Despite still having our rental car with us, we decided to take the train to Cinque Terre from Pisa Centrale in anticipation of parking problem at Riomaggiore. We drove to Pisa Centrale which is about 2½ km from Grand Hotel Bonanno and parked our car by the roadside parking lot close to the train station. Being Sunday, it was free of charge, so we do not require to purchase parking coupons nor worry about putting sufficient coins. During normal days you may want to consider parking at Pisa Centrale Parking or at SABA Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II Both are close to the train station.
Our train arrived on time and the journey took less than 1½ hours. This is a regional train and it stops along the way till La Spezia Centrale, the other major station. It’s then a short 10 minutes ride to Riomaggiore. You’ll disembark and cross over to the other side. The side that you arrived from Pisa, leads to a cliff that drops into the Mediterranean sea.
Once on the other side, you’ll walk into a tunnel which leads to Riomaggiore town. The dwellings are built on hill slopes and quite an exercise walking around Riomaggiore.