Cinque Terre Italy

The five Cinque Terre villages are situated in northern Italy on the Mediterranean Sea, just 3 hours by train from Milan, Pisa and Florence. The closest airports are Genoa, Pisa and Milan Malpensa. There are shuttle buses at the airports that takes you to the central station in each city and from there you can take an Intercity train directly to Cinque Terre.

Where are the Cinque Terre, how to get there

How to get around Cinque Terre

There are three ways to move from one village to another; you can either walk, take the train or the boat.

By train: The fastest way to move around Cinque Terre is by train. The Cinque Terre Express trains are local trains running frequently from the end of March until November 7, and stop in all five villages. Hop-on hop-off travel cards are available at the stations and valid for the whole day. 

By hiking: There are hiking trails along the coast connecting all five villages from Riomaggiore in the south to Monterosso in the north. We recommend you to purchase the Cinque Terre Train Card, which gives you access to all hiking trails together with unlimited train travel on the Cinque Terre Express trains on the Levanto - Cinque Terre - La Spezia line.

By boat: An other popular means of transport is the ferry that runs between the villages from the end March until November 1. You can hop on and off the boats in four of the five villages at scheduled times. Read more: Boat timetable Cinque Terre.

How to reach Cinque Terre by train

The easiest and most comfortable way to get to Cinque Terre is by train. The five Cinque Terre villages are on the Genoa - La Spezia line and the trains are running frequently from Milan, Genoa and Pisa. Monterosso is the only one of the Cinque Terre villages that is served by long distance Intercity trains. If you arrive from the north, Milan or Genoa, you can take an IC train directly to Levanto or Monterosso. From there you have local trains, Cinque Terre Express, that provide links to Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

If you arrive from the south, take an Intercity train directly to La Spezia and change for a local train to your destination. From Pisa there are Intercity trains directly to Monterosso.

Train map, hot to get from Milan, Florence, Pisa, Genoa to Cinque Terre

From Milan to Cinque Terre by train

From the main station in Milan, Milano Centrale, there are Intercity trains directly to Levanto, Monterosso and La Spezia. The journey takes about 3 hours. From here, with the Cinque Terre Card, you can move comfortably with local trains between the Cinque Terre villages. Read more on Milan to Cinque Terre.

From Florence to Cinque Terre by train

From Florence Santa Maria Novella there are regional and Intercity trains to Cinque Terre every hour. You have to change trains in La Spezia and continue with a local train to your destination in Cinque Terre. Read more on Florence to Cinque Terre.

From Pisa to Cinque Terre by train

There are every hour trains from Pisa Centrale 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. Read more on Pisa to Cinque Terre.

From Rome to Cinque Terre by train

You can reach Cinque Terre from Rome in less than 4 hours by taking the Frecciabianca high-speed train from the main station in Rome, Roma Termini, directly to La Spezia Centrale. In La Spezia you hop on the the local train Cinque Terre Express, which stops in all five Cinque Terre villages. Read more on Rome to Cinque Terre.

From Genoa to Cinque Terre by train

You can reach Levanto and Monterosso in about an hour with an Intercity or a fast regional train from the main train stations Genova Brignole and Genova Piazza Principe. If you have booked accommodation in one of the other Cinque Terre villages, you have to change trains in Levanto and take the local Cinque Terre Express to your destination. Read more on Genoa to Cinque Terre.

How to reach Cinque Terre by car

How to reach Cinque Terre by car

It is possible to approach the villages of Cinque Terre by car, even if the roads are narrow and curvy. The roads are winding through vineyards and olive groves high above the sea. Arriving by car can be very time consuming, but the views from the roads are stunning. 

As in Venice, there is no use for a car once you are here. Cinque Terre's historical centres are closed to car traffic. Riomaggiore and Manarola both have small parking facilities just above their towns and minibusses to carry you and your luggage down. The cheapest option is the big open parking place on the seafront in Monterosso. Other parking facilities are available in Levanto. If you arrive by car, we recommend you to book a hotel in Cinque Terre with private parking.

Getting to Riomaggiore by car: If you are traveling from Genoa or from Livorno take the A12 highway, from Parma take the A15 highway. Exit at La Spezia, than continue on the state route SS370 toward "Portovenere - Cinque Terre". Parking in Riomaggiore.

Getting to Manarola by car: From Genoa or Livorno take the highway A12, from Parma the highway A15. Exit at La Spezia. Follow the signs to state route number SS370 "Portovenere - Cinque Terre" and than direction Riomaggiore and Manarola (19 km). Parking in Manarola.

Getting to Corniglia by car: Corniglia is located in the middle of the Cinque Terre, and it can be difficult and time consuming reaching the village by car. Take the highway A12 and exit at Brugnato, then continue to Borghetto Vara and Pignone. Follow the signs toward Cinque Terre and Corniglia. From Brugnato to Corniglia the distance is 30 km, the travel time is 50 minutes, Google Maps. Parking in Corniglia.

Getting to Vernazza by car: Vernazza is one of the most isolated villages in the Cinque Terre and it can be difficult to reach the village by car. Exit at Brugnato on the highway A12. Follow the SP 566 road until you reach Borghetto Vara. Drive toward Pignone and follow the signs for Cinque Terre and Vernazza. From Brugnato to Vernazza the distance is 30 km, the travel time is 50 minutes. Parking in Vernazza.

Getting to Monterosso by car: To reach Monterosso there are two alternatives:

- From the north take the highway A12 and exit at Levanto - Carrodano. Follow the signs toward Levanto for appr. 11 km and at the second roundabout turn left toward Monterosso and Cinque Terre. From Carrodano to Monterosso the distance is 25 km and the travel time is 40 minutes. Google Maps - Monterosso old town, Google Maps Monterosso - Fegina.

- If you are arriving from the south, take the highway A12 and exit at Brugnato. Follow the signs in direction Borghetto di Vara and Pignone. Turn left and then turn right for Monterosso Fegina or turn left for the old town of Monterosso. From Brugnato to Monterosso the distance is 28 km, the travel time is 40 minutes. Parking in Monterosso.

Petrol stations near the Cinque Terre can be found in La Spezia, Brugnato and Levanto.

Cinque Terre by boat

The ferries are running frequently from the end of March until November 1, from La Spezia, Portovenere and Levanto to the Cinque Terre villages. Fore more information and timetable: Boat excursions.

Cinque Terre by plane

The nearest airports to Cinque Terre are Pisa, Genoa and Milano Malpensa. 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. The airport of Pisa is small and served by budget airlines; a good option if you are coming from Europe. How to get from Pisa to Cinque Terre.

Accommodations in Cinque Terre

You can find a wide range of hotels in the Cinque Terre area. Visit Hotels in Cinque Terre and Hotels in Monterosso

Average distances, travel length and costs from major Italian cities to Cinque Terre

City By car By train
Milan (Milano)
to Cinque Terre
3 hours, 227 km (142 miles)
Cost: motorway 17 Euros + fuel
2,5 hours
Cost: 25 Euros
Rome (Roma)
to Cinque Terre
5 hours, 467 km (290 miles)
Cost: motorway 35 Euros + fuel
from 3,5 to 4,5 hours
Cost: from 40 to 50 Euros
Venice (Venezia)
to Cinque Terre
4 hours, 380 km (237 miles)
Cost: motorway 30 Euro + fuel

from 5 to 6,5 hours
Cost: from 40 to 50 Euros

Florence (Firenze)
to Cinque Terre
2,5 hours, 188 km (116 miles)
Cost: motorway 16 Euros + fuel
3 hours
Cost: from 15 to 25 Euros

Genoa (Genova)
to Cinque Terre

1 hours, 100 km (62 miles)
Cost: motorway 8 Euros + fuel
1,5 hours
Cost: from 7 to 15 Euros
Pisa
to Cinque Terre
1,5 hours, 114 km (70 miles)
Cost: motorway 10 Euros + fuel
1 hours 15 min
Cost: from 9 to 18 Euros
Turin (Torino)
to Cinque Terre
3,5 hours, 260 km (161 miles)
Cost: motorway 24 Euros + fuel
3,5 hours
Cost: from 16 to 27 Euros
Siena
to Cinque Terre
3 hours, 250 km (155 miles)
Cost: motorway 16 Euros + fuel
3,5 hours
Cost: from 21 to 27 Euros
Lucca
to Cinque Terre
1,5 hours, 112 km (69 miles)
Cost: motorway 11 Euros + fuel
1,5 hours
Cost: from 9 to 20 Euros
Napoli / Sorrento
to Cinque Terre
6 hours, 657 km (408 miles)
Cost: motorway 50 Euros + fuel
about 10 hours
Cost: from 60 to 100 Euros
Palermo
to Cinque Terre
14,5 hours, 1358 km (843 miles)
Cost: motorway 63 Euros + fuel
18 hours
Cost: from 70 to 120 Euros

Distances are calculated to Monterosso via highway exit Carrodano - Levanto.
Car distances from highway La Spezia to Carrodano/Levanto: 40 km (45 minutes).
Length of travel from La Spezia Centrale to Monterosso by train: 20 minutes.

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