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Naples to Sorrento, then Sorrento to Rome, With Luggage

Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:05 AM
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Naples to Sorrento, then Sorrento to Rome, With Luggage

We need advice please. We're a family of 4 (2 daughters ages 9 & 12) and we're reluctant to rent a car, so we're planning to rely on public transport. We're visiting Naples and then moving on to Sorrento. We're wondering what the best way would be to get there. The Circumvesuviana with luggage seems a bit difficult, so we were thinking ferry. Then on the way back, we need to get from Sorrento to central Rome. We're thinking we have to reverve the route to downtown Naples to get the Eurostar, but don't know. Any advice would be appreciated greatly.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:12 AM
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Hi Cs,

To get back to Rome, you can take the ferry back to Naples and a cab to the train station.

An alternate, but more expensive route, is to hire a limo to/from the Naples train station to your hotel in Sorrento. About 90E each way.

Enjoy your visit.

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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:14 AM
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We took the Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento 2 years ago. It was so hot. Not sure, but I think I recall lots of stairs with the luggage. We could not find a taxi from the Sorrento train station (there are 2, so make sure you know which to get off at), so we walked and walked and were miserable. We decided to take a taxi back from Sorrento to Naples. We were very happy with that decision. I recall thinking that the rate was reasonable. We were travelling with our boys 9 and 11. I don't know about the ferry and also if renting a taxi from Naples would be as easy/reasonable. Good luck. Italy is wonderful.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:25 AM
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CS - Hydrofoils run about every 2hrs on this route. See:


Fare: € 8.50

[N.B. For a family of 4 this is quite expensive compared to the Circumvesuviana (- which costs € 3.20 p.p)
You may also need a taxi from the pier at Sorrento ...]

For your Sorrento-Rome journey you could go by train via Naples.

A budget alnertive which might be convenient with luggage is the daily Sorrento-Rome bus service.

Fare: approx. € 18.00

Operator: Marozzi

For times see:

This is a direct service from Sorrento (Piazza Tasso) to Rome (Tiburtina Station)

Hope this helps ...

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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:26 AM
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We got a hydrofoil from Naples to Sorrento a couple of weeks ago & thought it was a very painless way to do it. They leave from Molo Beverello about every 2 hours, from what I remember - we got one at 3pm. It took about 45 mins to hour. But when you get to the dock in Sorrento, you still need to get up to the town on the cliffs above - we got a small bus which was very crowded, but I daresay there are taxis - sorry, I didn't notice.

On the way back, you can get a hydrofoil back to Beverello, then get a tram from right outside the ferry port to Piazza Garibaldi where the railway station is. (There are also taxis outside the ferry port.) The tram is preferable to the bus (from via Medina round the corner) as the buses were always really crowded in our experience.

I also heard the Circumvesuviana is hot & not very pleasant - it was compared to spending 1-1.5 hours on the London tube - so were glad to avoid it.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:49 AM
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Be careful on what kind of Ferry you end up taking, I haven't gotten to that part of my trip report yet but we took a ferry from Amalfi to Sorrento and it was supposed to continue to Rome, almost everyone on the boat got violently ill. We were sitting there with our eyes closed just wishing for death!! We took a different ferry to Capri (this one was much bigger as it carried cars as well) with no problems. I think that the first one was too small (couldn't take cars) for the speed it was going at.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 05:00 AM
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I think it would be simpler and faster to just take the Circumvesuviana. Yes, it's a bit dispiriting.

Simplest and probably fastest is the driver, as Ira mentioned. By the time you add up the two taxi fares and four ferry tickets the price difference might not be that great, or the convenience may seem worth the differential.
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Where in Naples are you staying, in case that's a consideration ? We were able to walk to the ferry port in about 10 minutes.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 07:22 AM
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We're staying in Bagnoli and will need transport to either the main station or the port.
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Hi ...

The Circumvesuviana is right underneath Naples station (where you would catch the train to Rome from). We managed to carry our heavy cases to the train. It is fairly easy, although as someone else stated in can get quite hot on the train. I can not remember whether there was a lift.

I am confused about someone stating there are 2 railway stations in Sorrento. There is one just outside Sorrento (but it is NOt called Sorrento). You'll know when you get to Sorrento, cause the line ends there. Last time I went, there were plenty of taxis outside the station - or call your hotel & see whether they do a free pick up service.

So I'd say catch the train - takes one hour I'd not bother with a car - you can do everything by bus & train. If you haven't got a hotel in Sorrento, I can recommmend a good one.

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I believe there is a metro station in Bagnoli that you could take to the train station if your hotel is near that metro stop, but for convenience I would take a taxi from the hotel to the train station or port. Much easier and it shouldn't cost too much. Make sure you settle on a price beforehand with the cab driver.
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Hello csabia, I would stay away from the Circumvesuviana with luggage and a nine year old in the summer. Last week my family rode it from Naples to Sorrento and back. It was packed - my son and I had to stand about half the time both ways. The overhead luggage rack is very small. It was hot and a number of the lower windows were spray painted, so while sitting, you could not see out. Every few stops, someone would get on, play some irritating noise while "singing" a few words of a song, then stick a hat in everyone's face. It was quite a ride but it would be too much for me with a younster and luggage. Have a great trip, Gianni
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Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 12:31 AM
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Er - isn't Bagnoli a blighted ex-industrial area ??
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Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:50 AM
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hi csabia
I don't post much lately, but this thread caught my eye. I have been to the Naples/Sorrento area a few (more than several) times, and wish to put in a word about the Circumsuviana. This is the train that locals use as a commuter train, including many schoolchildren. So at what we might call "Rush Hours" it can get crowded, but I have ridden it successfully quite often. There is graffiti, but I never saw that the seats were dirty. It is not designed particularly for tourist comforts, but the daughters of some local friends use it every day to get to school and home again. And, it is the most convenient way to get to Pompeii, IMHO.

The Station referred to by travelgirl2 is probably Sant'agnello. which comes right before Sorrento.
At either stop, one can find taxis to a hotel.

There are steps involved if you are carrying heavy luggage.

The ferry (bigger and slower) or the hydrofoil (smaller and faster) is a nice way to enter Sorrento which looks lovely as you pull into the port with the hotels sitting high above on the cliffs. There are ALWAYS taxis waiting around there to pick up new arrivals. There may be a longish walk from where you disembark to the central area where they are. There is also a bus that goes from the marina up the steep winding road to the main piazza above. I have seen people get seasick on the hydrofoil on a couple of occasions when the water was rough, but not usually.

On the way back to Naples with your luggage to get the train to Rome, it would be much simpler to take a taxi, since you are only trying to get to the train station- it would be worth the extra expense to be dropped off right there.

I have also ridden the Marozzi bus to Rome.
It took about 4 hours, and there were local stops on the way. That day, it was very crowded, and I sat squished in next to a very large, very overly friendly local man so I had to grin and bear it for a few hours, but was lucky that I got a window. The seats were comfortable. Arrival in Rome involved transfer to the main station, but it worked out ok. Might be complicated with 4 people plus luggage though.

I vote for Ferry (the kids would like going up on the top deck to see the coastline and Vesuvius from the water) to Sorrento, and taxi to Napoli train station on the return trip.

I have never been to Bagnoli, but hope you greatly enjoy your stay there.

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