Service available EVERY DAY

We suggest to catch the San Luca Express in Piazza Maggiore

For groups of 10 and more, advance booking is recommended, otherwise seats on board won’t be guaranteed

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San Luca Express is the new tourist train line created to connect the Bologna’s city center with the enchanting Basilica di San Luca, immersed in the splendor of the Bologna’s hills.

Our service is available everyday by a tourist train (OCCASIONALLY, for maintenance reasons,  THE SERVICE COULD BE OPERATED BY AN OPEN 19 SEATS MINIBUS instead of the tourist train) and it’s equipped with an integrated audio guide that will give you all the information about the history of Bologna and its curiosities, and that you’ll be able to listen with our headphones in 10 different languages: Italian, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese.


You’ll enjoy a fun and exciting trip along the beautiful hills of Bologna and will visit the magnificent Basilica di San Luca with its wonderful arched gallery and stunning views of the city.

The tour lasts one hour and starts at Piazza Maggiore (exchange stop with Bologna City Tour Bus).

Evening and special designed tours can be booked and organized in advance.

To start to live this fantastic tour, the link presents our red-blue train.

Where was the idea of San Luca Express service born?
On 7 November 1976 the cable car wich was going through the via Porrettana until the Basilica, was removedIt was a fascinating ecological system forremedy the winding road leading up the hillHowever, so far had not found an effective alternative that could offer the same peculiarides thereof;especiallyon weekends, when the crowd wanted to visit the Basilica of San Luca and was going with the car, the caos was a mess.

In additionour market research conducted in the City Red Bus passengers have shown a strong demand for information on how to reach the Basilica ofSan Lucawith a similar serviceTherefore, our idea of creating a modern train to get to the Basilica of San Luca. A transport attractivecomfortable, discreet and effective. The productors are DOTTO TRAINS, a provider of tourist trains worldwide.

The service will be integrated with the City Red Buscoinciding with run times to swap in the Malpighi piazzawhere tour buses arriving from all over Italy and Europe, creating the possibility of a reduced price ticket for the two lines.

The access route that we specifiedcreates an accurate assessmentmade ​​to satisfy both those who want to enter the Basilica di sLuca on religious grounds, which for tourist reasons.

You will visit a wide area of ​​the city of great interest such as Piazza S. FrancescoPiazza di Porta ZaragozaVilla BenniVilla Spada (with Tapestry Museum), the beautiful view of Meloncello arc 
On the way backyou could see all the architectural structure Dall’Ara Stadium.