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Getting around in Genoa: info, costs and advice


Genoa is one of those cities that pleases everyone. The sun, the sea, the mountains, without forgetting fun and culture. All this can be found in this splendid city of Liguria, famous for its port and which has become one of the Italian powers thanks to maritime trade. Today Genoa attracts tourists from all over, who flock to visit its streets overlooked by the Rolli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its numerous attractions such as the famous Aquarium of Genoa.

In addition, the city offers a wide choice of public transport that will help you in your stay and in your travels. Here's one guide on how to get around in Genoa: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Genoa
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The historic center of Genoa and the Porto Vecchio area lend themselves perfectly to being explored on foot. For a first approach to the city, our suggestion is to take part in a guided tour of the historic center, which in about 2 hours shows you the must-haves of the historic center and above all can provide practical advice for the rest of your visit (prices from € 17,50 per person).

The use of vehicles is essential to reach certain areas and, for this reason, the Genoa Pass which allows you to travel on the entire urban network (bus, underground, funiculars, lifts, regional train) with a single ticket (24 h € 4,50). The Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus is also recommended, lasting 24 or 48 hours. For the duration of your ticket you can get on and off without limits at the various stops, all located in strategic places, near the main attractions.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, tourist bus, lifts, funiculars, buses, light metro
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Genova Pass (from € 4,50 -), 10 ticket booklet (from € 15,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Genoa

The Genoa-Sestri airport is also known by many as Cristoforo Colombo International Airport, as a tribute to the famous Ligurian explorer. Through its structure, which is also the largest in all of Liguria, about 1,5 million visitors pass every year, arriving from all over the world. The airport is located on an artificial peninsula in the Sestri Ponente district, just 6 km from the city center, easily accessible thanks to Genoa's public transport, including the Volabus, a specific bus that covers the route from the Airport to the city .

Cristoforo Colombo International Airport

  • Distance from the center: 8 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By train: Trenitalia line / ticket cost: from € 1,50
  • By taxi: fixed rate € 7,00 per person / travel time: 15 min
  • By bus: average cost € 6,00 / Volabus lines, 1, 3, 20

How to get around on foot

Getting around Genoa is very simple, even on foot. It is true that some distances are perhaps a bit long, but a good part of the beauty of this city is also in visiting it by walking through its streets. The historic center, with an extension of 1,13 sq km and due to its medieval origin, is a maze of narrow and winding streets that hide splendid buildings. For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take part in a guided tour of the historic center. which in about 2 hours shows you the musts of the historic center and above all can provide practical advice for the rest of your visit (prices from € 17,50 per person).

Don't miss a visit to the Porto Antico area, also this one ideal to explore on foot! Here, moreover, there are some of the most visited attractions, first of all the Aquarium of Genoa and the Biosphere. Here is also theBigo panoramic lift (online ticket around € 4,00), which offers a wonderful view over the whole city!

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Genoa for free.



How to get around by bicycle

Genoa does not lack the possibility of rent bicycles to travel throughout the Ligurian Riviera. Fares vary according to needs and the passenger. They range from € 4,00 for 1 hour within the city limits, up to € 72,00 for a month. Below are the detailed rates:

  • Hourly rates: 1 h € 4,00; 2 h € 5,00; 3 h € 7,00; 4 h € 8,00; 5 h € 9,00
  • Daily rates: € 10,00
  • Weekly rates: 1 week € 48,00; 2 weeks € 58,00; 3 weeks € 68,00
  • Monthly rates: one month € 72,00

Con i mezzi pubblici

Genoa is full of public transport. The city in fact uses the public service company AMT, which provides the city with buses, trams and an underground network. These then must be accompanied by other more original but fundamental means to visit Genoa: the lifts, easy to find in any corner of the city, the funiculars and the navebus, which guarantees you a very particular and unmissable view of the city.

Absolutely recommended, especially if you have little time available and want to see as much as possible, the Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus, lasting 24 or 48 hours. For the duration of your ticket you can get on and off without limits at the various stops, all located in strategic places, near the main attractions. And in the meantime, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic ride of Genoa!


Metropolitan

The subway is one of the most used public transport in Genoa. There is a single line that connects the Rivarolo area, in Val Polcevera, to the city center, with 7 stations overlooking the suggestive and touristic places of Genoa. It is a relatively young facility since it opened in 1990. The Brin-Dinegro and Dinegro-Brin section is free.


  • Downloadable map: genoa-subway-map
  • 4:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50, € 2,50 on board
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 15,00, 24 h GenovaPass € 4,50, day ticket for 4 people € 9,00

Bus

Genoa is crossed by an extensive bus network, consisting of 139 lines, which cross the city connecting each area thanks to a total of 2.500 stops monitored also thanks to a satellite system called SiMon. The lines are grouped according to the area of ​​the city, for a total of 6 different areas characterized by different colors: red, green, blue, yellow, purple and gray.

  • Downloadable map: genoa-bus-map
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50, € 2,50 on board
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 15,00, 24 h GenovaPass € 4,50, day ticket for 4 people € 9,00

Sant'Anna funicular

The funicular, dating from 1891, is one of the most original public transport in the city. This vehicle extends for 370 meters and connects Piazza Portello to the Circonvallazione Monte area. At the beginning the funicular, which covers a difference in height of 54 meters, was operated thanks to a water system, which was later modernized in 1991, when a fire destroyed the Monte station.

  • Downloadable map: funicular-map
  • 7:00AM - 00:30PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 0,90
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 4 rides € 3,00

Zecca-Righi funicular

It is thelarger facility that connects the city center to the hills. The route touches 7 stations: from the central terminus of largo Zecca you reach the Carbonara station first and then those of San Nicolò, Madonnetta, Preve, San Simone and Righi.

  • Downloadable map: funicular-map
  • 6:40AM - 00:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 0,90

Navebus

Another very common means of transport in Genoa is the Navebus, which connects Pegli with the ancient port of Genoa. Active since August 2007, this transport system was born from the union of Amt, the Cooperative Boatmen of the Port of Genoa, the Liguria Region and the Municipality of Genoa. Navebus is there best choice for those wishing to discover the city from a privileged point of view, the sea; as well as the solution to avoid traffic and travel comfortably.

  • service generally active from 7:00 to 18:00, check the official website for exact departures
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 3,00

Drinbus

This is the bus service on call. Convenient, flexible and economical, it is active in some areas of the city. It is necessary to book the ride by calling the call center 800.085302 (free call) from Monday to Saturday 6: 00-23: 30. You have to choose the stop of origin and arrival, time and day (or several days). For each zone the route develops in a series of stops on which the itineraries planned during the day are built. A minibus will wait for you at the chosen stop and at the indicated time.

  • Downloadable map: available on the official website
  • generally from 6:00 to 20:00, check the individual lines on the official website
  • Ticket / single ride cost: variable according to the route. From € 3,00

Elevators

A little everywhere you will find lifts that connect the "lower" part of the city to the higher one. They are accessible from 6:00 am until late evening, with variations depending on the area.

  • Downloadable map: map-lifts
  • from 6:00 in the morning until late evening, with variations based on the area that interests them
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 3,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: € 2,50 per person (for groups of at least 30 people)

By car

Due to the conformation of Genoa, thecar use in the city can be difficult. To complicate matters, the restricted traffic areas. Considering the wide and dense network of public transport, it is not absolutely essential for purely tourist purposes.

ZTL

The historic center is located in limited traffic area (ZTL): traffic and parking within this ZTL are reserved for residents.

There is also a "Blue Zone", outside the ZTL area, identifiable precisely by a blue horizontal sign, whose purpose is to facilitate parking for residents. Within the "Blue Zone" the parking of non-resident vehicles is in fact limited in time and subject to payment. For any info consult the official website

Stops and parking

Paid parking on the road responds almost entirely to regulation called "Blu Area". All information regarding the rates and regulations applied can be found on the official website of the Genoa car parks and on the official website of the Blu Area. In the city, moreover, there are the so-called parking spaces in the structure, with cheaper rates and always guarded.

For those arriving by car in Genoa, the most convenient option is that of the parking areas of Interchange: Park + Local Public Transport (TPL), operating 24 hours a day and which in the fare include the public transport used later to reach the center. Indicative prices from € 0,50 to € 1,50 1 / h. You can find all the info about it on the official website. These car parks are:

  • Park Di Negro in Via Bruno Buozzi (135 stalls), reachable from the Genova Ovest motorway exit, following the signs for "Di Negro Interscambio". Interchange with bus or metro station Di Negro - Get directions
  • Park Piazzale Marassi (133 bays), reachable from the Genova Est motorway exit. Interchange with bus and metro Brignole station - Get directions
  • Park Molo Architects (132 stalls), reachable from the Genova Voltri or Genova Pegli motorway exit. Interchange with the Navebus service, a connection by sea between Genoa-Pegli (Molo Archetti) and the Porto Antico in less than 30 min - Get directions
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