We will be arriving by plane into Genoa on September 15th. How do I get to Monterosso Al Mare by rail? Please step by step, I do not read Italian. How do we get to the train station in Genoa? After time exploring the Cinque Terre, we will meet a tour group in Turin. I'm so excited about visiting Italy but these unknown routes and connections have me nervous. Thank you fellow travelers for your experienced advice. Jill from Michigan.
Step 1. Spell the name of the town correctly. It’s MONTEROSSO AL MARE. Monterosa is a mountain in the Alps.
Step 2. Upon arrival at GOA you can take a taxi or the shuttle bus (Volabus) to the main station. Genoa ha two main stations: GENOVA PIAZZA PRINCIPE and GENOVA BRIGNOLE. Either one will do. PIAZZA PRINCIPE is slightly closer to the airport, but trains departing from there will also stop at BRIGNOLE, the next stop.
Step 3. Buy a ticket at the station, either at the ticket office or at an automatic kiosk.
Step 4. Before boarding the train make sure you validate (date stamp) the ticket at a machine if take a Regional train (if the train is an intercity this step is not necessary).
Step 5. Look at the departure screen or table to see which track (binario) your train departs from.
Step 6. Board the train. Get off at Monterosso. Some trains require a change at Sestri Levante. If you have luggage choose a train that requires no changes, there are many options, practically two trains per hour.
Train timetables below. Enter from GENOVA PIAZZA PRINCIPE to MONTEROSSO AL MARE.
Thank you for your detailed advice. Yes, the spelling was my mistake.
This site will help you learn about taking trains in Italy:
It's a lot easier than it looks.