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There are 6 ways to get from Geneva to Cinque Terre by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Monterosso  •  8h 32m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso Ic / ...

117€ - 250€

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Fly to Nice, train  •  10h 37m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Nice (NCE) GVA - NCE
  2. Take the train from Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale

64€ - 221€

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Train  •  9h 7m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia Re / ...

117€ - 210€

Train, bus  •  12h 39m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Martigny 90 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Martigny, Gare to Genoa Marittima
  3. Take the train from Genova P.Za Principe to Sestri Levante Re / ...

75€ - 167€

Drive  •  5h 24m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Cinque Terre 484.6 km

60€ - 90€

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  7h 29m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso

94€ - 281€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cinque Terre is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cinque Terre is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cinque Terre is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 65 - SFr 95 and takes 5h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 65 - SFr 95 and takes 5h 24m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Geneve and arriving at Corniglia via Milano Centrale and Monterosso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 32m.

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The distance between Geneva and Cinque Terre is 363 km. The road distance is 484.6 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Cinque Terre without a car is to train via Monterosso which takes 8h 32m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 280.

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It takes approximately 8h 32m to get from Geneva to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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Geneva to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Geneve station.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Geneva to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at Monterosso station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Cinque Terre is 485 km. It takes approximately 5h 24m to drive from Geneva to Cinque Terre.

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  • Distance: 362.9 km
  • Duration: 8h 32m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Cinque Terre, Italy?

You can take a train from Geneva to Cinque Terre via Milano Centrale and Monterosso in around 8h 32m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Geneva to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 330€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 280€
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
4h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
100€ - 190€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Martigny
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
13€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
13€ - 20€
Train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Sestri Levante
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
4€ - 7€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
4€ - 7€
Train from Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 21€
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
18€ - 65€
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Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
18€ - 25€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Sestri Levante
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
8€ - 40€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
8€ - 11€
Base Standard
20€ - 28€
Base Premium
26€ - 40€
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 28€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 28€
Train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 29€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 29€
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to Sestri Levante
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
3€ - 8€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
6€ - 8€
Bus operators
ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Martigny, Gare to Genoa Marittima
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 80€
Website
ExpressBus

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Alitalia offers flights from Geneva Airport to Milan Linate Airport.

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There are 1027+ hotels available in Cinque Terre. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 12 - SFr 40.

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