Train from Venice to Monterosso (Cinque Terre)
From east coast to west, from sumptuous palazzi to humble fishing villages: this trip will take you from one Italian extreme to the other. Find out all you need to know about taking the train from Venice to Monterosso in Italy’s Cinque Terre.
To understand the wealth and power of Italy’s historic maritime republics, you need to visit Venice. But to experience the simple life most Italians led until recent decades, there’s nothing like the five tiny fishing villages perched on the Ligurian coast known as the “Cinque Terre”. Though often just as crowded as Venice, these rustic coastal hamlets have a charm all their own.
It may seem more straightforward to simply to drive the 246.5 miles (397 km) from Venice to Monterosso al Mare, but keep in mind that you are going from one city largely closed to motor vehicles to another. Take the train and skip the hassle of finding (and paying for) remote parking outside both.
Frequent Trains from Venice to Cinque Terre-Monterosso
Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the five Cinque Terre towns, so it has the busiest train station. There are 22 trains each day which cross Italy from Venice to Monterosso, taking between 5.5 and 6.5 hours to make the trip. Almost all trains combine stretches on Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) Freccie and Intercity trains with stretches on the slower Regionale trains.
You’ll need to change trains at least once (but often twice) along the way: routes via Milan include one change, and routes via Florence include at least two. Tickets cost at least $34.
Weekends and holidays may mean less frequent service and longer travel times, so keep that in mind.
Direct Trains from Venice to Cinque Terre-Monterosso
There are no direct trains from Venice to Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre.
Amenities on Trains from Venice to Cinque Terre-Monterosso
The Frecciarossa is the fastest AV train and has monitors listing travel information and news, air conditioning, individual power outlets, WIFI, and 3g and 4g internet. The various classes sport color-coded cars: Executive (brown: station lounge and meal service); Business and Premium (blue and red: snack, drink, and newspaper); and Standard (orange: snack and drink service). A café car is also open to all passengers.
Frecciabianca and Frecciargento trains are slower, lower-tier AV trains, with air conditioned 1st and 2nd-class cars and individual power outlets. First-class travelers enjoy a free drink and newspaper, and all trains include either snack service and/or a café car.
Intercity trains are AV trains which are faster and more comfortable than Regionale trains but slower and less luxurious than Freccia trains. Intercity trains have air conditioned 1st-class and 2nd-class cars and a café car. First class seats have power outlets, free newspapers, a mini-bar, and meal service.
Regionale trains may have 1st-class and 2nd-class cars, or only 2nd-class. Seats are not reserved in advance, so passengers may choose any available seat on their class car. Regionale trains do not have snack service or a café car, and the air conditioning and power sockets may be out of order.
Venice and Cinque Terre-Monterosso Train Stations
Venice has two stations: Mestre on the mainland and Venezia Santa Lucia (abbreviated as S.Lucia) on the islands; Santa Lucia is the most convenient for departing travelers. There is a vaporetto (water bus) stop right outside the station on the Grand Canal.
Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the five towns which make up the Cinque Terre, and also has the biggest train station. In addition to the slow local trains serving the Cinque Terre, Monterosso also has service from faster trains coming into the region from cities like Milan or Rome. The station is in the center of town, and there are local buses if your accommodation is too far to reach on foot.