The nearest airports to Cinque Terre are Pisa, Genoa and Milano Malpensa. From these three airports you can reach Cinque Terre by train in less than 3 hours. To fly into Milan from the US is probably the cheapest option. From New York there are non-stop flights to Milan Malpensa. How to get from Milan to Cinque Terre.
Pisa is the closest airport to Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice. The airport of Pisa is small and served by budget airlines; a good option if you are coming from Europe.
To reach Cinque Terre by rental car from Pisa Airport
If you are doing a round trip around Italy, renting a car can be a great alternative to relying on public transportation. The easiest way is to rent a car directly at the airport upon arrival. Car rental in Italy.
Itinerary: From Pisa take the highway A12 and exit at La Spezia. Follow the signs towards Cinque Terre. If your final destination is Monterosso, Vernazza or Corniglia it can be more convenient to exit at Brugnato. Follow the signs towards Cinque Terre. Read more: How to get to Cinque Terre.
To reach Cinque Terre by train from Pisa Airport
From Pisa Airport you can in just 5 minutes reach Pisa Centrale train station with the People Mover; a shuttle train linking Pisa Airport with the city center of Pisa. From Pisa Centrale there are trains every hour directly to La Spezia Centrale. From La Spezia you have to hop on the Cinque Terre Express train to your destination in Cinque Terre. There are also some direct Intercity trains from Pisa Centrale to Monterosso every day.
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