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From Nice to La Spezia

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From Nice to La Spezia

What the best way to travel from Nice to La Spezia? We would like to stop for couple of hours in Monaco and go on to Le Cinque Terre. Is it better to go to La Spezia and next day take a daily 5Terre Train Card? Understood that train is a good possibility, but will it be cheaper by a rental car for a family of 5 persons?

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1. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

Are you returning to Nice or continuing in Italy?

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2. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

If you are going to the Cinque Terre you do not go to la Spezia. For train times from Ventimiglia to any specific Cinque Terre village (e.g. Monterosso) see www.trenitalia.com clicking the UK flag for English and entering your 'hour' of departure e.g. '13' for 13.00 and a date before June 15 (or a date this week to see fares of connections entirely by Regional trains). The website will tell you where to change trains. Times after June 14 will be similar but are not yet online.

This is a long journey, and spending several hours in Monaco on the way from Nice Ville to Vintimille (French for Ventimiglia) will make it very long. You might do better to spend a night somewhere pleasant along the way, e.g. Finale Ligure or Alassio, or maybe Genoa if you want a large city.

Car is easier and faster, but you should probably only rent a car if returning it to France, as one way rental to Italy can be absurdly expensive. Tolls and fuel will be maybe €50 to €80 in addition to the rental cost.

Edited: 22 April 2014, 15:12
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3. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

We are continuing to Bergamo airport after staying two days in Le Cinque Terre.

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4. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

If you want to rent a car and avoid the high drop off fees you can take the train into Italy and rent a car there and then drop it in Bergamo. But you will not be able to use it in the CT.

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5. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

How to go from Monaco to Ventimiglia? By bus? Then change to train in Ventimiglia. Do we in any case have to change the train in Genoa to go to Le Cinque Terre, f.ex. to Monterosso? If it takes too much time by train, maybe better to take a car in Ventimiglia, drive "through" 5Terre and go on to Bergamo airport...

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6. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

There are local French trains every 30 minutes from Nice/Monaco to Ventimiglia. For whether you have to change trains in Genoa, see the Trenitalia site referenced in reply #2.

There is no car rental office in Ventimiglia. You would have to go to San Remo.

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7. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

For searching 5Terre will buy 5Terre Train Cards for a day or two. Will be very pleased, if someone could give a recommendation of some nice B&B/Hotel in some of those little villages?

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8. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

<There is no car rental office in Ventimiglia. You would have to go to San Remo.>

The only major international car rental company in San Remo is Avis, in a location a long way from the train station requiring a taxi or a cross-town bus. Hertz is in Alassio by the station, and all major companies are in Savona. The time and effort spent in picking a car up in Italy, and then in dropping it in la Spezia (where most rental offices are also a long way from the train station) means that there is little or no advantage in transferring from train to car and then back to train again to reach the Cinque Terre.

To reach Bergamo Airport from the Cinque Terre by train, you take a direct train to Milano Centrale from Monterosso taking three hours, bookable now up to 120 days in advance for the cheapest tickets, then a frequent airport bus (three competing companies) taking 50 minutes or so. By car, the journey will take more than 3.5 hours plus any rest stops, and will cost more than €50 in tolls and fuel plus rental charge plus (for you) the cost of parking for three days while you are in the Cinque Terre, unless you find accommodation with its own parking.

A Cinque Terre card parconazionale5terre.it/… is only required if you are using the main coastal footpath, most of which is currently closed due to landslips parconazionale5terre.it/sentieri_parco.asp…

The Cinque Terre train card saves no money over point to point train tickets if you are only making a couple of train journeys a day, and is even poorer value if you are not walking the coastal path.

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9. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

Thank You "perilizia" for your good advices. I found them all very useful and moneysaving!

I think, our plan will be: in Nice we take a train to Ventimiglia, there we change to another train to Genova, and change again to train to Monterosso. Then we walk couple of days in 5Terre and (maybe take some train journey, if it is too hard to walk) and finally follow your advice; take the train+bus to Bergamo. Sounds Perfect!

Now I only have to find good hotels in Monterosso and in some other nice village...

Is there service like luggage transport between villages?

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10. Re: From Nice to La Spezia

No luggage transport as far as I know, but you could ask on the Cinque Terre forums.

The Cinque Terre villages are so close together (only fifteen minutes by train from one end to the other) that it is much easier to stay in one place than to change locations,