Savona is the base port of the Costa Crociere. Most of the Mediterranean cruises of this cruise giant start from here. Savona is a small port city with a population of 70,000 inhabitants. The cruise terminal in Savona is very conveniently located - the city center can be reached on foot in 10 minutes, to the railway station 30 minutes on foot. The main inconvenience of this cruise terminal is that there is no international airport in Savona, so you will have to fly to neighboring cities - Genoa (50 km) or Milan (170 km) and then travel by land.
Despite the fact that Genoa is geographically closer, it will most likely be more convenient and cheaper for you to fly to Milan, since there are many more flights there.
Arriving at one of the airports in Milan, you will need to get to the central railway station of Milan.
Next, you will need to take a direct train to Savona, which runs about 5 times a day. The ticket price at the box office is 19-25 euros, but if you take it in advance (2-4 months in advance) on the website http://www.trenitalia.com, you can buy non-refundable cheap tickets for 9 euros.
Once you reach the Savona railway station, you will only have to drive to the cruise terminal. It can be done:
As you can see, the road from Milan airport to the Savona cruise port is not the easiest. You can get by with fewer transfers only by taking a cruise company transfer (information below), or by taxi (about 300 euros). Also keep in mind that the road and transfers take a lot of time, so we recommend that you arrive in Milan the day before the cruise. On the day of the cruise, you can only fly if you have booked a direct transfer from the cruise company. In other cases, it is better not to take risks and arrive in advance.
The sequence of your actions will be the reverse of what we described above. The only point is to buy tickets for the Savona - Milan train in advance via the Internet, this will allow you to get normal seats. At the end of the cruise in Savona, there will be a lot of people who want to get to Milan, so people who take tickets on a first-come, first-served basis sometimes go standing up. To avoid this, take care of tickets in advance. If you still have a lot of time before your flight from Milan, you can walk around Savona, leaving your luggage in the luggage room at Savona Station. The price of this service is 5 euros for one piece of baggage weighing up to 20 kg
The first step is to get from Genoa Airport to Genoa Central Station. This can be done with Volabus buses. They run from 6 am to midnight. Travel time will be about half an hour, and the fare will be 6 euros. You can also take a taxi.
After that, you can take the train to Savona. They run every 20 minutes, travel time is from 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the train class). Price from 4.10 euros.
Upon arrival in Savona, you can take a taxi to the cruise terminal or walk to it. Also, a paid Costa bus runs between the station and the terminal (5 euros)
As we already wrote - Savona is the base port of the Costa Crociere company, so if you go on a cruise from Savona, then most likely with the Costa company. Costa Crociere offers paid transfers from the airports and railway stations of Milan, Genoa and Nice to the terminal in Savona and back. If in your case such a transfer is available, then it is probably worth using it. It will not be the cheapest way, but definitely the most convenient, without transfers. Cruise line transfers must be booked in advance. You can book a transfer from the airport to the port when purchasing a cruise, and a return transfer can be booked directly on the ship.
Estimated cost of transfer from Malpensa airport to Savona terminal - 27 euros. The duration of the trip is 2.5-3 hours. If you are arriving at Bergamo and/or Linate airports, then you will need to first get to Milan Central Station and take a transfer from there.
Tip: if you arrive at Malpensa Airport in the evening the day before the cruise, perhaps the most convenient and cheapest way would be to spend the night in the airport area and leave in the morning with a cruise company transfer. This will allow you to save on tickets to Milan and expensive Milan hotels.
Parking at the Savona Cruise Terminal is guarded but open. The cost of parking for 2015 is 12 euros per day. A parking space must be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made by calling the number listed on the website www.parkingsavona.com. You give the car to the staff who take it to the parking lot and return the keys to you after the end of your cruise.