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Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

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Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

We will be traveling from Milan to Sorrento in April. We were thinking of taking the Circumvesuviana train. However I read that there is no luggage storage on that train. We will each have a medium suitcase and a backpack. The backpack can sit on our laps, but will there be room for out suitcases. Any advice?

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1. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

If your train from Milan to Napoli Centrale arrives before 14:00/2PM, you could take one of the Campania Express trains to Sorrento. These are less frequent, more expensive, less crowded than the Circumvesuviana. One leaves about 14:23 from downstairs at the Naples train station (Centrale upstairs, Garibaldi downstairs).

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2. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

Hire Sorrentocars or other service to drive you from Napoli Centrale or Afragola.

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3. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

To link up with the CE train in #1, you could leave Milan between 8:15 and 9:30 on either Trenitalia or Italo. If you want to go later, the next Campania Express to Sorrento goes 3 hours later, so you would leave Milan between about 11 and 12:30.

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4. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

Here are the schedules of the Circumvesuviana and the Campania Express (shown in red) between Naples and Sorrento:

https://www.eavsrl.it/web/sites/default/files/ORARI%20NAPOLI%20SORRENTO_dal%202%20Ottobre%202023_0.pdf

Napoli Piazza Garibaldi is one level below Napoli Centrale, reachable by escalator or stairs in about 5 minutes. Follow the signs to the Circumvesuviana rail.

The one-way fare on the Campania Express is 15 Euros, but you get a 10% discount if you show your Trenitalia rail ticket. With luggage, I recommend taking the Campania Express. Without luggage, the Circumvesuviana is OK, but quite crowded during rush hours. You need to look out for pickpockets.

Consider the distance from the Sorrento Circumvesuviana station and your lodging in Sorrento when thinking about a private transfer by car from Naples to Sorrento. Taxis in Sorrento are expensive.

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5. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

Go to Trenitalia's private competitor https://www.italotreno.it/en and enter Roma Termini to Sorrento. This will show you two easy connections every day, where you change at the very modern and lightly used out-of-town high-speed train station called Napoli Afragola onto a direct bus to Sorrento, which calls only at Ercolano and Pompei on the way.

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6. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

We took the Circumvesuviana train with a small suitcase and backpack each. The train is like a metro, so think smaller, less comfortable seats and no overhead storage. If you get on as soon as the doors open and it’s not too crowded you can sit at the end of the car with your suitcases between the seats by the end door. Otherwise you’ll have to keep them in front of your feet. It’s doable, just a bit tight. With 20” rolling carry ons, no problem. With bigger suitcases a bit of a squeeze.

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7. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

Are you staying in central Sorrento and can easily walk from the station to your accommodation, or will you need to take a taxi? Taxi fares in Sorrento are expensive. We usually book a private driver for an easy pickup from outside the station in Naples , direct to our hotel in Sorrento.

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8. Re: Traveling to Sorrento by train with luggage

Two years ago, I witnessed an American family on the Circumvesuviana train going to Naples with three giant suitcases. They managed to roll them down the central corridor of the railcar without enormous difficulty, but this occurred at 3 p.m., when the train was not overcrowded. Had this been rush hour, it would have been very awkward. Taking the Circumvesuviana during non-peak hours is certainly manageable, even with a small suitcase. During commute hours, I strongly recommend using the Campania Express train (which runs along the same rail line as the Circumvesuviana and is operated by the same company) if you have suitcases, because there is a good probability that you'll have to stand for at least part of the trip, and the suitcase(s) will be very awkward considering the number of passengers pressed together.

There is also the option of taking the Italo Treno service with a bus connection at Napoli Afragola, noted in posting # 5 above (although this combination train/bus service is limited to one or two runs per day in each direction). Moreover, you should note that the bus trip from Napoli Afragola to Sorrento is scheduled to take two hours, which is rather longer than the train ride on the Circumvesuviana from Napoli Garibaldi Station (below Napoli Centrale). Italo also charges an additional 12 Euros for the bus to Sorrento, which makes it nearly as expensive as the Campania Express train. So this option may be of limited utility.

A one-way ticket on the regular unreserved Circumvesuviana train between Naples and Sorrento costs 4.60 Euros. It runs roughly every 30 minutes in each direction.

During the night, there are substitute buses between Naples and Sorrento. You'll find the schedules here:

https://www.eavsrl.it/web/sites/default/files/NAPOLI%20-%20SORRENTO%20S.SUPPORTO%20BUS%20dal%208%20Luglio%202023_0.pdf

The fare is the same as the train.

Edited: 19 February 2024, 14:18
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Thank you all for your helpful responses.

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