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EASIEST way from Barcelona to Cinque Terre/Santa Margherita?

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I'm looking for suggestions on the easiest way to get from Barcelona to Cinque Terre/Santa Margherita - it doesnt necessarily have to be the fastest or cheapest. My boyfriend and I will be in Europe in August, and I am disabled and in a manual wheelchair. I've traveled throughout Europe several times and have always used trains to get from one city/country to another. Since my chair is very light (23 lbs) and my boyfriend can carry me if necessary, there is usually no problem getting on and off trains, planes, etc. However, I'm looking for the easiest way in terms of not having to switch trains halfway through a trip. I remember the last time I was in Paris there was no one to help me on and off the train regarding the lift and we almost missed it, so I don't want to have to deal with having to switch trains and having my boyfriend have to deal with luggage, carrying/helping me, and worrying that my chair gets left behind some place.


I know that when I've taken trains between Milan and Rome in the past they were accessible and there were no problems concerning having to connect to different trains or anything like that. It was only the smaller rails - like between Paris and Nice - where I ran into some difficulty with accessibility. Since Santa Margherita is a smaller area I am expecting the same type of situation...

Flying sounds great, but I'm not sure what types of planes are used for these little trips within Europe - for example, do the planes pull right up to the gangway or do you have to board via stairs? Are these types of planes typically handicap accessible & have aisle chairs, etc?

We don't really want to drive, because we'll be driving for a good amount of time during the second leg of our trip and we don't want to get burnt out on driving everywhere.

We'll be staying in Santa Margherita, I've been there before and was quite happy with wheelchair access in the area, but we also want to go into Cinque Terre - so any suggestions with this would be great as well.


If anyone has any information or suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. I am not completely opposed to trains, planes, or ferries, I am just going off of what I've experienced in the past. Thanks so much!

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