Sorrento is one of the prettiest coastal towns I’ve seen in Italy. One side mountain, the other side sea geography has always got my admiration and love. Sorrento is a city that has its backs against the mountains and has a wonderful view overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean. For this reason, especially during the summer months, Sorrento attracts many tourists from all around the world.
Going from Naples to Sorrento is easy and fast. Even if you think going to Sorrento for lunch from Naples, you can absolutely do that but Sorrento deserves a lot more attention beyond a daily visit.
How to get to Naples from Sorrento
Going to Naples from Sorrento is much easier than going to Amalfi and Positano. The easiest means of transportation is to use rail and sea.
Starting with Naples on the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, you can easily get off to a wonderful journey along the coastal strip. The journey between Naples and Sorrento depends on the train you have chosen as it stops at several other coastal towns, especially Herculaneum and Pompeii.
The trains heading from Naples to Sorrento depart from the train station Napoli Centrale in Piazza Garibaldi in Naples, the main station, every half hour from 6 am to 11 pm. These trips, which are valid for every day, last approximately 45 minutes to 1,5 hours.
If you want to go quickly, trains with “direttisimo” arrive faster than those with “diretto” because they have less stops along the way. The trains reserved for Circumvesuviana depart from the lower floor of the Naples Centrale train station.
Tickets can be bought from vending machines if you want to, and the price for a one way ticket is 4 €. If you are going on a day trip, get a daily pass and you can get on a train at any time you want and return to Naples by 11 o’clock at night. Daily pass for trains between Naples and Sorrento is 7 €. Buying daily pass train tickets would save you 1€ compared to buying two different one way tickets. If you have the ArteCard Campania card, the train fees are included in the price of that card.
The cheapest way to go from Naples to Sorrento is trains, but do not forget to keep an eye on your goods when traveling with these trains. I have heard not so good stories on the trains between Naples and Sorrento. I would recommend using ferry between Naples and Sorrento as it is safer.
Naples-Sorrento Boat Trip (Ferry)
You can travel between Naples and Sorrento by boat, along with beautiful scenery and watching Naples and Mount Vesuvius from the sea is a very different and beautiful experience. This route is slightly more expensive than the train. Going from Naples Centrale train station to the port of Moro Beverello would cost you around 15 € depending on your negotiation skills with the taxi drivers and takes 15 mins max if there is no traffic.
Alilauro Hydrofoil: The fastest way from Naples to Sorrento. It is provided by the firm of Alilauro and departs from the port of Moro Beverello in Piazza Municipio in Naples. The journey takes about 40 minutes. The one way ticket is 11 €, round trip costs 22 €.
Ferry regularly travel between Naples and Sorrento, but as the seasonal hours vary, it is always a good idea to check the departure times in advance.
Bus from Naples to Sorrento
If you are arriving in Naples and your final destination is Sorrento, you have the opportunity to take the bus service provided by the Curreri firm, costs up to 10 € and takes about 1 hour 25 minutes in one direction. Although the frequency varies according to the season, there are daily services.
If you did not come by plane to Naples, it is a little impossible to go directly from Naples to Sorrento by bus. But you can go from Naples to Amalfi or Positano and from there you can take a bus stopping at Sorrento, but it is not worth spending a day like this. So if you are close to the airport, take a bus to Sorrento, if you are not, use the other methods I mentioned above.
Driving from Naples to Sorrento
The Bay of Naples has quite a beautiful view. Traveling by car along roads along these shores is very entertaining and very satisfying from a landscape point of view. On the other hand, the 50km road is mostly curved and narrow. There can also be a traffic jam, especially at busy seasons.
From November to March, these roads are quieter and you should park at the viewing points, enjoy the scenery and take photographs. However, it is difficult to predict when people will arrive in Sorrento during the summer season, especially on the weekend. Because the people who flock to the Amalfi Coast are not only tourists but also the local people love these shores in the same way and they have a reason.
To go from Naples to Sorrento you can use the A3, which is a toll road. From Salerno-Reggio Calabria you will continue straight from the road to “Castellamare di Stabia” exit. From there the road is getting more and more beautiful, because you will follow the Sorrento signposts on the Statale 145 road called “La Sorrentina” and you will start going on the peninsula road.
There is plenty of parking in Sorrento, but all of them are require you to pay a fee and the prices are so variable that you do not park first time you see them. Look around for cheaper ones. Go to your hotel to find out where the most suitable parking options are, and it may be useful to learn this beforehand if the hotel has its own car parks.
Naples, Pompei, Sorrento, Positano, Capri Island and Amalfi are a delightful route for touring Southern Italy. I advise you to start your trip in Naples. After spending at least a few days in Naples, begin to recall the Amalfi Coast.