Sleeping in Airports

Genoa Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Genoa Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I was locked inside the airport! The doors were closed, the lights were shut and I slept well (because I didn’t even realize that I was all alone until the early morning). -P

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Cristoforo Colombo (Genoa) International Airport.

What to Expect

Cristoforo Colombo (Genoa) International Airport consists of a small, single terminal with few services, eateries and shops. Airport staff and security are described as rude and unhelpful. WiFi is available, and additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Overnight stays are not permitted at this airport. You will be asked to leave the terminal, where you can wait outside with the mosquitoes. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Sala Genova – Location: Landside, first floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Genoa Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Tower Genova Airport Hotel & Conference Center – (7 minutes from the airport) Hotel operates a free shuttle between the hotel and the city center. The shuttle does not go to the airport, as the hotel is less than 5 minutes walking distance. » Check Rates
  • Marinaplace Hotel – (13 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for 15,00€. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Premier CHC Airport Hotel – (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 7:00AM to 10:00PM. Shuttle reservations are required. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Genoa Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Genoa Airport for up to 3 hours if you are Landside. Once you are Airside you may connect again without any time limits.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Arrivals Hall, on the ground floor.

Currency Exchange – Hours: 8:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 8:00AM – 1:20PM (Sat).

Duty Free & Shopping – A duty free store is located airside, 3 other shops are available, Giglio Bagnara sells items you may need for your flight.

Fast Track – If you want to get through security quicker you can pay €4,00 per person (book online).

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food concessions.

Information Booth – Location: Landside. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:30PM every day (closed between 1:00PM and 1:30PM).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Protect your luggage with Safe Bag luggage wrapping service. Rates start at € 10 per bag. Location: Departures, landside, 1st Floor, opposite ticket office. Hours: 5:00AM – 7:00PM.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:40AM – 12:30AM.


As of March 2018, Genoa airport is served by the following airlines: Air Dolomiti • Air France • Alitalia • Blue Express • British Airways • KLM • Lufthansa • Meridiana • Ryanair • S7 Airlines • Volotea • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Volabus offers an express bus service between the airport and city center. Frequent departures are available for the 30-minute trip, which brings passengers to and from Brignole railway station from 5:20AM – 11:30AM. Minimal stops are made along the way, which include Principe railway station and De Ferrari/Centro Citta Metro station. The €6,00 bus fare (valid as of January 2018) includes a 60-minute ticket good for any mode of transportation on the AMT public transportation network (same day travel only).

Shuttle Service i24 and the Riviera Shuttle also serve the airport.

For route maps, schedules and additional fare information for Volabus, Shuttle i24 or the AMT public transportation network, visit the AMT website.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rental agencies include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, Sicily by Car/AutoEuropa and Sixt.


Taxis are available outside of the Arrivals area on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. As of this January 2018 update, A fixed fare of 7€ and 8€ per person (min. 3 persons) is available for rides to and from Principe railway station and Brignole railway station.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.