Cinque Terre Insider

American expat insight into Italy's fabulous "Five Lands"

On March 30th the Consorzio Marittimo Turistico 5Terre Golfo dei Poeti will kick off the 2019 touristic season with the first ferry schedules of the year. These schedules will be valid from March 30th to April 19th, 2019. Starting on April 20th these schedules will be replaced with others offering even more options (as soon as they are released I will post them here on the blog).

The following ferry schedule is for the Cinque Terre and includes Portovenere and Levanto:

If you’re staying in Lerici and wanting to reach the Cinque Terre (of if you’re staying in the Cinque Terre and you’d like to visit Lerici), this schedule is for you:

For those wanting to catch the ferry from La Spezia to the Cinque Terre:

Ticket prices vary depending on where you plan to catch the ferry and what you’d like to do. Below you will find the 2019 fares (although the price list doesn’t specify it, the rates are in local currency which is €). Unfortunately the price lists are currently only in Italian so be sure to check out my key (and answers to FAQs) at the bottom of this post.

Ferry prices within the Cinque Terre

Ferry prices to/from Levanto

Ferry prices to/from Portovenere

Ferry prices to/from La Spezia

Ferry prices to/from Lerici

KEY:

  • A: abbreviation for andata, which means “to” (in this case it also implies a one-way ticket)
  • A/R: abbreviation for andata e ritorno, a round-trip ticket
  • Giornaliero: unlimited day pass
  • Pomeridiano: unlimited afternoon pass
  • Andata con soste: a one-way, unidirectional ticket with the possibility to hop off and on the ferry (the number of stops permitted is specified)
  • o: or
  • e: and
  • Residenti: a special tariff reserved for residents
  • Bambini 6-11 anni: child fare (ages 6-11 years)
  • Adulti: adult fare (which also applies to children 12 years and older)
  • Giro isole: Ferry tour around Portovenere’s islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
  • Giro golfo: Ferry tour of the Gulf of La Spezia (also known as the Gulf of Poets)

FAQs

Q. What’s the rate for children 5 and under?

A. Kids 5 years of age and younger ride for free, so long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Q. Do the ferries always run?

A. The ferries run contingent on sea and weather conditions. If the seas are rough the ferries are cancelled.

Q. Can I buy ferry tickets online?

A. No, ferry tickets cannot be purchased online. You can purchase tickets in person at the ticket counters (strategically located near the docking points). Heads up: Payment is oftentimes only accepted in cash.

Q. Is it worth it?

A. Absolutely! Seeing the Cinque Terre by water is beautiful and offers a glimpse of our area from a different perspective. If you’re traveling solo or with just another person or two, the ferries are usually the most cost effective option. If you’re wanting to have a more personalized experience (including stops for swim breaks, if you so choose) you can book either a shared or private boat tour with one of the local boat companies. In Riomaggiore I recommend Cinque Terre Boat Tour and Cinque Terre dal Mare. Let them know that Cinque Terre Insider sent you!

Q. Are the ferries handicap-accessible?

A. Unfortunately, they are not. If a disabled person is steady on their feet, some stops are easier to board than others (like La Spezia and Portovenere, where passengers typically board from the side of the ferry). All five of the Cinque Terre villages, however, require passengers to embark and disembark via a gangplank (which is less than ideal for those with walking or balance impairments).

Do you have a question regarding the ferries that I didn’t answer here? Let me know about it in the comments section below!

Enjoy the Cinque Terre by sea!

Amy

11 thoughts on “2019 Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Levanto, La Spezia and Lerici ferry schedules

  1. Jim Hupp says:

    Hi Amy! We are taking the train from Lucca to Riomaggiore, and then plan on buying an all afternoon (on-off) ferry ticket. How far is the train station from the ferry dock? Will the ferry be crowded on Saturday March 30, the first day of the season?
    Thanks
    Jim

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    1. Ciao Jim!

      It’s about a 10 minute walk to reach the ferry docking point in Riomaggiore from the village’s train station (and there are stairs to descend & climb). I don’t imagine it will be crazy busy on the 30th, but there are visitors here this time of year, too. 🙂

      Have fun!
      Amy

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  2. Rudolf Ivanka says:

    Hi Amy,

    Would you know where would it be cheapest and easiest to park for the cinque terre ferry? La spezia, lerici or Portovenere?

    Many thanks,
    Rudolf

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    1. Without a doubt, La Spezia. There are even some free parking areas there (like Piazza d’Armi) with a free shuttle bus that will get you pretty close to where the ferry docking point is located.

      Best,
      Amy

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  3. Anna says:

    Hi Amy Want to see cinque terre in a day with ferry. I am a little confused with the pricing. Going to La Spezia to Porto Venere want to see the 5 terre with hop on and off. So how many times can you do this? And I want to end up at La Spezia to catch the train. How do i go about it? How much is it for the day trip including porto Venere and the 5 terre. Can you please clarify for me Anna

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    1. Ciao Anna,

      It’s €35 per person for an unlimited day ticket from La Spezia.

      Best!
      Amy

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  4. Christine says:

    Hi Amy!

    My boyfriend and I will be traveling from Milan to Porto Venere! We are debating between taking a train to Levanto and then taking the ferry from there down to Porto Venere, or taking the train straight from Milan to Porto Venere and not seeing the coast. Which makes sense? We don’t have a ton of time on the coast and we will have luggage, but are pretty good travelers. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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    1. Ciao Christine!

      Ferries from Levanto are infrequent, so I would recommend picking up the ferry in Monterosso. Having said that, the ferries are typically for passengers only (they aren’t equipped for dealing with luggage). Unless you are traveling really light, I wouldn’t recommend it.

      Keep in mind that Portovenere is not connected to the railway line. You’d need to take a train to La Spezia Centrale and then a city bus or taxi (recommended) to Portovenere.

      Best!
      Amy

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  5. Karen Erp says:

    Will,the ferries be running November 6th

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    1. Ciao Karen,

      The ferries usually stop running on November 1st or 2nd.

      Best,
      Amy

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