Portofino 2018 Ferry Boat Schedules from Rapallo and Santa Margherita

Ferry Boat Tours in the Portofino Area.  

Boat excursions to Portofino, San Fruttuoso, Cinque Terre, and Portovenere from Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Chiavari, Lavagna, Sestri Levante.

2017 Portofino Ferries Ended November 1.  2018 Portofino Ferries Will Begin in mid-March.

Portofino Ferry Boat Schedules 2018  /   Battelli,Traghetti Orari 20178   /    Fähre Zeitplan 2018

The ferry boat trips are one of the great attractions of the Portofino / Gulf of Tigullio area, providing visits to the little villages of Portofino and San Fruttuoso on Lines 1 & 2 along with fabulous views of the famous coastline.

Boats also travel to Portovenere and three Cinque Terre villages on Lines 3, 4, 5 & 6  from Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Chiavari, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante. The three villages of Cinque Terre visited in different combinations are Vernazza, Monterosso, and Riomaggiore.

 All the latest available Schedules are below. The timetables vary little for year to year.

San Giacomo di Corte Church, Santa Margherita Ligure.
San Giacomo di Corte, Santa Margherita Ligure.
Where to Stay?
Our Liguria Hotel Guide & City Selector
Minimize the crowds and enjoy Portofino, Cinque Terre & Liguria. We help you choose your town with the Pluses & Minuses for each:
Link: Part 1: Cinque Terre South - Gulf of the Poets              La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici.
Link: Part 2: Cinque Terre North to Portofino
  Levanto, Bonassola, Moneglia, Sestri L., Lavagna, Chiavari.
Link: Part 3: Towns on the Portofino Peninsula                  Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Portofino, Camogli, Recco.
Where are all these towns?
Liguria / Cinque Terre / Portofino Map

Realty Check: Schedules change. Mistakes happen.  Check the schedules locally before departure.

Rapallo. Liguria's famous Trompe l'oeil.
Line 1  To Portofino / San Fruttuoso
      From Rapallo / Santa Margherita (SML)  

Click for times. qd = daily number of boats.
Line 1 March 12 - March 31         (qd2)
Line 1 April                                    (qd6)
Line 1 May June July                    (qd7/8)
Line 1 August                                 (qd8)
Line 1 September                           (qd7/8)
Line 1 October                                (qd5)

Night Cruises to Portofino     July:  Saturday          August:  Friday + Saturday
Rapallo  20:00 + 21:30    Santa Margherita 20:15 + 21:45        Return: 23:30

Your RT ticket from Rapallo or SML allows you to stop over at Portofino and/or San Fruttuoso and
take a later boat. The boat times for return trips posted at each dock. Only group charters from Nov. 1.

Line 2    To Portofino / San Fruttuoso
                     From Sestri Levante / Lavagna / Chiavari 

Morning Boat     Sestri Levante  9:00  Lavagna  9:15  Chiavari  9:30
Effective Periods:     June 12-30        Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday                              
                                   July, August      Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
                                   Sept. 1-24         Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Stops for 45 minutes in San Fruttuoso and 1 hour in Portofino. Stopovers allowed if multiple boats

Afternoon Boat  Sestri Levante 14:15  Lavagna  14:30  Chiavari  14:45
Effective Periods:   April 15-30                 Sat., Sun., +Mon. Apr.17 & 24, +Tues. Apr.25
                                 May                            Sat., Sun., +Mon. May 1
                                 June 1-11                    Sat., Sun., +Fri. June 2
                                 June 12 - Sept.24       Daily except Wed.
                                 Sept. 25 - Oct. 8         Sat., Sun.
You can stop for 1 hour in San Fruttuoso and 1 hour in Portofino or 2 1/2 hours in Portofino.

Evening Boat        Sestri Levante 21:15  Lavagna  21:30  Chiavari  21:45
Effective Period:     August         Saturday only             
Stops for 1 hour in Portofino.

When multiple boats are running, your morning ticket allows you to stop over at Portofino or San Fruttuoso and return on the afternoon boat.   The boat times for return trips posted at each dock.
Your Homework. We also have three articles about the Portofino area you can read before you visit. The first is about how Portofino became famous: Portofino - From Fishing Village to Icon, and it will make you sing.  The second is about two fabulous walks from Santa Margherita to Portofino: Getting to Portofino - Walking Hiking and MoreThe third describes a very pretty and do-able hike from Camogli to San Fruttuoso: Portofino - Hike Camogli to San Fruttuoso.
Line 3
To       Vernazza in Cinque Terre and Portovenere  (Mornings)
From  Santa Margherita (SML) / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri Levante 
Stops for 1 hour in Vernazza and 3 hours in Portovenere and circles Palmaria Island.

Departure Times:
SML / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri Levante / Cinque Terre / Portovenere
Rapallo, Campanile Santo Stefano
8:45 /     9:00   /     9:20   /     9:30    /       9:50
Return times announced on board.

Effective Period: 
April 16 (Easter)            Sunday
April 30                          Sunday
May, June, July              Sundays
August, September:       Sundays

Line 4  
To     Vernazza in Cinque Terre (Afternoons)
From Santa Margherita / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri L. 
Stops for 1 hour in Vernazza, and cruises the other villages.

Departure Times:
SML / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri Levante / Cinque Terre
13:30/   13:40  /   14:00   /   14:10    /    14:30
Return times announced on board.

Effective Period: 
July           Tuesday and Friday
August      Tuesday and Friday

Line 5 
To       Cinque Terre Super-Three Villages  (Mornings)
From  Santa Margherita (SML) / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri Levante
Stops for 1 hr. Riomaggiore, 3 hrs.Monterosso, and 1 hr.Vernazza .

Departure Times:
SML / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri Levante / Cinque Terre
8:30 /    8:45   /     9:05    /     9:15    /     9:30
Return times announced on board.

Effective Period:    
April 24              Monday
May                    Wednesday & Saturday
June                    Wednesdays and Saturdays
July                     Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
August                Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
September           Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
October               Wednesday 4th & 11th.  Saturday 7th & 14th.

Line 6 
To     Vernazza & Monterosso in Cinque Terre (Mornings)
From Santa Margherita / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri L. 
Stops for 1 hour in Vernazza, and 3 hours in Monterosso.

Departure Times:
SML / Rapallo / Chiavari / Lavagna / Sestri Levante / Cinque Terre
 9:15/    9:30  /      9:50   /   10:00    /    10:15
Return times announced on board.

Effective Period: 
June (except 1st)   Thursday  
July, August          Thursday 
September             Thursday

Special Events. Consult the SMT Website (under Special Events) for special cruises:
Rapallo Fireworks       San Fruttuoso Abyss Fest      Recco Fireworks   
San Fruttuoso Evening Concerts          Portofino By Night

Prices.  Tickets are cash only. Here are 2017 round trip prices for some popular ferry boat excursions:
Rapallo-Portofino 13.00 €                        Rapallo-San Fruttuoso 17.00 €
Rapallo - Cinque Terre  30 € / 34€         - Cinque Terre Super 34 €

Santa Margherita Ligure - Portofino  11.00 €                          SML-San Fruttuoso 16.00 €
Santa Margherita Ligure - Cinque Terre  30 €  / 34 €            - Cinque Terre Super 34 €

Chiavari/Lavagna - Portofino/San Fruttuoso 17.00 €
Sestri Levante - Portofino/San Fruttuoso 17.50 €
Chiavari/Lavagna/Sestri L. - Cinque Terre 25.50 € / 29.50 €  - Cinque Terre Super 29.50 €.

Portofino. Three Tired tourists.
Complete fares are here: SMT Ferry Boat Prices
(Andata=one-way, Andata e Ritorno=round trip)
Children under 5 free.
Children 5-12 years pay one way fare for RT.
Small surcharges added on cruises at night and festivi (Sundays and holidays).

Boat Stuff  These boats are operated by the Servizio Marittimo del Tigullio (SMT) for official information, visit the SMT Website. Contact them for Group Tours. Extra boats may be added for festivi (Sundays and holidays). Remember that boats could be canceled or delayed due to wind, waves, insufficient dock space, and insufficient passengers - although weather difficulties are rare in summer. Dogs that can be carried are allowed and there's a bathroom on board the ferry boat.

Yet More Info
Travelers can easily link to ferry boat serving the Gulf of Paradise further north. For example, travel from Rapallo to San Fruttuoso on an SMT ferry, and then use another ferry line from San Fruttuoso to Camogli or beyond and then take a train back to Rapallo. Information for the Gulf of Paradise boats is in our story- Camogli to San Fruttuoso Ferry Boats with Recco & Portofino
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Travel Tip___________________________________________________________________
Renting A Car in Italy. Car rental prices are important, but don't rent based solely on low price and stick to well known companies. We have articles to help you:   
                           Link: Independent Car Rental Reviews for Italy 
                           Link: Car Rental Tips for Italy - Pick It Up Right 
                           Link: Where to Rent a Car from Cinque Terre? Also useful for Portofino area.
We advise getting your car from one of the companies with the fewest problems reported (Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget) either direct or via a reputable car rental broker such as AutoEurope which provides added services without added price - 24/7 help before, during, and after the rental; easy changes and cancellation; as well as available less expensive zero excess (deductible) insurance.** We hope you'll make your reservation through these links -using the links do not raise your price.
AutoEurope(US)         Auto Europe(UK)           Avis(English)                Budget Rental (English) 
Our Ligurian Ferry Articles
Spring Cinque Terre, La Spezia Area Boat Ferry Schedules.
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Fall Cinque Terre, La Spezia Area Boat Ferry Schedules.

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Camogli to San Fruttuoso Ferry Boats with Recco & Portofino 

Some of our Liguria Travel Articles
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
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.

FAQ Should I bring guidebooks? Definitely, it's hard to find guides in English in Italy. We have often used this one: Liguria: The Italian Riviera / Whitehouse (Amazon Link). Should I bring a map? We like to have both a paper map and an internet map. Its easier to arrive with a paper map than shop for it. For driving get 1:200,000 scale. We prefer the DeAgostini and Touring Club Italiano Touring Club Liguria Map (Amazon Link) series over Michelin.  Should I opt for a GPS for a rental car? Many feel they are less useful in Italy and they may not handle ZTLs well. Consider bringing one from home with an Italy/Europe map loaded -both US & European cars are 12V.  Which Internet map? Google does a good job in Italy if you'll have a smartphone connection or you can load a device with offline Google maps now.

Reality Check. We do our best to be accurate, but the schedules can and do change, and mistakes can happen. Check the schedules locally before departure.

Buddy Can You Spare a Click? 
If we've helped, you can thank us by using these links to get quotes and/or reserve your car rental.
 AutoEurope(US) Auto Europe(UK) or this one to make Italy hotel bookings Booking.Com.Italy.

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Proverbio Ligure: Chi ha il culo di paglia, ha paura di fuoco.
Ligurian Proverb: He that has an ass of straw has fear of fire.