HOW TO GET AROUND THE CINQUE TERRE
Index of information on how to get around the Cinque Terre:
- On foot
- By car
- By train
- By ferry
- By bus
- By taxi
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Once you have arrived in the Cinque Terre, how to move between the five villages? Here are some suggestions on how to do it, remembering that the most comfortable means of transport to visit them is the train.
The trails of the Cinque Terre are, after the sea, the main attraction for those who visit these places. Trekking in the Cinque Terre includes a dense network of paths that connect the five fishing villages with each other and up to the hills in the Val di Vara region. The most famous is the Green-Blue path (Sentiero Verde-Azzurro SVA), the coastal path, which touches all the villages.
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Cinque Terre trail update. Open or closed?
The Cinque Terre in one day on foot
The Cinque Terre in two days on foot (one night)
Probably once you arrive by car in the Cinque Terre, you will leave it. But if you want to use it to move between the villages (not recommended and uncomfortable) or go to nearby places, here is some useful information (always remember that in the Cinque Terre there are no petrol stations):
Distances in km between villages:
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Where to park in Riomaggiore
Where to park in Manarola
Where to park in Corniglia
Where to park in Vernazza
Where to park in Monterosso
The king of means of transport in the Cinque Terre: convenient, simple, cheap. The train stations are located inside the villages, except for Corniglia, about one km away. The villages are located a few minutes from each other.
In this case the ideal is the Cinque Terre Card Train which allows an unlimited number of second class travel on regional trains between Levanto and La Spezia.
Where to take the train in the Cinque Terre?
Cinque Terre train timetable
Train timetable in PDF
The boat season runs from the end of March to the beginning of November and connects Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso with each other. Corniglia is the only one not to have a marina. Boats can depart from Portovenere, Levanto, La Spezia...
Timetables and costs are available here:
Boat trips to the Cinque Terre
The bus service or better said, shuttles, does not directly connect the five villages, but serves short routes that can be useful if you are too tired while you are walking along a path, especially if you have the Cinque Terre Card, which includes the use of shuttles. The routes are:
Riomaggiore: from the center to the cemetery.
Manarola: from the center to the car park and to Volastra.
Corniglia: from the center to the train station.
Vernazza: from the center to San Bernardino and to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio.
Monterosso: from the center to the Soviore sanctuary.
You can download the timetable 2023 in PDF from the website of the transport company of the province of La Spezia ATC (Azienda Trasporti Consortile):
TIMETABLE BUS CINQUE TERRE
Lastly, they are not frequent, but even in the Cinque Terre there are taxis, it is practically always necessary to book them by phone:
Taxi to Cinque Terre