Naples is the third-biggest city in Italy, next to Rome and Milan. With its iconic history, immersive culture, Baroque architecture, and contemporary offerings, it’s no wonder how Naples captivates thousands of tourists every year.
Not only is it home to the majestic Mount Vesuvius and the largest historic centre in Europe, it’s also known as the birthplace of pizza. Almost every restaurant claims they offer the best slice, and it’s hard to prove them wrong!
There are 5 ways you can travel the 50km distance from Sorrento to Naples: a 35-minute ferry; a 1-hour train, a 1-hour-40-minute bus; a 1-hour-10-minute minivan; and a 1-hour-10-minute private transfer. Costs range from €4 ($5) to €49 ($60).
A direct ferry ride is the fastest option when travelling from Sorrento to Naples. Travel time is between 35 minutes to 1 hour and you can get a ticket for €15.50 ($19). Just keep in mind that ferries are only available in summer.
You can also complete this route by land, but it takes a bit longer. You can take a bus for €4 ($5) or a train for €8 ($10). We recommend the train when travelling by land as it’s more convenient and faster (1 hour). The bus takes around 1 hour 40 minutes.
Looking for a door-to-door transfer? You can take a shared minivan with fares from €23 ($28). We recommend this only if you’re travelling alone. If you’re with a group, then it would be cheaper to get a private transfer with rates from €49 ($60) for a 3-seater car.
Travelling by train from Sorrento to Naples is definitely a scenic experience! You’ll be treated with the beauty of the Italian countryside for the entire 50 minutes to 1.5-hour journey.
In Naples, you will be welcomed by a breathtaking view of Mount Vesuvius, the historic stratovolcano that draws many travellers to the city.
You can choose from 2 types of trains: the cheaper yet slower Circumvesuviana and the faster and more expensive Campania Express.
Option 1: Sorrento to Naples with Circumvesuviana
Duration: 1.5 hours Cost: €5 ($6)
The advantage of taking Circumvesuviana trains is that they depart several times every hour from 06:00 to 21:55, so you can be very flexible with your schedule. It is also the cheaper train option with fares from €5 ($6).
The downside is that they were made for locals, so there is neither reserved seating or room for luggage. Also, Circumvesuviana trains make a stop at all the stations along the way making the journey take around 1.5 hours.
To travel from Naples to Sorrento with Circumvesuviana, you’ll first need to make your way to the Sorrento Train Station located in Piazza Giovanni Battista de Curtis. Tickets are easily available at the ticket booth, no pre-booking required.
Option 2: Sorrento to Naples with Campania Express
Duration: 1 hour Cost: €8 ($10)
Campania Express is a newer train line that specifically caters to tourists. It offers air conditioning and guaranteed seats, making it the more comfortable train option. It also makes fewer stops compared to Circumvesuviana, so you’ll reach Naples in just about 1 hour.
Take note though that Campania Express only runs from March to October. A ticket costs €8 ($10).
10:25-11:25 14:39-15:45 16:55-17:57 20:56-22:06
Around 1 hour
Campania Express tickets should be purchased at least 20 minutes before departure time. To avoid any hassle at the train station, you can book your ticket online beforehand through the Campania Express website.
If you have a tendency to get seasick or are travelling on a budget, the bus is a good alternative. Fares start from as low as €4 ($5). The only downside is its longer travel time, which takes around 1 hour 40 minutes.
We recommend travelling with FlixBus because of 2 reasons: it has more convenient departure times and it’s available to book online through its own website.
There is another company available – Ente Autonomo Volturno. However, its buses depart either in the middle of the night or very early morning. Also, you’ll have to take your chances at the bus terminal as its tickets are not available for online booking.
If you’re travelling solo and prefer a door-to-door journey, there is also an option to take a minivan shuttle. This one’s a shared service that picks you up from any hotel in Sorrento and drops you off almost anywhere you prefer in Naples (your hotel, the airport, or even the train station).
DTS Travel Group and Enjoy Travelling offer several shuttle trips throughout the day from 04:00 to 18:00.
Travel time is around 1 hour 10 minutes and rates start from €23 ($28). That’s quite expensive so if you’re travelling with a group, it would be better to take a private transfer.
If comfort and convenience are your primary requirements, you can always opt for a private transfer. With this option, you can leave anytime from Sorrento and arrive in Naples after around 1 hour 10 minutes.
Since you won’t have to worry about schedules and making your way to terminals, this is the best option if you’re travelling with family or friends.
Rates start from €49 ($60) with a regular taxi that can accommodate 3 to 4 persons. You can get a ride from the nearest taxi stand or you can ask your hotel to call one for you.
For bigger groups, you can find several vehicle options on BookAway. Book your ride online and you can get an 8-seater minivan with prices from €122 ($147).