Situated in the heart of the Emilia Romagna region, Modena and Reggio Emilia are an important link between Northern and Southern Italy and between Italy and the rest of Europe. The cities are only 19 km apart and connecting trains run approximately every half hour.
Modena has an excellent public transport network for the city and the province (see www.setaweb.it/mo/) with buses running from every 10 to 30 minutes. The only line with night service is number 7, which runs from the train station to the Hospital (Policlinico), passing through the city centre, after 20:30 on weekdays and after 19:30 on Sundays and holidays.
Reggio Emilia has an efficient public transport network for the city and the province (see www.setaweb.it/re/), with buses running every 10 to 30 minutes. There is a free minibus service (called "minibù"), connecting parking areas - where you can leave your car in the city centre - to various other important points of the city. For getting around at night, you can use the "Aladino" night bus service which allows you to plan and book various routes and choose times and stops by simply calling the number +39 0522 927654.
Discount for students
All students enrolled in the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia are entitled to special monthly passes and reduced fares for city transit, with no route or time limitations.
For more information on student discounts, see the italian website.
Getting around by bike
Apart from buses, both Modena and Reggio Emilia are easy to get around by bicycle thanks to their extensive networks of cycling paths.
Bike Sharing in Modena : The city service "C'entro in bici" offers free bike hire in Modena.
How it works: A deposit of 20€ is required in order to subscribe to the service. Once you collect the key you can take a bike from any docking station.
You can use it from 7:00am to 12:00pm and then return it to the same docking station. The key can also be used in 65 other towns of the same circuit. More information is available at the municipality website or at www.centroinbici.it
Travelling Around Northern Italy
When you are in Modena or Reggio Emilia, the Romagna Riviera, famous throughout Europe for its beaches and night clubs, is only an hour and a half by car or train. Those preferring the mountains can enjoy the 50 km of ski trails in Monte Cimone, the largest ski resort in the Northern Apennines. In addition to skiing, the Apennines (see www.appenninomodenese.net and www.appenninoreggiano.it) offer excursions, fun and relaxation, and are only between half an hour and an hour from Modena or Reggio Emilia.
» Modena and Reggio Emilia are close to other major Italian tourist destinations located in Northern Italy.
» Bologna, Parma and Verona are between half an hour and one hour away from both cities. Florence, Milan and Lake Garda can be reached in one and a half hour by car.
» The stunning coastline of Liguria, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, can be reached in two and a half hours, while Venice, on the Adriatic, is two hours away by car.
» Rome is three and half hours away by train.
The best way to travel around Northern Italy is by train or by car.
Distances and airports
|Distance to other cities||Modena||Reggio Emilia|
|Reggio Emilia||19 km||-|
|Parma||47 km||30 km|
|Bologna||39 km||60 km|
|Ferrara||80 km||80 km|
|Venice||200 km||220 km|
|Milan||170 km||150 km|
|Florence||130 km||150 km|
|Rome||410 km||430 km|
|Distance to airports||Modena||Reggio Emilia|
|Bologna Airport||39 km||56 km|
|Florence Airport||130 km||157 km|
|Verona Airport||90 km||130 km|
|Milan Linate Airports||170 km||150 km|
|Milan Malpensa Airports||230 km||205 km|
|Orio al Serio Airport||200 km||190 km|
|Parma Airport||50 km||35 km|
|Rome Leonardo Da Vinci||434 km||454 km|
|Rome Ciampino||415 km||435 km|