Complete Spring Cinque Terre & La Spezia Boat / Ferry Schedules

Portovenere, Lerici, Levanto, Portofino Timetables
Includes Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore Times
Cinque Terre Battelli / Traghetti Orari Primavera / Frühling Fahrpläne / Horaires de Bateau / 春天渡轮信息
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. 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. All the latest schedules are here.
Cost: about 30 Euro round trip, stop-offs allowed. Starting: April 1, 2017 Ending: early November. Schedule: Seasonal (summer about 10 daily). Operator: Consorzio Marittimo Turistico.

Cinque Terre Guide                  Cinque Terre-16 Tips for Avoiding the Crowds     ☛Liguria/Cinque Terre/Portofino Map        Great Italian Hill Towns near Cinque Terre

Look Below for Spring Ferry / Boat Schedules with prices for planning a Spring 2017 trip. These are the latest timetables available. Service begins April 1 and below are timetables useful for a Spring trip until Summer service begins in June with more ports. The schedules change very little year to year.

For planning a Summer 2017 trip, go here: Latest Summer Boat / Ferry Timetables

For an Autumn 2017 trip, click here: Latest Fall Ferry / Boat Schedules.
Where to Stay to See Cinque Terre?

In 2018, Easter Weekend is March 29, 30, & April 1. The long weekend nearest May Day (a Tuesday) is April 28, 29 & 30.  Book RIGHT NOW for those weekends!

Cinque Terre (All) Cinque Terre   For multi-day visits: HomeAway(CinqueTerre)

Riomaggiore Riomaggiore  Closest to La Spezia & Portovenere, very characteristic.
Manarola Manarola Very photogenic & colorful- more fishing boats and famous terraces.
Corniglia Corniglia Pretty on a promontory high above the sea with historic church & least crowded.
Vernazza Vernazza Prettiest, most celebrated & photogenic town with the most visitors.
Monterosso Monterosso Larger town with resort feel & most services. Best beach, some parking.
Liguria Hotel Guide & City Selector
Use a pretty Ligurian town nearby as a base to visit Cinque Terre and other parts of Liguria.
We describe all the Pluses & Minuses of each possibility.
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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Lerici beach, Gulf of La Spezia
A Lerici beach, the Gulf, and Portovenere
When Should I Visit? We have a special story about spring weather, holidays, & packing considerations:
Spring Weather & Holidays in LiguriaThere are links to more helpful Liguria travel stories below.

Why Archived Schedules?  Only current schedules are available for boats around the Gulf of La Spezia. We use an archive of the most recent schedules (in pdf format) to present an entire year. The schedules are very similar year to year, so spend January planning your next vacation, but verify before you travel if your schedule is time sensitive.

There Service to Portofino? There is Portofino service from the Cinque Terre / Gulf of La Spezia only in the high Summer schedule, which in 2016 may start around June 15. Check the website links below under More Boat / Ferry Info for other (much closer) departure points to Portofino.

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.

The Cinque Terre Boat / Ferry Schedules

The vineyard terraces of Cinque Terre in early spring.                   circa 1987
Also written 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 and pretty scenery. 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!

On some timetables, Cinque Terre is written '5 Terre'.
La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre
(Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)
La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre
(April 15 - Oct 01 2017)

Levanto-Cinque Terre-Portovenere
(April 1 - April 15  2017)
Levanto - Cinque Terre - Portovenere
(April 15 - Oct. 01  2017)

Travel Tip___________________________________________________________________
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                        Link: Where to Rent a Car from Cinque Terre? Also useful for Portofino.
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 offers added services without added price - 24/7 English help line 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.
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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. For touring, see La Spezia Travel Guide: Top Ten Attractions.

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre
(Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre
(April 15 - Oct 01 2017)

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

Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre   (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre    (April 15 - May 14, 2017)

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.
For touring, see: Portovenere Travel Guide - The Top Ten Attractions.

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre
(Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre
(April 15 - Oct 01 2017)

Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre   (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)

Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre    (April 15 - May 14, 2017)

Portovenere-Three Island Tour    (Apr 1 - Apr 14 2017)  Departing 12:00 pm.
Portovenere-Three Island Tour   (Apr 1 - Oct 1 2017) Departing 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Levanto Boat / Ferry Timetables

Levanto-Cinque Terre-Portovenere
(April 1 - April 15  2017)

Levanto - Cinque Terre - Portovenere
(April 15 - Oct. 01  2017)

Fezzano, Le Grazie, Portovenere, Palmaria Boat Timetables
Fezzano and Le Grazie are small ports on the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia.
No service until the summer schedule (however, for Palmaria see our story Getting to Portovenere).

Viareggio+ to Cinque Terre Boat / Ferry Timetables
No service until the summer schedule.

More Boat Info
The boat service is cash only and subject to cancellation due to weather and wave conditions, which is uncommon in summer. There is a bathroom on the boat, and 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 the docks. The boats are operated by 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 north side of the Portofino Promontory 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
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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