Hear, hear: You can finally purchase your Cinque Terre passes online 

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  1. Amy… thank you so much for keeping us in the loop—you’re amazing.

    I’d love to meet you—when in Levanto next give me a call and I’ll pick you up at the station and we can have a coffee, aperitivo or I’ll make you lunch at VV.

    Best, Paula >

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    1. Ciao Paula!

      Aren’t you sweet! ❤️ Thank you so much for 1) appreciating the blog (it means so much especially as it’s coming from another expat local), and 2) for the invite! So kind of you! I would love to meet you in person (hopefully when the weather cools off and the kids are back to school so I have some “me” time).

      x
      Amy

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  2. Dear Amy,

    This is a fantastic public service. Thank you!

    If I buy the Cinque Terre train combo card online, do I then have to print it out, or may I display it on my phone, please? I have a printer available now, but I won’t have one when I’ll know the date of validity. I’m thinking of driving to La Spezia and parking for free at the La Spezia Migliarina Station, where I believe the card can’t be purchased in person.

    Thanks.
    Yours,
    Chuck Strain
    DUIguy1@yahoo.com

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    1. Ciao Chuck!

      It’s my pleasure! I’m so glad you’ve found the blog helpful.

      As this is a brand new service, I don’t have the answer to your question yet (I could purchase a ticket to find out but then I’d end up with a card that I don’t need). I will try contacting the National Park to find out for you. Stay tuned!

      Amy

      P.S. Yes, you are correct… there’s no possibility to purchase a pass at the Migliarina station.

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      1. Dear Amy,

        Thanks! My wife and I will be driving in for a whirlwind, one-day excursion from a bit north of Florence, about 1.5 hours away. We plan to arrive very early (around 07:00) on September 4 or 5, when only one relatively small cruise ship (of about 1250 passengers) is moored at a nearby port (in this case, at La Spezia and Livorno, respectively). We may have friends with us in another car or two.

        With an early start, we plan to hike from Monterosso to Vernazza, and then Corniglia. We’ll probably then take trains on to Manarola and Riomaggiore for a quick look-see, before heading home (perhaps through Lucca and/or Pisa).

        If we can effectively buy the C.T. card online the day before without a printer, we’ll plan to park for free at La Spezia Migliarina and first use the cards to ride the train from there. (The card is good from there, right?)

        If not, I can think of several alternatives: 1) Stop by La Spezia Centrale Station, send a passenger inside to buy cards for all, and then drive to Migliarina to park; 2) Drop all passengers at Centrale, park at Migliarina, and walk back to Centrale where passengers are waiting; 3) Park at Migliarina and pay 1.9 Euros each to ride to Centrale, where all get off to buy cards; 4) Pay for parking at La Spezia Centrale; or 5) Pay for parking at Monterosso.

        Any advice, please?

        Chuck Strain
        DUIguy1@yahoo.com

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      2. Ciao again!

        I believe the National Park Info Points open at 8am but I’m double checking that for you at the moment. If that’s the case, you’d have to hang around waiting for them to open so that you can purchase your Cinque Terre Cards before boarding the train (which obviously isn’t ideal).

        Seeing your proposed itinerary, for the sake of simplicity and convenience I would recommend that you drive to Monterosso (exit the autostrada at CARRODANO/LEVANTO) and park at the large Fegina parking lot in Monterosso (at 7am it shouldn’t be a problem finding a space). Go ahead and start hiking (they won’t be checking tickets that early) and by the time you get to Vernazza you can pop by the Info Point at the train station to buy your Cinque Terre Cards. Problem solved! 🙂

        FYI: Parking rates at Fegina are 50 cents per hour from 10pm to 8am and €2.50 per hour from 8am to 10pm.

        I hope this info helps!
        Amy

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      3. Dear Amy,

        My last reply crossed with your astute updates. Yes, with the Info Points not open until 08:00, if we don’t have online-purchased Tren cards that can be digitally validated, we’ll drive straight to Monterosso. You deserve big hugs, and much more. Grazie mille!

        Chuck Strain
        DUIguy1@yahoo.com

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      4. Happy to be of help! 🙂

        I tried calling the national park admin office yesterday multiple times but there was never any answer. I suspect that they kept their offices closed for a long weekend (as today is Ferragosto, a national holiday). (*sigh*) Someone should definitely answer tomorrow.

        I’ll keep you posted!
        Amy

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  3. Dear Amy,

    I’m now guessing that an online-purchased Treno card–if not also an online-purchased Trekking card–must be printed out. That’s because the Parco Nationale states: “Cards must be validated before getting on the train using validation machines at the station.” Without a physical card or paper in hand, it would require a rather sophisticated real-time database with multiple networked scanners to keep track of whether and when digital screen pass displays are validated. Does that make sense, please?

    Now, whether purchased online and printed or purchased in person at La Spezia Centrale, would the Treno card be valid to get us to and from Migliarina station, please?

    Thank you, kindly!

    Chuck Strain
    DUIguy1@yahoo.com

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    1. Ciao Chuck,

      I’m guessing you are correct but I won’t know for certain until I call the park admin offices tomorrow morning (as those I talked to that work at the Info Points didn’t know what to tell me). TrenItalia has a relatively sophisticated system where it’s possible to simply show a QR code on your phone that the controller can scan, so it *is* possible that the park has also stepped up to the plate (since the Treno Card is paired with TrenItalia). With all that said, I’m still thinking that it’s more likely that something will need to be printed.

      The multi-service Treno Card covers train travel on 2nd class regional (Cinque Terre Express) trains between La Spezia Centrale and Levanto. If you catch the train from La Spezia Migliarina you’ll have to pay for a ticket for that leg. 🙂

      Best,
      Amy

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      1. Dear Amy,

        You’re the best. The ability to digitally validate a screen image via a QR code would save us time–and maybe an extra stop at La Spezia Centrale–just buy a card there.

        I now realize that the advantage of free parking at La Spezia Migliarina must be balanced against the extra € 1.90 per person train fare to access that station, along with the extra time involved, both of which must be repeated at end of our excursion.

        I’m now thinking that we’ll bite the La Spezia Centrale pay-parking bullet of about € 12 (@ € 1,50 per hour after 08:00), if there’s space. Probably without a reservation, we hope openings will be likely before 07:00 on a Monday or Tuesday. If not, we could queue up and wait a bit. We could most simply buy the Tren card there, perhaps even while in the garage queue.

        Or I could drop passengers there while I park over at Migliarina. But that round-trip from Centrale to Migliarina and back may be impractical, taking anywhere from 20 over 60 minutes (with another time and money cost at the end of the day).

        Instead, if we were to give up on parking at La Spezia Centrale, we could just drive another 45 mintues Monterosso, and park at the Fegina beachfront lot for € 18 per day, at the Loreto garage for € 1,70 per hour, or “along the blue lines” a few minutes uphill from the Loreto garage for € 1 per hour.

        Make sense?

        Grazie!

        Yours,
        Chuck Strain
        DUIguy1@yahoo.com

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