Between Genova and Sestri Levante

Milano / Milan / Mailand to Monterosso by train

How to take a train journey from Milan/Milano to Monterrosso in the Cinque Terre

The beautiful Cinque Terre coastal villages have become one of the most popular Italian tourist destinations and they can be accessed from Milan/Milano by direct train.
South of Genova the journey along the coast by train is also wonderful!

Monterosso is the village with station served by the express trains, and if you will be heading to the other four villages further to the south; Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, you can connect in Monterosso into local trains



From Milano Centrale to Monterosso

Travel Information

Final Destination: Livorno or La Spezia or Grosetto

All trains also call at: Genova, Rapello, Chivari, and Sestri Levante

Most trains also call at: Levanto

7 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: up to 4 months ahead of the travel date

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
Check that you are booking the direct train - on Trenitalia look for the journeys that only have a time in the Duration column.

Seats on these trains can sell out days in advance, particularly in the summer months.

If they are, the alternative is to travel this route via Regionale trains, connecting between trains in Genova; at Genova Brignole station.

Rail pass users:

Users of Eurail and Interrail passes don't have to reserve on Intercity trains, though this is a route on which making a reservation is definitely recommended, but if you wait until you are in Italy to book reservations for these trains, they may be sold out, particularly in the summer months.

So this is an instance when making reservations before you arrive in Italy, either on the Eurail or InterRail apps or on the ItaliaRail website - can be the best option,
How to book these rail pass reservations online is included on our guide to using rail passes in Italy.

Or if the train you want to take is sold out, you can take a combination of Regionale trains, making the connection at Genova Brignole station

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italia Rail from €15

Italia Rail Guide

Italiarail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though Italiarail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

Trenitalia from €15

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Save A Train from €15

Save A Train Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesCoastal viewsNot High Speed

Good to Know

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South of Genova the railway line frequently runs close to the coastline, but you need to hope that your reserved seat is on the right (when facing the direction of travel) to see the best of the views.

All of the images were taken from the right of the train.

The highlight of the journey is the stretch between Genova and Sestri Levante.

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