Getting to Genoa Airport (GOA)
Genoa Airport is also known as the Cristoforo Colombo Airport, and is considered to be a major gateway to Italy’s north-western Liguria region. It is situated only 6 km (4 miles) away from Genoa, and juts out into the Gulf of Genoa, built on a man-made peninsula. It is also nearby the areas of Arenzano, Pegli, Rapallo, Savona, Varazze and Voltri. To the north of the airport are the cities of Borzoli, Cantalupo and Madonna del Gazzo. Genoa Airport handles both international and domestic flights from its single, multi-level terminal building.
The major motorway connecting Genoa Airport to central Genoa, Piedmont, Lombardy and the Alps is the A10 / E25. This motorway is also referred to as the Autostrada dei Fiori. To the north of Genoa Airport is the motorway of A12 / E80, or Autostrada Azzurra, and this road intersects the A7 / E80. The A7 / E80 leads to the airport.
Directions to Genoa Airport from the north
Motorists who want to reach Genoa Airport from this area should take the A7 in a southerly direction, and then follow the A10 to the west. From the A10, drivers should exit to the south, and follow the signs leading to Cornigliano Ligure and Genoa Airport.
Directions to Genoa Airport from the east
From central Genoa, motorists should head west on Strada Aldo Moro, or the SS1, which is the most direct route to the airport. Motorists could also follow the A7 and A10 until reaching the exit for Genoa Airport.
Directions to Genoa Airport from the west
From this area, motorists should follow the A10 motorway east in the direction of Genoa, and then exit to the south in the direction of Cornigliano Ligure and the airport. The airport is also well signposted from here.
As one enters the vicinity of the airport, there is the marina and cargo areas to the west, and the fuelling area to the east. Directly ahead are the car parking areas and the passenger terminal.
The distance of Genoa Airport’s motorway toll barrier is 210 km from Nice, 170 km from Turin, 140 km from Milan and 105 km from La Spezia. Florence is a distance of 225 km from the airport, and Sanremo is approximately 140 km away.
Genoa Airport’s terminal building is divided into four floors. The ground floor is for all international and domestic arrivals, and the first floor is dedicated to departures. On these floors and the second floor passengers will find various useful amenities, including a full service bank (Banca Carige), ATMs and currency exchange facilities. On the departure level, business travelers can make use of the Sala Genova VIP lounge, which offers a snack bar, free newspapers in Italian and other foreign languages, as well as a telecheck-in service for those passengers who have only hand luggage. For a more comprehensive range of business and conference facilities, passengers should make a booking at the Sheraton Hotel Genoa, which is situated on the airport grounds. There are numerous restaurants located at the airport, including the Chef Express and the Gusto Self Service ristorante. Shopping enthusiasts can enjoy local and international fashion brands for sale at the boutique of Giglio Bagnara, and an interesting collection of Liguria souvenirs at the Genova Shop. Before boarding, departing passengers can purchase a variety of items from duty-free outlets as well. The passenger terminal has recently been upgraded, and the entire airport area is currently in the process of major improvements.
The ticket offices of the airport are located in the middle of the departures area, in front of the stairs leading to the self-service restaurant. Tickets for all the air carriers can be purchased here. The office is open from 05:00 to 19:00.
Genoa Airport is completely accessible to disabled passengers and reduced mobility passengers. Facilities specially built to assist these individuals are disabled toilets, internal and external lifts for moving between floors, and pavement ramps. The lifts are also equipped with buttons in ‘Braille’ for visually impaired individuals.
Visitors and departing passengers traveling to Genoa Airport have a few transportation options. The bus services include the Genova AMT Volabus, which provides transport between Genoa Airport and the two main train stations of Principe FS and Brignole FS, as well as the city center. They are available approximately every 40 minutes from Brignole Railway Station, every day of the week. The new Shuttle Service I24 links Genoa Airport to the Sestri Ponente district, its railway station and the new Marina Genoa Airport., and the Rapid bus link travels directly between the airport and the Principe FS and Brignole FS every hour. Since there is no actual train station at Genoa Airport, passengers should take one of these buses to reach the airport after arriving at one of the Genoa train stations. Taxis are another popular form of transportation, and they are readily available from any of the main train and bus stations in Genoa, as well as from the major public and tourist areas within the city. Taxis can also be called to collect you from any location.
Genoa Airport has information desks in the arrival and departure areas of the terminal, where passengers can find assistance in regards to all general airport issues.