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    Cruise the Cinque Terre

    by sue_stone Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti runs shuttle boats between Monterosso - Vernazza - Manarola - Riomaggiore (they don't stop at Corniglia, as there is no harbour).

    You can buy a day pass and jump on and off along the way, or just a one-way ticket.

    A great way to see the beauty of the Cinque Terre!

    Daily trip 11,50euro - Daily trip reduced rate 6,50euro
    Monterosso - Vernazza: Return ticket 4,50euro - One way only 3,00euro

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    Train between the Cinque Terre Villages

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To travel to Vernazza, and between the five villages of the Cinque Terre you can catch the train that runs between La Spezia and Genoa.

    Besides hiking, it is the easiest and quickest way to travel from village to village, but not very scenic - most of the time you are in tunnels through the mountains, with only an occasional glimpse of the ocean.

    The train is pretty slow, and not that frequent. There is usually 1-3 trains per hour in summer, and less as the weather gets colder. Some trains don't stop at all the villages, so make sure you check the timetable in advance.

    A one ride ticket costs around 1.50 euro and there is a day pass that you can buy too. Tickets are available at each of the towns stations, and make sure you pick up a timetable as well.

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    To the Cinque Terre by train

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    I went to the Cinque Terre by train from Lucca in the Tuscany. The Cinque Terre is located on the La Spezia to Genua train line. All five towns of teh Cinque Terre have their own small train stations, which are mainly connected by tunnels.

    If you buy your train ticket, you should make sure to stamp it before boarding the train. Now you can get on and off the trains as long as you reach your final destination within 6 hours. This gives you the chance to take a quick glance at each of the towns..

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    Explore the Cinque Terre on foot

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    All five towns of the Cinque Terre are connected by scenic coastal paths. On my day trip to the Cinque Terre I walked 3 of these 4 paths: Riomaggiore to Manarola, Manarola to Corniglia and Monterosso to Vernazza.

    My favourite path is definitely the Monterosso to Vernazza path. It is a stony small footpath which goes up and down and should not be underrated. It takes you at least 1,5 hours to walk, but you are often rewarded with great views of the coastline.

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    Boat tours

    by tini58de Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    To really enjoy the Cinque Terre it is a must to go on a boat tour from Monterosso to Riomaggiore (or vice versa)! Only that way you can appreciate the view of the villages snuggled against the mountains - with all bright colors of the houses and the vinyards all around!

    We went on a boat tour from Monterosso to Riomaggiore, which cost € 8 per person one way. It is also possible to buy a day pass, so that you can hop on and off the boat and spend some time in the villages before visiting the next one!

    Just be sure to watch the sun and the light before deciding which direction to take at what time of the day! Do check out the timetable here!

    Please note that the service won't start before March 31st!!

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    Getting to Vernazza

    by toonsarah Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    There are several options for getting to Vernazza, as with all the Cinque Terre villages. We came once by train (from Monterosso) and once by ferry (from Manarola). Arriving by ferry at the pretty harbour it is easy to get your bearings, and from the station it is only a little more complicated – turn left and head downhill and you’ll be almost immediately on the winding main street that leads to that same harbour.

    If you do choose to come by train, make sure you check the destinations carefully, as many of them stop only in Riomaggiore and Monterosso, passing straight through the smaller villages such as Vernazza without stopping.

    There is more information about the trains and ferries on my Riomaggiore page, or check out these useful websites:
    Trains ~ www.ferroviedellostato.it/
    Boats ~ www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/

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    Explore the Cinque Terre by boat

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Four of the five Cinque Terre towns have their own harbours. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso are connected by a regular boat service. So for the lazier travellers this might be a good option to explore the beauty of the coastline.

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    Trains

    by tini58de Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Vernazza can easily be reached by train!

    We arrived at Pisa airport and took a train from the trainstation Pisa Aeroporto to Pisa Centrale, on to La Spezia and then to Vernazza. Since we had an evening flight we did not have much choice but to take the Eurostar train (1st class only, reservations compulsory), but it was no problem to get a ticket for the train at the counter within the airport. Despite reservation and first class we only paid 11 € per person! On the way back we took a regional (2nd class) train and only paid € 4,85 for the same 92 km!!!

    To go from one Cinque Terre village to the other, the train is very convenient as well! Just don't expect great views: it is mostly tunnels!

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    Walk!

    by tini58de Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Actually walking is what the Cinque Terre is all about! There are lots of fabulous footpaths that will get you from one village to the other. They are clearly marked and you will get good information about the difficulties and distances and approximate time of walking.

    The easiest portion is the Via Dell'Amore - the (paved) footpath between Riomaggiore and Manarola, the most difficult path is the portion between Vernazza and Monterosso. Please note that all these paths are within the Cinque Terre National Park, so you need to get a ticket to get in!

    To be quite honest: we only walked the Via Dell'Amore and really enjoyed it! In Vernazza we walked a few yards on the footpath #2 in both directions and loved the views! But since both of us are afraid of heights we decided to just not overdo it and find other ways to enjoy this beautiful place!

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    Vaporetto

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 5, 2012

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    Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre should be explored by footpaths or small boats, called vaporetto, which connecting Monterosso-Vernazza-Manarola-Riomaggiore. Boat, however, doesn't stop at Corniglia because there is no harbor. Vaporetto offers the most spectacular view of the entire area of the park.
    One way ticket in between two places cost 3 euros, return ticket is 4,5 euros. Daily trip which including all places of Cinque Terre is most convinient, cost 11,50 euros.

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    Cinque Terre Train

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 7, 2012

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    Special local train departing from La Spezia is the only possible way to get to Cinque Terre. It is very fast train but travelling underground most of the time. Too bad because scenic moments are very short and almost impossible to take any good picture. Good news is, travelling from La Spezia is very short in time.

    AVERAGE DURATION OF TRAIN JOURNEY

    La Spezia - Riomaggiore 9 min.
    Riomaggiore - Manarola 2 min.
    Manarola - Corniglia 4 min.
    Corniglia - Vernazza 5 min.
    Vernazza - Monterosso 5 min.

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    Closest airport

    by tini58de Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    The closest airport to the Cinque Terre is Pisa, which was very convenient for us, since Ryanair just started to fly from Karlsruhe/Baden to Pisa in 2006! There are a lot of budget airlines flying into Gallileo Gallilei Airport, but of course all the regular airlines as well!

    There are buses and a trainstation right there at the airport, so it is as easy as can be to get from the airport to whereever you want to go!

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    Train-Use it to visit the five towns

    by guell Updated Apr 5, 2003

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    Forget about bringing your car to this part of the country. The train is the BEST way to get around here. It is very affordable and convenient. We used it to travel to the area from Siena. We used it to get to Riomaggiore for our hike back to Monterosso al Mare. Then we used it to travel out of the area to Florence.

    $3 (in 2001) will get you a day pass that will allow you to hop on and off at the five towns.

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    By train.

    by leics Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The train which runs along the Cinque Terre coast is extremely useful, and very good value.

    If you buy a Cinque Terre pass (which you must have to walk the coastal footpaths) train travel is free. Otherwise it's remarkably cheap from a UK point of view: 1.10 euro from one village to the next.

    It's not a particularly scenic ride, as most of the journey is in tunnels. But you do get glimpses of turquoise sea and rocky outcrops, and the frequency of the trains is excellent.

    If you don't want to walk between villages, or can't, or don't have time, the train will let you see many or all of them in a day. It just requires a bit of forward planning using the train timetable provided by the Tourist Information office on Platform 1 of La Spezia station (and all the stations along the line).

    Using the train, I was able to make a daytrip from Pisa, see a bit of La Spezia and still have time to wander round 3 Cinque Terre villages (and could have seen more, had i not wanted to visit a museum in La Sp before it closed).

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    CT by Sea

    by goodfish Updated Aug 24, 2013

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    From approximately the beginning of April to the end of October, ferries are an alternate way of reaching most of the Cinque Terre villages and many others along the Ligurian coast including Portofino, Levanto and La Spezia. They’re not as fast or as inexpensive as the local train but are a nice way to get a different perspective of the cliffs, steeply terraced vineyards and tiny hilltop towns than you can see from land. Tickets may be purchased at the marinas of any of the ports the ferries serve, and are priced by distance: ours from Riomaggiore to Monterosso were €8 one way with shorter/longer point-to-points priced accordingly.

    The website is multi-lingual (English, Italian, German, French and Spanish), provides maps and schedules, and allows you to figure ticket prices based on desired departure/destination points. Do note that:

    • Ferries do not stop at Corniglia

    • Service may be cancelled at any time due to rough seas

    • They aren’t covered under any Cinque Terre park or park/rail passes: any info on the net stating otherwise is incorrect (previous passes that included ferries were discontinued)

    • There are around 7-8 departures from CT villages every day but the earliest runs do not go to every village so check schedules carefully. Last runs are fairly early in the evening, and service to more distant locations isn’t as frequent as between the four Cinque Terre ports.

    • The website is not functional during the off season

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