloni and Belmeloro streets. Transit through the "T" area entrances is not allowed.
List of hotels in the University area:
- Accademia via delle Belle Arti 6
- Rossini via Bibiena 11
- University via Mentana 7
Regarding telecontrol, hotels are required to communicate the license plates of tourist buses to the Municipality of Bologna for registration and authorization for access. In this way, registered license plates will not be fined.