Buying the Cinque Terre trekking card:
If you plan on accessing the trails, you need to buy the Cinque Terre trekking card.
Cinque Terre Card includes the following services:
- Access to all the hiking trails
- Wifi connections at hotspots in the park
- Reduced price ticket to access the 7 civic museums in La Spezia
- Use of the buses that operate within the park
- Guided tours organized by the park
Cinque Terre train multi-service card includes:
- The above-mentioned services
- Unlimited use of the regional trains operating between La Spezia and Levanto including the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso
The cost of the Cinque Terre Trekking Card:
One day ticket - 7.50 Euro per adult, 4.50 Euro per child, 6 Euro per senior citizen and 19.60 Euro for a family of two adults and two children.
One day ticket plus train access - 16 Euro per adult, 10 Euro per child, 13 Euro per senior citizen and 42 Euro for a family of two adults and two children.
Two days ticket - 14.50 Euro per adult, 7.20 Euro per child, 10 Euro per senior citizen and 31.50 Euro for a family of two adults and two children.
Two days ticket plus train access - 29 Euro per adult
Where to buy the Cinque Terre trekking card:
- Railway stations of the five villages, La Spezia and Levanto
- Tourist information centers of the park
- Piazza Garibaldi in Monterosso
- Information center near the parking area of Riomaggiore
Hiking the Cinque Terre trails:
Personally, I wanted to start with the easiest part of the hike and hence I started off from Riomaggiore. The paths starting from Riomaggiore are quite easier and paved and gradually it gets more challenging. Also, if you feel overwhelmed at any part of the hike; you can always take the train from the nearest station and visit the next town. I was in Cinque Terre for three days in total and I wanted to explore and laze around in each of the towns so I split the hike into two days.
Please do carry enough water and small snack bars with you whilst hiking and definitely wear comfortable sneakers