The Cinque Terre Train: How-To Guide

You have booked your flights and hotels and decided which coast to visit. You just have to figure out how to get there, and how to get around once you get there. We are here to help!

The Cinque Terre is well-known for its hiking. However, it’s possible to not want to walk from one place to another. This is especially true if time is a constraint, as many of the trails take between 2 and 3 hours. It can also be dangerous, difficult, and even closed. It is not possible to drive between these coastal towns. The train is the solution. Walking in Italy offers a to Cinque Terre, which gives you a taste of the beautiful region via a high-speed train.

Although the Cinque Terre train ride is simple, if you are unfamiliar with the route or have never taken it before, it can seem more difficult than it really is. These are the most frequently asked questions.

Where is the Cinque Terre train line?

Six stops are connected by the Cinque Terre trains: La Spezia, just to the southeast, which is the main transport hub in the area, the official Cinque Terre towns Riomaggiore and Manarola as well as Vernazza and Monterosso.

I am coming from Florence, Italy. How can I get to Cinque Terre by train?

You will usually need to connect in La Spezia. This station is located near the Cinque Terre and connects to other cities in Italy, such as Florence, Milan, or Venice. However, in some cases you may need to change trains to reach La Spezia.

You don’t need to book tickets to La Spezia and your Cinque Terre destination separately. You can simply plug in your destination (e.g. Monterosso) and start point (e.g. Florence) on Trenitalia. You will see the route you should take and where to change trains. You can also use the easy-to-use ItaliaRail if you don’t want to go with Trenitalia. You can book tickets for up 20 passengers with one booking and receive English-speaking customer support 24/7. It also has a VIP Lounge at Rome Termini Station.

What is the average time it takes to travel by train between the Cinque Terre towns?

It takes 10 minutes to go from La Spezia up to Riomaggiore. It takes less than five minutes to get from La Spezia to Riomaggiore, the actual Cinque Terre villages.

How often does the train run on a daily basis?

This is what makes it more difficult. The train runs about once an hour. This schedule for Cinque Terre train for 201 is available. However, it is worth checking the Trenitalia website for the most current information.

What is the cost of a day pass and how can I cut costs?

It’s also very affordable between nearby stops, just like most local trains in Italy. Vernazza to Corniglia, for example, costs EUR1.80. To save some money and avoid the hassle of buying and validating tickets, you can opt to validate your ticket. (More on that later! A Cinque Terre card is a great way to save money on your tickets. You can travel unlimited on the entire Levanto-La Spezia train line. The card also gives you access to all hiking trails and museum entrances. You can purchase it at any station in the region for EUR10 or EUR19 per day.

How can I validate my train ticket

We are so happy you asked! The train tickets you purchase are not time-stamped so they will need to be there before you board the train. This is so that the conductor can verify that you haven’t used the ticket more times than once. This can be done at the small yellow and yellow validation machines on the train platform. Simply insert the ticket’s narrow end into the slot and wait for it to stamp your ticket.

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