Transport in the Cinque Terre
There are 4 main modes of transport in the Cinque Terre. We strongly discourage you from travelling by car, as it is almost impossible. It would be better to leave your car at one of the parking lots, read more details about parking lots on the page "How to reach".
By train in the Cinque Terre
Train is the most economical and fastest way of travelling here. Every town of the Cinque Terre has a railway station. Trains run very frequently here, but we would recommend you to make sure that you either take a printout of the timetable or download one of the smartphone apps (you will find them searching for key words like treno, Italian train).
There is a special kind of Cinque Terre Card, which includes rail travel. It is very convenient; moreover, you will not have to buy tickets and track them all the time. Make sure that first time the ticket must be punched BEFORE boarding a train at one of the special automatic machines at the station, photo.
Additional information: website of Trenitalia
Note: to ensure that tourists’ vacations in the Cinque Terre do not get spoiled, at least 50% of trains run in this region even if there is a transport strike (from Santa Margherita Ligure to La Spezia).
Boating in the Cinque Terre
Boat is not a very convenient mode of travelling among the Cinque Terre’s villages, but from them you get a completely different view on the panoramic sight of the coast. You can also easily reach Portovenere on a boat.
The only village in the Cinque Terre that cannot be reached by boats is Corniglia.
The season opens late in March and closes early in November.
Schedule of boats is given in the table. Sometimes there can be minor changes depending on the season (date is shown on the table, and new schedule is available only on the day the schedule is changed); so make sure to check it when your arrival in the Cinque Terre. The prices depend on the route chosen by you - EUR 5 to 33 for an unlimited daily pass (2017).
Additional information: www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it
Validity: from March 20, 2016 to November 2, 2016.
At the moment, there is NO new boat schedule available, the season will be opened approximately on March 20, 2017.
Buses in the Cinque Terre
There are no buses running between the villages of the Cinque Terre. Every village has its own bus running on short routes described below:
Riomaggiore: from the village centre to the cemetery. Some journeys include routes to Biassa and the Pass of Telegrafo.
Manarola: from the village centre to the parking lot and small hamlet of Volastra.
Corniglia: from the village centre to the railway station.
Vernazza: connects the town with the nearest hamlets (for example, San Bernardino), as well as with Reggio Santuary and the Black Madonna.
Monterosso: trip around the town and goes up to the "Soviore" Sanctuary (the most ancient temple in Liguria).
For using the bus services, you need to buy the Cinque Terre Card (you can buy it from the driver).
Bus timetable: can be found on this website. But it is always better to confirm it on the spot upon your arrival.
Buses from La Spezia:
There are also many routes connecting La Spezia with the small villages that can turn out very useful if you like hiking and do not want to trek through the entire path on foot.
For example, from La Spezia you can reach Portovenere by bus 11/P, Biassa (number 19), Campiglia (20), Volastra (29). Cost: a few euros.
Additional information: website with timetable of all the routes.