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Train from Milan to Monterosso (Cinque Terre)

Train from Milan to Monterosso (Cinque Terre)

Escape the glamour of the big city for the Ligurian coast. Find out about taking the train from Milan to Cinque Terre-Monterosso.

Taking a day trip from Milan 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.

That's because driving to the Cinque Terre is a hassle. And once you arrive, you can’t drive into or park in the center of the towns themselves. It’s far easier and less confusing to take the train.

 

Frequent Trains from Milan to Cinque Terre-Monterosso

Trenitalia’s network takes you from Milano Centrale, the city's main train station, to Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the five towns in the Cinque Terre (although the train station is simpled called Monterosso). Half of the day's 14 trains are a direct route, and the other half have one connection in Levanto.

The direct train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso is an InterCity, and the route that goes through Levanto switches from an InterCity to a Regionale train. The trip takes from about three hours regardless of which itinerary you choose, and tickets cost $31-32.

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

 

Direct Trains from Milan to Cinque Terre-Monterosso

There are seven direct trains per day from Milan to Monterosso al Mare.

 

Amenities on Trains from Milan 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.

InterCity trains have reserved tickets and specific seat assignments, but they are older, slower trains without the amenities of the AV trains. However, a food and beverage cart will pass through the train from car to car, which sells sandwiches, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

Milan and Cinque Terre-Monterosso Train Stations

Milan's main station, Centrale, is also a local transportation hub with buses and trams stopping outside and a Metro (subway) stop in a lower level of the station itself. Porta Garibaldi station is a smaller station, though it also has a Metro stop and several bus lines stop nearby.

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.
Levanto station also includes a bar, toilets and a ticket desk.

Journey Information

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

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