Getting to Genoa by Air & Getting from Airport to Downtown Genoa

A trip to Genoa almost always starts with the arrival in a railway station or at the airport hub of the city, or the Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa.

If you are looking for a way to get from the airport to the centre of Genoa, you should know that there are three main options, and they change according to your time constraints and how much you want to spend.

Genoa has the solution for all budgets and needs, so don’t worry!

If you don’t know me yet, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Andrea and in this article, I will give you all the information you may need to move from Genoa airport to the center, by car, taxi or airport shuttle.

Are you ready for this? Let’s get started!


How to get from Genoa airport to the city centre?


Volabus Genoa

If you want to save as much as possible and wasting a little more time is not a problem, you can opt for the cheapest solution: the airport shuttle to get from Cristoforo Colombo airport to the center of Genoa or the train station.

This is a service that connects the airport to the city center using the AMT Gran Turismo bus.

The trip is short (about 30 minutes) and will allow you to reach not only the center but also the main station: Genoa Brignole.

The bus stop is right in front of the arrivals area of the airport (ground floor), the ticket costs 5€ (if purchased from the automatic ticket machines or online) or 6€ (if purchased onboard); it is free for children under 4 years of age.

Below I will leave an overview of schedules, prices and useful contacts:

  • Prices: 5€ or 6€ (adults), free for children under 4 years old
  • Where it leaves from: arrivals area, the ground floor of the airport
  • Tel: 848 000 030


Volabus timetables – Genoa airport

Daily from 5:00 to 00:20

Volabus from Genova Brignole to Airport

0500 – 0550 – 0625 0700 – 0740 – 0820 – 0900 – 0945 – 1025 – 1105 – 1145 – 1230 – 1310 – 1355 – 1430 – 1515 – 1600 – 1640 – 1725 – 1805 – 1850 – 1950 – 2025 – 2115 – 2235 – 2345

Volabus from Airport to Genova Brignole Station

0550 – 0625 – 0700 – 0740 – 0820 – 0905 – 0945 – 1025 – 1105 – 1150 – 1230 – 1315 – 1350 – 1435 – 1515 – 1555 – 1645 – 1725 – 1810 – 1910 – 1945 – 2030 – 2105 – 2200 – 2315 – 0020


Taxi from Genoa airport to the city centre

Usually, those who have more economic availability prefer to move by taxi. But if money isn’t an issue, travelling by taxi can really be a convenient option.

Why’s that? First of all, it’s a matter of time: by taxi, it will take you about 15 minutes, more so if there is a lot of traffic, especially during rush hour.

The distance from the airport to the city centre is about 7km, so travelling by taxi may be the quickest option.

Prices range from about €25 to €40 (depending on whether you choose a taxi with a few seats or a minivan suitable for larger groups or families). My advice is to always ask the taxi driver about the cost even before getting into the car to be sure of the price of getting to the center.

Remember that after midnight and until 6 a.m. the costs may rise.

  • Prices: from 25 to 40€ approx.
  • From where it leaves: arrivals area, ground floor of the airport
  • Web site:
  • Tel: 010 5966


Renting a car at Genoa airport

Are you planning a road trip to Genoa and Liguria and are you going to rent a car?

Well, you should know first of all that driving in Genoa is not very easy: there are few parking spaces available and most of the city centre is a restricted traffic area (I have talked about it in detail here): these are areas where vehicular traffic is not allowed.

That said, if you’re going to move along the coast, renting a car at Genoa airport could prove to be a great option.

At Cristoforo Colombo Airport you will find several car rental companies, including:

  • AVIS
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Firefly
  • Hertz
  • Major
  • Sicily by Car
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty

To find out the price of renting a car, click here and you will be redirected to the official Rentalcars website, where you can compare the different options available.



Here we are at the end of this article in which I explained how to reach the center of Genoa from the airport.

What to do now? Well, once you’ve figured out how to get downtown, you have to choose where to sleep, what to do and where to eat, don’t you think?!

Take a look at these guides, where I will explain how to live your trip to Genoa to the fullest.

  • Where to sleep in Genoa: the best facilities
  • Where to eat in Genoa: the best restaurants
  • Nightlife in Genoa: what to do and where to go

If you need more information, leave a comment below, and I’ll be happy to help.



Andrea Semonella
Hey! I'm Andrea and I am a little bit obsessed with exploring the world and meeting people on the road. I'm in love with my city, and I'm happy to share with you all the best place and most incredible secrets of Genoa, Italy.

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