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Train from Florence to Corniglia (Cinque Terre)

Train from Florence to Corniglia (Cinque Terre)

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

The 113 miles (182 km) between Florence and Corniglia may seem to be better covered by car, but once you're in the Cinque Terre having a car is simply a hassle. You can’t drive into the towns themselves; parking is inconvenient at best, and during the high season is closer to a pipe dream. Let the Trenitalia network take you from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to Corniglia, which sits hundreds of feet above the sea and surrounded by vineyards.

 

Frequent Trains from Florence Santa Maria Novella to Corniglia

Getting from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to the Cinque Terre-Corniglia station requires taking either two or three trains. No matter which option you choose, the trip takes from 2.5-3 hours, and tickets cost $20-28.

Your first option, with just one connection, is to take the Regionale train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to La Spezia, and then another 13-minute Regionale train from La Spezia to Corniglia. With two connections you first go to Pisa Centrale, on a Regionale train, then an InterCity to Levanto, then another quick Regionale train from Levanto to Corniglia.

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

 

Direct Trains from Florence to Cinque Terre-Corniglia

There are no direct trains from Florence to Corniglia. Your itinerary will include one or two connections.

 

Amenities on Trains from Florence to Cinque Terre-Corniglia

Regionale trains have 1st class and 2nd class cars, but there is not a huge difference between the two. Because reservations are not required on these trains, you simply find an available seat on a car in the appropriate class for your ticket. There is no food service or cafe car on these trains, and the on-board air conditioning doesn’t always work.

InterCity trains are basically the same, but there is a food and beverage cart that passes through the train on longer rides. It serves basic sandwiches, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Florence and Cinque Terre-Corniglia 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.

La Spezia Centrale is the city’s main station, located in the city center on Piazza Medaglie. Several bus lines stop outside the station, and there are regular trains from La Spezia to the Cinque Terre towns nearby.

Pisa Centrale station is also the city's primary station, located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) from the main attractions of the leaning tower and cathedral. There is a luggage storage office at the station if you need to stash your bags while you make a quick trip to see the tower. Take the number 1 bus from the station to get to the Campo dei Miracoli.

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

PLEASE NOTE that the Corniglia train station is at the bottom of a very steep hill, and Corniglia is at the top of the hill. Your two options to ascend to Corniglia are steps - there are almost 400 of them - and frequent buses that make the round trip to and from the station.

Journey Information

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

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