Whether you’re heading there as a day trip from Naples or planning to stay overnight to further explore the Amalfi Coast, the best way to travel from Naples to Sorrento is by train. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get there.
Naples is a wonderful city, but it isn’t for everyone. Pretty Sorrento sits at almost the end of the Sorrentine Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, offering travelers an alternative base in which to explore the ruins of Pompei, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and the stunning coastline of the Amalfi Coast.
How to get from Naples to Sorrento
You have a few different options on how to get to Sorrento from Naples, but it depends on your budget and the method of travel you prefer. For those who don’t mind taking public transport (like us!), taking the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento is your best option. There is a choice of scheduled ferry services which run between Naples and Sorrento which can be a little faster, but they are more expensive.
Taking the train from Naples to Sorrento
The distance between Naples and Sorrento is 48km. The easiest and cheapest method of getting from Naples to Sorrento is by taking the Circumvesuviana train. The Circumvesuviana train service is cheap and takes about 75 minutes running along the coastline. Between Naples and Sorrento (depending on which train you choose), you can also stop at Herculaneum and Pompeii, as well as several other coastal towns.
The Circumvesuviana train departs from the lower level of the Naples Centrale train station, below the high-speed train platforms. Tickets can be purchased from any of the newsagents in the station, or from any of the ticket machines or ticket windows.
There is also a brand new privately run service called the Campania Express specially targeted at tourists, guaranteeing them a seat and space for luggage.
Fast ferry boats from Naples to Sorrento
A faster and more picturesque option is to travel to Sorrento from Naples by ferry. Enjoy beautiful views of the coastline and Mount Vesuvius as you smoothly glide across the bay to Sorrento. Taking the trip via the water is slightly more expensive than going by train, and there are a couple of options with regard to which ferry you catch as well.
Taking the Bus from Naples to Sorrento
Taking the bus from Naples to Sorrento is virtually impossible unless you are traveling directly from Naples Airport to Sorrento. There is a direct bus that runs from Naples Airport to Sorrento, operated by a bus service called Curreri. The journey takes approximately 1.25-hours and the bus runs every day (although the frequency and departure times will vary with the season).
The train to Sorrento from Naples is so reliable, fast, and cheap, that you may not want to consider this option.
However, there are some advantages to taking the bus. You will see a lot more scenery from the window of the bus, and you’ll have a guaranteed seat! The bus fare is €10/$12 one way per person.
Driving from Naples to Sorrento
If you have hired a car from Naples then you might look at driving to Sorrento from Naples. However, even though the distance is less than 50km, the trip will still take approximately 1 hour. During the summer months, traffic in and around Naples is terrible so expect huge traffic delays. There is also one toll fee to pay between Naples and Sorrento.
Aside from the fact that the train from Naples to Sorrento typically takes less time than driving, you also have to avoid the crazy Italian drivers. Not to mention trying to find a carpark space in Sorrento which can be virtually impossible and or very expensive (think €5-7 euro an hour).
Sightseeing Tour of Sorrento from Naples
For those short on time, a day trip to Sorrento from Naples may be a good option, and there are plenty of tour operators who provide this service. Most tours pair Sorrento with the Amalfi Coast or the ruins of Pompeii. Click below for two recommend tours.