Sleeping in Airports

Bologna Marconi Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Bologna Marconi Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

No sleep over at night between 12.00-03.00 . The airport was closed at that time. – a Guest Reviewer (June 2021)

BLQ Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Bologna Marconi Airport.

What to Expect

Bologna Airport (code: BLQ) features a clean and modern two-floor single terminal building with 24 departure gates and a variety of upscale fashion stores and gourmet eateries. WiFi is available, and there are plenty of mobile device charging stations on the airside, but outlets are difficult to find landside. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.

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(Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller / August 2019)

Sleeping in Bologna Airport

According to a June 2021 review, the airport is closed from 12AM – 3AM.  After security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open.  Airport staff are generally friendly and accommodating to overnight sleepers. Many travellers describe their overnight sleeping experiences at the airport as quiet, comfortable and secure; however, some reviewers report that some of the comfortable seating has been replaced with uncomfortable metal benches with armrests. Potential spots for comfortable sleeping include some couches partially hidden across the hall from Victoria’s Secret, and a hidden alcove above the escalator across from the Piquardro shop. Have a sleep mask handy to block out those bright airport lights! For uninterrupted sleep, there are some hotels within a quick shuttle ride of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

Those travelling to or from the airport via public transit should consider the city bus service as the cheaper alternative to the overpriced airport express buses.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Bologna Marconi Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Bologna Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Marconi Business Lounge – Location: Terminal A, Landside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€ 29.00) • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Bologna Marconi Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Bologna Marconi airport for 6 hours. Connect to the “BOLOGNA AIRPORT FREE WI-FI” network. Registration is required.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Carisbo Bank, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: ground floor.

Banking Services – Carisbo Bank offers full-service banking in the airport. Location: Ground Floor, landside, near the terminal entrance. Hours: 8:30AM – 1:00PM (full-service) 2:15PM – 4:55PM (advisory only).

Currency Exchange – Travelex has three locations: Arrivals Hall, landside, Ground Floor. Hours: 9:00AM – 10:00PM • Departures, landside, 1st Floor. Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM • Departures, airside, near Gate 15. Hours: 5:30AM – 7:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – 2 Duty Free Shops can be found on the 1st Floor, open 4:30AM – until the last flight. A variety of other shops are available on the Ground and 1st Floor including a Carrefour Express Supermarket (Arrivals, 7:00AM – 12:00AM).

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. This option is open 24 hours: Puro Gusto (Ground floor, landside, near the terminal entrance)

Kiss & Fly – The airport offers 10 minute free parking on the ground floor in the P1 – P2 Parking Area and the Express Premium Parking.

Information Desk – Airport information is available at the Tourist Information and Welcome Services desk. Location: Arrivals area. Hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Storage rate is € 6/bag/day for a small bag or € 12/bag/day if oversized. Location: opposite the Marconi Business Lounge Hours: Open 24 hours.

Luggage Wrapping – Two Safe Bag luggage wrapping machines are available. Fee: € 16 / bag. Location: Check-In, landside, Ground Floor. Hours: 4:00AM – last departing flight.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Repack and Go – For those of you who are travelling on airlines with low baggage allowances, head over to “Repack and Go”. This self-service area allows you to empty your suitcase, repack only the essentials and check the weight before you check-in. For a few euro, you can purchase a canvas bag to store the items that didn’t make the cut and leave it in Luggage Storage until you return. Besides the canvas bag, the automatic machine also dispenses plastic bags for liquids, bags for wrapping strollers and luggage labels. Location: Ground Floor, Check-in Counters.

Pharmacy – Location: Ground Floor, landside, opposite main entrance. Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport Hours

A reader tells us that the airport is open 24-hours, but you have to find the main door because not all entrances are open. (April 2022)

Airlines

Bologna Marconi airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Arabia • Air Cairo • Air Dolomiti • Air France • Air Italy • Air Moldova • Air Serbia • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • Blu-express • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Czech Airlines • EasyJet • Emirates • Ernest • Eurowings • Finnair• Georgian Airways • Hop! • Iberia • KLM • Lauda • Lufthansa • Neos • Pegasus Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • Ryanair • SAS • TAP Portugal • Transavia • TUI • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • Ural • Vueling • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The following buses serve Bologna Marconi:

  • Aerobus – BLQ (Airport-Railway) runs to/from Bologna Centrale Train Station in a 20-minute journey. For schedules and fares, visit the TPER website
  • Bologna Express offers daily roundtrip service to/from Ascoli Piceno (travel time 4 hours)
  • Shuttle Race offers seasonal service to/from Ravenna and Cervia (travel time 2 hours); Ferrara Bus & Fly offers daily service to/from Ferrara (travel time 1 hour)
  • Appennino Shuttle provides ten daily direct departures to/from Florence (travel time 90 min.)
  • SACA offers service to/from Modena (travel time 50 min.)

Car Rentals

Car rental desks are located on the ground floor of the terminal, near the baggage claim area and the Tourist Information Desk. Onsite car rental agencies include Autovia, Avis/Budget, Europcar, Goldcar/Interrent, Hertz/Firefly/Dollar/Thrifty, Leasys Rent, Locauto Rent/Enterprise, Maggiore, Sicily by Car/AutoEuropa and Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Taxis are available 24-hours a day in the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Train

Thank you to the reader who sent us this information: The fastest shuttle now is the Marconi Express since November 2020, a three station direct current monorail line for approximately € 8. The express leaves from the departures level of BLQs first floor situated landside behind a bridge outside from the Western tract of the airport building all 15 minutes or more often for the north side of Bologna centrale main station (separate of the train station but close) and the ride takes 7 minutes. Service starts at 5:40 am and ends at midnight.  For train timetable, visit the Marconi Express web site.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.