Guide to Manarola Train Station (Cinque Terre)
The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre have long been popular tourist destinations on the Ligurian coast, but you can’t buy tickets to the “Cinque Terre train station.” “Cinque Terre” refers to the five towns collectively.
Manarola’s first train station was built in 1874, the same year the rail line running between Sestri Levante and La Spezia linking the five villages of the Cinque Terre was inaugurated. The historic station was replaced in 1959 with a more modern structure, coinciding with the expansion of the route, thus the charm of the Manarola station is not in the building, but in the sweeping sea views from its seafront location and the dramatic arrival by tunnel through the cliffside both from the north and south.
This pocket-sized station has just two tracks, the first serving trains to La Spezia and the second trains to Genoa. Track two stops at the second platform, which must be reached by taking the underpass with stairs. Though only regional trains stop at Manarola, other direct trains pass at full speed through the station, so it can be very dangerous to stand near the tracks. The station has staffed public restrooms that charge a €1 fee and a tourist office, but there is no bar, ticket office, or luggage storage.
The village of Manarola, the second of five in the Cinque Terre, can be reached by walking through a well-lit and maintained pedestrian tunnel which runs from the station to the center of town.