Train from Rome to Genoa
After experiencing the grandeur of the Eternal City, eat your fill of pesto genovese in this historic port city. Learn about taking the train from Rome to Genoa.
It takes roughly the same amount of time to drive the 311miles (501km) from Rome to Genoa as it does to take the train, but neither one of the cities itself is a driver's dream. Rome is simply enormous, and Genoa is notoriously hairy to drive in. Skip the stress of navigating these two major cities by car and travel by train.
Frequent Trains from Rome to Genoa
There are 27 Trenitalia trains per day between Roma Termini and Genova Piazza Principe, the main station in Genoa. Trains depart from early morning to late evening, so you have a vast selection of times to choose from which fit your travel schedule.
However, only a few of these daily trains are direct. The majority of the routes first involve a high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) train from Roma Termini to Milano Centrale, and then a slower EuroCity or InterCity train from Milano Centrale to Genova Piazza Principe. The trip takes a little under or a little over five hours total, and tickets have a huge range in prices, from $33-102.
For the Rome-to-Milan leg of the trip, there are also Italo trains that leave from either Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina, and arrive at either Milano Centrale or Milano Rogoredo station. So if you're determined to try an Italo train you can do so for this leg of the trip - just be careful that you are aware of your arrival and departure stations.
Also, it's important to note that weekend and holiday schedules may include less frequent service and longer travel times.
Direct Trains from Rome to Genoa
There are only a few direct trains from Rome to Genoa, on the Frecciabianca.
Amenities on Trains from Rome to Genoa
The top of the line AV trains are called Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars - 1st class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper – and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Frecciargento and Frecciabianca trains offer very similar in passenger experience to the top of the line AV trains (they’re just not as fast). There are both 1st class and 2nd class cars. Passengers in 1st class cars get a free drink and a newspaper. Both typically have a cafe car which all passengers can use, and power outlets are in both class cars at each seat.
InterCity and EuroCity trains have reserved tickets and specific seat assignments, but they are older, slower trains without the amenities of the AV trains. However, a food and beverage cart will pass through the train from car to car, which sells sandwiches, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Rome and Genoa Train Stations
Rome's Termini is the city's largest station, and also a major transportation hub within Rome. Many bus lines stop right outside the station, and there is a Metro station inside Termini, too.
Genoa’s main train station is called Genova Piazza Principe, though it is also known as Genova Principe or Porta Principe. This is the city’s historic central station, and has stops for the its major bus routes and the Principe Metro (subway) stop nearby, which connect the station to the port where cruise ships dock.