The best way to get around in the Cinque Terre is by train. The Cinque Terre Express trains are running every 20 minutes between the Cinque Terre villages and stop in Levanto, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and La Spezia.
This train service is available from March 18 until November 5, 2023. There are also trains running once or twice an hour during the winter between the five villages.
Train ticket prices Cinque Terre
A one-way train ticket with Cinque Terre Express trains costs 5 euros for adults and 2.50 euros for children between 4-11 years.
If you want to visit more than two of the villages, we highly recommend you to purchase the Cinque Terre Train Card which costs 18.20 euros for a one-day card (adults) and includes unlimited train runs with the Cinque Terre Express trains on the La Spezia - Cinque Terre - Levanto line.
This card also gives you access to all hiking trails in the Cinque Terre National Park.
You can buy train tickets and the Cinque Terre Card at every train station in Cinque Terre, in Levanto and La Spezia.
Always remember to validate your ticket at the green stamp machine located in the stairs on the way to the platform. Fines are quite expensive!
Cinque Terre train schedule 2023
The following train schedule is valid from May 19, 2023. The timetable is continuously updated. Click on the image to enlarge.
Do I have to validate the train tickets?
All Cinque Terre train tickets, purchased at the train station (paper tickets), must be validated at Trenitalia's stamping machines before boarding the first trip. Fines are quite expensive! You will find the green stamp machines located in the stairs on the way to the platforms. The Cinque Terre Card is personal and non-transferable and must be validated before you use it. The user's name must be written on the back of the card, it must be exhibited along with a valid ID. You do not have to validate train tickets and Cinque Terre Cards purchased online (e-tickets). More information: How to validate your ticket.
Remember to always validate all paper tickets before departure, that means the Cinque Terre Cards and all one-way train tickets.
Cinque Terre in winter
In the off-season, from November 6 until March 17, all hiking paths are free of charge. During this period we don't recommend you to buy a Cinque Terre train card. It is cheaper to buy single train tickets. One single ticket between the Cinque Terre villages costs about 2,50 euros during the winter.
Dogs on the train
Small dogs, cats and other pets that are kept in carriers, no bigger than 70 x 30 x 50 cm, travel for free in first and second class on all the different types of trains in Italy.
A dog of any size can travel with a muzzle and leash in both first and second-class. In this case you will have to purchase a ticket at half the price of the regular fare or a Cinque Terre Train Card for children.
Don't forget to bring with you an international passport with vaccination details, canine registry certificate and health booklet. For additional information, please ask before departure at the station ticket office.
Bicycle on the trains
On all regional trains in Liguria, even on those not marked with the special symbol, passengers are permitted to travel with a bicycle free of charge.
Average travel duration between the Cinque Terre towns
Monterosso - Vernazza: 4 minutes
Vernazza - Corniglia: 4 minutes
Corniglia - Manarola: 5 minutes
Manarola - Riomaggiore: 6 minutes
Average travel duration from the main cities to Cinque Terre
Levanto to Monterosso: 5 minutes
La Spezia to Riomaggiore: 9 minutes
Bonassola to Monterosso: 10 minutes
Deiva Marina to Monterosso: 16 minutes
Sestri Levante to Monterosso: 20 min. (Intercity trains), 30 min. (regional trains)
Portofino (station of S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino) to Monterosso: 40 min. (Intercity trains), 50 min. (regional trains)
Florence (Firenze) to Cinque Terre: 3 hours
Milan (Milano) to Cinque Terre: 3 hours
On the page Cinque Terre, getting there you can find more travel information.