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 16 until November 3, 2024. 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 (2023) 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 Cards at every train station in Cinque Terre, in Levanto and La Spezia or online on the Trenitalia website or App.
If you buy your train ticket at the station you will have to validate it at the green stamp machines located in the stairs on the way to the platform. Fines are quite expensive! If you buy your train ticket online, remember to check in before departure to validate your e-ticket.
Cinque Terre train schedule 2024
The following train schedule is valid until March 15, 2024. The Cinque Terre Express trains start running on March 16, 2024. The timetable is continuously updated. Click on the image to enlarge.
How to validate the train tickets bought at the station
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.
If you buy your train tickets online you will need to check in before departure
To validate regional train tickets purchased online, you will have to check in before departure. Open the “My journeys” area in the Trenitalia App or website or open the link in the e-mail or text message you received and select “check-in”. More information: How to validate your ticket.
Travel date and time can be changed an unlimited number of times before 11:59 pm the day before your scheduled departure. You can change your departure time an unlimited number of times on the day of your journey if you have not yet checked in.
When the ticket inspector is checking your ticket, on-board or at the platform, you will have to submit your Digital Regional Ticket with the dynamic green bar to prove you checked in. You must also submit a valid ID. The Digital Regional Ticket is in your name and personal and cannot be used by others.
If your train travels late and your Regional Digital Ticket expires, you can still complete your journey to your destination.
Cinque Terre in winter
In the off-season, from November 6 until March 15, 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 around 3 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.