Complete 2019 Cinque Terre & La Spezia Boat / Ferry Schedules

With Portovenere, Lerici, Levanto, Viareggio, Portofino Timetables 

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

Latest Ferry Schedules with Prices for Planning 2019 Cinque Terre Boats. 


Cinque Terre 2019 Battelli / Traghetti Orari attuali / aktuelle Fährfahrpläne / Horaires de bateau actuels

Ginestra blooming on Schiara coast, Cinque Terre, June 7.
Portovenere & Palmaria in background. Taken on Trail 504.
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 tickets from about 25 to 35 Euro (cash only), stop-offs allowed. Single trip tickets and one-way tickets available.
When: The 2018 boats started March 24 and ended October 25 though scheduled to run through Nov. 4*.  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 Articles:
  Every Answer You Need for Your Cinque Terre Trip
  ✰Cinque Terre - 16 Tips for Avoiding the Crowds
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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 24 to November 4* 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?________________________________________________________________________________

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

 2018  Cinque Terre Ferry Schedule with La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici, Levanto
April 21 to Sept. 30, 2018  La Spezia - Portovenere - Cinque Terre Ferry
Includes Lerici, Levanto, 3 Island Tour.  More schedules & Fares below.
Information 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.

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! In 2019, Italian holidays are April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15, Nov. 1. In 2019, Easter is April 21.

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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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 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

Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - La Spezia
Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Portovenere
Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Monterosso in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Lerici
Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Levanto

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
(March 24 - Apr 20 2018)

(April 21 - Sept. 30 2018)

(Oct 01 - Oct 27 2018)  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return 
( Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2018 )  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

See Lerici and Levanto below for additional Cinque Terre connections.
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Schedule: Cinque Terre-Portofino Tour  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Fare from Cinque Terre 33€.
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) 

For a guidebook dedicated to Cinque Terre, we think the best by far is Rick Steves Pocket Cinque Terre (US Link) (for UK: Click ) also available as a Kindle version. Most of the Pocket Cinque Terre info is also included in Amazon’s best selling Italy guidebook Rick Steves Italy 2018 (US Link)  (for UK: Click).
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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,  and Levanto on the high Summer schedule, which in 2018 is July 2 to Aug. 31. 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

Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - La Spezia

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
(March 24 - Apr 20 2018)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     (April 21 - Sept. 30 2018)


(Oct 01 - Oct 27 2018)  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return 
( Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2018 )  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.
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Schedule: La Spezia - Portofino Tour  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 8:30 Returns 6:40

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

Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Lerici

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (Mar 24 - Apr 20 2018)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return    (April 21 - Sept. 30 2018)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return 
(Oct 01 - Oct 27 2018)  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return    
( Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2018 )  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.
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Schedule: Lerici - Portofino Tour  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 8:30 Returns 6:40

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.

Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Portovenere

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
(March 24 - Apr 20 2018)

Schedule: La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return     (April 21 - Sept. 30 2018)


(Oct 01 - Oct 27 2018) *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

Schedule: La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre & return 
( Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2018 )  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.
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Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return   (Mar. 24 - Apr 20 2018)

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return    (April 21 - Sept. 30 2018)


(Oct 01 - Oct 27 2018)  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

Schedule: Lerici-Portovenere-Cinque Terre & return
( Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2018 )  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.
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( May 1 - to be determined, 2018 )

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Schedule: Portovenere-Three Island Tour (40 min.)   (Mar. 24 - 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  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 9:00  Returns 6:15



Levanto Boat / Ferry Timetables
Cinque Terre Ferry 2018 Fares - Levanto

Schedule: Levanto-Cinque Terre-Portovenere & return
(Mar. 24 - April 20  2018)

(April 21 - Sept. 30  2018)

(Oct 01 - Oct 27 2018)  *Note: Service actually ended Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.
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Schedule: Levanto - Portofino Tour  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 10:20  Returns 4:50


Moneglia / Deiva Marina Boat / Ferry Timetables

Schedule: Moneglia - Deiva Marina - Levanto - Cinque Terre - Portovenere & return
(July 2- Aug. 31,  2018)   Tuesday and Thursday   Departs Moneglia 9:20  Deiva 9:30

Schedule: Deiva Marina -Moneglia - Portofino Tour   Information in center of schedule.
(July 2 - Aug. 31,  2018)    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  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Fare from Cinque Terre 33€.
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  (July 2 - Aug. 31, 2018)  Mon and Fri 
Departs 9:00  Returns 6:15

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, 2018   Fri., Sat., Sun.         August 1- Sept. 2, 2018   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 4 - Sept 16, 2018)


Schedule: La Spezia - Pozzole Palmaria  (June 8 - Sept 9, 2018)

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.
Forte dei Marmi departures temporarily suspended in early July, 2018.

Schedule: Four Versilia Ports - Cinque Terre Tour  (June 16 - Sept 9, 2018) 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 and walkers 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.


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?  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.

For a guidebook dedicated to Cinque Terre, we think the best by far is Rick Steves Pocket Cinque Terre (for UK: Click / for Italy: Click) also available as a Kindle version . Most of the Pocket Cinque Terre info is also included in Rick Steves Italy 2018  (for UK: Click) which is Amazon’s best selling Italy guidebook.  The next two best sellers have smaller Cinque Terre sections, but are suitable for a short visit. They are Fodor’s Essential Italy 2018 and Lonely Planet Italy 2018  (for UK: Click ).

If you are touring the Italian Riviera - Liguria - there are two guidebook choices. DK Eyewitness Italian Riviera (for UK: Click ) has a small Cinque Terre section, but solid coverage of Genoa and other major locations and good graphics. The guide we use is Liguria: The Italian Riviera / Bradt  (for UK: Click ) which has a good section on the Cinque Terre and decent coverage of the entire Ligurian coast with a personal touch including some wonderful out-of-the-way towns.

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, laptop or tablet without cell service. 

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.  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.

*Note: 2018 Service ended early on Oct. 25 due to storms & storm damage.

Photos captioned 'CC By' are subject to a Creative Commons license and can be found on Flickr.