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ITALO TRENO begins service to Salerno

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Prospective travellers to Salerno and the Amalfi Coast will be pleased to note that ITALO TRENO began direct high-speed rail service from Roma TIBURTINA Station to Salerno on August 1, 2012, in competition with Trenitalia's own high-speed Frecciarossa train service out of Roma Termini Station. Both trains take TWO HOURS from Rome to Salerno.

At the moment, there are three ITALO trains to Salerno each day, stopping briefly at Napoli Centrale.

Trenitalia continues its own direct train service between Roma Termini and Salerno (in each case stopping briefly at Napoli Centrale), but has a much fuller schedule of Frecciarossa, Intercity and Eurostar Italia trains from which to choose.

ITALO and Trenitalia have competitive rates, but at the moment Trenitalia offers the absolutely lowest SUPER ECONOMY fare of 9 Euros (nonrefundable and nonchangeable), which usually can't be found without a significant advance purchase (up to 120 days most of the time).

Even though ITALO TRENO operates out of the Roma Tiburtina Station, there are Trenitalia airport train connections to Roma FCO Airport every 15 minutes (every 30 minutes on Sundays) for 8 Euros (unreserved seats), thereby making the ITALO TRENO service a viable option if coming from the FCO Airport. (There are also Trenitalia airport trains between FCO and Termini Station every 30 minutes for 14 Euros, plus Terravision and SIT Airport Shuttle buses for as little as 4 or 6 Euros).

By taking the direct train from Rome to Salerno, one can then proceed by Cooperativa Sant'Andrea ferry boat to either Amalfi or Positano, from April through October. The ferry departs from the Concordia Dock, 800 meters from the Salerno station (allow 10 minutes on foot). Alternatively, there are hourly SITA buses to Amalfi which depart from directly outside the station, which are cheaper (but slower) than the less-frequent ferry. The ferry is also subject to cancellation due to bad weather.

SITA bus tickets (UNICO COSTIERA) are sold in the travel agency (closed on Sundays) inside the foyer of the Salerno station. Ferry boat tickets are sold at the kiosk in front of the dock.

Routing via Salerno (rather than via Naples) is the preferred solution if wanting to reach either Positano or Amalfi from Rome by public transportation (in the case of Positano, only from April through October, when the ferry boat is in operation). (Those wishing to hire a private car transfer to Positano or Amalfi can get off at Napoli Centrale).

BEWARE: Make sure the train arrives in Salerno in time to connect to the ferry boat; otherwise, you may be forced to take the SITA bus! Also, allow enough connection time to factor in a few minutes delay in arrival by train.

www.italotreno.it
www.trenitalia.it
www.coopsantandrea.it

Price comparison:

Salerno/Amalfi by SITA bus: 3.60 Euros and 75 minutes;
Salerno/Amalfi by ferry boat: 8 Euros and 35 minutes;
Salerno/Positano by SITA bus: 3.60 plus 2.40 Euros and two hours (plus connection time in Amalfi);
Salerno/Positano by ferry boat: 12 Euros and 70 minutes.

NOTE: The ferry operates from April through October only.

NOTE: Currently, the absolutely cheapest possible solution from Rome FCO Airport to Salerno costs only 4 Euros (Terravision airport bus to Roma Termini Station) plus 9 Euros (Trenitalia SUPER ECONOMY fare from Roma Termini Station to Salerno). By contrast, taking the Trenitalia airport train to Roma Termini, followed by the Trenitalia Frecciarossa train to Salerno at the normal "BASE" rate, will cost 14 + 46 = 60 Euros!

DIRECT AIRPORT BUS OPTION:

Buonocore Group has a direct bus three times weekly (daily except Sundays from 15 June through 15 September) between FCO and Salerno, for only 20 Euros (4 hours):

http://www.buonocore-group.it/tratte/collegamenti-aeroporti/142-battipaglia-pontecagnano-salerno-caserta-roma-aeroporto-fiumicino

The first piece of luggage is free; each additional piece costs 5 Euros. Children 10 years and under pay only 8 Euros.

This bus is useful for arrivals at FCO around 12 noon - 2 p.m. (or departures from FCO after 1 p.m.).

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