Everything You Need to Know:
the Cinque Terre Card
SHOULD I BUY IT?
Unless you’re :
– here during the off season (November to March)
– only plan on taking one train in the Cinque Terre that day
– have a Eurail/Interrail pass. These trains may already be included in your pass, in which case, you’ll only need to purchase the Cinque Terre Trekking card if you want to hike the blue trail.
Otherwise, yes, get it – it saves time and money.
The Cinque Terre TRAIN Card includes both trail and trains.
The Cinque Terre Trekking Card only includes the blue trail (no trains).
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?:
– Unlimited trains from La Spezia to Levanto
– Access to the blue trail : Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso
– Use of village Buses
– Use of public bathrooms in the villages
– WiFi at train station hotspots (if you buy your cards online, you’ll have to go in the tourist info office to get your WiFi password)
– Guided tours organized by the National Park
– Discounted entrance tickets for museums in La Spezia
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I BUY IT FOR?
Remember, the cards are based on a calendar day. So a 1 day card means the full day from morning to midnight, not 24 hours.
To make the most of the card, purchase only for the full calendar days you are here (It wouldn’t make sense for you to have the card on the days you arrive and depart if you’re just coming directly here or going directly to your destination. In this case, just buy single train tickets.)
PRICES FOR CINQUE TERRE TRAIN CARD:
|Adults (from 12 to 69 years)||7,50||14,50||18,20||33||47|
(from 4 to 12 years)
(2 adults + 2 children)
|From 70 years old||6||10||14,80||/||/|
(max 25 persons)
Children (0-4 years): free of charge
/ = not available
– Buy the Cinque Terre card the day before to avoid long lines in the morning.
(Even if you’re buying single train tickets – Do not forget to validate them. If you jump on a train with a non-validated ticket, it’s treated the same as not having a ticket. Train conductors get a commission and can’t wait to fine you. No, really, it’s brutal.)
– Proper hiking shoes are best, but make sure you’re at least wearing close toed shoes with good traction and ankle support.