Cinque Terre Train fines

Oct 18th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Cinque Terre Train fines

Hello Everyone,
We just left the CT and I just wanted to drop a quick note to anyone who is planning to travel to this area. First of all it is absolutely beautiful here but please be aware of the rules and regulations pertaining to the riding of the trains in this area. The train conductors mean serious business when it comes to the rules. And they enforce them fully. As they should.

We have witnessed personally, and have been told by several people we have met here in Vernazza that they have witnessed or were on the receiving end of a ticket by the train conductor, even after they had done what they thought was correct.

Important things to remember are: You must have your ticket stamped by the yellow ticket machine at the platform before boarding the train. Just because you have purchased a ticket to ride the train does not mean it is valid. It is only valid when it is stamped.

Secondly: There are several different passes for this area. They do not all include the train. Double check when you purchase a pass that it does include the train if you need it to. We were visiting with a lovely couple while waiting for the train from Corniglia to Manarola. When we boarded we sat together for the journey and then we saw the conductor checking tickets. We all got out our tickets and he checked ours and then the other couple’s. They had purchased the Cinque Terre pass that was suppose to include the train, but apparently did not. They were fined 50 euros each!

Another man we met saw a couple get fined 400 euros for not having their tickets stamped. 50 euros per person per stop!

A couple we met apparently had a sympathetic conductor because they had purchased their tickets but did not stamp them. They were only fined 5 euros instead of the 50 but were paranoid every time they got on a train that they had done something incorrect again. One day they stamped their ticket but the machine was out of ink so it didn’t actually put a stamp on their ticket, even though it sounded as though it did. They went inside the ticket office and asked the clerk, who told them that they were aware the machine was broken, but yet there was no sign on it stating it was broken. If they hadn’t actually looked to see the stamp they could have been fined again.

In all of these cases the people honestly thought they were doing the right thing but were apparently not. So please, be aware of the rules pertaining to your own situation. The rail officials are serious, as they should be, about enforcing the rules. Don’t be caught off guard and get fined for a simple mistake.

Take care,
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Oct 18th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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If you are unable to stamp your ticket before boarding you are supposed to seek out the conductor on the train asap and ask them to stamp it for you. This will avoid the fine as well.
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Nov 14th, 2009, 04:18 AM
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thank you for mentioning this thread in your Lucca post. It is most helpful.
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Nov 14th, 2009, 04:41 AM
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For more information about the fines and how to validate your ticket if the machine is broken:
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