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

You read that right, the promises have finally become a reality! You can *finally* purchase your Cinque Terre National Park passes online. 

To purchase your passes (directly from the Cinque Terre National Park, this isn’t a third party platform) go to: https://card.parconazionale5terre.it/en


You can purchase the hiking pass (called the Trekking Card) or the all-inclusive Cinque Terre Card (at the moment they are calling it the Train Card*) online. 

*I really wish the park could streamline their marketing efforts and call the passes the same thing on all of their platforms, making it a little less confusing for visitors.

It’s pretty straightforward to purchase your passes, just follow the prompts.

Some of the translating gaffes on this site are downright funny! 

In case you were wondering (don’t worry, I was, too), “aggregate” is a supplement for groups larger than 25 persons and “guys” is a translating blunder and should be “youth” (for kids age 4-11 years).

You will have to create a login and password for the site (ugh, don’t they realize we already have nine zillion passwords and logins to remember?).

Payment can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro), no PayPal. 

After you’ve made your purchase you should receive an email with a PDF file to download.  You can do one of two things:  1) Print this file and keep a hard copy with you, or 2) save the file (or simply screenshot) on your phone or device to display to the controller when requested (make sure that the QR code is visible).

Ta-dah! You’re all set.

FAQs

  • Do I have to purchase passes in advance? Absolutely not. But you’ll save yourself quite a bit of time if you do.
  • If I decide to purchase my passes when I’m there instead, where can I do so? You can purchase passes in person at any of the Cinque Terre National Park Info Points. You’ll find them in all five villages + at the La Spezia Centrale and Levanto train stations. If you are wanting the hiking pass, you can actually just start walking the coastal trail and buy the Trekking Card when you reach a checkpoint.
  • Help! I’m confused as to which passes I’ll need. Check out my previous post here that details all of the different options and their relative prices.
  • Do I have to print something?  Not necessarily.  If you prefer not to print (or you just simply don’t have the possibility to print) you can save the PDF file on your phone or device (or simply take screenshots of it).  You’ll need to show the QR code so that it can be scanned by the controller.  With that said, we all know that technology has its disadvantages (namely, batteries that don’t stay charged forever), so a paper copy is always great to have.

If you have any other questions just let me know.

Amy