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Barcelona to Cinque Terre... Train or plane??

My other question has been killing me for a while. I'm not sure how to go about doing it. I will be staying in Barcelona from Sept. 6th through Sept. 9th. Then I would like to arrive in the Cinque Terre on the morning of Monday, Sept. 10th. The 2 options I have is to take the extremely long 16 or 17 hour overnight train to La Spezia Centrale or the $50 Clickair flight to Pisa that leaves at 11:00 or so. Which do you suggest? If I took the train I would leave Barcelona around 9 or 10 so I wouldn't have another full night there but I have a railpass so it would be free (except for the sleeper car). So... help haha. Thanks a lot.

Posted by
35 posts

Rick, I've done that Barcelona to Italy train ride a few times, and think for $50, I'd be glad to fly.

I found this train trip:

EN 11273 EuroNight So, 09.09.07

Barcelona Estacion de Franca dep 20:15, Bardonecchia arr 06:25

R 10017 Regionalzug
Bardonecchia dep 06:50, Torino Porta Nuova arr 08:10

IC 519 Intercity
Torino Porta Nuova dep 09:05, La Spezia Centrale arr 12:04

I looked for the train price....through RENFE I just checked the price of the Euronight part of the trip:
Pases internacionales [like eurail]: reclining seat 45 euros, tourist [4 or 6 bed compartment] 69 euros

There are train journeys that don't have that high of a supplement, but they take 23 hours+.

Considering that for that fairly fast train, you need to pay 45 euros just to have a seat on it, or pay $50 to get you there quickly....I think I would take the plane. Plus, who wants to leave Barcelona at 8pm? things start happening there in just a few hours!

Posted by
6 posts

hey steve
i'm all for it.. but would i actually get any sleep or would i have to be changing trains?

Posted by
8700 posts

Since your first connection is around 06:30, if you sleep well on trains you should get a good night's rest. While the fare on Clickair is less than the accommodations supplement on the night train, taking the train would save you the cost of a night's lodging. But, as Paulo says, you'd lose one evening out in Barcelona. It's your call.