Situated on the great plain of Emilia, Ferrara stands a few kilometres south of the Po River, and about 110 km from Venice.
Ferrara can be reached easily both by train and by plane
The easiest and fastest way to reach Ferrara is flying to Bologna airport. Indeed, this is the closest airport to the city (about 45 km), even though other solutions are possible, such as flying to Venice, Verona, Milan, or other airports as well (see map above)
From Bologna airport there are two ways to get to Ferrara
Shuttle Bus Service
Just outside the airport (on the left, at the bus parking) there is a shuttle bus service, called Bus&Fly, providing daily connections to Ferrara city centre, 8 times a day. You can check all the info, stops and timetable here: http://www.ferrarabusandfly.it/en/.
The cost is 15€ each way.
It’s recommended as it takes you directly from the airport to Ferrara city centre.
Bologna Train Station
The cheapest way, but takes longer: just outside the aiport, on the right, you can find a bus called BLQ, providing connections from the airport to the Bologna train station, many times a day. For more info visit its website: http://aerobus.bo.it/en.
At the train station in Bologna you can then take a train to Ferrara (the final destination most of the time is going to be Venezia Santa Lucia, for the cheapest trains ‘Regionali’, but do not worry, they stop in Ferrara) and you can check the timetable here
Ferrara Station, opened in 1862, is the principal station for the city and the province.
It is served by the Bologna-Padova line, and is the terminus for the Ferrara-Codigoro, Suzzara-Ferrara and Ferrara-Ravenna-Rimini lines. There are direct trains to Rovigo, Padova (Padua), Venezia (Venice), Bologna, Ravenna, Mantova (Mantua), Rimini, Firenze (Florence), Roma (Rome), Napoli (Naples), Pescara and Vienna.