There are five ways to reach Corniglia, but driving a car isn’t recommended. The best way to get around Corniglia and the Cinque Terre is by foot.
Take one of the little green park buses from the train station. The bus is a low-impact option for both the environment and lousy knees, with one caveat – their runs are tied to the train schedule. Coming into the station is easy. If the train stops, a bus will be waiting, and bus schedules are posted.
Buses run roughly from 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM. The last bus leaves the station for Corniglia around 7:20 PM.
To travel to Corniglia, and between the five villages of the Cinque Terre you can catch the train that runs between La Spezia and Genoa. Besides hiking, it is the easiest and quickest way to travel from village to village, but it’s not very scenic. Most of the time you are in tunnels through the mountains, with only an occasional glimpse of the ocean.
The train is pretty slow, and not that frequent. There are usually 1-3 trains per hour in summer, and less as the weather gets colder. Some trains don’t stop at all of the villages, so make sure you check the timetable in advance.
Ferries do not service Corniglia as it doesn’t have a harbor.
Note: Because nothing is ever 100% for certain in the Land of La Dolce Vita, all of the above could change at any time so check the details with the park offices or website when you arrive.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Corniglia transportation.