Travelling, accommodation, kindergarten and other services

Info and discounts on transportation, accommodation, kindergarten and other services

Bologna lies in the North-East of Italy and is the main hub between North and Central Italy. As such, it is conveniently reachable by train. Trains are operated by Trenitalia and Italo, with connections from and to France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria (check also these countries' railway services, as some connections are operated by them).

Bologna is served by the Gugliemo Marconi airport, which is seven minutes distant to the central station by Marconi Express monorail. Other suitable airports are Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate (one hour by fast train from Milan central station), Bergamo Orio al Serio, Florence (40 minutes by fast train from Florence central station), Venice Marco Polo (1,5 hour by fast train from Mestre central station).

Finally, long-distance bus services run to and through Bologna from other European countries.

We suggest participants to take into account environmental aspects when choosing the means of transportation and operators. While the STSItalia 2023 organizing committee does not endorse any specific operator, we have had access to reduced fares negotiated by Bologna Welcome (the city of Bologna touristic office), which we report below. Please refer to Bologna Welcome for any question about reduced fares.

Discounts on train fares

Thanks to the agreement with Bologna Welcome, you can get special discounts on train tickets at Italo and Trenitalia. For more information, please use the links below.

Italian webpage: 

English webpage:


Discounts on air fares

Through the link below, you can get special discounts on airline tickets.

Attractive discounts, up to -15%, on a wide range of public fares on all AIR FRANCE, KLM and their code-shared flights worldwide.

Event: IX STS Italia Conference 2023
ID Code: 39844AF
Travel Valid Period: June 21, 2023 to July 7, 2023
Event Location: Bologna - Italy

Please visit the event website or access directly through



We recommend participants to book accommodation as soon as possible. Late June is considered high season for tourism in Bologna and hotels will likely be fully booked weeks before the start of the conference. As a university city, Bologna is served by low cost hotels and B&B, which you can book thorough the well-known web services and traditional agencies. More high-end hotels are also available.

Hotels offers

Thanks to an agreement with Bologna Welcome (the city's tourist office), discounts on selected hotels are available. Please consider that neither STS Italia nor the local organising committee are directly involved with the hotels or the booking process. For a list of available offers (updated on a weekly basis), please use the links below.

Italian webpage:

English webpage:


While neither STS Italia nor the University of Bologna run any kindergarten service, we have tried to accommodate a feasible solution for participants who are in the condition to bring their children along. The Kinder School in Bologna ( has agreed to host children and babies from 18 months to 13 years (Kinder Haus: from 6 y.o. // Kinder College: from 6 y.o. to 13 y.o.) for the short period of the Conference, at their usual fees (50 euros per day, lunch included). Schools are open from Monday to Friday, 7.30-18.30.

Parents should contact the Kinder School autonomously and mention the STS Italia conference to get access. Contact: Kinder Haus/ Kinder College


Please consider that neither STS Italia nor the local organizing committee are directly involved with the Kinder School.


Bologna Congress Card for the IX STSItalia Conference 2023

Thanks to the Bologna Convention Bureau, participants to STS 2023 can activate the Bologna Congress Card. The free card gives access to discounts for air and rail transport, to tours and merchandising offered by Bologna Welcome and for restaurants in the city. For more information and to activate the card, please use the following links:

Italian webpage:

English webpage:

Please consider that neither STS Italia nor the local organising committee are directly involved with the card or the discounts.