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How to take a rail journey from Rome/Roma to Genoa/Genova

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Roma / Rome to Genova / Genoa by train

Due to its coastal location Genova is some distance away from Italy's high speed rail network, therefore the city is served by comparatively few express trains.
Though that location on the shores of the Mediterranean ensures that journeys from the south into Genova by train are spectacular!

There is now a choice of four different rail services when taking a train from Rome/Roma to Genoa/Genova by day.

1: An early morning Frecciargento train races up the high speed line to Firenze and then joins the 'classic' coastal route near Pisa, also on every evening except Saturdays, another Frecciargento train begins its journey at the station at Fiumicino airport, so it doesn't depart from Roma Termini.
2. The Frecciabianca trains don't take the high speed line, but they tilt so they can travel faster on that classic coastal route.
3. The Intercity trains take the same route as the Frecciabianca trains, but they don't tilt and they make more station calls, so they're the slowest option; therefore they're typically the cheapest option too.
4. A new evening Italo service uses the high speed line from Roma to Milano and then travels on from Milano to Genova (uniquely for this route, this train calls at Pizza Principe station in the city first and then terminates at Brignole station).

The overnight train option is best avoided, as it departs from Ostiense station in Roma after midnight and arrives in Genova before 06:00.

Something else that's good to know is that the Trenitalia trains from Rome call at two stations in Genoa; they call first at Genova Brignole station, before going on to call at Genova Pizza Principe station.
So it can be worth checking which station is more convenient for your ultimate destination.
Though if you'll be heading to the city centre, the quickest option will be to leave the train at Genova Brignole and transfer there to the Metro.

Routes you can take to go from Roma / Rome to Genova / Genoa

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the high speed Frecce train
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 10min



Travel Info

From: Roma Termini:
1 x direct train per day

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Option 2: taking the Frecciabianca trains

Route Information

Option 3: taking the Intercity trains
Travel Time (approx)

5hr 35min - 5hr 40min (approx)



Travel Info

2 x trains per day

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Option 4: taking the Italo train
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