Rome Airport to Sorrento

Old Dec 4th, 2011, 12:02 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 159
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Rome Airport to Sorrento

My husband and I plan to travel to Sorrento Mid-April. Our question is the best, easiest way to get from Rome airport to Sorrento. Problem is husband in not a light traveller(suitcase-wise) and we are in our mid-sixties. Very able-bodied, but still in mid-60s! Can anyone suggest easy way- we don'
t want to spend a fortune, but would spend a reasonable amount for ease and comfort. Thanks all
ssvw27 is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,525
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1. Get your husband to pack lighter
2. Take a taxi to Termini station
3. Take fast train to Napoli
4. Transfer in Naples station to local commuter train
[ Circumversuviana]
5. Taxi from Sorrento station to hotel

A private driver all the way will cost you 300E---that is the easiest but not the cheapest.
bobthenavigator is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,969
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Heavy packing + comfort = $$$.

Emphasis on comfort
- a driver (prearranged or taxi) to take you = 400EU +
- bus/taxi/train to Roma Termini, then train to Napoli, then Taxi/prearranged car to Sorrento (~90EU for taxi portion)

Emphasis on price for this segement
- Bus to Roma Termini, then train to Napoli, then another train (cheap but uncomfortable) to Sorrento.
- Train to Roma Tiburtina, then Curreri/Marozzi bus to Sorrento. The bus departure time usually don't match the flight arrivals.

Depending on your comfort level driving in Southern Italy,
- Rent a car and drive yourself to Sorrento
greg is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,398
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I thought it might be helpful to give a short recap of the most plausible public transportation options from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Sorrento/Positano and other Amalfi Coast towns, a question which comes up with great regularity on this and other travel websites:

OPTION 1 (most popular, fastest, and greatest frequency):

1. Trenitalia AV, ES or IC train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale (70/105/120 minutes; 45/36/22 Euros in second class).

2. Walk downstairs to the underground Circumvesuviana station

3. Circumvesuviana commuter train to Sorrento (65 minutes; 4 Euros, frequency every 30 minutes; unreserved train)

4. SITA bus to Positano (50 minutes; 3.60 Euros; hourly frequency)

OPTION 2 (very limited schedules, but particularly useful for the physically challenged, plus (nearly) cheapest option):

1. Curreri or Marozzi bus from Roma Tiburtina (not Termini) to Sorrento (3.5 hours and 18 Euros on Curreri; 4 hours and 18 Euros on Marozzi). Marozzi operates year-round; Curreri only from April through mid-September, but not on Sundays. Check website for precise departure times. From June through September, the 7:00 a.m. Marozzi bus from Rome goes to Sorrento and beyond to Positano, Praiano and Amalfi (20.50 Euros).

2. SITA bus to Positano as above (or Marozzi direct to Positano/Praiano/Amalfi from June through September only).


1. There are frequent Trenitalia connections to/from both Roma Termini (32 minutes; 14 Euros) and Roma Tiburtina (45 minutes; 8 Euros) and Fiumicino (FCO) Airport. If taking either the Curreri or Marozzi bus, connect at Roma Tiburtina. If taking Trenitalia, connect at Roma Termini. There is also a cheaper airport bus (SIT Bus Shuttle: 8 Euros; Terravision Airport Bus: 4 Euros internet fare) from Fiumicino Airport to the square in front of Roma Termini Station, which is not quite as fast, nor as frequent, as the train to Termini.

2. The Metro del Mare hydrofoils between Naples and the Amalfi Coast operated only in July/August in 2011. Schedules for 2012 are presently unavailable.

3. The Cooperativa Sant'Andrea ferry boats between Salerno-Concordia Dock and Amalfi/Positano operate from April through October. Concordia Dock is approx. 800 meters from the Salerno train station (allow at least 10 minutes to walk). Depending on the season, weather conditions, schedules and connections, sometimes routing through Salerno (instead of Naples) and proceeding to Amalfi or Positano by ferry boat is the optimal solution when coming from Rome.

4. From April through October, there are additional ferry boats and hydrofoils operated by Alicost from Salerno-Manfredi Dock (two kilometers west of the train station, near the location of the Jolly Hotel being demolished) to Amalfi and Positano, but these are less convenient than the Cooperativa Sant'Andrea boats from the Concordia Dock.

5. DISCOUNT BUS TICKETS FOR TRAVEL ALONG AMALFI COAST (Salerno to Sorrento including Ravello):

UNICO COSTIERA 24-hr. ticket: 7.20 Euros

UNICO COSTIERA 3-day ticket: 18 Euros

6. DISCOUNT TICKET FOR BUS/TRAIN TRAVEL THROUGHOUT CAMPANIA REGION (including Amalfi Coast): UNICO CAMPANIA 3-day tourist ticket: 20 Euros (also covers everything covered by the UNICO COSTIERA tickets described above). Covers a multitude of routes, including all Naples/Sorrento/Salerno city buses, Naples subway and funiculars, Trenitalia unreserved REGIONALE trains (not the faster reserved trains) throughout Campania, Circumvesuviana trains, Mt. Vesuvius buses, SITA buses throughout Campania (including along the Amalfi Coast), CSTP buses between Salerno and Paestum, buses on Ischia and Procida, SEPSA buses and trains, ALIBUS between central Naples and NAP Airport. Does NOT cover any ferries or hydrofoils, or buses/funicular on Capri. Usually a better value than the 3-day UNICO COSTIERA ticket described above.

7. ARTECARD: If planning to visit museums or archeological sites within the Campania Region, consider purchasing one of the Campania Arte Cards, some of which include free transportation by bus/train. In particular, consider the 3-day "tutta la regione" artecard (27 Euros) which includes all the transportation benefits of the UNICO CAMPANIA 3-day ticket described above, plus free entrance to TWO museums or archeological sites in the circuit, plus a 50% reduction in the entrance fees to additional museums or archeological sites.

8. Going to Praiano? Stay on the SITA bus from Sorrento for another 25 minutes to reach Praiano. If you prefer to avoid the connection in Naples to the Circumvesuviana rail, you could also connect through Salerno, as described below. The difference in travel time depends largely on the train taken to Naples or Salerno, plus connection times and travel conditions. Taking the AV train and connecting in Naples will be fastest (and most expensive).

9. Going to Amalfi or Ravello? Take a Trenitalia train to Salerno (not Naples), then the hourly SITA bus to Amalfi (75 minutes; 3.60 Euros), then the connecting hourly SITA bus up the hill to Ravello (25 minutes; 2.40 Euros). The SITA bus departs directly in front of the Salerno train station. Buy the bus ticket at the newsstand inside the station. There are AV, ES and IC trains from Rome to Salerno, but the morning trains are either the ES (150 minutes; 39 Euros) or the IC (180 minutes; 25 Euros). The AV trains (120 minutes; 48 Euros) are in the afternoon/early evening.

10. Going to Cetara, Maiori, Minori or Atrani? Follow the routing to Amalfi via Salerno, per note 9 above. The bus fare to Cetara is 2.40 Euros; to the other towns, 3.60 Euros.

11. There is also a direct bus from Fiumicino Airport (departs 15:20) to Salerno-SITA bus terminal (ar. 19:10) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for 15 Euros. First piece of luggage is free; additional pieces are 5 Euros each. The service increases to daily except Sundays from June 15 through September 15. While this is a late afternoon departure, it represents the easiest and cheapest way to travel between Fiumicino Airport and Salerno (with connections to Amalfi and surrounding towns).…

12. Not discussed here is the option of hiring a private car/driver from either Naples or Salerno. This option is clearly the quickest and most comfortable, but will cost upwards of 80-110 Euros (or even more). Hiring a private car from Fiumicino Airport could cost nearly 400 Euros.

13. Travellers electing to use public transportation should note: (i) the fact that the Circumvesuviana trains and the SITA buses along the Amalfi Coast can get very crowded at times; (ii) the lack of dedicated space on the Circumvesuviana train (a commuter train) for stowing large luggage; (iii) the lift doors to the underfloor luggage compartment of the SITA buses, which a few travellers may find burdensome to lift (ask for assistance); and (iv) the number of steps needed to reach your hotel from the bus stop or ferry landing (particularly the case in Positano and Ravello). Some tourists have reported that the easiest mode of transportation is to arrange for a private transfer from the Naples train station to your hotel.

14. Fares and schedules quoted above are believed to be accurate as of the date of this 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 and delays. Also, fares, schedules and routings 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.

Buon viaggio! (search engine and bookings)
GAC is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,398
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here are the bus schedules of Buonocore Group between Rome Fiumicino Airport and SALERNO:
GAC is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,398
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Correction: the direct Marozzi bus from Roma Tiburtina bus depot to Positano/Praiano/Amalfi (June through September only) now costs 21 Euros.

Other prices and schedules noted above are also subject to change.
GAC is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Did this in May train to Termini from FCO

fast "FrecciaRosa" train to Naples Garibaldi station 40 euro

1 hour 15 minutes Circuvesuviana 4 euro 30 inutes or so.

Cheapest best way to do it...
qwovadis is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 05:25 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 7,160
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Regarding the transfer at Napoli Centrale to the Circumvesuviana commuter train downstairs: when we did this, we had to carry our bags downstairs. I know they've remodeled this "interface" recently. Do you still have to carry your bags? This might be too much for the OPs.

Notice the underground metro/Circumvesuviana station is called Naples Piazza Garibaldi whereas the Trenitalia station above is Napoli Centrale.
Mimar is offline  
Old Dec 4th, 2011, 09:14 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,254
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It's more than a year now since they finishd the major overhaul of Napoli Centrale, and there's no longer need to carry your bags down to the Sorrento platforms...


A_Brit_In_Ischia is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Aug 29th, 2012 11:25 AM
Jan 16th, 2011 09:39 PM
Mar 26th, 2010 05:50 AM
Sep 18th, 2009 03:52 AM
Dec 23rd, 2002 01:02 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information