Complete Cinque Terre, Portovenere, La Spezia Boat / Ferry Schedules for Summer

Lerici, Levanto, Viareggio, Portofino Boat / Ferry Timetables 
Including Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore Times

Latest Tour Schedules with Prices for the Summer Gulf of La Spezia / Cinque Terre Boats.
Cinque Terre Battelli / Traghetti Orari Estate / Sommer Fahrplan der Fähre

The best way to see the unique and beautiful coast of Liguria Levante is a boat excursion around the Cinque Terre, Levanto, Portovenere, Lerici, and La Spezia area.
Below are the latest complete Schedules for Summer. They cover the period June 7 to September 7, 2014 (Sept. 12 for Portofino). These PDF links have both times and prices for the Gulf of La Spezia / Cinque Terre Boat Ferries.( Cinque Terre is called '5 Terre' on the timetables.) You can also click the photo for just the times on the most popular ferry route.

---For planning a Spring 2015 trip, use this link: Latest Spring Boat Ferry Schedules.

---For planning a Fall 2015 trip, use this link:  Latest Fall Boat Ferry Schedules.

Cinque Terre Portovenere La Spezia Ferry Boat  Schedule 2014
Cinque Terre Portovenere La Spezia Ferry Boat
Schedule for Summer 2014. Click to enlarge.

Why Old Schedules?  The schedules for the Gulf of La Spezia boats are only available when the boats are running. We've created archives of the recent schedules with the price and details (in pdf format). These timetables are for planning, and could vary a little bit from year to year. The official information is available during the season here: Gulf of the Poets Maritime Consortium.

The schedules are similar from year to year, so you can use them to figure out your next vacation, but be sure to verify before you travel if your schedule is time sensitive. The boat service is cash only and subject to cancellation due to weather and wave conditions, which is uncommon in summer, infrequent in spring, but a distinct possibility in autumn.

Ginestra flowers above Punta Corvo beach, Gulf of La Spezia
Ginestra (broom) flowers above Punta Corvo beach on the Gulf of the Poets.
Is There Service to Portofino?
There is Service to Portofino on Mon./Wed./Fri. from La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere, the Cinque Terre, and Levanto on the high Summer schedule, which in 2014 started July 2. There are timetables below.

There is also excellent Portofino service from ports further north in the Gulf of Tigullio, such as Rapallo. Look at this article: Portofino Ferry Boat Schedules from Rapallo & SML.

Are the Cinque Terre hiking trails open?  Unequivocally yes. While a few trails might be closed at any given point, there are always plenty of trails open.  Use this link Cinque Terre National Park Trail Status to check. Famous trails will often be crowded - for energetic hikers with a car, consider this wonderful hike in the Apuan Alps a few miles away: The Via Vandelli.  For occasional hikers (like us) consider a neat hike on the other side of the Gulf near Lerici:  The Forgotten Villages of the Gulf of the Poets .

The Cinque Terre Boat / Ferry Schedules

The vineyard terraces of Cinque Terre in early spring.                      circa 1987
Also written 5 Terre or Cinqueterre, these are five small villages on the dramatic Ligurian coast. The villages are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.  All have train service, and all except Corniglia have ferry service.  The area is known for it's wonderful hiking trails, pretty scenery, and its popularity . Since the trails are often steep and sometimes rocky, using the boats appeals to many, and it's a beautiful way to see the area. Consider hiking in one direction, and taking the boat or the train to return. Do not drive to the villages!

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre (S9)  (Jun 7 - Sep 7)

Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Levanto (S31)      (Jun 7 - Sep 7)

Cinque Terre-Portofino (S29)  (Jul 2 - Sep 12)  Mon-Wed-Fri   Monterosso Schedule in Link
Departs Riomaggiore 9:30  Manarola 9:40  Vernazza 10:00  Monterosso 10:10

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The Ligurian coast from Portovenere toward Cinque Terre. 

La Spezia Boat / Ferry Timetables
For info on buses and parking (including near the boat), see: Getting Around La Spezia

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre (S9)  (Jun 7 - Sep 7)

La Spezia-Portofino (S17)  (Jul 2 - Sep 12) Mon-Wed-Fri   Departs 8:30 Returns 6:30

Lerici Boat / Ferry Timetables
For information about parking and more in Lerici, see Castle to Castle Along the Gulf of the Poets

Lerici-Portovenere (S8)   (Jun 7 - Sep 7)
Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre (S6)   (Jun 7 - Sep 7
Lerici-Portofino (S16) (Jul 2 - Sep 12) Mon-Wed-Fri 
Departs 8:30 Returns 6:30   La Spezia schedule in link - the same in all respects.

Portovenere Boat / Ferry Timetables
San Lorenzo, Portovenere.
San Lorenzo, Portovenere.
For information on parking and buses to Portovenere and boats to Palmaria, see Getting to Portovenere.

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre (S9)  (Jun 7 - Sep 7)

Portovenere-Three Island Tour (S14)    ( Jun 7 - Sep 7) 
Island tour info in note: Departs at 12:00am and 2:30pm

Portovenere-Portofino (Jul 2 - Sep 12) Mon-Wed-Fri 
Departs 9:00 Returns 6:00

Levanto Boat / Ferry Timetables

Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Levanto (S31)    (Jun 7 - Sep 7)

Levanto Portofino (S32)  (Jul 2 - Sep 12) Mon-Wed-Fri
Departs 10:30

Portofino to Cinque Terre / Portovenere Ferry Timetable

Cinque Terre-Portofino (S29)  (Jul 2 - Sep 12) Mon-Wed-Fri   Monterosso Schedule in Link
Departs Riomaggiore 9:30  Manarola 9:40  Vernazza 10:00  Monterosso 10:10

Portovenere-Portofino (S16)   (Jul 2 - Sep 12) Mon-Wed-Fri 
Departs 9:00

Fezzano & Le Grazie to Portovenere &Terrizzo Timetables
Fezzano and Le Grazie are small ports on the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia.

Fezzano Le Grazie Portovenere Terrizzo (S11)
July 4-31 Fri., Sat., Sun.  August 1-31 Daily

Palmaria / La Spezia Boat / Ferry Timetables.
Terrizzo is on the Portovenere side of Palmaria Island, Pozzale on the far side.
(There is also separate year-round Portovenere to Palmaria service, see our Getting to Portovenere).

La Spezia to Terrizzo Palmaria (S12)  (Jun 8 - Sep 7)
La Spezia - Pozzale Palmaria (S13)     (Jun 15 - Aug 17)

Viareggio+ to Cinque Terre Boat / Ferry Timetables
Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Massa, and Marina di Massa to Cinque Terre.

Four Versilia Ports - Cinque Terre (S3)  (Jun 21 - Sep 7)

More Boat / Ferry Info
There are fewer schedules above than are available on the Maritime Consortium website due to reduced duplication, but all the same information is here.

Servizio Marittimo del Tigullio operates boats further north on the Ligurian coast, serving Portofino, Rapallo, Santa Margarita Ligure, Sestri Levante, Chiavari, Lavagna, San Fruttuoso, and Cinque Terre.
We have an article with all these timetable: Portofino Ferry Boat Schedules from Rapallo & SML.

Golfo Paradiso Trasporti Marittimi operates boats yet further north, serving Genoa, Nervi, Bogliasco, Sori, Recco, Camogli, Punta Chiappa, San Fruttuoso, Portofino, Cinque Terre, and Portovenere. They have nighttime cruises and a whale watch cruise as well.

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More Info
Getting to Portovenere   All about buses, parking, hiking, taxis, hotels, boats in Portovenere.
Portovenere Travel Guide - Top Ten Attractions  Visit with knowledge when you get there.
Castle to Castle Along the Gulf of the Poets All about Lerici - attractions,parking and hotels.
Getting Around La Spezia  Describes parking in La Spezia, as well as bus info and other goodies.
Getting to Portofino - Walking, Hiking, and More  Describes fabulous walking and hiking from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino.

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