Does anyone know how long the train takes from Pisa to Cinque Terre? Also, how expensive? We will be arriving via Ryanair at night on April 4th and heading to Cinque Terre the next afternoon. We depart on the 9th from Pisa at 11:45.
It's about 1.5 hours, with change in Spezia, but also depends on the train. Check www.trenitalia.com. Use a date next week as an example, since schedules are released weekly on regional trains. Use same day of week when u actually travel.
Anica, The travel time from Pisa Centrale to La Spezia Centrale ranges from 00:42M to 1H:23M, depending on which train you choose. You didn't say which of the five towns you'd be staying in, so I used La Spezia to check, since you'll have to pass through there anyway. Some of the trains will be Regionale (DON'T forget to validate!) and some will be Freccia high speed trains (those have compulsory reservations which will be included with P-P tickets). When you arrive at La Spezia, you'll transfer to the local trains to get to whichever town you'll be staying in. The travel times are short (for example, it's only about a 9 minute trip from La Spezia to Riomaggiore). Ticket cost for the trip from Pisa to La Spezia ranges from ~7.00€ to 9.50€. Happy travels!
Thank you Ken, & Roberto for your swift response! Ken,
I have not booked lodging yet. What city is the best? Any hotel recommendations? Anica
you should grab Rick's book. He has several suggestions. Haven't been there yet but I booked the La Marina Rooms in Vernazza for my september trip. I looked at a couple of others in Ricks book before settling on that one in his book. The owner cristian was very helpful and responsive over email.
Anica, Everyone here has their "favourites" of the five small towns. I much prefer Monterosso (the most northern of the towns) as it's the largest, so has the most hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist facilities. Each of the towns has it's own unique character, so which to stay in is much a matter of personal taste. Given your location, I'm assuming you don't have access to the RS Italy Guidebook? You might find it helpful to have a look at THIS website. April is the start of tourist season in that area, so I'd suggest getting a room booked SOON! Would you prefer more of a "conventional" hotel (with breakfast), a B&B or just a room? What price range are you considering? There are two Hostels also, for more "basic" accommodations. Cheers!
Ken, I am actually on an ARMY post so I may find the book at my post library. I am looking for a mid range hotel, cheaper than $100 a night and with good wifi as I will have to access the Internet for school. Anica
Anica, Although it should still be "Low Season", it could be a challenge to find something for $100, which is only about €76. I normally stay at Hotel Villa Steno, but the rates there are €120-200 per night. You might try Al Carugio as they're less expensive (but no breakfast). If you can find a copy of the Italy Guidebook in your post Library, that has listings for lodgings in all of the five towns. I'll try to offer some suggestions tomorrow (it's getting late here).
Anica, in Vernazza, try : http://www.elisabettacarro.it/