SAT 2003
How to reach S. Margherita


Conference Location 

Hotel Regina Elena
Lungomare Milite Ignoto 44
16038 Santa Margherita Ligure
Ph. (+39) 0185 287.003
Fax. (+39) 0185 284.473

Santa Margherita and Portofino in Ligura (map)

Santa Margherita surroundings (map)


By plane

Genoa has a small but efficient airport which is very well connected with downtown Genoa and its main train stations (Brignole and Porta Principe). Please visit Cristoforo Colombo airport web site for more information about the incoming fly routes. If you cannot find a flight to Genoa, please consider Milan as an alternative destination. 

To reach Santa Margherita from Genoa (Cristoforo Colombo) airport you can either:
1) take a taxi (about 50Km distance, 30 to 40 minutes time, about 55 euros fare: check with the driver before boarding), or 
2) reach Brignole train station either with a taxi (6Km, 10 minutes time, 10-15 euros fare) or with the "Volabus" airport shuttle which leaves you  in front of the station (2.07 euros for a one-way ticket, and you can purchase the tickets on the bus). See the Volabus timetable  for more information about the bus schedule. From Brignole you can continue your journey to Santa Margherita by train (see "By train" instructions below).

To reach Santa Margherita from Milan  (either  Malpensa or Linate) airport you should take a shuttle bus to Milano Centrale train station (see here for more information about the shuttle to/from Malpensa). From Milano Centrale you can continue your journey to Santa Margherita by train (see "By train" instructions below).


By train

Santa Margherita is a small municipality with only one train station on the Genoa-La Spezia-Rome railway. If you are leaving from Genoa (either Brignole or Principe) take a "regionale" train with final destination Sestri Levante or La Spezia. This kind of train most often stops at Santa Margherita but check on the timetable to be sure. 

If you are leaving from Milan, consider reaching Genoa using either an "Intercity" (relatively expensive, but comfortable) or "Interregionale" (cheaper, less comfortable).There are several final destinations that could be of use but be sure to check  whether the train makes at least one stop in Genoa or Rapallo. "Intercity" and "Interregionale" trains most often do not stop at Santa Margherita so you should probably stop in Genoa or Rapallo and take another train from here. Rapallo is very close to Santa Margherita, so you can consider taking a taxi from there (6 Km distance, about 10 minutes, 10-15 euros fare). Consider placing a reservation for a seat when you travel by train from Milan to Genoa or Rapallo: it is a little more expensive, but it gives you some additional peace of mind.

To learn more about routes, schedules and fares, please visit the TRENITALIA web site (the railway transportation service).  


By car

You can rent a car in Milan and Genoa airports. Please visit  SocietÓ Autostrade web site for more information about Italian Motorways. In order to reach Santa Margherita you should take Motorway A12, go south, and exit at Rapallo. Consult any route finding site in order to find directions from Rapallo's exit to Santa Margherita.