Complete 2018 Cinque Terre & La Spezia Boat / Ferry Schedules

With Portovenere, Lerici, Levanto, Viareggio, Portofino Timetables 

La Spezia to Cinque Terre: Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore 

Latest Tour Schedules with Prices for Planning 2018 Summer Cinque Terre Boats. 

Cinque Terre Battelli / Traghetti Orari / Fahrplan der Fähre / Horaires de Bateau

Ginestra (broom) blooming over the Gulf of the Poets.
Ginestra (broom) blooming over the Gulf of the Poets.
Summary: The Cinque Terre ferries are famous for spectacular views of this famous Ligurian coastline and its villages. All the latest schedules and prices are here.
Where: The boats operate between the '5 Terre' towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (not Corniglia) and the nearby towns of La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere, and Levanto. Tours are also provided in summer to Portofino and from the Viareggio / Versilia area.
Cost: Daily ticket about 35 Euro (cash only), stop-offs allowed. Single trip tickets available.
When: The boats usually start in late March and end in early November.  Our best guess: Cinque Terre ferries will start March 30, 2018 and end Nov. 1.  The boats do not operate in rough seas (unusual in summer).
Frequency: Varies by season. In summer there are about 10 daily. In low season, about 5 daily.
Ferry Reservations: There are no advance ticket sales or reservations for individuals.  Reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.

Our Cinque Terre Guide             ☛Liguria/Cinque Terre/Portofino Map
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Below are all the latest available schedules for ferries around the Cinque Terre & the Gulf of La Spezia. The timetables cover April 1 to November 1 for each port using either current or archived timetables. Schedules vary little from year to year so they're good for your planning. The PDF links have both times and prices - or see the photo below showing the most popular ferry route for most of the year.  Also click or look below for Where to Stay? and our photo galleries:  What Are the Villages Like?________________________________________________________________________________
This Section  is under development & the lndex is not completed.

INDEX OF PORTS & INFORMATION
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Cinque Terre  Schedules for La Spezia, Portovenere, Levanto, Lerici & Portofino tour
La Spezia        Schedules for Portovenere, Cinque Terre, & Portofino tour
Lerici               Schedules for Portovenere, Cinque Terre & Portofino tour
Levanto           Schedules for Portovenere, Cinque Terre & Portofino tour
Moneglia, Deiva Marina   Schedules for Portovenere, Cinque Terre & Portofino tour
Palmaria Island Beaches   Schedules for Terrizzo and Pozzole beaches from La Spezia
Portovenere    Schedules to & from Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Lerici, Levanto, Portofino tour, & Three Island tour.
Viareggio & Versilia Ports / Minor Gulf of La Spezia Ports  Cinque Terre tour & local port ferries.

Which Village? In words & photos.  We help you choose your future memories.
Where to Stay to See Cinque Terre?  Stay in a village or in a nearby base? Quite different pleasures.
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La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre Summer Timetable  April 15 - Oct. 1
See the Schedules Below for More Time Periods & More Ports.

Where to Stay to See Cinque Terre?   Which Village?

Book as early as you can - the CT is very popular. We use Booking.com because they have an excellent selection of hotels with VERIFIED REVIEWS!  Our advice: Reserve accommodation NOW, and use Booking.com's free cancellation policy if you find something better.  Plan Ahead!  In 2018, Easter is on Sunday, April 1. Italian holidays are April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15, Nov. 1.


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Monterosso  The largest little town with a resort feel & the most restaurants and hotels. The only real beach in CT, some parking & the best train connections. There's an old town and a new section and it's fairly level. The full town name is Monterosso al Mare.  Link to: Booking.com - Monterosso
What's It Like? - Our Monterosso Photo Gallery Link
Vernazza                      CC by Byscuit

Vernazza  The prettiest, most celebrated town with the most visitors. You really should see it. Photographers love this town especially at sunset as the nearby hills provide stunning views. Link to: Booking.com - Vernazza     
What's It Like? - Our Vernazza Photo Gallery Link

Corniglia Sitting prettily on a promontory high above the sea with an historic church. It's the least crowded. It's a climb from the train and the boat doesn't stop here, but it's still very romantic and the views are the best.
Link to: Booking.com - Corniglia
Manarola The second most popular to explore, it's very photogenic & colorful. Approached from the sea, the town seems balanced on a cliff. Below there's a tiny harbor with quaint fishing boats and the famous terraces loom nearby. Link to: Booking.com- Manarola
What's It Like - Our Manarola Photo Gallery

Riomaggiore         CC by Nick Grosoli
Riomaggiore Closest to La Spezia & Portovenere, it's very characteristic. Colorful stacked homes line the opening in the cliff and there's another wee harbor. Kayak rentals and small boat tours available here. Link to: Booking.com - Riomaggiore  
What's It Like? - Our Riomaggiore Photo Gallery Link    


Click Liguria / Cinque Terre / Portofino Map to see the Cinque Terre towns & other Base towns.

Liguria Hotel Guide & City Selector.
Choose a pretty Ligurian town nearby as an affordable base to see Cinque Terre and other famous towns. We describe the Pluses & Minuses of each town. If you're driving, look at Levanto in Part 1.
Link: Part 1: Cinque Terre South - Gulf of the Poets

Link: Part 2: Cinque Terre North to Portofino

Link: Part 3: Towns on the Portofino Peninsula 

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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. We recommend you do not drive your car rental to the Cinque Terre villages!

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
(Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

(April 15 - Oct 01 2017)

(Oct 02 - Oct 27 2017)

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return 
( Oct. 28 - Nov.1, 2017 )

See Lerici and Levanto below for additional Cinque Terre connections.
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Schedule: Cinque Terre-Portofino Tour  (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017)  Mon and Fri 
( Monterosso Schedule in Link )
Departs (Returns)    Riomaggiore 9:15 (6:15 pm)    Manarola 9:25 (6:00 pm)
  Vernazza 9:35 (5:45 pm)  Monterosso 9:50 (5:20 pm)

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Is There Service to Portofino?
There is Service to Portofino on Mon. & Fri. from La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere, the Cinque Terre,  Levanto, and Moneglia on the high Summer schedule, which in 2017 started July 3 and ended Aug. 28. The latest Portofino timetables are listed under each port.

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.
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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

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     (April 15 - Oct 01 2017)


Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return       (Oct 02 - Oct 27 2017)

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return 
( Oct. 28 - Nov.1, 2017 )
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Schedule: La Spezia-Portofino Tour  (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017)  Mon and Fri    Departs 8:30 Returns 6:40

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

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return    (April 15 - May 26, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (May 27 - Sept 17, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Sept. 18 - Oct 01, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Oct 02 - Oct 27, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     ( Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2017 )
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Schedule: Lerici-Portofino Tour (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 8:30 Returns 6:40 

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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.

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     (April 15 - Oct 01 2017)


Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return       (Oct 02 - Oct 27 2017)

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return 
( Oct. 28 - Nov.1, 2017)
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Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return    (April 15 - May 26, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (May 27 - Sept 17, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Sept. 18 - Oct 01, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
(Oct 02 - Oct 27, 2017)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
( Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2017 )
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Schedule: Portovenere-Three Island Tour (40 min.)   (Apr 15 - Oct 27, 2017) 
Island tour info in small notation: Departs at 12:00 & 3:00pm  Price 12 Euro
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Schedule: Portovenere-Portofino Tour (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 9:00 Returns 6:00

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Levanto Boat / Ferry Timetables

Schedule: Levanto-Cinque Terre-Portovenere & return
(April 1 - April 15  2017)

(April 15 - Oct. 01  2017)

(Oct 02 - Oct. 27  2017)
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Schedule: Levanto Portofino Tour  (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 10:20    Returns  4:50

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Moneglia / Deiva Marina Boat / Ferry Timetables

Schedule: Moneglia - Deiva Marina - Levanto - Cinque Terre - Portovenere & return
(July 4- Aug. 31,  2017)   Tuesday and Thursday   Departs Moneglia 9:20  Deiva 9:30

Schedule: Deiva Marina -Moneglia - Portofino Tour   Information in center of schedule.
(July 3 - Aug. 28,  2017)    Mon. and Fri.        Departs  Deiva  10:40    Moneglia 10:50
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Portofino from Cinque Terre / Portovenere Ferry Timetable

Schedule: Cinque Terre-Portofino Tour  (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017)  Mon and Fri  
( Monterosso Schedule in Link )
Departs (Returns)    Riomaggiore 9:15 (6:15 pm)    Manarola 9:25 (6:00 pm)
  Vernazza 9:35 (5:45 pm)  Monterosso 9:50 (5:20 pm)

Schedule: Portovenere-Portofino Tour (Jul. 3 - Aug. 28, 2017) Mon and Fri 
Departs 9:00 Returns 6:00

Cadimare / Fezzano / Le Grazie / Portovenere / Palmaria Timetable
Cadimare, Fezzano and Le Grazie are small ports on the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia.

Schedule: Cadimare Fezzano Le Grazie Portovenere Palmaria
July 1-14, 2017  Sat., Sun.      July 15-31 Fri., Sat., Sun.       August 1-31, 2017    Daily


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

Schedule: La Spezia to Terrizzo Palmaria  (Jun 5 - Sept 3, 2017)
Schedule: La Spezia to Terrizzo Palmaria  (Sept 5 - Sept 18, 2016)

Schedule: La Spezia - Pozzole Palmaria  (June 17 - Sept 3, 2017)
Schedule: La Spezia - Pozzole Palmaria  (Sept 01 - Sept 11, 2016)

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

Schedule: Four Versilia Ports - Cinque Terre Tour  (Jun 17 - Sept 10, 2017) Includes dock locations.
Departs Viareggio  9:00,  Forte dei Marmi  9:30,  Marina di Massa  9:45,  Marina di Carrara 10:10

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Why Archived Schedules?  Only the current schedules for the Gulf of La Spezia boats are available at any given time. To show you the whole season, we must use some archived schedules. All the timetables always show the effective dates which could vary a little bit from year to year, so check back periodically.
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More Boat Info
Your daily ticket allows stopovers at intermediate ports. The boat service is cash only and subject to cancellation due to weather and wave conditions, which is uncommon in summer. There are no advanced ticket sales or reservations. There are bathrooms on the boat. Dogs that can be carried are allowed. The boats have both open air and covered sections. Wheelchairs are not advised due to the design of both the boats and docks. The official Consortium website is Consorzio Marittimo Turistico.

Portofino. For scenic ferry boats further north in Liguria read: Portofino Ferry Boat Schedules from Rapallo & SML. There are timetables for boats serving Portofino, Rapallo, Santa Margarita Ligure, Sestri Levante, Chiavari, Lavagna, San Fruttuoso, and Cinque Terre.

Camogli. For ferry boats on the Liguria's Gulf of Paradise read: Camogli to San Fruttuoso Ferry Boats with Recco & Portofino. There is info for boats serving Recco, Camogli, Punta Chiappa, San Fruttuoso, Portofino, .
Some of our Liguria Travel Articles
Cinque Terre - 16 Tips for Avoiding the Crowds  Yes, it's popular, but you can have a great time.

Getting to Portovenere   All about buses, parking, hiking, taxis, hotels, boats in Portovenere.
Portovenere Travel Guide - The Top Ten Attractions Portovenere's attractions for reasonable folk
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Castle to Castle Along the Gulf of the Poets All about Lerici - exploring, parking and hotels.

Getting Around La Spezia  Describes parking in La Spezia, as well as bus info and other goodies.
La Spezia Travel Guide: Top Ten Attractions as told by people who  have actually been there.
A Guide to the Local Food around La Spezia  Food of the area, as told by expert mangioni.
 
Getting to Portofino - Walking, Hiking, and More  Describes fabulous walking and hiking from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino.

The Most Beautiful Villages of Liguria Part 1 The Rock Villages A 7-part series covering 28 great little towns.

Buddy Can You Spare a Click? 

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FAQ
When Should I Go? Visit the Cinque Terre only when the weather is good - they are all about the sea and the hills as well as the villages. First choice: April 15 - June 15; Second Choice: September 1 - October 10.

Should I bring guidebooks? Definitely, it's hard to find guides in English in Italy. We use this one locally: Liguria: The Italian Riviera / Whitehouse. For just Cinque Terre, there's Rick Steves Pocket Cinque Terre (also as a Kindle version). The most popular Italy Guides on Amazon are Rick Steves Italy 2018  &  Lonely Planet Italy.  (Click links for the Amazon page).

Should I bring a map? We think it's easier to arrive with one. For driving get 1:200,000 scale. We prefer the DeAgostini and Touring Club Italiano  series over Michelin. Touring Club Liguria Map    Touring Club Tuscany Map.  You can also buy one in Italy -larger bookstores and some autostrada rest stops have good selections.

Should I opt for a GPS for a rental car? They are less useful in Italy, and they can't handle ZTLs well. Consider bringing one from home with an Italy/Europe map loaded -both US & European cars are 12V.  Many travelers use a Google Maps App on a smart phone or pre-loaded Google Maps Offline on a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Which Airport is Closest to Cinque Terre?  Pisa airport is the easiest as it's connected to Pisa's Centrale train station by a special train (PisaMover). Genoa airport is next easiest as there's a frequent bus (Volabus) to Genoa's Brignole train station (also stops at Principe station).
Fall 2017: our 56th Italy trip.


Written by Martha and Mike.  If you find an error or omission please let us know. We're also happy to answer straightforward questions, but we might not respond if we don't have an answer or we're traveling. There's a contact form at the bottom of the page. When planning your trip remember there are no right choices, just different pleasures.  Buon Viaggio.

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