Getting to the Cinque Terre by Car
Honestly the roads to get to the 5 Terre are absolutely breathtaking, a fun drive. They are a way for you to discover more of the landscape with its terraced vineyards that climb from the sea and some interesting small villages. Anyway these roads can get really tough, all cars are forbidden to enter the towns and, if you’re lucky enough to find a spot in a parking area, the fares aren’t exactly cheap. So, if you do decide to arrive by car, you need to know where to park in Cinque Terre. You’ll find that parking areas are outside of the towns and require some uphill walking from town to get to; be ready for a walk with your luggage. Free parking is only available further outside the villages. You can still evaluate to reach the area by train.
if car is definitely your choice consider that, once you’ve settled in, moving from one village to the other will be so easy: it takes just a few minutes to move by train between towns, whether you’re going from Manarola to Corniglia or from Corniglia to Vernazza or Monterosso.A simple alternative if you have a car is to use the La Spezia train station parking area or the Levanto train station parking area. Both towns have a highway exit, and train stations at these towns are quite easy to reach.
Parking rates are slightly better. Again, the best way to visit the Cinque Terre towns is using trains or ferries. In Italy, the color of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking: white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking. When you park, be sure that you do not park in areas reserved for residents (signed in yellow). (Check the signs designating certain areas for resident only parking.)
VILLAGE BY VILLAGE CAR PARKING SPOTS
Here the largest parking areas and the ones closer to the village center.
Two parking areas Fegina (west side) and Loreto (east side).
The center of town is traffic free.
Parking Loreto (old village) suggested for properties located in the historical center of the town.
Daily rates to be updated
Parking Fegina (new side) is open during the tourist season (March to October). Daily rates to be updated. They cannot be reserved. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.
The parking areas for non-residents is about 1 KM above town.
The last part of the road to get to Vernazza is narrow and goes downhill . We suggest taking it slowly since two cars can barely fit at same time.
There are now 2 car parkings available. You will meet them along the road that takes down to Vernazza village. Both of them during day time offer shuttle service to the village.
Vernassoa Car parking Ph. +393484432040 Shuttle service approx. 8:00 am 8:00 pm
Access to the village centre by car is reserved for residents only or for loading and unloading deliveries
Visitor parking area at the entrance of the village and along the road taking to the village
You can still park your car in La Spezia and reach Corniglia by train + shuttle bus from the station up to the the village main square. Ticket is included in the Cinque Terre Card. You can still by the bus tickets at the train station +1.50 euros or on board (more expensive) +2.50 euros. NO RESERVATION ACCEPTED
No one (even residents!) can enter the town with private cars, except for short periods for loading and unloading vehicles.
As you approach Manarola, it is possible to find FREE parking along the road, so, if you find a spot there, take it! BUT REALLY RARE!!!
When you arrive at Manarola, you’ll reach a traffic bar preventing you from going further down into the village. To the right of the traffic bar, there’s the public car parking.
Parking fees are around 15 Euros per day( to be updated). NO RESERVATION ACCEPTED
In Riomaggiore, as in Manarola, you will have to park outside the village, in a parking lot managed by the National Park. Shuttle service down to the centre of Riomaggiore.
We suggest unloading the car at the entrance of Riomaggiore, by the parking entrance and going back to find a parking spot.
1. PARK CENTRO STAZIONE
Open 24/7 it’s the garage below La Spezia Centrale. 30.00 € per day. If you know your car plate, you can book your spot in advance at www.mobpark.it clicking on “park centro stazione”.
The car park can be entered from Via Fiume (P-2) or from Via Paleocapa (P-1)
2. PIAZZA D’ARMI
GPRS 44.107405 9.808188
Not too far from the train station, La Spezia Centrale, this area still offers white, free parking spots and a shuttle bus that takes to the station In. case the bus is not available WALK TO THE TRAIN STATON APPROX. 100 MT FLAT.
3. STAZIONE DI MIGLIARINA
GPRS 44.123381 9.840285
Some trains for the Cinque terre stop in Migliarina, secondary La Spezia train station.
So, please check on trenitalia.com this option and you might find a cheaper way to park your car and reach the Cinque Terre.
The car parking spots around Migliarina train station are at the moment still free of charge (please, check directly anyway)
Two car parking area attached to the train station. The road from the highway exit to the village is a bit long but the train station is one of the first things you’ll see driving towards the town. on google maps
Levanto is also a beautiful town, so parking there could give you the chance to visit it.