Cinque Terre: Walking Trail
There is a trail that runs between the villages along the coastline. Anyone who is reasonably fit could do it but be aware that there is some steep climbs and descends. It takes about 6 hours to cover the full trail, but you could also choose to walk between any of the villages. A Cinque Terre card has to be purchased for that and you’ll be checked at several check points on the way. The Cinque Terre card can be bought for 1 or multiple days. In case of bad weather some parts of the trail may be closed so make sure to check if the trails are open that day.
Cinque Terre by Train
If you’re not into walking there is a train that runs between the villages. The Cinque Terre are connected to the national railway and can be accessed from La Spezia.
Actually the railway at Cinque Terre could be seen as a miraculous feat of engineering as most of the track runs through tunnels which have been cut into the steep hills. You just need to see it. The train tickets are quite cheap and a comfortable way of getting around. There is also a combination ticket for Cinque Terre trails and unlimited train rides. Ask at the train station at any village for more information.
Cinque Terre by Car
Although driving around the Cinque Terre area is great and it’s winding mountain roads offer great views it is not allowed to drive within The Cinque Terre villages (only for inhabitants). Each village has a parking lot just at the edge of the village after which it’s a 5 to 10 minute walk into the town centre. The price per hour varies between 1 and 2 Euro’s per hour with a max day price of around €15-€20. Be careful on those winding mountain roads, especially in the turns.