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
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
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|Italia Rail||from €15|
|Save A Train||from €15|
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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