Complete 2020 Cinque Terre & La Spezia Boat / Ferry Schedules

With Portovenere, Lerici, Levanto, Viareggio Timetables 

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

Latest Ferry Schedules with Prices for Planning 2020 Cinque Terre Boats. 


Cinque Terre 2020 Battelli / Traghetti Orari attuali / aktuelle Fährfahrpläne / Horaires de bateau actuels

Beautiful Cinque Terre Coastline from the Trail
Ginestra blooming on Schiara coast, Cinque Terre, June 7.
Portovenere & Palmaria in background. Taken on Trail 504.


        Cinque Terre 2019 Ferry Service Ended November 1



  • Summary: The Cinque Terre ferries are famous for spectacular views of this famous Ligurian coastline and its villages. All the latest schedules, prices, and informaton follow below.
  • Where: The boats serve Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore and nearby La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere, and Levanto. In summer there are tours from the Viareggio / Versilia area.
  • Cost:  In 2019, an all day ticket with stop-offs was 27 to 35 Euro (cash only at most ports). Tickets between Cinque Terre towns were 6 to 13 Euro one-way, 8 to 20 Euro round trip.  Special rates for kids ages 6-11.
  • When:  The 2020 Cinque Terre ferry will start Wednesday, April 1 and end Sunday, November 1.  The boats may modify the route or not operate in rough seas or winds (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 Other Cinque Terre Area Articles:
  Every Answer You Need for Your Cinque Terre Trip
  ✰Cinque Terre - 16 Tips for Avoiding the Crowds
  ☛Great Italian Hill Towns near Cinque Terre 
  ☛Liguria/Cinque Terre/Portofino Map

See Also:Our Cinque Terre Guide 

Portovenere Travel Guide - The Top Ten Attractions Portovenere's attractions for reasonable folk
.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.
Cinque Terre's Path of Love Is Reopening But don't reserve yet - it should be in 2023.
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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 March 30 to November 3 for each port using either current or archived timetables. Schedules vary little from year to year so they're good for your 2020 planning. The 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?________________________________________________________________________________

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

2019 Cinque Terre Ferry Schedule with La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere
April 20 to Sept. 29, 2019  La Spezia - Portovenere - Cinque Terre Ferry
Includes Levanto & 3 Island Tour.   More schedules & Fares below.


Information Sections & Schedules Below

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? Different
pleasures await.

Ferry Schedules for the Entire Year & All Ports.

More Boat Info  Bathrooms, Pets, Shade, etc.

Cinque Terre FAQ   Best time to go, Guidebooks, etc.

Links to Helpful Articles Cinque Terre & Surrounding Towns   Crowds, Portovenere, Lerici, La Spezia, Food & more.
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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 (within stated date limit). Act Now! Italian holidays are April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15, Nov. 1. In 2020, Easter is April 12 - in 2021, Easter is April 4.

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 2.
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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Overview of Cinque Terre terraced vineyards
Vineyard terraces of Cinque Terre in early spring.   circa 1987
The Cinque Terre Boat / Ferry Schedules
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 strongly recommend you do not drive your car to the Cinque Terre villages! To rent your car after the visit or drop it off before - see our special article with a map of rental offices - Link: Where to Rent a Car from Cinque Terre?    For advice on parking during your visit see our article - Link: Every Answer You Need for Your Cinque Terre Trip

2019 Ferry Fares for Cinque Terre & La Spezia Area Ports

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (March 30 - Apr 19 2019)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (April 20 - Oct 13 2019)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Oct 14 - Oct 26 2019)  

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return ( Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2019 )  

See Lerici and Levanto below for additional Cinque Terre connections.
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For a guidebook dedicated to Cinque Terre, we think the best by far is Rick Steves Pocket Cinque Terre (Amazon US)  (Amazon UK)  (Kindle UK) which also covers Portofino. The Pocket Cinque Terre info is also included in Amazon’s best selling Italy guidebook Italy Rick Steves 2019 (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (UK Kindle Store).

For Complete Italy Guidebook Reviews, see our helpful article: Best Italy Guidebooks 2019 Reviewed.
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Is There Service to Portofino?

No, but there is 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

2019 Ferry Fares for Cinque Terre & La Spezia Area Ports

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (March 30 - Apr 19 2019)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (April 20 - Oct 13 2019)


Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Oct 14 - Oct 26 2019)   

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return ( Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2019 )  
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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

2019 Ferry Fares for Cinque Terre & La Spezia Area Ports

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (Mar 30 - Apr 19 2019)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (April 20 - Sept. 29 2019)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Sept 30 - Oct 26 2019)  

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Oct 27 - Nov 3  2019 )  
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Schedules Continue Below



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.

2019 Ferry Fares for Cinque Terre & La Spezia Area Ports

Schedule:La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
(March 30 - Apr 19 2019)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (April 20 - Oct 13 2019)


Schedule:  La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Oct 14 - Oct 26 2019)   

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return ( Oct 27 - Nov 3  2019 )  
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Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (Mar 30 - Apr 19 2019)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return    (April 20 - Sept. 29 2019)


Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return (Sept 30 - Oct 26 2019)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return  (Oct 27 - Nov 3  2019 )  

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return ( Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2019 )  
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Schedule: Portovenere-Three Island Tour (40 min.)   (Mar. 30 - Nov. 3 (est.) 2019) 
Island tour info in small notation: Departs at 12:00 & 3:00 pm  Price 13 Euro.
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Levanto Boat / Ferry Timetables
2019 Ferry Fares for Cinque Terre & La Spezia Area Ports

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Levanto & return  (Mar. 30 - April 19  2019)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Levanto & return   (April 20 - Oct 13 2019)

Schedule:  La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Levanto & return  (Oct 14 - Oct 26 2019)   
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Cadimare / Fezzano / Le Grazie / Portovenere / Palmaria Beach Timetables
Cadimare, Fezzano and Le Grazie are small ports on the western shore of the Gulf of La Spezia. Those ports and the Palmaria beaches of Terrizzo and Pozzole have limited ferry service for some portions on the June to September period. Consult the official ferry website: Consorzio Marittimo Turistico.

Tour of the Gulf Ports
 Ferry Connections Between La Spezia / Lerici / Tellaro / Portovenere. Times for Three Island Tour.

Schedule: Tour of the Gulf Connections & Rates  (June 15 - Sept. 15, 2019)

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

Check schedules locally to ensure up to date information.

Schedule: Four Versilia Ports - Cinque Terre Tour  (June 15 - Sept 8, 2019) 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
Tickets. Your daily ticket allows stopovers at intermediate ports. Cash only at some ports. There are no advanced ticket sales or reservations except for groups of 25 or more.
Boats. There are bathrooms on the boat. Dogs that can be carried are allowed. The boats have both open air and covered sections.
Handicapped Access. Wheelchairs and walkers are not advised due to the design of the boats, the docks, and especially the gangplanks.
Weather. The boat service is subject to cancellation or modification due to wind and wave conditions, which is uncommon in summer.   Check for weather change notices on the Consorzio Facebook Page posted in the morning or ask at your hotel.
Website. 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.
Cinque Terre's Path of Love Is Reopening But don't reserve yet - it should be in 2023.
 
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
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. The place is lifeless when the ferries are not running. First choice: April 15 - June 15; Second Choice: September 1 - October 10.

Should I bring guidebooks?  Yes, buy your Cinque Terre guidebook before you arrive as you won't easily find them in Italy, though you can order some for delivery in Italy, including to a post office, from Amazon Italy: Click Here.

First, buy your Cinque Terre guidebook before you arrive as you won't easily find them in Italy.  For a guidebook dedicated to Cinque Terre, the best by far is Pocket Cinque Terre Rick Steves  (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)  (Kindle UK).
Most all of the Pocket Cinque Terre info is also included in Italy Rick Steves 2019 (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (UK Kindle Store) which is Amazon’s best selling Italy guidebook.

For advice and reviews on guidebooks for Liguria, Florence, Rome, Venice & more, read our article:
All the Best Italy Guidebooks Reviewed

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?  No, they are problematic in Italy: they can't handle ZTLs well, they are not updated enough, and they are absurdly expensive. Many travelers use the Google Maps App or Waze on a smart phone. Note that you can use pre-loaded Google Maps Offline on a smartphone without cell service because it has a GPS. 

Which Airport is Closest to Cinque Terre?  Pisa airport is the easiest and 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.  We are retired Americans who live part-time 10 miles from Cinque Terre.  We received no money or free stuff for any of our articles. As is internet convention, we do receive a small commission when a purchase is made on some links like Amazon. When planning your trip remember there are no right choices, just different pleasures.  Buon Viaggio.

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