Tour Cinque Terre Italy By Ferry Boat

Tour Cinque Terre Italy By Ferry Boat
Exploring Cinque Terre - Ferry Riomaggiore

Exploring Cinque Terre – Photo by Gord Webster

Cinque Terry Ferry Tours

Not a hiker? Not to worry, you can still enjoy the beautiful views of the Cinque Terre by taking the ferry that runs between four of the five villages.

Starting at Easter and running through October or later if the weather is warm and dry you can enjoy the scenery by ferry.

The ferry runs frequently between Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore and less frequently to Portovenere.  The ferry does not stop at Corniglia since this is the only village without water access. At certain times of the year and week a boat also runs to Portofino.

How to Find Schedules of the Cinque Terre Ferry Boats

How to Explore Cinque Terre By Boat

How to Explore Cinque Terre By Boat

Schedules are posted at various points around the villages and information can be obtained at the information offices located near the train stations in each of the villages of the Cinque Terre.

Be forewarned – the schedule is a little loose, to put it mildly. I am not bothered by the randomness that seems to govern both the arrival and departure of the boats and trains in the Cinque Terre because no matter where you find yourself waiting for transportation the view will be beautiful.

However, I can tell you from personal experience there are people who like their boats and trains to arrive and depart when the schedule says they will arrive and depart.

If you lose track of time, which is easy to do in an area where time suddenly seems unimportant, and you miss the last ferry boat, you can always take the local train that runs between the villages.  Of course, you can always walk one of hiking trails that connect the villages of the Cinque Terre.

The ferries that service the villages of the Cinque Terre are larger than I had expected them to be. Since the rides between the villages are short there is little risk of sea sickness for anyone except those people who cannot endure any motion at all.

A website provides information on ferries that run between the villages of the Cinque Terre as well as some of the nearby coastal villages and cities.

Cinque Terre Ferry Boat Video Tour

Viewing the villages of the Cinque Terre from a boat provides you with some of the most beautiful scenic views you will encounter in Italy. Don’t miss this opportunity for sight seeing.

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  • Andrej says:

    we plan to visit 5terre at 27th of April. I wonder is it possibte seesighting by boat, what would be the price for 2 adults and 2 kids and when are departures?
    Thanks for info and BR

  • Hal says:

    I have been to Italy several times and Cinque Terre is my favorite area. If you like to hike, definitely this is the best area to vacation.

  • Eric says:

    Will definitely take a boat tour on our vacation. Thanks for the advice.

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