GTNF 2015 EVENT VENUE: Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza del Nettuno, 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy
GTNF 2015 MAIN HOTEL: Hotel Royal Carlton, Via Montebello, 8, 40121, Bologna, Italy
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ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND AIRPORT SECURITY
To avoid delays and serious inconvenience, please ensure that all electronic devices, including laptops, phones and similar devices, are sufficiently charged to be switched on at airports.
Please note: As of 15 June 2015, e-cigarettes and other battery-powered, portable electronic smoking devices can no longer be checked in as hold luggage but can be carried as hand baggage.
Please also see ‘Electrical Information’ under ‘Bologna: General Information,’ below, for information on use and recharging of electronics during your stay.
No visas are required for EU Nationals or citizens of Australia, Canada or the United States for stays shorter than 90 days. Citizens of other nations should check with their respective consulates.
Bologna’s international Guglielmo Marconi Airport (G. Marconi Airport) is located approximately 7 km/4 miles northwest of the city center.
Airport to Venue (Palazzo Re Enzo)
A taxi drive from the airport to the venue is approximately 11 km/7 miles. In average traffic, your journey should take approximately 15 minutes and cost between €15–20 (us$16–22).
The hotel for the 2015 GTNF, the Royal Hotel Carlton, is only a four minute walk (1.2 km) from the venue, on Via dell’Indipendenza.
Airport Bus: A special airport shuttle bus, the Linea BLQ, departs every 15 minutes from outside the arrivals hall, heading for the city center and the railway station.
The bus service runs from 05:30 to 01:15 and costs just 6 euros per person; tickets don’t need to be bought in advance. The journey should take about 25–30 minutes depending on traffic. The bus makes a convenient stop on Via dell’Indipendenza (Grand Hotel Majestic and I Portici Hotel are on this street), very close to Piazza Maggiore and the event venue. Royal Hotel Carlton is on Via Montebello, which runs parallel to Via Indipendenza.
Taxis: Taxis are available outside the airport. The journey to your hotels and the venue will cost around 20 euros and should take about 10–15 minutes by taxi. As the journey is a short one, a private car service is not recommended; however, if you wish to arrange such a service, please contact us and we will do our best to organize this for you.
Car Hire: Avis, Hertz and other major rental car providers are represented at the airport. Non-EU drivers will need to present an international driving licence.
Alitalia (AZ) (www.alitalia.com) is the main domestic carrier in Italy. Other local budget operators include Meridiana (www.meridiana.it), Air One (www.flyairone.it), Windjet (www.volawindjet.it) and AirAlps (www.airalps.at).
Many of the leading European airlines fly into and out of G. Marconi Airport, offering a wide choice of budget and standard-business fares. There are also connections to other major Italian cities.
Direct flights operate to and from the following cities, subject to seasonal availability: Amsterdam, Brussels (National), Charleroi (Brussels South), Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw (Modlin), Wroclaw and Zagreb.
Bologna Centrale railway station is an important hub for destinations in Northern Italy. There are frequent services to and from Florence, Rome and Milan.
Trenitalia SpA (tel: 892 021 in Italy; www.trenitalia.com) runs a nationwide network with reasonably priced fares calculated by distance travelled, and there are a number of excellent reductions. Main routes include Turin-Milan-Venice; Milan-Bologna-Bari; Rome-Genoa-Turin and Rome-Naples-Palermo.
There is also a high-speed train network: ESAV and ESAV FAST train times are as follows:
Rome to Bologna—1 hour, 10 minutes
Milan to Bologna—1 hour, 5 minutes
Florence to Bologna—37 minutes
Please visit the network website for further information: www.italiarail.com/frecciarossa.
Bologna Centrale Train Station to Royal Hotel Carlton
The train station is just 350 meters/ 492 yards from the Royal Hotel Carlton, the main hotel for GTNF 2015. The GTNF 2015 venue, the Palazzo Re Enzo, is just a four minute walk (1.2) km from the hotel on Via dell’Indipendenza.