Cinque Terre ferry schedule: Summer 2021

If you’re planning to visit the Cinque Terre this summer you’re probably keen on the idea of taking the ferries between the villages. Don’t forget that the ferries stop in just four of the five villages (Corniglia is located high above the sea so there’s no docking point there). The ferries also run further down the coast to picturesque Portovenere (which I highly recommend visiting).

Here’s the ferry schedule for this summer:

La Spezia – Portovenere – Cinque Terre – Levanto ferry schedule

PRICING

The current rate for an all-day hop-on, hop-off pass within the Cinque Terre is €27 per adult / €15 per child (ages 7 to 11 years). If you’d like to include Portovenere with that pass the price increases to €35 per adult (but remains €15 per child). Children 6 years and under are free when traveling with an adult.

There’s also the possibility to buy point-to-point tickets. To give you an idea of pricing:

Riomaggiore to Manarola: €7 adult / €5 child

Riomaggiore to Vernazza: €11 adult / €5 child

Riomaggiore to Monterosso: €13 adult / €5 child

Riomaggiore to Portovenere: €14 adult / €10 child

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS

Unless you are a group of 20+ people, tickets are not sold in advance. It’s recommended to turn up 30 minutes prior to your first departure to purchase your tickets at the stand near the docking point.

INSIDER TIP: While the website mentions they accept credit cards it has been my experience that oftentimes they do not. Rather than scramble to look for an ATM at the last moment, bring enough cash to cover your tickets — just in case.

The ferries are run by Consorzio Marittimo Turistico 5 Terre Golfo dei Poeti. You can check out their official website and full offerings here.

Heads up: Don’t confuse the ferry service (which is essentially like a water taxi taking you rather quickly from point A to point B) with the small boat private or semi-private tours. While typically more expensive than the ferries, these boat tours offer a relaxed pace and intimate ambience with optional swim stops and aperitivi. If you are interested in a private or semi-private boat tour please support local. If you’re interested drop me a message and I’ll forward you a list of tried and true local boat tour companies.


Enjoy!

Cinque Terre ferry schedule: October 14 to 26, 2019

For those of you planning to visit the Cinque Terre this October, here’s the ferry schedule for the villages + Levanto, Portovenere & La Spezia.

Ticket prices vary depending on where you plan to catch the ferry and what you’d like to do. Below you will find the 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.

2019 Ferry prices within the Cinque Terre

2019 Ferry prices to/from Levanto

2019 Ferry prices to/from Portovenere

2019 Ferry prices to/from La Spezia

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. Will the Cinque Terre ferries run after October 26th?

    A. Each year the ferries typically run up until All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 1st and 2nd) with a limited schedule. As soon as the timetable is released I will post it here on the blog. Usually the ferries will stop running on November 3rd and recommence the following spring.

    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 so be sure to hit up an ATM first.

    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 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!

    Cinque Terre + Portovenere ferry schedule: October 1-27, 2018

    As peak-season 2018 winds down, so do the ferries connecting the Cinque Terre and Portovenere.

    A limited schedule runs between October 1st and 27th. It’s highly likely that this schedule, or a very similar one, will extend to cover the dates up to and including November 1st (which is All Saints’ Day, a national holiday in Italy). After this holiday, the ferries will stop running and will recommence in March or April of 2019 (precise dates haven’t been released yet).

    Keep in mind that the ferries will only run when sea and weather conditions permit.

    The different pass options are as follows:

    Point-to-point ticket prices will depend on the village of departure and where you’d like to go. I’m posting the rates for departures from Riomaggiore below just to give an idea and linking to the rates from the other villages below.

    FYI: Prices on the left are for adults and for children ages 12 and up. Prices on the right are for children ages 6 to 11. Small children (ages 0 to 5 years) ride for free with a paying adult.

    Here are the links to the other village’s ticket prices for the ferries:

    Manarola

    Vernazza

    Monterosso

    Portovenere

    Remember, the Consorzio Marittimo Turistico 5 Terre – Golfo dei Poeti is the only official ferry line in the Cinque Terre. You can visit their website here.

    Ciao for now,

    Amy

    Cinque Terre + Portovenere ferry schedule: April 21 – September 30, 2018

    Due to a family emergency and an unexpected trip to the US, I have quite a few posts to publish to catch everyone up on the latest happenings in the Cinque Terre. Please bear with me!

    Below you will find the peak-season schedule for the Cinque Terre + Portovenere ferries.

    If you are planning on visiting after September 30th, don’t worry! The ferries continue to run (albeit with a limited schedule) up until All Saints’ Day on November 1st. Keep in mind that the ferries will only run when sea and weather conditions permit.

    The different pass options are as follows:

    Point-to-point ticket prices will depend on the village of departure and where you’d like to go. I’m posting the rates for departures from Riomaggiore below just to give an idea and linking to the rates from the other villages below.

    FYI: Prices on the left are for adults and for children ages 12 and up. Prices on the right are for children ages 6 to 11. Small children (ages 0 to 5 years) ride for free with a paying adult.

    Here are the links to the other village’s ticket prices for the ferries:

    Manarola

    Vernazza

    Monterosso

    Portovenere

    Remember, the Consorzio Marittimo Turistico 5 Terre – Golfo dei Poeti is the only official ferry line in the Cinque Terre. You can visit their website here.

    Heads up: I’ve received numerous messages from readers that have found information online stating that the Cinque Terre ferries are not running (a website states that authorization from the Cinque Terre National Park was not received). Keep in mind this information is not from the official ferry line Consorzio Marittimo Turistico 5 Terre – Golfo dei Poeti and the ferries here are authorized and running on schedule.

    Ciao for now,

    Amy

    Cinque Terre ferry schedule: October 2-27, 2017

    Below you’ll find the latest schedule for the Cinque Terre ferries (which also connect to Portovenere, which is beautiful and recommended). This schedule is good up to (and including) the 27th of October. Starting the 28th of October there will be another schedule (which has yet to be released). Typically the ferries stop running after the November 1st holiday (All Saints’ Day).  As soon as I have more details, I will update!

    Enjoy!

    Amy

    Day trip by ferry from Monterosso to Portofino

    Staying in the Cinque Terre but wanting to visit Portofino? Usually this day trip would require a train and bus ride but starting July 3rd through August 28th on every Monday and Friday you can catch a ferry instead!

    The dedicated ferry will depart Monterosso at 9:50am and arrive back to the village at approximately 5:20pm.  Passengers will be allowed circa 3 hours of free time in Portofino before boarding the ferry again. Portofino is actually pretty tiny so that should be plenty of time to have a good look around.

    Rates for the day trip are €33 for adults and €18 for children ages 6-11 (accompanied by at least one adult).

    Of course, it’s important to remember that the ferry will not run unless sea and weather conditions permit.

    Updated Cinque Terre ferry schedule (valid from April 18 to June 5, 2015)

    As promised, I’m here to post the latest schedule for the ferries between the Cinque Terre villages (minus Corniglia) and Portovenere.  They change these schedules a gazillion times during peak-season so I’ll be sure to keep making updates.

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    For help on deciphering the very interesting Italian –> English translations regarding the pricing, I recommend having a look at my previous post.

    Cinque Terre ferry timetables & tips

    Ferry boat in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

    Hooray!  Spring is in the air and the ferries connecting the Cinque Terre villages are back in business starting Saturday, March 28th.  The ferries are a great way to see the Cinque Terre from a different perspective.  

    Below you’ll find the schedule that is valid from March 28th until April 17th, 2015 (they change the schedules frequently throughout the peak-season so I’ll post new schedules as soon as they are released).Cinque Terre Ferry Schedule

    As you might have noticed on the schedule, the ferries also run to Portovenere (which is about a 30 minute boat ride down the coast from Riomaggiore).  If time permits, I highly recommend going there.  It’s one of my favorite places and the views along the way are glorious!

    Cinque Terre ferry pricingIn case there’s any confusion about the fares, let me help you by breaking it down here:

    The fares listed below 5 Terre scheduled line are the ones that you’ll want to look at for the boats between the Cinque Terre.  If you are wanting to travel between the Cinque Terre villages as well as Portovenere and possibly even the islands off of Portovenere (Palmaria, Tino & Tinetto) you’ll want to look at the rates above 5 Terre scheduled line.

    Daily ticket 5 Terre: The pass you’ll want if you’re planning to hop on and off the boats as much as you like (heading in both directions).

    One way with stops: This allows you to hop on and off the boat in each village (minus Corniglia, don’t forget that there won’t be a stop there as the village is located up off the sea) so long as you are heading in the same direction.  For example, you can start in Riomaggiore, get off and back on in Manarola, ditto for Vernazza and then you end your tour in Monterosso.  You wouldn’t be able to zig-zag back and forth  between the villages (you’d need the Daily ticket 5 Terre for that).

    r/t: This is simply an abbreviation for round-trip.

    Reduced:  A reduced price ticket for children 6-11 years in age (read: kids 5 and under travel for free!).

    Daily t. Holidays: Sunday is a considered a holiday in Italy so this will be the ticket sold for Sundays and national holidays.

    Daily t. Holiday eves: Bear with me, this is Italian translating at its best.  What they really mean is a ticket for Saturdays and any day prior to a national holiday.

    Enjoy!

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