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There are 8 ways to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale Ec
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso Ic

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Bus  •  10h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Genoa N177
  2. Take the bus from Genoa Via Fanti D'Italia to La Spezia Giosue Carducci Naples Metropark Central Parking - Turin Corso Vittorio Emanuele II / ...

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Bus, train  •  8h 43m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Chiasso
  2. Take the train from Chiasso to Milano Centrale S11
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Monterosso Ic

Drive  •  5h 50m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Cinque Terre 529.7 km

Fly to Milan Malpensa, train  •  7h 26m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) ZRH - MXP
  2. Take the train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
  3. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Levanto

Fly to Florence, train  •  7h 14m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Florence (FLR) ZRH - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze Rifredi to Corniglia

Fly to Nice, bus, train  •  9h 15m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Nice (NCE) ZRH - NCE
  2. Take the bus from Nice - Airport T2 to Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia
  3. Take the train from Genova P.Za Principe to La Spezia Centrale

Fly to Bologna, train  •  8h

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bologna (BLQ) ZRH - BLQ
  2. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
  3. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Corniglia

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 45 and takes 10h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre is to drive which costs SFr 75 - SFr 120 and takes 5h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Cinque Terre. However, there are services departing from Zuerich Hb and arriving at Corniglia via Milano Centrale and Monterosso. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 38m.

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The distance between Zürich and Cinque Terre is 372 km. The road distance is 529.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre without a car is to train which takes 7h 38m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 170.

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It takes approximately 7h 38m to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre is to train which takes 7h 38m and costs SFr 90 - SFr 170. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 30 - SFr 45 and takes 10h 42m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Cinque Terre.
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  • Distance: 371.9 km
  • Duration: 7h 38m

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

You can take a train from Zürich to Cinque Terre via Milano Centrale and Monterosso in around 7h 38m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Cinque Terre via Genoa Via Fanti D'Italia, La Spezia Giosue Carducci, La Spezia - Instituto Cardarelli, La Spezia - Stazione FS, and La Spezia Centrale in around 10h 42m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €460
Flights from Zurich to Florence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €420
Flights from Zurich to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €460
Flights from Zurich to Bologna
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €300
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Florence via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€210 - €750
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 Zuerich Hb to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€75 - €140
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 Levanto
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€13 - €19
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€6 - €10
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €10
Trenord

Trenord operates regional and suburban lines throughout Italy’s Lombardy region, including the Malapensa Express from Milan’s Malapensa Airport and local lines around Lake Como and the Italian Lakes. Trenord train tickets can be purchased from machines at any train station and don’t need to be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 02 7249 4494
Email
my-link@trenord.it
Website
trenord.it
Train from Chiasso to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€4 - €6
Website
Trenord
Malpensa Express
Phone
02 72 49 49 49
Website
malpensaexpress.it
Train from Malpensa Aeroporto T.1 to Milano Centrale
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Malpensa Express
2nd Class
€11 - €16
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 Firenze Rifredi to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€11 - €22
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€20 - €22
Train from Genova P.Za Principe to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€6 - €13
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€11 - €13
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Corniglia
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€11 - €23
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€20 - €23
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 Genova P.Za Principe to La Spezia Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €45
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€10 - €15
Base Standard
€24 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €45
Train from Bologna Centrale to Firenze S.M.N.
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€11 - €45
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€11 - €15
Base Standard
€25 - €35
Base Premium
€30 - €45
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €40
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€14 - €21
Smart Low Cost
€12 - €17
Smart Flex
€26 - €40
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Genoa
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€21 - €26
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Genoa to La Spezia
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Nice Airport to Genoa
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €15
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.
For more information, please visit this page
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
2h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
Itabus
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from Nice - Airport T2 to Genoa - Via Fanti d'Italia
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Blablabus

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Cinque Terre is 530 km. It takes approximately 5h 50m to drive from Zürich to Cinque Terre.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Milan Malpensa Airport.

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There are 534+ hotels available in Cinque Terre. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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