How to get around Cinque Terre
The “Five Lands” villages are:
Riomaggiore – Manarola – Corniglia – Vernazza – Monterosso
You can travel by train, foot, ferry and car between the villages of the Cinque Terre. But, try to leave the car behind.
How to get around Cinque Terre: The fastest way is by train.
Each of the five villages has a small train station.
Riding these trains between towns is the easiest and most efficient way of getting from town to town.
Each train station has a ticket station, but these ticket stations close at 7 p.m., so if you’re going to need a train ticket back to your hotel or apartment after 7, consider buying them ahead of time during the day.
A single ride ticket is between 1.50-3 euros, depending on your departing and arrival stations.
The towns are very close together; riding the train from Riomaggiore to Monterosso, making all local stops at each of the Cinque Terre Village, takes about 15 minutes.
There are trains that run express from one end (Riomaggiore) to the other (Monterosso) end of the Cinque Terre, which is about a 5 minute ride. (So, if you want to stop off and explore the towns in the middle — Manarola, Corniglia, or Vernazza — make sure you catch the local and not the express train!)
How to get around Cinque Terre: The slowest and cheapest and surreal way is by foot.
BY FOOT/ EXPLORING THE CINQUE TERRE NATIONAL PARK
Trails connect each of the five villages of the Cinque Terre, which is a national park.
Tons of tourists from all over the world come to hike the trails connecting the five villages. (You see a lot of people with walking sticks, bottles of water and walking sticks — not always necessary.)
Check below for trail tickets
How to get around Cinque Terre: The slow but most scenographic way is by boat.
There are ferry boats running between the villages except for Corniglia.
It’s actually the best way to see the landscape, although it’s not the fastest or the cheapest.
If you want to spend a day village hopping, it makes sense to get a daily ferry pass. Each leg of the ride between the villages is about 10-15 minutes.
If you don’t have a full day to dedicate to seeing all five villages, you still can use the ferry as a way to get to your first stop or as a way to get back home.
If you decide to travel between the villages by boat, you should consider also visiting PortoVenere, which is a picturesque village that you can visit just by boat.
AS FAR AS THE TICKETS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, HERE ARE YOUR OPTIONS (TO SUMMARIZE):
(1) Get the Cinque Terre card (available at Cinque Terre train stations), which includes:
- Access to the Cinque Terre National Park (i.e., all of the trails);
- All of the shuttle buses that take you up some hilly roads to get to some of hiking trail starting points;
- Unlimited rides on Cinque Terre Trains.
- **Additional Option: Unlimited ferry boat rides between the five villages
(2) Buying Single Ride Tickets When You Need Them (Available at Train Stations or at the StartingPoint for the Trails)
(3) Buying Daily OR Half-Daily Ferry Boat Tickets at the Ferry Pier of each village
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