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Train from Florence to Monterosso (Cinque Terre)

Train from Florence to Monterosso (Cinque Terre)

Escape the busy Tuscan capital for the Ligurian coast. Find out about taking the train from Florence to Cinque Terre-Monterosso.

Taking a day trip from Florence to hike the famous Cinque Terre trails isn’t unheard of, and it’s certainly not impossible, though if you can spend a few days in these charming seaside villages you’ll no doubt enjoy the experience more. Whether you’re going for a day or a few, the train is the best way to get there.

It may look from casual research like driving the 113 miles (182 km) would be faster, but driving to the Cinque Terre is a hassle. Not only that, you can’t drive into the center of the towns themselves. It’s far easier and less confusing to take the train.

 

Frequent Trains from Florence to Cinque Terre-Monterosso

Trenitalia’s network gets you from Florence to Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the five towns in the Cinque Terre. There are no direct trains, but there are 18 trains departing Firenze Santa Maria Novella station each day that will get you to the Cinque Terre-Monterosso station.

The station at which you’ll change trains varies, so check your itinerary closely. Many go through Pisa or La Spezia, but there are other options, too. Some routes require two connections. The trip takes from 2.5-3 hours, and tickets cost $20-28.

Note that weekends and holidays typically mean less frequent service and sometimes longer travel times.

 

Direct Trains from Florence to Cinque Terre-Monterosso

There are no direct trains from Florence to Monterosso al Mare. There are routes with one or two connections, so pay attention as you’re booking to how many changes you’ll need to make.

 

Amenities on Trains from Florence to Cinque Terre-Monterosso

Regionale trains are fairly low on the Italian train pecking order when it comes to amenities. There are sometimes both 1st and 2nd class cars, but the 1st class cars aren't anything like the Frecciarossa 1st class. Sometimes Regionale trains don't even have air conditioning in every car. Reservations on these trains aren't necessary.

 

Florence and Cinque Terre-Monterosso Train Stations

Florence's Santa Maria Novella station, the main station in the city, is close to the historic center, and the street in front of the station is a major hub for city and regional buses, making it easy to get to and from the station if you're traveling light.

Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the five Cinque Terre towns, and has the biggest train station of the five. In addition to the slow trains that run through the Cinque Terre, Monterosso also has service from faster trains coming into the region from places like Milan or Rome. The station is in the town center, and you can take a local bus or walk to where you need to go from there.

Journey Information

See below for details on traveling from Florence to Monterosso by train.

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Arrival and Departure Train Destinations

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Santa Maria Novella (SMN)

Santa Maria Novella (SMN)

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Monterosso (Cinque Terre)

Monterosso  (Cinque Terre)

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