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Sorrento is a wonderful place to explore and getting there can be just as much fun. For those of you who like excitement there is a Hertz rental car just outside of the main Centrale Train station in Naples as well as car hire desks at the airport. Keep in mind that they do close during lunch and re-open around 2pm or later. If you’re daring go right ahead and rent one, but renting a car is really not needed. Keep in mind that during the warmer months the traffic is very heavy and the roads narrow with many bends some of them hairpin. Overtaking vehicles can often ignore safety rules when doing so. In addition, parking spaces are in short supply and when available can be expensive.
The metro/light-rail train to Sorrento (Circumvesuviana) costs (2009 price) 3.60 euros. This is an older train, and takes 1 hour 15 minutes to Sorrento. The train is more like the London Tube, Chicago El, or NY Subway than like the newer LightRail systems of Denver or Phoenix.
Instead of taking the train to Sorrento you can hire a private car service, there are many in the area. Shop round to get the best deal, it is a competitive market. The Sorrento Forum can provide names of popular local companies. While this can be a costly option it does have additional benefits. It will give you the time to learn from the locals by conversing with your driver. They can offer suggestions as to where to eat, what to see and what’s the best time to see things. Your driver can tell you about the sites along the way including suggestions as to when to visit places such as Pompeii. They even offer private tours for those of you who do not want to be in a large tour group. Your luggage stays with you at all times. This is a costlier way of getting to Sorrento but it can be worth it.
Official taxis can also take you from Naples to Sorrento and places in between or further. There are officially set fares for some journeys (eg Pompeii and Sorrento) which you must negotiate BEFORE you get into the taxi.
Another option to look into is either a ferry or hydrofoil to get you there. The only drawback is that you have to get yourself and your luggage down to the harbour a couple of miles away but you can do this by taxi (set fares apply and the same advice as above) if arriving from the Airport or main Euro-Rail Train Station. There is also a dedicated bus service (Alibus) which goes between the airport, main railway station and ferry terminal.
If you are arriving by Cruise Ship then it's the same port as the ferry and hydrofoil and is a quick walk to the ferry/hyrofoil docks. If you get seasick, reconsider the ferry/hydrofoil as they travel parallel to the waves and they can sometimes get choppy. Dramimine pills can combat this though. Also be aware that crossings will be cancelled in rough weather so have a Plan B for your return to Naples if necessary. The limo, taxi, train, ferry and hydrofoil services will bring you to most destinations including Positano, Ravello, Isle of Capri, Sorrento, Naples, and Almafi so sit back and enjoy.