The Cinque Terre (‘five lands’) stretches for 15km (9mi) along the northwest coast of Italy in the Liguria region of the Italian Riviera.
The region comprises the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, villages and surrounding hills are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most convenient and quickest route to the Cinque Terre is by air to Pisa International Airport (PSA), also known as Galileo Galilei Airport, followed by train to La Spezia (taking 1 hour 7 minutes, leaving every 30 minutes), then by train, bus or taxi to a Cinque Terre village.
Riomaggiore is located just 13km (8mi) west of La Spezia, a 7-minute train ride every 30 minutes from La Spezia Centrale station.
Alternatively, you have a choice of flying into Genoa, Rome or Milan, then catching a train or hiring a car.
All five Cinque Terre villages are connected by a frequent train service that operates between Genoa and La Spezia, connecting rail services to and from Rome, Milan, Turin, Pisa and Florence, among others.
Access to Cinque Terre by car is limited. The road to Vernazza is narrow and ends a kilometre before the town.
A passenger ferry runs between the villages, except Corniglia. The ferry also runs to Genoa's Old Harbour, La Spezia, Lerici and Porto Venere.
The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Pisa International Airport (PSA), Pisa.
Within Italy: Alitalia offers the most convenient daily flights to Pisa.
Rome to Pisa is 55 min, direct flight
From United Kingdom: British Airways and EasyJet offer the most convenient direct flights to Pisa.
London to Pisa is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Manchester to Pisa is 2 hrs 25 min, direct flight
From Ireland: Ryanair offers the most convenient flights to Pisa.
Dublin to Pisa is 2 hrs 45 min, direct flight
From France: EasyJet offers the most convenient flights from Paris Orly (ORY) to Pisa.
Paris to Pisa is 1 hr 35 min, direct flight
From Germany: EasyJet, Ryanair, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Air Dolomiti offer the most convenient flights to Pisa.
Berlin to Pisa is 1 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Pisa is 1 hr 40 min, direct flight
Munich to Pisa is 1 hr 15 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Pisa is 3 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Pisa is 3 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
From United States: British Airways, Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and KLM offer the most convenient daily flights to Pisa.
Atlanta to Pisa is 11 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Pisa is 10 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Pisa is 10 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Pisa is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Pisa is 10 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Pisa is 13 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Pisa is 13 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
From Canada: British Airways, Alitalia and Lufthansa offer the most convenient daily flights to Pisa.
Toronto to Pisa is 10 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Pisa is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Pisa is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
From Australia: Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Pisa.
Adelaide to Pisa is 22 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Pisa is 24 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Pisa is 23 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Pisa is 24 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Pisa is 20 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
From New Zealand: Qatar Airways offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Pisa.
Auckland to Pisa is 27 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Alitalia offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Pisa.
Singapore to Pisa is 15 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
(ˆincludes transfer time.)
Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport (PSA) is located 1km north of Pisa.
Taxi: Radio Taxi (tel: +39 050 541 600; www.cotapi.it), operates a 24-hour taxi service from Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport the centre of Pisa, taking about 10 minutes. The fare is approximately €10.
The taxi stand is located in front of the terminal exit, arrivals side.
Rail: The fully automatic PisaMover train connects the airport directly with Pisa Central Station every five to eight minutes between 0600 and midnight, taking just 5 minutes. The PisaMover station is located just 40m (130ft) from the terminal.
Bus: Buses leave for the town centre every 10 minutes, taking less than 10 minutes. The fare is €1.10.
The service leaves from in front of the arrivals hall and from the Cassa Parcheggi outside the departures hall. There are also daily bus services to Siena and Livorno.
Car hire companies at Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei include Auto Europa, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore/National and Sixt. The car rental 'terminal' is located just 500m (546yd) from the terminal and is accessible by shuttle bus.
Money: A bank and a currency exchange desk are available.
Food: There is a pub, bar and café on the ground floor, and three restaurants and a bar on the first floor.
Shopping: The shopping area, La Corte, has more than 20 shops including a duty-free shop (for passengers leaving the EU) in Departures and a tax-refund facility.
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access (free for the first 60 minutes) is available throughout Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport. There are also fixed internet stations in both Departures and Arrivals. Public telephones are also available to passengers.
Other: Other facilities at Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei include a first aid station, a surgery (tel: +39 06 5994 8863) where vaccinations are available, a children's play area, a hairdresser, a chapel, a pharmacy and a branch of the Scuola di Danza E. Ghezzi ballet school. There is also a VIP lounge.
Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei is equipped with disabled toilets and lifts as well as ramps inside and outside the terminal. TDDs are provided for the hearing impaired.
Reserved parking for disabled visitors is available in the short-term and multistorey car parks. Disabled travellers should inform their airline of any special assistance required prior to travel.
A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
Best on foot – take a day or longer. If you arrive by car, you’ll need to park in one of the designated public car parks located above the towns of Riomaggiore and Manarola, then take a minibus shuttle to your hotel or hike down.
The Via dell'Amore path is now closed between Riomaggiore and Manarola but it is still possible to walk between these villages, although the trail is both steeper and longer than the (closed) path along the waterfront.
From late March to October, the Cinque Terre Golfo dei Poeti runs daily shuttle boats between all of the Cinque Terre villages, except Corniglia.
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Latest update: How to get to Cinque Terre: 6 February, 2020
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