Transportation in Liguria
The region of Liguria is devided in the four provinces of Imperia, Savona, Genoa and La Spezia. On this page you will be able to find information about how to move around in each of these provinces and about how to reach some of the other most famous and well-known places in Liguria.
In Imperia the bus company is called Riviera Trasporti, which provides an excellent connection between the different cities of the province. Every day there are several buses running between the main cities of Imperia, such as Dolceacqua, Ventimiglia, San Remo, Imperia, Pieve di Teco and Cervo. Visitors can purchase tickets from the station itself. A 7-day discount travel card is also available.
There are two main train stations in the city of Imperia, station Imperia Porto Maurizio and station Imperia Oneglia, connecting Imperia with the rest of the region and country. From these stations it is also possibile to go to Sanremo within 20 minutes.
More information about Riviera Trasportion:
Tel: 0183 7001
Website: rivieratrasporti.it (in Italian)
The main bus agency of Savona is the ACTS. Their bus lines cover the biggest part of the city of Savona and also several locations outside the city. There are also several busses and trains that connect Savona with the other cities of Ligura. When traveling longer distances trains may be more convenient.
You can purchase different kind of tickets in accordance with the length of your stay.
For those wanting to explore Savona by themselves there is also the possibility to rent bicycles and scooters.
The best way to get from Savona to Genoa is by train, wich will take approximately 30 minutes. If you would like to go to the centre of Genoa you have to get off at the Genoa Piazza Principe station.
Going to San Remo from Savona will take about 1,5 hours by train. If you are going to visit the cinque terre in the province of La Spezia you can get off at the station of Riomaggiore, which is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre and will take about three hours by train. The most northern village, Monterosso, is a 2,5 hour train ride away from Savona.
More information about ACTS:
Tel: 019 220 11
Website: acts.it (in Italian)
The best way to travel around in Genoa is by bus. The bus service in Genoa is in the hands of Azienda Mobilitá e Trasporti (AMT), which has 138 bus lines across the province. Several of them provide connections between the city of Genoa and cities along the Ligurian coast such as San Remo, but also to other places in Italy.
The main (bus) station in Genoa is at Piazza Principe. This is also where the bus (Volabus) that will take you to and from the aiport departs and arrives.
You can purchuse your bus tickets in the local tobacco shops or newspaper stands. It is also possible to purchuse a Genoapass for 4 Euro, which gives you 24 hour acces to the AMT network, including the busses, metro, public elevators, funicular railways, Navebus(ferry services), Volabus (airport shuttle) and trains (Trenitalia) within the urban city area.
The Genoa train station is very well connected to many other cities within the region but also outside. There are for example trains going to La Spezia, Imperia, Pisa, Nice in France.
If you would like to visit San Remo during your stay in Genoa, the best option would be to take the train there. It will take you about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the train you take. For information on departure times you can take a look on the Trenitalia website. When you arrive at the train station in San Remo it is a 10 minute walk to Piazza Columbo bus station.
From Genoa The Cinque Terre can be reached by train within an hour.
More information about AMT:
AMT custumer service Telephone number: 800 085 311
website: amt.genova.it (in Italian)
The easiest way to get around in La Spezia is by the use of public busses. These are not very expensive, they cover the city centre and there are several bus connections between the central station and Lerici, Chiodo and Portovenere (from Via Domenicano). In La Spezia the bus company is called ATC. Bus tickets can be purchased at newsstands and should be validated in the bus.
There is also a train station in the city of La Spezia, La Spezia Centrale, so if you are planning on visiting the Cinque Terre during you stay, you could also take a train, which will take you there within about 10 minutes. You can get off in Riomaggiore and walk along the coast of Liguria. Also Genoa can be reached by train within an hour. San Remo will take about 4 hours by train. The tickets can bought inside the train station.
During the summer there are also ferries running from from La Spezia's port to Portovenere, Lerici, and the Cinque Terre.
More information about ATC:
Tel: 0187 522 511
Website: actlaspezia.it (in Italian)