If you are visiting Cinque Terre , we highly recommend you purchase a Cinque Terre Card which will give you access to the hiking trails, including the Via dell'Amore (Lovers' Walk) as well as to some museums, buses, elevators and other local attractions. Read on for more details...
National Park of Cinque Terre , courtesy of parconazionale5terre.it
There are two different types of cards available :
Cinque Terre Card :
giving you access to the hiking trails only (available for 1 or 2 days)
Cinque Terre Card Treno (Train)
giving you access to the hiking trails together with unlimited train travel on the Levanto - La Spezia Centrale - Levanto line for the period stated on the user’s card (available for 1 or 2 days)
But this is not all, each Card also gives you:
Use of ecological Park buses and public elevators
Access to the hiking trail n° 2 (which includes the Via dell'Amore), the naturalistic observation centres and recreation areas
Entrance to the Sciacchetrà Museum in Manarola, the History Museum in Riomaggiore and the ancient Oil Mill in Groppo
Entrance to the Virtual Aquarium in Monterosso al Mare and the multimedia room in Levanto
Visitors access to the Anchovies Salting Centre in Monterosso al Mare
One hour free hire of bicycles ( when available ) for trails in the upper area of the Park
A discount on products purchased at the Information Centres located throughout the Cinque Terre Park.
There used to be a Cinque Terre Card Battello (Ferry) which was allowing for unlimited ferry travel within the Marine Protected Area of the Cinque Terre and access to the hiking trails together with unlimited train travel on the Levanto - La Spezia Centrale - Levanto line for 1 day only. Unfortunately, this card is now discountinued.
You can still use a Ferry Service provided by the Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti to get to and around the Cinque Terre villages but you would need to buy a separate ticket to access the Cinque Terre hiking trails or train services.
The cost of the cards is ranging from 5 EUR to 26.00 EUR depending on the validity period and type of card. There are concessions and discounts available for children, groups, families, and seniors (over 70).
For example, the cost (at the time of writing - May 2013) for a Card for the hiking trails only ranges for an adult between the ages of 12 to 70 as follows :
1 day Card : € 5.00
2 day Card : € 8.00
The prices for concession cards of this type are as follows:
1 day Card Reduced (children under 12): € 2.50
1 day Card Reduced (over 70s): € 4.00
1 day Card Family (2 adults + 2 children under 12): € 12.50
2 day Card Reduced (children under 12): € 4.00
2 day Card Reduced (over 70s): € 6.50
2 day Card Family (2 adults + 2 children under 12): € 20.00
While, the prices for a Train Card will range as follows:
1 day Card for Adults - € 10.00
1 day Card for Children from 4 to 12 years old - € 6.00
1 day Card for Over 70s - € 8.00
2 day Card for Adults - € 19.00
For further details (including routes and pricing) on the available ferry services to and around the Cinque Terre villages, visit www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it
You can purchase Cards at any train station in the Cinque Terre , as well as at La Spezia Centrale train station and Levanto train station. They can also be purchased at the checkpoints on the hiking trails in the Cinque Terre .
At most train stations , there is a separate information/ticket office dedicated to the sale of Cinque Terre cards and providing tourist information for the Cinque Terre . For example at La Spezia Central station, the Cinque Terre Ticket office is located on platform 1. There is no need for you to queue to buy your CT ticket in the main hall as they are not authorised to sell it. So when you enter a train station, look out for signs directing you to the local CInque Terre ticket office.
When you first purchase your Card make sure to fill out your name and nationality, as this will be checked at the checkpoints on the hiking trails. Also make sure to validate your Cinque Terre Card at a checkpoint or a train station. You only need to validate it on the day you buy it. To validate your Cinque Terre Train Card place it into the yellow box by the train platform. The ticket will be stamped with a station name, time and date or sometimes just punctured.
Train ticket validation machine
For further information on travelling to Cinque Terre, visit our dedicated Cinque Terre Travel Resources section.
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