Visiting Cinque Terre by Cinque Terre Express train is the best option for seeing the five villages and other towns along the Ligurian coast. The train is a regular and cheap service that runs from before sunrise to 1 a.m.

From April 1st until November 1st, you can travel on regional trains that stop in the five villages of Cinque Terre (between Levanto and La Spezia stations). You can get Cinque Terre train single tickets directly at the train station or on the  Trenitalia app, which we reccomend to avoid queing.

When coming from a village outside this line, from Bonassola for instance, you’ll have to purchase a train ticket to Levanto and then a ticket for the Cinque Terre Express Line. 

Before getting on the train, remember to validate the 75-minute one-stop ticket—intermediate stops are not allowed—in the gray-green machines on the platforms and underground corridors.

Cinque Terre Card

However, if you plan to take more than four trains in a day or to hike along trail n°2 and use the bus service to the hamlets and shrines, the best option is the Cinque Terre Card.

t includes unlimited train travel during the day, admission to museums in the city of La Spezia and buses in the National Park, access to the hiking trails gui, daily visits, hikes, and tastings planned monthly, known as the Cinque Terre Walking Park program. On the back of the card, you also get a 24-hour free Wi-Fi code at Info Points and train stations.

It lasts one, two, or three days and can be purchased at our front desk all day long, so you can avoid the queue at the train station! You’ll get all the needed information on the dedicated post.

!!! Like any other train ticket, the paper Cinque Terre Card must be validated in the grey-green machines placed in the waiting area and underground corridor before getting on the first train!

Cinque Terre train schedule

Reading the timetable is quite easy: trains with no letters on the top line run every day, and those with letters are exceptions, but you can find the details noted at the bottom of the timetable.
To find your train, simply follow the line corresponding to the village you’re interested in. Then, follow the column to get the arrival time at your destination.

The schedule, and therefore this post, is updated quite often.