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Naples - Sorrento (Circumvesuvian Train)

Rail

The Journey

The train between Naples and Sorrento is a very cheap and quick way to travel between the two cities. Unfortunately, it also happens to be one of the worst in terms of pick-pocketing. There are countless stories floating around of tourists being targetted, so be aware. If you are set on using this train service, wear a money belt or be very aware of the potential for pickpockets.

Trains travel to/from the main station at Naples (Stazione Napoli Centrale on Piazza Garibaldi) regularly throughout the day, and travel along the cost between the city and Sorrento. Some trains stop more often than others. If you are in a hurry to reach your destination, look out for 'Diretto' trains.

More information is available on the Circumvesuvian website, which also hosts a useful journey planner.


Circumvesuviana Trains

Circumvesuviana are a group of narrow-gauge rail links that connect the towns to the east and south east of Naples. The service gets its name from Mount Vesuvius, around which it runs, with a total of 96 stations and 138km of track.

All of the service's routes start/end at Naples, with the longest journey (to Sorrento) taking around an hour. Some of the routes available offer fantastic views of the sea and Italian coastline.

There are six routes currently in operation:

  • Naples - Sorrento;
  • Naples - Ottaviano - Sarno;
  • Naples - Nola - Baiano;
  • Naples - Pomigliano - Acerra;
  • Naples - Scafati - Poggiomarino (via Pompeii); and
  • Naples - San Georgio a Cremano (via Centro Direzionale).

As Circumvesuviana services are operated by a private company, railpasses are not accepted. 

The system uses two or three car trains, powered by overhead cables. Trains can accommodate up to 1200 people (which is not uncommon in Summer months on popular routes).

There is only one accommodation class on-board, and the condition of trains varies as new models are gradually being introduced. Generally speaking, seats are made from hard-wearing plastic.

The Circumvesuviana route is unfortunately one of the worst for pick-pocketing. There are many accounts of trouble around, with tourists being a particular target. 

There is plenty of space for luggage onboard Circumvesuviana services, with luggage racks positioned above the seats. 

Timetable

Trains leave roughly every half an hour between the hours of 06.00 and 21.00 every day. Journeys take between 45mins and 1hr 25mins, depending on whether you catch a direct or indirect service. The full list of stations that this (indirect) service calls at can be seen below:

  1. SORRENTO
  2. S. AGNELLO
  3. PIANO
  4. META
  5. SEIANO
  6. VICO EQUENSE
  7. SCRAJO
  8. POZZANO
  9. CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA
  10. VIA NOCERA
  11. PIOPPAINO
  12. PONTE PERSICA
  13. MOREGINE
  14. POMPEI SCAVI - VILLA MISTERI
  15. TORRE ANNUNZIATA - OPLONTI
  16. TRECASE
  17. VIA VIULI
  18. LEOPARDI
  19. VILLA DELLE GINESTRE
  20. VIA MONACI
  21. VIA DEL MONTE
  22. VIA S. ANTONIO
  23. TORRE DEL GRECO
  24. ERCOLANO - MIGLIO D'ORO
  25. ERCOLANO - SCAVI
  26. PORTICI VIA LIBERTA'
  27. PORTICI BELLAVISTA
  28. S. GIORGIO CAVALLI DI BRONZO
  29. S. GIORGIO A CREMANO
  30. S. MARIA DEL POZZO
  31. BARRA
  32. S. GIOVANNI
  33. VIA GIANTURCO
  34. NAPOLI GARIBALDI (STAZIONE CENTRALE F.S.)
  35. NAPOLI PORTA NOLANA - CORSO GARIBALDI

Direct (Diretto) services call at:

  1. Napoli Porta Nolana
  2. Napoli Garibaldi
  3. Ercolano Scavi
  4. Torre del Greco
  5. Torre Annunziata
  6. Pompei Villa Misteri
  7. Poppaino
  8. Via Nocera
  9. Castellammare
  10. Vico Equense
  11. Seiano
  12. Meta
  13. Piano
  14. S. Agnello
  15. Sorrento

Price

You can buy tickets for this journey on the day at the ticket booths in the station. A single ticket will only cost you €4. Return tickets for use on the day are available, at around €7 (so a bit cheaper than two singles).

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