Cinque Terre by Train
If you are travelling to the Cinque Terre, the five picturesque towns perched on Italy's coast, there is no better way to travel than by train. The five towns, Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore, are each linked by the train route that runs between Genoa and La Spezia.
Ferries also link four of the towns (Corniglia isn't served by the ferries as it is high on a mountain top). Ferry passes are available each day, but be aware that boats often do not run due to adverse weather conditions.
The train line linking the towns runs very frequently, providing an almost hop-on hop-off service for visitors to the towns. If you are planning on visiting the Cinque Terre over one, two or three days, it is best to buy a pass from one of the five stations' ticket offices. The pass entitles the bearer to unlimited use of the trains between the towns, as well as free use of the various trails in the area. If you buy a pass, be sure to validate it using the yellow ticket validation machines at the station on the day you wish the ticket validity to start.
The cost for travel passes varies depending on the length of your stay. Cinque Terre Train Cars allow holders use of all buses within the Cinque Terre, access to all trekking paths, entrance to a number of museums, three hours of bicycle hire (when available), as well as unlimited train travel on the Levanto - Cinque Terre - La Spezia line (on regionale trains in second class).
Trains and Walking Trails Pass Prices:
|Holder||1 Day||2 Days|
|Family (2 adults + more than 1 child)||€26||€52|
Depending on weather conditions, it is also possible to catch ferries between the towns (excluding Corniglia which is perched on a mountain top). Please note that ferries are often out of action due to unfavourable weather conditions, so check that boats are running before buying your ticket. Ticket prices for ferry passes are:
- Adults (12-70): €19.50 per day
- Children (4-12): €9.80 per day