While perhaps somewhat counterintuitive, some foreign tourists who choose to use Sorrento as the base of their holidays in southern Italy might desire to take a daytrip to Rome, without spending a fortune on transportation. This posting will offer some ideas on how to do this.
I think that the best public transportation arrangement between Sorrento and Rome with the goal of staying within a tight budget is to use the Curreri or Marozzi coach in at least one direction, and the combination of Trenitalia/Circumvesuviana in the other direction. This allows the tourist to spend a meaningful amount of time in Rome without spending a lot of money. Here is a possible itinerary:
From Sorrento to Rome, take either the Marozzi bus at 6:00 a.m. (arrives Roma Tiburtina at 9:45 a.m.) or the Curreri bus at 6:30 a.m. (arrives Roma Tiburtina at 10:00 a.m.). The one-way fare is 17.50 Euros on Marozzi and 16 Euros on Curreri. From Roma Tiburtina, you can connect to the more central parts of Rome using the underground/subway Linea B.
NOTE: Neither operator runs a bus on Sunday mornings from Sorrento to Rome. On Sunday (or if one wanted a later morning departure from Sorrento), one would need to travel to Napoli Centrale by Circumvesuviana rail, and connect there to a Trenitalia train to Rome. During the hot summer months, many travellers won't mind a very early morning start to the day.
On the return trip to Sorrento, both Curreri and Marozzi leave from Roma Tiburtina mid-afternoon, so most tourists would want to take a later service (Trenitalia to Naples). Apart from the much more expensive hourly AV trains, which cost 44 Euros in second class (and a few ES trains at 34 Euros in second class, none in the late afternoon/early evening), there are three (3) useful Intercity (IC) trains departing from Roma Termini in the late afternoon/early evening which cost only 20.50 Euros in second class: at 17:39, 18:27 and 19:39. These three trains arrive at Napoli Centrale two hours later, where there are useful connections to the Circumvesuviana commuter train (underground to Napoli Centrale). The Circumvesuviana costs 3.40 Euros one-way, and arrives in Sorrento after 66 minutes.
NOTE: All three IC trains mentioned above originate in northern Italy, and consequently could be running late (sometimes even very late). The AV trains also originate in northern Italy, but they are less likely to be late.
NOTE: By taking the 19:39 IC train from Rome to Naples, one would arrive back in Sorrento at 23:17 (assuming no train delays).
If one where very tired or otherwise in a hurry to get back to Sorrento, the ultra-fast AV train would be the best option: only 70 minutes travel time between Roma Termini and Napoli Centrale, or about the same time needed between Naples and Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana.
There are, of course, also hydrofoils between Naples-Beverello Dock and Sorrento which take about half the time of the Circumvesuviana train, but this time advantage is lost when one factors in the additional time needed to connect between Napoli Centrale and the Port, plus the time needed to stand in line at the dock to buy the boat ticket. Therefore, it seems to me that taking the Circumvesuviana is the more straightforward option (as well as costing less). Also, the Circumvesuviana runs into the late evening.
Following the itinerary above, the total transportation cost of the daytrip would be as little as 39.90 Euros. However, taking an AV train in both directions would result in a total fare of 94.80 Euros.
1. Seats on the IC, ES and AV trains are all reserved. Seats on the Circumvesuviana are unreserved. Seats on Curreri and Marozzi may be reserved, or tickets may be purchased at the last minute on a space-available basis. Many travellers would consider it sensible (as a matter of prudence and convenience) to purchase the bus ticket no later than the day before departure, and the return Trenitalia ticket no later than the morning of arrival in Rome (perhaps at Roma Tiburtina train station, or sooner in Sorrento). The Trenitalia ticket could be purchased in Sorrento at an authorized travel agency (see listings on the Trenitalia website).
2. The Trenitalia IC, ES and AV trains have air conditioning, but it does not function 100% of the time. Some travellers have remarked that the IC train is not as "nice" as the faster ES/AV, while others have noted no huge difference in quality.
3. All buses and trains are non-smoking.
4. Set forth above is one of several possible travel itineraries for a daytrip between Sorrento and Rome. It is not meant to be exclusive of such other options.
Fares and schedules quoted above are believed to be accurate as of the date of posting, but are not guaranteed to be correct, since they are taken from internet sources which are not always current. Travel times are accurate but not guaranteed to be exact, and are always subject to travel conditions, delays and other unforeseen circumstances. The IC train departures noted above are not necessarily daily. The Trenitalia website should be consulted by inserting the actual travel date. It's also a good idea to print out the list of Trenitalia afternoon departures from Rome to Naples. Also, fares and schedules are subject to change and should always be verified prior to start of travel. The foregoing is general information, and should not be relied upon in the absence of individualized travel planning.
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