1st SPECIAL Open day - Marine Biotechnology
Genoa 28 October 2011
Getting to Genoa
Genoa may be reached by car, train, plane and ferry. You may also opt for a combination of these means, especially if flying to airports alternative to the city one.
The Genoa airport (Cristoforo Colombo - GOA) is served by several companies, including low-cost ones. Check it out here.
A convenient alternative is Pisa airport (Galileo Galilei - PSA). There are many more low-cost connections here, but then you need to take a train to Genoa. Make sure your arrival and departure times fit the train timetable leaving a good safety margin. Airport info here.
You may also decide to fly via Milan. There are three airports in Milan, namely Malpensa (MXP), Bergamo - Orio al Serio (BGY) and Linate (LIN). Train connections via Malpensa (the main Italian airport together with Rome Fiumicino) may be good - you need to change in Milan. Bergamo airport is well served by low-cost companies, then you may get to Milan by the airport shuttle and take a train to Genoa. Linate is a small national airport, still featuring a few international connections. It is placed almost inside the city of Milan. To find out more check the airport websites: Malpensa, Bergamo, Linate.
There are two main stations in Genoa, namely Genova Piazza Principe (western part of the city) and Genova Brignole (eastern part of the city). They are equally well served with trains coming from the north (Milan, Turin directions), from east (Pisa, Rome) and from west (border with France). You may plan your train journey on the official Italian railways website here.Note: Choose Inter City, Euro City or Freccia Rossa Trains and try to avoid repeated commuting.
Genoa is at the crossroads of a few highways: A12 runs est, A10 runs west, A7 and A26 runs north. Driving in Genoa requires good skills as traffic is quite tough, the city is built on hills and many locals move on motorbikes and scooters. Rent-a-car services are available in town as well as at the city airport. Plan your car trip, and check for traffic news here.
Genoa is a harbour-city. As such, ferries add to the usual ways to get here. Ferries usually connect Italian ports. Other connections are for Barcelona, Bastia, Tunis, Tanger, Valletta.