Cristoforo Colombo airport (GOA) is very close to the city, and really among the water! Landing in Genova is really exciting, the planes fly from Portofino to the airport along the whole lengh of Genova, with a terrific view if you seat on the right side of the plane!
The airport is connected to the city centre by bus (number 100) or taxis. There are no train stations right there, just a couple not so close and not in a great zone.
There are regular flights to/from London (BA, RyanAir), Paris (AirFrance), Munich (AirDolomiti/Lufthansa) and domestic flights to/from Rome, Milan, Naples, Catania and Palermo.
To get there by car take the motorway at Genova Ovest and the follow the direction "Ventimiglia". After few minutes you will reach the exit "Genova Aeroporto".
The easiest way (other than a taxi) to central Genoa from the airport is the Volabus #100, 3.00 Euros. It makes local stops, which are clearaly indicated on the LED on the bus) all the way into the center. Ticket may be purchesed on bus. Transport between airport Genova to the Piazza Aquaverde (stazione Principle FS), or to the Piazza Verdi (stazione Brignole FS)
Keep your ticket, it can be used for all day in Genoa!
In the good old days you could get a local bus to the centre of Genoa for the normal bus fare.
You still can on line 151, but you have to change elsewhere in town to make the connection.
In common with most other airports in the world, the dedicated service is higher-priced and not connected (on the smae ticket) to the other forms of public transport.
At least at 3 euro per person it's not a rip-off.
The bus that is currently used (winter 2004) is a bit on the small side - we had to wait an extra 20 minutes as the bus following the arrival of a Ryanair flight was packed by the time we made it to the outside of the terminal.
From Cristoforo Colombo airport bus #100 runs to Stazione Pricipe every 1/2 hour, it costs just €2.07 and takes around 25 mins - good value. Buy the ticket from the driver and don't forget to validate it in the yellow box.
the Piazza Principi Station is only 8km far from the airport.
here is the info about the
and here the pdf bilingual printable foldout
by taxi you can ask the flat fare at Radio Taxi