Public transport in Genoa represented by an extensive network of bus routes, electric trains, metro, elevators, and funicular. In this article, we will tell you how to use local public transport, where to buy tickets and see the transport schedule.
Genoa is famous for its elevation changes, so information about the operation of local public transport will come in handy for every tourist.
Buying a public transport ticket
There is a single ticket in Genoa that can use to travel on any public transport. I’ll tell you more about the types of travel tickets.
|Biglietto Ordinario (1-ride ticket)
|100 minutes on buses, trolleybuses and metro
|100 minutes on buses, trolleybuses, metro and suburban trains (in 2nd grade)
|10 Biglietti Integrati
|each for 100 minutes in buses, trolleybuses, metro + 1 trip by suburban trains (in 2nd class)
|24 hours from the first validation 100 minutes on buses, trolleybuses and metro
|Shuttle bus Volabus to Genoa Airport + 60 minutes of travel by buses, trolleybuses and metro
|unlimited travel for 7 days from the moment of the first validation on buses, trolleybuses and metro
Upon entering the bus, the ticket must be validated in the yellow validator. If you do not, you will face a fine of up to € 50. Tickets selling at newsagents (tobacco) and ticket machines at stops.
Metro in Genoa
- Genoa metro length: 7.2 km
- Number of lines: 1
- Number of stations: 8
- Working hours: from 06:30 to 23:00, every 5-7 minutes
The main metro stations that can be useful to tourists in Genoa: Principe station next to the train station of the same name and the central square Piazza Acquaverde; San Giorgio station next to Palazzo San Giorgio and Genoa Aquarium; De Ferrari – next to the Teatro Carlo Felice in Piazza Ferrari and the Doge’s Palace, Darsena station – next to the Maritime Museum and the historic center of Genoa.
The entrance to the metro indicated by the letter “M” in a red rectangle. There are turnstiles at the entrance to the Genoa metro, to which you must attach your ticket. The metro, funicular, and narrow-gauge railway map can be viewed below.
Trolleybuses in Genoa
Trolleybus routes are also part of Genoa’s urban public transport system. At present, the city served by only one trolleybus route No. 20, there were once more of them, but the number reduced. The starting point of the route is Foce (Via Rimassa), the ending point is Sampierdarena (Piazza Vittorio Veneto). The trolleybuses quite old, manufactured by Van Hool and Breda.
Buses in Genoa
AMT’s urban public transport system allows visitors to travel from one point to another with ease. 139 bus lines run from the west to the east, from Voltri to Nervi.
Intercity buses in Genoa leave from the bus station. The main bus station in Genoa is located at Via Bersaglieri d’Italia, 16126 Genova. From it you can get to Milan, Bergamo and other major cities in the country. The most famous bus carriers are Flixbus and Buscenter.
Electric trains in Genoa
There are two major train stations within the city of Genoa.
The first is the Genova Brignole central train station , located in Piazza Verdi in the heart of the city. From here you can go to the suburbs of Genoa and large Italian cities – Rome, Turin, Milan and not only.
The second station called Genova Piazza Principe and located next to Palazzo del Principe and Piazza Acquaverde. The station is very large: 66 thousand passengers pass through it every day. There is a train from Genoa airport to both stations.
Traveling by train in Italy is a great opportunity to visit and explore major cities. But the small villages and secluded beaches of the Ligurian Riviera can often only reach by rental car.
Funicular and narrow gauge railway in Genoa
The funicular must pay separately. Because the funicular not included in Genoa’s public transport system. One trip costs €0.8. The funicular runs between the stations Largo Zecca – Righi. As you climb up to Righi Station, passengers have incredible views of the city from above. Another funicular runs from Piazza Portello station to Corso Magenta.
The Genoa Narrow Gauge Railway takes you uphill from Genoa’s center, Manin Station, to Casella Station. Here are tickets for city public transport.
Elevators in Genoa
In addition to the funicular, Genoa has lifts dedicated to the locals living on the hill. Standard tickets are valid in the lifts.
Port in Genoa
One of the largest ports in Italy is located in Genoa, where cruise ships sail. From the port of Genoa, you can get by water to the following European cities: Barcelona, Palermo, Marmel, and others. It is convenient to book a cruise on a liner with departure from Genoa on the large cruise aggregator website from various companies’ Dreamlines. On the website, you can find budget offers for Mediterranean cruises from Costa and MSC starting at € 289 for 5 nights full board.
Taxi in Genoa
Taxis are the most convenient way to get around Genoa, for example from the city center to the beaches in the vicinity. The fare for short routes calculated by the meter. When traveling long distances or to neighboring cities, you can negotiate a fixed fare with the driver. When boarding a taxi, make sure that the meter is working properly and shows the price. In an Italian taxi, there is a system of surcharges for a trip on weekends, at night or on holidays, baggage, the number of passengers. Official taxis running around the city are white.
By ordering a taxi transfer, you can comfortably get to nearby towns and resorts – San Remo, Savona, Alassio, Portofino, and more. If you don’t want to understand how public transport works, your option is to order a taxi transfer from a reliable company. That will take you anywhere in Genoa and the surrounding area.
Car rental in Genoa
If you feel confident behind the wheel, know how to plan a travel route and are not afraid of mountain serpentines, then car rental in Genoa will suit you. The main plus of renting a car in this picturesque Italian region is freedom of movement.
I advise you not to miss this opportunity, and if you arrived in Italy for at least 10-14 days. Be sure to combine a beach vacation with sightseeing in Liguria – there will be entertainment for the whole family. The Liguria region has a rich culture and heritage. To cover the whole range of leisure options – to visit ancient picturesque villages, go diving, trekking in the mountains, go on a wine tour to the Italian hinterland – will only work if you have your own car.
Cars sell out quickly during the season, so we recommend booking them in advance on the Rentalcars website, which offers a wide range of cars to suit every taste and budget, from budget sedans to luxury convertibles.