How to arrive by train
The trains between La Spezia and Genova depart once or twice every hour. For a train timetable visit the official site of Italian Railways (F.S. Spa)
The ticket offices in the stations are often closed, buy tickets at the 'tabbachi' shops or bars.
Tickets are good for 5, 10 and 20 kilometers, you have to validate them at the machines in the station before you start your journey. They are valid for 6 hours. 10 km tickets are all you need for the 5 villages.
Tickets will be checked on the train!
The trains run till about 11:30 pm and a single ticket exists which allows you to visit all of the Cinque Terre.
The ticket offices in Levanto and the Cinque Terre train stations are only open from 6:10am to 8:00pm. However tickets can also be bought from the tourist agencies “Levantur” and “Viaggi Cinque Terre”.
Note: Be careful, if you sit too far back in the train when it stops in the villages your car might still be in the tunnel and you won’t be able to see the town’s sign.
How to arrive by car
Coming either from the North (Genova) or from the South (La Spezia), you exit the Autostrada
at CARRODANO. From La Spezia it is about a 40min drive; from the “Christoforo Colombo
Airport” in Genova, about 45min.
From Genova, before getting to Levanto, direction LIVORNO, you pass the following cities:
Nervi, Recco, Camogli, Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Chiavari, Sestri Levante, Moneglia, Deiva Marina, Framura, Bonassola and finally, Levanto and you exit the Autostrada just after KM 69 (which means that your are 69KM from Genova), through a tunnel. Slow down, because you have to leave the Autostrada immediately after that tunnel!
You pay the Autostrada toll at the automatic booth with your creditcard, or cash (Euro). It takes about 15 to 20 minutes from there to Levanto center (13KM). Follow the road down, first you pass under a viaduct of the Autostrada, then a couple of kilometers you go through a white tunnel and about 150 meters afterwards on your right hand side you can already see Levanto all the way down at the sea. You pass the Montale village (on your left hand side) and after a couple of hairpins you arrive at a roundabout. In front of you a small factory by the name of COLOMBO & Flli. To the right you go to Levanto centre, but...you make a left towards LE GHIARE and follow that road all the way. From the roundabout the B&B Vignola is less than
How to reach the Cinque Terre by boat
A novel idea for seeing the Cinque Terre is by boat, departing from Levanto and arriving in Portovenere, skirting the coast with a call at Monterosso and Vernazza.
Another handy and impressive means for getting to the towns Monterosso,Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore is with a small boat. (with a limited number of passengers), which offers a fast and efficient service, allowing full appreciation of the natural beauty of these small towns nestling in the coastline.
For timetables and information, visit the Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti web site.