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

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Train via Monterosso  •  8h 51m

  1. Take the train from Zermatt to Brig Bahnhofplatz
  2. Take the train from Brig to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso Ic / ...

88€ - 209€

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  10h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Visp Train Station to Genoa Marittima Neuchatel-Genua-Savona
  2. Take the train from Genova P.Za Principe to Sestri Levante Re / ...

54€ - 131€

3 alternative options

Train  •  9h 26m

  1. Take the train from Zermatt to Brig Bahnhofplatz
  2. Take the train from Brig to Milano Centrale Ec
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Corniglia Re / ...

88€ - 169€

Bus  •  13h

  1. Take the bus from Chatillon - Autostazione to Sestri Levante

68€ - 127€

Drive  •  5h 57m

  1. Drive from Zermatt to Cinque Terre 455.2 km

55€ - 85€

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The cheapest way to get from Zermatt to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 60 - SFr 95 and takes 5h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Zermatt to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 60 - SFr 95 and takes 5h 57m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zermatt to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Zermatt and arriving at Corniglia via Brig, Milano Centrale and Monterosso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 51m.

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The distance between Zermatt and Cinque Terre is 262 km. The road distance is 455.2 km.

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The best way to get from Zermatt to Cinque Terre without a car is to train via Monterosso which takes 8h 51m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 230.

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It takes approximately 8h 51m to get from Zermatt to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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Zermatt to Cinque Terre train services, operated by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, depart from Zermatt station.

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The best way to get from Zermatt to Cinque Terre is to train via Monterosso which takes 8h 51m and costs SFr 95 - SFr 230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 70 - SFr 140 and takes 13h.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zermatt to Cinque Terre is 455 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Zermatt to Cinque Terre.

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  • Distance: 261.6 km
  • Duration: 8h 51m

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

You can take a train from Zermatt to Cinque Terre via Brig Bahnhofplatz, Brig, Milano Centrale, and Monterosso in around 8h 51m. Alternatively, Grouppo Stat operates a bus from Chatillon - Autostazione to Sestri Levante once a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 75€ and the journey takes 5h 30m.

Train operators
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Phone
+41 (0)848 642 442
Email
railcenter@mgbahn.ch
Website
matterhorngotthardbahn.ch
Train from Zermatt to Brig Bahnhofplatz
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
24€ - 50€
Website
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
2nd Class Ticket
24€ - 29€
1st Class Ticket
40€ - 50€
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 Brig to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 90€
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€
Website
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
Grouppo Stat
Phone
+39 0142 452854
Email
autoticinostac@statcasale.com
Website
gruppostat.com
Bus from Chatillon - Autostazione to Sestri Levante
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
35€ - 75€
Website
Grouppo Stat
ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Visp Train Station to Genoa Marittima
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
ExpressBus

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