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How to Reach Sorrento from Naples (1)

Sorrento is one of the top day trips from Naples, and those who are vacationing in Sorrento and the Sorrentine Peninsula almost always arrive via the Naples airport or train station. The two cities are located about 50 kilometers apart and there are a number of ways to travel between them. If you need to get from Naples to Sorrento or vice versa, read on to learn about all your options!


Driving from Naples to Sorrento

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Traveling from Naples to Sorrento by car is one option, which has both advantages and disadvantages to consider. The biggest disadvantage is having to take on the daunting traffic along the coast and find parking, which can be limited and costly. You need to take the A3 Napoli - Pompei - Sorrento highway and exit at Castellammare di Stabia, following the signs for Sorrento. The advantage, of course, is the flexibility and independence of having your own means of transportation during your stay.

Traffic in Sorrento

In ideal conditions, it would take about an hour to get to and from Naples from Sorrento, but traffic between the two cities is almost always heavy and can make the trip much more time consuming, especially near the Sorrento and Naples city limits. On holidays, weekends, and during the entire month of August, traffic jams can reach critical levels heading to Sorrento in the morning and to Naples in the afternoon, so be sure to consider extra time if you need to catch a train, plane, or ferry.

When to Avoid Driving

We strongly recommend against driving on the most critical days, including Sundays in summer and holidays like Easter and the bank holidays of April 25th, May 1st, and August 15th.

Parking in Sorrento

In fall or winter, driving between Sorrento and Naples can be an excellent option, affording you complete freedom and flexibility and making it easier to plan for side trips along the way.

Keep in mind, however, that the cost of parking on the Sorrentine Peninsula can be relatively expensive (around EUR 2/hour or EUR 25/day) and there is no free parking in Sorrento. The largest and most central parking garage is Correale behind Piazza Lauro, while there are additional parking garages and lots near the Sorrento port.

How to Take the Train from Naples to Sorrento

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The local Circumvesuviana rail line runs between Naples and Sorrento, departing and arriving from the lower level of the Napoli Centrale train station in Piazza Garibaldi (the same station where high-speed trains from Rome, Florence, and Milan arrive and depart).

This is the cheapest way to travel between Naples and Sorrento, as one-way tickets only cost EUR 4 per person, and is also relatively quick. It takes about 70 minutes to get between the two cities; Sorrento and Naples are the ends of the line and there are a number of intermediate stops.

Keep in mind a couple of important factors when deciding whether or not to take the train to Sorrento:

There is no elevator or escalator to reach the lower level of the train station where the Circumvesuviana trains depart, the trains are not air conditioned, and there are no bathrooms on board. There is also no space to store large suitcases or other bags and the trains are often very crowded so you may not find seats during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Our Tips for Taking the Train to Sorrento

If you have a number of large bags or are traveling during the peak morning and afternoon commute, we do not suggest taking the Circumvesuviana for the reasons listed above. We also strongly suggest avoiding the train on Sundays in summer or during national holidays. If you are traveling during the evening hours, be particularly aware of pickpockets and avoid wearing expensive jewelry or watches. Put your valuables, cash, cameras, and documents in a safe place and keep your eyes on your luggage at all times.

Taking the Bus from Naples to Sorrento

Taking the bus to Sorrento is particularly convenient for those arriving via the Naples Capodichino Airport. The Curreri airport shuttle departs from directly outside the arrivals gate exit and takes you straight to Sorrento in just over an hour. Tickets cost EUR 10 a person and can be purchased on board; there is also ample space to store luggage.

Traveling at Night?

If you are arriving at Naples Capodichino late at night, the bus is not an option as the final departure is at 9:30 p.m. in summer and 7:30 p.m. in winter. If your flight gets in later, you can book a taxi or car service to reach your accommodation in Sorrento.

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Taking the Ferry from Naples to Sorrento

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Taking the ferry to Sorrento from Naples is an excellent option if you'd like to avoid traffic and enjoy beautiful views of the coast along the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Ferries depart from Naples for Sorrento from the Molo Beverello pier opposite the Maschio Angioino frequently and are high-speed hydrofoils that only take about 40 minutes to make the trip.

During the winter months, ferries run on a reduced schedule and there are no routes on the weekends between November and March. Ferry tickets cost about EUR 13 one way; large suitcases cost an extra EUR 2 per bag.

Tips for Taking the Ferry

Be sure to take medicine for seasickness if you tend to suffer from nausea.
When sea conditions are particularly choppy, routes between Naples and Sorrento may be suspended.
To reach the center of Sorrento from the port, you can either walk uphill (there are about 100 steps halfway along the route) or catch a public bus or taxi.

Taking a Car Service from Naples to Sorrento

The most hassle-free way to travel between Naples and Sorrento is by far a car service with driver, which is also the only option for those who need to travel early in the morning or late at night.

We also suggest booking a private transfer via car service if you are traveling with numerous or large bags. Many private transfers offer an option of stopping at attractions along the way like the ruins of Pompeii, which is an easy way to add some sightseeing to your trip.
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What is the best way to get from Naples to Sorrento? ›

The ferry is also the fastest and easiest way to reach the Sorrento Coast, as you'll skip any kind of delay with traffic. Whether you're travelling by train or by plane, to reach Molo Beverello (Port of Naples), you'll have to take a quick ride of 10-15 minutes by taxi and it will cost around €10,00.

Can you do a day trip to Sorrento from Naples? ›

Take the Circumvesuviana Private Rail Line from Naples Central Station and opt for any of the trains that reach Sorrento. The frequency of trains is astonishing, and the journey usually takes about an hour, making it easy to plan a day trip to Sorrento.

How long is the ferry ride from Naples to Sorrento? ›

How long is the ferry ride from Naples to Sorrento? The Naples - Sorrento ferry crossing can take between 35 to 45 min, depending on the company you're traveling with.

How much is a cab from Naples to Sorrento? ›

Taxis are available 24/7 at Naples Capodichino airport and will get you to your accommodation in Sorrento in 70 minutes. Naples airport taxis don't have a flat-rate fee for this journey, but the total will be around 90€ based on a taximeter.

Is there a high speed train from Naples to Sorrento? ›

The Campania Express is a special train that follows the Circumvesuviana line between Naples and Sorrento, stopping at just a few stations and taking about 30 minutes less to make the trip than the regular trains. These special trains have guaranteed seating, air conditioning, and space for luggage.

Do you need to book train Naples to Sorrento in advance? ›

Naples to Sorrento Train

A one way trip takes an hour and ten minutes; you can purchase your ticket at the station for 3.60 EUR. Keep in mind that these tickets can't be purchased in advance, so these trains tend to be overcrowded or sold out.

How many days is enough in Sorrento? ›

With 4 days in Sorrento, you will be able to see all the best things in Sorrento, sample the Amalfi Coast, and even take a day trip to Capri and Pompeii.

Is 2 days in Naples enough? ›

Both Naples and the nearby villages are worth a visit while you are in the area. With just two days in Naples, you will have enough time to see all the main sights of the city, taste the legendary pizza, and embark on a day trip (or two) to a town on the Amalfi Coast.

Which is better Amalfi or Sorrento? ›

Amalfi is closer to the beaches as well as quite flat in comparison to Sorrento or Positano, and that makes it a great location to visit with kids. It's much easier to navigate around and without the crowds of Positano or Sorrento, you're likely going to have a much more relaxing trip with little ones.

How many days in Naples is enough? ›

We recommend spending at least three days and two nights in Naples. This will give you enough time to enjoy the city at a relaxed pace. It gets very hot in Naples during the summer months, so remember to account for this when planning how much you want to do each day.

How much is the bus from Naples to Sorrento? ›

FlixBus can bring you from Naples to Sorrento in as little as 1 hour 35 minutes. How much is the bus ticket between Naples and Sorrento? You can get from Naples to Sorrento for as little as 4,50 €. On average, tickets for this connection cost 4,83 €.

Is a day trip to Sorrento worth it? ›

From the picturesque cafes along the waterfront to the incredible views of Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is a truly beautiful place. So whether you're looking to enjoy some incredible food or simply take in the sights, Sorrento is definitely worth a visit.

Is Uber allowed in Naples? ›

Ride to and from Naples International Airport with Uber. Instead of waiting for the NAP shuttle or taxi, you can request a ride directly in the app and be on your way.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Naples? ›

Naples Taxi Tips

Α tip is generally not expected in Italy. If your driver provides great service or is particularly helpful, you can round the fare to the nearest euro.

Does Sorrento have Uber? ›

Once you are in Sorrento, your only options are by taxi, private driver or public transport. There are no Ubers in the Amalfi Coast.

How long is the train ride from Naples to Sorrento? ›

Circumvesuviana Train from Naples to Sorrento

The average journey time is approximately 75 minutes with trains departing every 30 minutes from Napoli Porta Nolana and Napoli Garibaldi (which is below the central station). Sorrento is the final stop on the line.

How often do the trains run from Sorrento to Naples? ›

The first train is at 6.09 AM and the last is at 9.47 PM, trains run every 30 minutes and a one way ticket costs € 4,90 per person.

Where can I buy train tickets from Naples to Sorrento? ›

The Circumvesuviana train station is downstairs. This public transport line runs from Naples to Sorrento, and tickets cost less than €4. You can purchase tickets at the ticket office at the entrance to the platform.

Can you visit Naples in 1 day? ›

With centuries-old history, there is so much to see and do here that you could easily spend a week in the city and never get bored… However, if you only have one day in Naples and want to make the most of your visit, it's definitely possible to see some of the best and most interesting places in a day.

Is it better to visit Pompeii from Naples or Sorrento? ›

Both towns are about equal distance from the archaeological site, but, to be honest, we recommend basing yourself in Sorrento: it's the perfect way to explore the Sorrentine Peninsula as well as the glittering Amalfi Coast.

Is one day enough to visit Naples? ›

If you are looking to enjoy the top highlights of Naples, then one day is sufficient to get a little taste of what the city has to offer. With this being said, due to the nature of the place, there is no way that you can see more than a couple of paid attractions in one day.

What is the best month to visit Sorrento? ›

Spring (late March to mid-June)

April and May are the months in which the weather is the most pleasant in southern Italy and Sorrento is at the peak of its beauty, with the scent of orange blossoms and lemon trees in the air and long, sunny days.

Is Sorrento better than Positano? ›

Most people consider Sorrento to be better for backpackers than Positano. Sorrento is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. Because its a small city with accessible transportation, you'll find a decent number of hostels that make it an affordable base for exploring the area.

What do you wear at night in Sorrento? ›

Whether they're worn day or night a pair of linen pants are perfect for Sorrento. They're chic enough to be worn with heels for dinner, and comfortable enough to be worn with sandals during the day.

Can you get around Naples without a car? ›

By Train/Tram/Funicular

There are two lines (aptly named line 1 and line 2) to transport you to the main transport points in the city. New metro stations are developing as time passes, making getting around Naples a breeze!

What to do in Naples in 4 hours? ›

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Is Sorrento cheaper than Naples? ›

Which city is cheaper, Naples or Sorrento? These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations. The average daily cost (per person) in Sorrento is €112, while the average daily cost in Naples is €103.

Is Sorrento better than Capri? ›

Sorrento is the more convenient option, as it's easy to reach by bus, ferry, or car and to visit nearby highlights like Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. It's a large town with about 16,000 residents, a flat historic center, and a wide range of hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Is 2 days enough for Amalfi? ›

One of the most common questions about visiting the Amalfi Coast are how many days are enough to see it and the best way to include it in a wider Italy itinerary. The short answer is that you need 2 days on the Amalfi Coast to see its highlights and 3 days or more if you want to add a trip to Capri or Sorrento.

Is Naples worth stopping in? ›

Well, most definitely! Few cities in Europe have given us the same first impression as Naples did. On one hand, Naples is loud and chaotic with crazy traffic even in the city centre. On the other hand, Naples has beautiful piazzas, a Unesco-listed historic centre and stunning surroundings.

Is Naples a walkable city? ›

Naples is a highly-walkable city, especially if you make your base in the historical downtown center where most of the top attractions are located.

What is the best time to visit Naples Italy? ›

The best time to visit Naples is between March and May. Daytime temperatures hover in the 80s — perfect weather for the beach or the links. More importantly, if you visit during this sweet spot, you'll sidestep the winter price hikes.

Is there Uber or bolt in Naples? ›

Uber is not available in Naples, Lecce, Pisa, Florence, Palermo, Verona, Bari, Genoa, Amalfi and Positano.

How do I buy metro tickets in Naples Italy? ›

Buying a ticket

Hourly, daily, weekly and monthly tickets can be purchased at any tobacco shop (tabaccheria) and many newspaper stands. There are also ticket machines at many of the railway, metro and cable railway stations as well as at selected bus stops throughout the city.

Is there a ferry from Naples to Sorrento? ›

The high speed ferry between Naples and Sorrento is very convenient for travelers in Naples who want to daytrip to Sorrento.

Is 1 day in Sorrento enough? ›

One day gives you plenty of time to explore Sorrento, shop, and dine. You'll experience the local cuisine, stroll the beach, and work your way through the narrow streets discovering charming shops and cafes as you go. What is this? Getting around on foot is the best option, as Sorrento isn't very large.

What's Sorrento famous for? ›

Sorrento is known for its citrus fruits and abundance of lemons. As you wander through the town, keep your eye out for small lemon groves and trees hidden among the buildings. Locals continue to cultivate the fruit as part of their culture and of course to make Sorrento's most famous export – limoncello liqueur.

How much is a cup of coffee in Sorrento? ›

Coffee Drinks

You can drink your espresso or other order seated at a café table or, if you want to do as the Italians do, standing up at the counter. An espresso at the counter costs around EUR 1, whereas table service usually means you'll pay between EUR 3 and EUR 4 for an espresso.

How much is a metro ticket in Naples? ›

Ticket prices

For tourists, the best option is usually to buy single tickets, which cost € 1.10 ( US$ 1.10) each. However, if you're planning on using the public transport network a lot, there is also the option to purchase a day ticket, costing €4.50 for unlimited use of the metro, bus and funicular systems.

What taxi app is used in Naples? ›

You are now able to book a taxi in Naples on the SIXT app. Through a cooperation with local taxi companies in Naples, you can order a taxi to a chosen address or your current location and be picked up in just a few minutes. SIXT is a partner of the taxi industry in Naples and is making booking a taxi even easier.

Is Naples easy to walk around? ›

The city centre is relatively small, and the streets are often quite narrow. This means that you can quickly get from one place to another without having to use public transport. Naples is also relatively flat, which makes it even easier to walk around.

Do you tip 20% in Italy? ›

At Restaurants

Tips of 15 percent to 20 percent, while standard in U.S. restaurants, are just unheard of in Italy. And remember, for really lousy or indifferent service, you should leave niente (nothing).

Why do you not tip in Italy? ›

There is a rumor that tipping in Italy is insulting. It's not. Italians are used to the American custom and appreciate it so feel free to tip your tour guide if you feel so inclined, but 20% would still be much much more than customary.

Is it polite to tip in Italy? ›

Just like in cafes and coffee shops, tipping in bars is not expected in Italy, but leaving change for your server is not uncommon. Many locals tend to simply round off the bill, and leave the remainder for wait staff if they are satisfied with the service provided.

What is the best way to get to Sorrento Italy? ›

The ferry is also the fastest and easiest way to reach the Sorrento Coast, as you'll skip any kind of delay with traffic. Whether you're travelling by train or by plane, to reach Molo Beverello (Port of Naples), you'll have to take a quick ride of 10-15 minutes by taxi and it will cost around €10,00.

Is Sorrento Italy walkable? ›

The center of Sorrento, Italy is quite compact, close to the traffic and easy to explore on foot. Here is a self-guided Sorrento tour itinerary which includes the most interesting sights in town and can be completed in just a few hours.

Can you do Sorrento without a car? ›

You can easily base yourself in Sorrento and take day trips out to places like Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast, all of which are accessible by public transport so you don't need to hire a car.

Is 3 days enough in Naples? ›

Still, Naples is an incredible city that deserves its place on your travel itinerary. With 2 to 3 days in Naples, you can enjoy this city of the senses and discover plenty of experiences that you'll be glad you took a chance on.

How many days should I spend in Sorrento? ›

With 4 days in Sorrento, you will be able to see all the best things in Sorrento, sample the Amalfi Coast, and even take a day trip to Capri and Pompeii.

How do I buy a train ticket in Naples? ›

Hourly, daily, weekly and monthly tickets can be purchased at tobacco shop (tabaccheria) or newspaper stands. There are ticket machines at many of the railway, metro and cable railway stations as well as at selected bus stops throughout the city.

Which is cheaper Uber or bolt? ›

What's different about Bolt? The key difference for drivers is the low rate of commission charged per journey. Drivers are only charged 15% of the journey cost, compared to Uber's 25%.

Why is Bolt taxi so cheap? ›

Bolt takes 15% commission from drivers per ride, which is 10% less than similar platforms. The end result is that customers pay less and drivers make more. The company can do this because it was built to be cost-effective from the start.

Is 2 hours in Pompeii enough? ›

Two hours is probably the most ideal Pompeii tour, as visiting on a warm day can be very tiring and you wouldn't want to spend too much time making your way from sight to sight.

Is one day in Naples enough? ›

If you are looking to enjoy the top highlights of Naples, then one day is sufficient to get a little taste of what the city has to offer. With this being said, due to the nature of the place, there is no way that you can see more than a couple of paid attractions in one day.


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