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Car hire at Genoa Airport

Car hire at Genoa Airport

Genoa Airport (GOA) is also known as Cristoforo Colombo Airport and is the international hub for the city of Genoa in northwest Italy. It couldn’t be easier to get into the city centre with your hire car, as the airport is located a short 20-minute drive away via Strada Statale 1 Via Via Aurelia.

What I need to know

There are plenty of car rental companies operating out of Genoa Airport so you can have your pick. Navigating the choices is made much easier by comparing car hire deals on our site. Not only will you find the best vehicle for you at the right price, but you’ll also benefit from 24-hour assistance and free cancellation should you need it.

Where to pick up my car

Most of the car hire firms at Genoa Airport offer pick up at the terminal, with the car rental desks being located in the arrivals hall, just behind the tourist information stand. The other companies operate a meet and greet service, meaning you’ll be escorted to where you need to be to collect your vehicle.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

You’ll love exploring Genoa with your hire car, from the city’s port, which was its foundation to the Old Town, there is lots to see. From relaxing in the vast squares to shopping on the central streets, you’ll find plenty to keep yourself occupied. Be sure to include both the old and new in your itinerary to get a well-rounded picture of Genoa.

Nearby Genoa Airport

While there’s lots to entertain you in Genoa, the freedom of having a hire car means you can venture out to more locations close by. There are several national parks close by, where you can get out into nature and go hiking, as well as small towns, many of which have wonderful food heritage, as Liguria is a fantastic culinary destination.

Longer drives

From Genoa Airport, the whole of the north of Italy is open to you. This means you can make your way to Milan for the fashion, Florence for the art and Turin for the impressive architecture. You can even head over the border into France, where you will find the city of Nice close by.

Eating and drinking

Ligurian food is among the best in Italy, so be sure to taste some of the local delicacies during your stay. These include focaccia, pesto and a special pasta called corzetti, which are round in shape and stamped with decorative motifs, that have the added benefit of holding more of the accompanying sauce.

Things to do

If you are a shopaholic, then Via Roma will be your first destination in Genoa. This classy street is jam-packed with designer shops, helping your stock up on anything from handbags to shoes. Boat trips regularly leave from Genoa, so you can make the most of its coastal location and explore other destinations nearby.


Take in the palaces on Strade Nouve, which were constructed between the 16th and 17th centuries and range in style from renaissance to baroque. Many of them are listed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage list and some even have galleries inside, featuring works by Rubens and Caravaggio.