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July 2024

How to arrive to Portovenere

You can't get to Portovenere by train, you will have to choose between a bus, a boat, a car or to go on foot (which is rather interesting!).

First you have to get to one of the nearest towns of Liguria, such as: La Spezia, Riomaggiore, Monterosso or Levanto.
More details about the road travel to Liguria.

After which time you have 4 different ways to get to Portovenere:

icon of black bus1. To Portovenere by bus 11/P from La Spezia.

Among all kinds of transportation, getting by bus is the cheapest one, cost of a single ticket is only 3 euro (ticket code is 03), you have to purchase it in a tobacco shop (Tabaccheria) or in a special ticket booth, because it will cost twice as much if you buy it from the bus driver.
Travel time: 30 min maximum.
Schedule 11/P:
Working days: from 5.00am till 11.30pm every 10-30 minutes.
Weekend and holidays: from 7.00am till 11.30pm every 10-30 minutes (after 08.00pm once an hour).
On December 25, 26; January 1: from 8.00am till 11.59am and from 03.00pm till 08.00pm every 15-30 minutes.
Bus stop: railway station and bus stop are marked on the map, they are connected with the green line - this is the way to walk, the rest part of the road is to travel by bus. If you feel sick on a bus, you might travel by boat, because the road is very winding.
The latest update of the entry: July 2024.

icon of black boat2. To Portovenere by boat and ferry.

schedule of boats in the Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Portovenere and Levanto schedule of boats in the Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Portovenere and Levanto

Valid: from April 1, 2024 till November 2, 2024.
There is a boat connection between all towns of Liguria. Services are provided by "Best Of Cinque Terre", click the image on the left to browse the timetables. Or you can visit the company’s site for more details.
The latest update of the entry: July 2024.

Boat travel: La Spezia - Portovenere

There is a boat connection from La Spezia to Portovenere.
For timetable in more detail click here.
Ticket price: 6 euro one way, 12 euro round trip (+ separate charge for excursions, read more).
Useful advice: the shore is on the right (on the left while travelling back), take a comfortable seat to enjoy the view.
The railway station is a 15-minute walk from the pier of La Spezia (about 1 km / 0.5 mile).

Boat travel: Levanto, Cinque Terre - Portovenere

In order not to go to the pier in La Spezia you can take a boat in one of the villages of Cinque Terre and admire a wonderful panorama of the villages from the sea. Riomaggiore is the nearest.
Timetable for all boats is specified in this picture.
Ticket price: 35 euro (1-day ticket which includes unlimited number of trips + "Three Island round trip"). Plus 3-5 euro on weekends or including the trip to Levanto. Useful advice: take the left side on boat (the right side on way back), the scenery of the coastline is very beautiful!
The pier in Riomaggiore is in the south-eastern part (3 minutes walk from the station): exit from the station, turn right and walk through the pedestrian tunnel, then go down the stairs to the shore. You will see signs and the stairs leading up on the left. The pier is there.
P.S. As for Levanto it takes more time to get there and the ticket fare is much higher (see details in the picture) So typically one takes a train to Riomaggiore and then switch to a boat.

Excursion: "Three Island round trip"

Portovenere and its islands

"Three Island" round trip is rather exciting and interesting excursion, it lasts for 40 minutes, you will be shown 3 beautiful islands with their famous caves! Would you like an advice where to take the best seat for the best observation? When to go to the nose of the boat in order to gaze into the depths of the cavern? More information about the excursion on this page.
Ticket fare: 13 euro included in General ticket (which costs 35 euro).

black icon, walking in the mountains, man hiking3. To Portovenere on foot (hiking).

Map of all roads in Portovenere and the Cinque Terre

Click on the image on the left to enlarge the main map of footpaths in Cinque Terre and Portovenere (in fact there are much more footpaths, an ideal place for hiking). Some footpaths can be forbidden or closed for repair, but there is always an alternative path with a lot of signs. Any tourist center will offer you a map of footpaths permitted for the current day.
The route from Riomaggiore to Portovenere is very interesting and exciting, it’s up to you to choose which way to go. It takes about 4 hours.
Equipment: if walking along the Blue Path (connects the towns of Cinque Terre) you won’t need any special equipment, but if you are going to walk other paths as well it is advisable to have comfortable footwear (trainers, keds etc.), a cap, to provide yourself with water, and trekking poles.

иконка машина черная4. To Portovenere by car.

The road to Portovenere is narrow and winding, the parking is chargeable in the town and even the hotels charge an additional parking fee. So it is recommended to use car parks of La Spezia. The parking areas are shown on the map, blue is for chargeable and green is for free-of-charge parking places. Which is the most comfortable and the largest parking place in La Spezia? The one, which is indicated at far right, it is the main car park in the city, it has a lot of parking space + free of charge bus, that can bring you to the center of the city, just right to the place from where you can take the bus to Portovenere. Address and other indications can be found on the map, use this link to open it in a new window.
You can also rent a car. For more information visit any of these websites: Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Avis.

Getting to Liguria:

First you have to get to one of the nearest towns of Liguria, such as: La Spezia, Riomaggiore, Monterosso or Levanto.
Many options here:
1. By train: use Trenitalia official website, choose "La Spezia Centrale".
2. By car: use any navigator, for example Google Navigator. Please be aware that Portovenere has few parking places and the prices are high, it is more useful to park the car in La Spezia (click here to see the town map with parking places).
3. By plane: the nearest airports are in Pisa and Genoa. There are a lot of lowcost flights, try the site search (Sky Scanner). Besides Pisa and Genova you can use airports in: Milano, Bologna, Parma (detail shown on the map), in any case you will need to take a train, trip from the above mentioned cities to La Spezia Centrale takes less than 2 hours (see the train timetable here).

Having reached one of the cities on the Liguria coast you have 4 ways to get to Portovenere, which are described above.

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