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There are 5 ways to get from Nice to Cinque Terre by train, bus or car

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Train  •  5h 56m

  1. Take the train from Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale Ic

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Bus  •  8h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Nice - Ferber to La Spezia - v.le Pietro Pozzoli Antibes

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Bus via Genoa  •  7h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Nice to Genoa 798 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Genoa to La Spezia N552 / ...

Train via Savona  •  7h 42m

  1. Take the train from Ventimiglia to Savona Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Savona to Sestri Levante Re / ...

Drive  •  3h 31m

  1. Drive from Nice to Cinque Terre 300 km

Nice to Cinque Terre by train

The train journey time between Nice and Cinque Terre is around 5h 56m and covers a distance of around 271 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 20m. Operated by SNCF, Trenitalia Intercity and Trenitalia, the Nice to Cinque Terre train service departs from Nice Ville and arrives in Corniglia. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

7 Weekly Trains
5h 56m Average Duration
€21 Cheapest Price
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The cost-effective way to get from Nice to Cinque Terre is to bus, which costs €20 - €28 and takes 8h 53m.

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The quickest way to get from Nice to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs €55 - €85 and takes 3h 31m.

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No, there is no direct train from Nice to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Nice Ville and arriving at Corniglia via Ventimiglia and La Spezia Centrale. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 56m.

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The distance between Nice and Cinque Terre is 201 km. The road distance is 300 km.

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The best way to get from Nice to Cinque Terre without a car is to train which takes 5h 56m and costs €21 - €45.

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It takes approximately 5h 56m to get from Nice to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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Nice to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, depart from Ventimiglia station.

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The best way to get from Nice to Cinque Terre is to train which takes 5h 56m and costs €21 - €45. Alternatively, you can bus via Genoa, which costs €21 - €29 and takes 7h 25m.

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Nice to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Trenitalia Intercity, arrive at La Spezia Centrale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nice to Cinque Terre is 300 km. It takes approximately 3h 31m to drive from Nice to Cinque Terre.

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Map of how to get from Nice to Cinque Terre.
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  • Distance: 201.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 56m

What companies run services between Nice, France and Cinque Terre, Italy?

Trenitalia Intercity operates a train from Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale once daily. Tickets cost €14 - €21 and the journey takes 3h 28m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nice to Cinque Terre via Genoa, La Spezia - Instituto Cardarelli, La Spezia - Stazione FS, and La Spezia Centrale in around 7h 25m.

Train operators
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 Ventimiglia to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14 - €21
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €21
Train from Ventimiglia to Savona
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €11
Train from Savona to Sestri Levante
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€6 - €10
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 Ventimiglia to Savona
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €15
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€13 - €15
Train from Savona to Sestri Levante
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €13
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€11 - €13
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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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 Ventimiglia to Savona
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €50
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€11 - €16
Base Standard
€26 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €50
Bus operators
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Nice to Genoa
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Genoa to La Spezia
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Itabus
Phone
+39 06 88 93 82 32
Website
itabus.it
Bus from Genoa Via Fanti D'Italia to La Spezia Giosue Carducci
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Itabus

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