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Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

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Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

Five adults WITH A RENTAL CAR staying in Tirrenia

Best option for getting from Tirrenia to La Spezia ??

Take the train from Livorno to La Spezia (to catch the train to Cinque Terre) OR drive to La Spezia and take the train to Cinque Terre ???

This is for a one day trip - Car parking info for both Livorno and La Spezia at the train stations would be helpful too.

Thanks

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1. Re: Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

Avoid driving in Italy..."restricted areas" fines are just a scam and much too common.See www.emo.nivi.it scam ...except it's all legal!

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2. Re: Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

Our advice? Drive to the station at Livorno Centrale, park your car (there are two free, safe parking lots: one is behind the station across the road from track 7, the other just off the roundabout as you pull into the main entrance to the station) (you'll want to drive past Bar Corallo in order to get to the lot; if you have time, pop into Corallo and have one of their wonderful tramezzini).

Train information can be had at www.trenitalia.com. You don't mention when you'll be visiting the 5 Terre, so do know that the schedule will change sometime in the spring. To our mind, training from Livorno to Riomaggiore (the southermost town of the 5 Terre) would be much easier than being at the wheel. Pesto doesn't taste any better that in that part of the world, and washing it down with the simply, local white is called for.

Edited: 12:25 pm, January 15, 2011
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3. Re: Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

You don't say when you are going, but outside the summer season and certain other peak weekends you might well be better simply to drive all the way to Riomaggiore. It'll be quicker (the best train connections from Livorno take the same time as the direct drive from Tirrenia), and as you already have the car it will be well over €100 cheaper even accounting for tolls and gas (the most practical train connections cost €14.40 each, each way)

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4. Re: Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

Thank you all for sharing the information. FYI - we will be traveling in early May -

To reply 1. trasnanedtonn - am well aware of the ZTL zones and feel the freedom of having our own transportation to explore at our own pace outweights the other options

To reply 2. artivia - thank you especially for the very detailed informtion regarding the train parking areas in Livorno - if we do decide to take the train from Livorno it will be most useful

To reply 3. - perilizia - yes, driving ourselves to La Spezia to catch the train does make more sense. Do you think we need to pre-book our R/T day train tickets for the Cinque Terre ? Or can we just walk up to the ticket counter in the La Spezia train station and purchase them? Again, this will be a during the first week of May.

Thanks to all again.

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5. Re: Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

Joy12Blairsville_GA - you are most welcome!

Edited: 9:34 am, January 18, 2011
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6. Re: Train or car from Livorno to La Spezia

All trains from la Spezia to Cinque Terre villages (other than a few InterCities which call only at Monterosso) are Regional trains, which have no reserved seats and no advance purchase reductiions - so buy on the day.

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