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Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

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Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

A group of 8 adults with baggage is traveling from Naples train station to a Sorrento hotel in early October.We had planned to take the train from Naples, but do not know the price. An older book says the price on the bus is about 10 euros each, but we do not want the hassle of a commercial bus with our baggage..The hotel has offered to do the transportation for 189 euros total, one way. That is about 24 euros each. I'm sure the train will cost more than the bus.and the time will probably be longer.

All in all what do you experienced travelers recommend? Train price?

Thanks,

Richard R.

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1. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

> I'm sure the train will cost more than the bus.and the time will probably be longer.

Why are you sure? The circum from Naples to Sorrento costs 4 Euros and takes 50 minutes.

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2. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

Your hotel has quoted 189 Euro for 8 people, with baggage. This thread has various drivers, you could get some quotes from them directly. The Circumvesuvian regional train is certainly the cheapest. Altho, it is a regional train and tends to be very crowded as it services Pompeii Scavi and Herculaneum too.

How far from the Sorrento train station is your hotel? Walkable?

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3. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

One or two things...

That €10 price applies to a bus service which runs between Sorrento and the airport, without coming into Naples city centre!

Tickets for the Circumvesuviana trains now cost €4.10 - it's a busy suburban route (especially for the first half of the journey), on which most of the trains are scheduled to take some 66 minutes...

vesuviana.it/web/…202012.pdf

Try this for some assistance, if interested....

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/train_sorrento

If accustomed to urban transport, it's not awful - we've used it a good number of times over the decade we've lived in area... and - at €33 for 8 of you - would save some €150 if staying within walking distance of Sorrento's station...

www.unicocampania.it/files/mappe/sorrento.pdf

Almost a free lunch?

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The €189 price sounds about right for something the hotel has to arrange - probably available for a little less if you do it yourselves. Plenty of options, but this company is one of few to offer an online tariff:

http://www.amalfi-drive.com/fares.html

The simpler alternative is the official taxis... with those you'd probably need two (the size for 8 people plus baggage may well be up in the "public service vehicle" category?), however there are generally lots of the car-size ones waiting at the station rank:

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/144530742

Slightly dearer - there's a fixed fare (as long as you ask for it before the meter's turned on) of €100 each....

pbase.com/isolaverde/image/142141176/original

The choice is yours!

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4. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

Once you see the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, you'll see why it's cheap. It's a basic commuter train. No frills of any kind. But it's very convenient and perfectly safe if you just keep an eye out for pickpockets. You will NOT be mugged.

Also, be aware that there is graffiti absolutely everywhere. That surprises some people. Don't be surprised if your train looks like this: http://flic.kr/p/5PkUh8 (even though that's actually a train from Rome to Ostia.) Just remind yourself that "graffiti" is an Italian word, and you'll be fine.

Edited: 04 April 2013, 17:55
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5. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

And don't let anyone help you with your bags. That's also a scam and they will demand money when they're done.

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6. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

Equally, don't be surprised if your train looks like this - photographed at the CV station in Naples, rather than 100+ miles away:

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/125740296

And for that matter, if travelling in all too typical American style, remember that the Englishman who may come to your assistance isn't after your wretched money...

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/126274003

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7. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

Richard R...accept the hotels offer.

Peter...what is your definition of "travelling in all too typical American style"?

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8. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

It took only one sight of the lass in that photo to know immediately where she was from!

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9. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

Peter, since you seem to really "know your stuff", would you be able to fill me in on the timings for rush hour on the Circumvesuviana? We would need to ride Naples-Sorrento around 4pm on a weekday, and Sorrento-Naples around 9am. Do those time periods fit in to what would typically be thought of as the rush hour crunch?

We have tentative plans to use a car service from Napoli Centrale to Sorrento for 2 people (we'll each have just one small piece of luggage), but at €168 round trip, it's hard to resist the allure of a cheap ride on the CV. I just don't want to get stuck standing in a crowded commuter train while trying to maneuver baggage.

I've asked this question before elsewhere, but never really got an answer as to when the rush hours actually occur.

Edited: 05 April 2013, 04:41
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10. Re: Naples train station to Sorrento- best way?

Hi!

We tend to travel out from here - and hence from Naples - in the mornings... to then head back in the afternoon, so I've no first-hand experience to draw on for either of those journeys/times!

I'd have expected though that around 4PM it would be fairly quiet on those trains, whilst (especially during school and university term time) people are perhaps on their way to Naples at 9AM....?

You'd probably be better to repeat your original question in the Sorrento forum - but also giving some indication of quite when it is you're asking about?

Peter