Portofino Travel Resources

Our Portofino Travel Resources section is here to help you get to Portofino whether it is by air, train, car or boat and plan for an exciting visit to the beautiful Tigullio Gulf.

Portofino and its Park are situated in the Liguria Region, precisely in the Province of Genova, more or less at 20 km from the city of Genova. The main towns representing a gateway to Portofino are Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure. The area is easy to reach thanks to a convenient rail and road network and its proximity to two international airports.

Portofino Travel - Getting There by Car

Portofino is situated along the SP227 Provincial Road which links Santa Margherita Ligure to the village. The major motorway link connecting the area is :

A12 (E80) : Genova - Livorno

  • Exit at the tollbooth of Rapallo and follow signs to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino (about 15min drive)

  • Travelling from Milan take the A7 Milan-Genoa motorway and continue along the A12 towards La Spezia.

  • Travelling from Venice or Bologna take the A1 Bologna-Milan motorway to Parma, then take the A15 to La Spezia and continue along the A12 towards Genoa.

  • Travelling from Rome or Florence take the A11 Firenze motorway, then follow the A12 towards Genoa.

Note that the trafic on the winding road leading to Portofino may be congested at times in high season. There will be policmen regulating the flow of cars into the village and you even might have electronic infos on the road, telling you the approximate waitingtime before you may reach Portofino...

Parking in Portofino:

The center of Portofino is a restricted traffic zone, and therefore transit and parking permits are granted only to residents/authorized persons. There is a 24-hour car park available at Piazza Martiri della Liberta, which is located just upon entering the village from SP227 road. Note that the parking costs are quite expensive.

You can also use the free parking area located along the SP227 road between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino in front of the nightclub Covo Nord Est . From here you can reach the center of the village on foot ((3.5 km from Portofino), while enjoying the stunning scenic walk or alternatively use the available bus service. In the summer months, the busses run every twenty minutes until 8pm, and tickets can be purchased at the vending machine in the parking lot.

Portofino Travel - Getting There by Train

If you are approaching Portofino by train, the nearest train station is Santa Margherita Ligure - Portofino which lies on the Genova - La Spezia line. It's served by numerous trains running daily.

You can find further travel advice and planning help, in our Travel to Liguria by Train section.

From Santa Margherita you can reach Portofino by:

  • Walking: about 1 hour and 20 min

  • Taxi: there are taxi stands outside the train station

  • Bus: there is a regular bus service from the train station of Santa Margherita Ligure, to Portofino which runs approximates every 15-20 minutes from 6.15am to 10pm (and in the summer months up to 00:41am). For further details, visit http://www.atp-spa.it

Portofino Travel - Getting There by Air

The nearest airports to the Gulf of Tigullio are Cristoforo Colombo International airport in Genoa and Pisa International Airport - Galileo Galilei. Both operate national and international flights run by traditional and low cost airlines.

If you are arriving to Portofino by plane, you will find that flying to Cristoforo Colombo International airport in Genoa is the most convenient option as it is the closest airport to Portofino, some 40 km away.

Your other option is to fly to the Pisa International Airport - Galileo Galilei. Pisa Airport is directly connected to the Italian Railway Network.The railway terminal is located just outside the departure hall and is connected to Pisa Central Station by a direct train service. At the Airport, you can buy your railway ticket at the information office in the arrivals hall.

For further essential air travel advice and help planning your trip, visit our Air Travel Liguria section.

Portofino Travel - Getting There by Sea

The other way of getting to Portofino and around Liguria is by boat—which has the added advantage of allowing you to see the stunning Ligurian coastline from a distance.

The ferries provide a continuous connection to the village of Portofino from the Gulf of Paradise - www.golfoparadiso.it , from the Gulf of Tigullio - www.traghettiportofino.it , from the Gulf of La Spezia - www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it and Genoa - www.battellierigenova.it

For those of you travelling to Portofino in their own sailing boat, Portofino's port offers a wide range of mooring facilities include water and electricity. Portofino is a popular destination for the world's wealthy, and the luxurious yachts constantly dot the horizon in this lovely Mediterranean port.

Portofino Travel Guide

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