Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Cinque Terre explained: Cinque Terre translates as Five Lands. So it’s important to know that it comprises of five small coastal villages of
They are all within the Italian region of Liguria and each village is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Each hostel in this guide has a clear mention of the closest village next to its name.
The Sentiero Azzurro: Also known as The Blue Trail, is a 12km hiking route that connects all of the five villages in Cinque Terre. HOWEVER! Bad storms and landslides have damaged some sections beyond repair. There is also a train that connects the villages.
Our advice: Once in the area check with your hostel to see which walking sections are open.
Party Hostels in Cinque Terre: Sorry guys, this isn’t your typical party destination! And so because of that, there are no party hostels here. Your best bet is to stay in La Spezia and enjoy the city nightlife. Our #3 hostel, Grand Hostel Manin, is located in the city centre of La Spezia. For an actual party and nightlife, better hop over to Milano or Rome.
Getting around: Cinque Terre is best reached by train. For getting around, you can either hike, take the train or even boat (the more pricey but scenic option). For a road trip around Italy I recommend either renting a car or check the trains. For Cinque Terre, the easiest village to reach by car is Monterosso. Please plan ahead.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. 5 Terre Backpackers City (La Spezia)
Not only is 5 Terre Backpackers City hostel located within an historical building, but it also boasts a wonderful hidden garden.
Welcome to our top hostel choice for the Cinque Terre area!
It’s a wonderfully cosy hostel offering a total of 4 shared dorm rooms. Three of them come with 6-beds, or you can opt for a smaller 4-bed dorm if you prefer.
You’ll quickly tell that a lot of effort has been put into these rooms.
Check out the custom made bunkbeds that come with little staircases! The lockers are big and the big windows let in plenty of natural light.
Let’s have a look at a few of the other inclusions:
Free welcome drink
USB port by every bed
Free Wifi that will follow you throughout the hostel
Important: There is no kitchen available here. Ask the staff for a good restaurant recommendation instead.
The cosy size of the hostel really helps meeting new people a lot easier. You guessed it: the hidden garden is the place to be!
There’s plenty of space to chill, read, chat, eat…
Another great way to get to know people is to join one of their organised events. From open air cinema evenings and pizza nights, to cooking courses and aperitivo.
Indoors you’ll find the City Bar which is where you can order your favourite refreshment.
Update: Sister hostel 5 Terre Backpackers Corvara, which was our #1 hostel in this guide, has now been turned into a suites retreat instead of a hostel. If you’re keen for yoga, it may be worth checking out as another option.
Location: Sitauted just 100m from the central train station, and 200m from Via Del Prione. It’s very close to good restuaurants, bars and shops. An ideal place to be staying if you want to explore the 5 villages.
This is one of the best hostels in Cinque Terre for
Further south in the Cinque Terre National Park is Ostello Tramonti. This hostel is your gateway to the village of Riomaggiore.
It’s a superb hostel that’s clean, modern and fuelled with friendly staff that love to help.
We’d recommend those without a car to stay here. That’s because there is a cheap shuttle service (1 euro) that takes you to Riomaggiore and it’s easy to hike from here.
Super cool: Stay 3 nights or more and the shuttle service is free.
The room choices are also spot on – intimate, spacious and incredibly clean. Each person sleeping in a dorm gets a full length wardrobe for luggage!
Here’s a quick overview:
4-bed mixed dorm
4-bed female dorm
Quadruple room (shared bathroom)
Double room (shared bathroom)
It’s certainly a good hostel for meeting new people thanks to the well-thought out social spaces.
An outdoor terrace offer hillside views of Biassa’s rooftops. There are also sun loungers and a garden with ping-pong.
Indoors you’ll find a common room filled with books, TV and DVDs.
After a big day of exploring the villages, grab a glass of wine from the bar.
There is also freshly made food (with local market ingredients) on offer at the onsite restaurant each day. Expect Italian food made by an Italian chef!
Location: On a hillside in the old town of Biassa. La Spezia is less than a 15-minute drive, and the shuttle to Riomaggiore is less than 10-minutes. Pisa International Airport is a 2-hour train ride away.
This is one of the best hostels in Cinque Terre for
Grand Hostel Manin is the best accommodation on offer if you’d prefer to stay in the city of La Spezia.
It’s still only a 20-minute train ride to Cinque Terre, and is also a great base for visiting other areas such as Porto Venere, Pisa and Genova. Have a chat with staff if you’re keen for day trip information.
This is a family hostel run by two siblings that have a passion for Italian hospitality.
“Our mission as locals is to give you all the tools you need to have fun, make friends and experience the best of our incredible region.”
From comfortable rooms and social spaces, to all the best local advice for Liguria.
Inside these modern walls you will find so many goodies:
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Cinque Terre hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church
Church of San Giovanni Battista
Also: We’ve added each of the five villages on the map by colour coding them. This will help you to get a better idea of where your chosen hostel is in relation to Cinque Terre.
What is the cheapest town to stay in Cinque Terre?
If you’re detemined to stay in one of the villages of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore is probably the cheapest one to stay in.
What are the best things to do in Cinque Terre?
Go back up and have a look at our handy map. We have pinpointed other sights worth seeing whilst you’re in the area. But obviously, the best thing to do is to explore all of the beautiful villages along the coastline.
What is the best walking route in Cinque Terre?
Sentiero Azzurro, or the Blue Path, is the most famous and longest trail there is. Just be aware that there are often closures, so always check with your hostel before you set off.
Other great walking routes include:
The Riomaggiore Ring trail
The Corniglia to Manarola trail
Vernazza to Monterosso
How many days do you need to cover and enjoy Cinque Terre Italy?
Two days is plenty. It is possible to see all of the five villages in one day, even if you walk between them. Consider extending your stay if you’d like to spend time relaxing at the many beaches on offer.
Where in Italy is Cinque Terre?
It’s a collection of five villages along the coast of Liguria, West Coast of Italy. The nearest cities are Genoa (1.5 hours) and Florence (2.5 hours).
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