The Cinque Terre Express Train Service Begins.

The '5 Terre Express' Train Runs Every 30 Minutes to All Five Cinque Terre Villages. 

Stops: La Spezia Migliarina, Centrale,  Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso, Levanto. 

Manarola at Twilight  Cinque Terre
Manarola at Twilight                                                     CC By Lorraine Tan
Just in time for the long Easter weekend in the Cinque Terre, the new "Cinque Terre Express" train service begins Saturday, March 26, 2016. Operated by Trenitalia Regionale with support from the Region of Liguria, the new service will enhance transportation options to the famous five villages comprising part of the Ligurian UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There will be 44 daily trips in both directions between Levanto and La Spezia Migliarina Station* every half hour with intermediate stops at La Spezia Centrale, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia,Vernazza, and Monterosso. Trenitalia Regionale Liguria is to provide reception, information and assistance to passengers, and enhanced 'customer care' during busy times.

Crowded Vernazza Train Station Cinque Terre
For 2016 the new 'Cinque Terre Express' train will mean much less crowding.
Vernazza Train Station.    CC By Kylie & Rob (and Helen)

In the first phase of the service, fares will be kept unchanged at the current rates for all, both residents and tourists.   The "5 Terre Express" will remain active until 1 November and will benefit both commuters and tourists with less crowded trains.

It is expected that La Spezia's many cruise ship passengers travelling to the Cinque Terre will be boarded at Migliarina Station, thus relieving congestion at La Spezia's Centrale Station.

See our map of La Spezia for the Centrale and Migliarina train station locations. Map: La Spezia Transportation Hubs

* Traveler beware. We visited Migliarina station on May 30, and there was no notice on the schedule board or other signs about CT trains. There's also no one to ask, as there's no ticket window.

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Riomaggiore Riomaggiore  Closest to La Spezia & Portovenere, very characteristic.
Manarola Manarola Very photogenic & colorful- more fishing boats and the 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 & the most services. Best beach, some parking.
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Written by Mike Mazzaschi

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