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

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Train via Monterosso  •  8h 14m

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

78€ - 199€

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Bus  •  11h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Interlaken, Interlaken East to Milan, Milan 417
  2. Take the bus from Milan, Milan to La Spezia, La Spezia 500

33€ - 43€

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Train  •  8h 49m

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

78€ - 159€

Train, bus  •  10h 39m

  1. Take the train from Spiez to Brig 8 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brig Central Train Station to Genoa Marittima
  3. Take the train from Genova P.Za Principe to Sestri Levante Re / ...

60€ - 156€

Drive  •  5h 58m

  1. Drive from Interlaken to Cinque Terre 511.2 km

65€ - 95€

Train, fly  •  9h 24m

  1. Take the train from Interlaken West to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
  3. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR
  4. Take the train from Firenze Rifredi to Corniglia

119€ - 399€

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The cheapest way to get from Interlaken to Cinque Terre is to bus which costs SFr 35 - SFr 50 and takes 11h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Interlaken to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 70 - SFr 110 and takes 5h 58m.

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No, there is no direct train from Interlaken to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Interlaken West and arriving at Corniglia via Spiez, Milano Centrale and Monterosso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 14m.

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The distance between Interlaken and Cinque Terre is 320 km. The road distance is 511.2 km.

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Cinque Terre without a car is to train via Monterosso which takes 8h 14m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 220.

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It takes approximately 8h 14m to get from Interlaken to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Interlaken to Cinque Terre is to train via Monterosso which takes 8h 14m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 35 - SFr 50 and takes 11h 56m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Florence Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Map of how to get from Interlaken to Cinque Terre.
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  • Distance: 319.7 km
  • Duration: 8h 14m

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

You can take a train from Interlaken to Cinque Terre via Spiez, Milano Centrale, and Monterosso in around 8h 14m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Interlaken to Cinque Terre via Milan, Milan, La Spezia - Instituto Cardarelli, La Spezia - Stazione FS, and La Spezia Centrale in around 11h 56m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 370€
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 Spiez to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Spiez to Brig
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
16€ - 29€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
22€ - 40€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
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€
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€
Train from Firenze Rifredi to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
11€ - 22€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
20€ - 22€
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Spiez to Brig
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Interlaken West to Bern
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
19€ - 26€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Bus operators
ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Brig Central Train Station to Genoa Marittima
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
ExpressBus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Interlaken, Interlaken East to Milan, Milan
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 21€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Milan, Milan to La Spezia, La Spezia
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Interlaken to Cinque Terre is 511 km. It takes approximately 5h 58m to drive from Interlaken to Cinque Terre.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Florence Airport.

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There are 3431+ hotels available in Cinque Terre. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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