If you have just arrived in Genoa and you have a day or a few hours available, before going from Genoa to Cinque Terre we suggest you to visit the Ligurian capital because it is absolutely worth it as there are many attractions that the city offers.
Once you have admired Genoa, walked among its caruggi and discovered its flavours, you are ready to reach the Cinque Terre.
The marvelous Cinque Terre are located on the east coast of Liguria about an hour from Genoa and are made up of 5 small and characteristic seaside villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
The picturesque fishing villages are visited every year by thousands of tourists who admire their beauty and breathtaking views and, especially in spring and summer, it is sometimes difficult to find good accommodation at affordable prices. The city of La Spezia, the second largest city after Genoa, represents above all in these cases an excellent solution for a peaceful and economical stay, as it is well connected to the Cinque Terre by train and can be reached in a few minutes and allows you to visit the Cinque Terre with more calm.
The Cinque Terre can be reached from Genoa by train or car.
The most convenient means of transport to reach the Cinque Terre from Genoa is definitely the train, which offers daily train connections with regional trains that stop in all the villages and with Intercity trains that stop mainly in Monterosso, the largest of these famous fishing villages.
The train can be taken from the stations of Genova Brignole or Genova Piazza Principe and the journey takes just under an hour to reach Monterosso, the first of the Cinque Terre coming from Genova.
At this link you can find all train times from Genoa to the Cinque Terre.
It is also possible to reach the Cinque Terre by car, even if it is not advisable, because the parking spaces in the seaside villages are very limited (the villages’ towns are pedestrian and closed to traffic) and because the roads to reach the Cinque Terre are quite impervious and with many curves, due to the morphology of the territory.
If you decide to reach the Cinque Terre by car, our advice is to leave your vehicle parked in La Spezia and then reach the famous seaside villages by train.
If instead, although it is not advisable, you still want to reach the Cinque Terre from Genoa by car, here are the indications:
Enjoy your stay!