How to get from Naples to Sorrento

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Arriving in Naples but want to get to Sorrento ASAP? While Naples is fun, there is no doubt that it is a city that doesn’t appeal to everyone. 

Sorrento on the other hand is the gateway to the Amalfi Coast and the beautiful island of Capri. A fun town in its own right, you can enjoy the lemon groves, sea views and delicious seafood dishes in this busy harbour town. 

One of the most asked questions in our Italy Travel Planning Facebook group is ‘how to get from Naples to Sorrento?’  So we thought we would give you all the options so you can choose the best method of transfer to suit your travel style, timing and budget.

Here is our guide to Naples to Sorrento transfers – from the train station, airport and cruise terminal

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Summary of transport options and transfers from Naples to Sorrento

 HoursTime takenCostBookings
Arriving by train to Napoli Centrale
Train to SorrentoBetween 06:00 and 23:001 hour+ then transfer to hotel from Sorrento stationFrom €4 per person + transfer in Sorrento
Not required
Private transfer or taxiAvailable 24/7Approx 1 hour door to doorFrom €100 per carClick here for prices
Ferry to SorrentoSeasonal - check timetables here35 minutes + transfer to ferry port + transfer to hotel from Sorrento marinaFrom €18 per person + additional transfersBuy ferry tickets
Arriving by plane to Capodichino International Airport
Private transfer or taxiAvailable 24/7Approx 1 hour door to doorFrom €100 per carClick here for prices
Bus shuttle
Between 09:00 and 19:30 daily1 hour 15 minutes then transfer to hotel from Sorrento station€10 per person + transfer in Sorrento
Pay bus driver or book online here
Car rental
Between 08:00 and 20:00 dailyApprox 1 hour door to doorVariableClick here for quotes
Arriving at Naples Molo Beverello cruise port
Ferry to SorrentoSeasonal - check timetables here35 minutes + transfer to ferry port + transfer to hotel or town from Sorrento marinaFrom €18 per person + additional transfersBuy ferry tickets
Private transfer or taxiAvailable 24/7Approx 1 hour door to doorFrom €100 per carClick here to book online
Train to SorrentoBetween 06:00 and 23:001 hour+ then transfer to hotel from Sorrento station + transfer to station from portFrom €4 per person + additional transfers
Not required

How to get from Naples train station to Sorrento

naples to sorrento train

If you travel from Rome (or any other major Italian city) to Naples on the fast speed train, you arrive at Napoli Centrale and there are several options to transfer to Sorrento – train, ferry, bus, private transfer, taxi or car.

The fastest, safest and easiest way to get from Napoli Centrale to your hotel or accommodation in Sorrento is by private car transfer

As with most transport, the cheapest ways to complete your journey also take the longest. If you travel by train, ferry or bus you will need to transfer from the terminal in Sorrento by taxi or on foot to your final destination in Sorrento.

Click here to book rail tickets from Rome to Naples on English language site Omio

Travel by express train to Sorrento – Campania express

There are two train options from Napoli Centrale. Though there are only a few departures per day the new Campania Express service has the advantage of a 45 minute transit time, guaranteed seats, room to stow your luggage and air-conditioning. 

This service also stops at Pompeii Scavi and the main entrance to the Pompeii site and Ercolano Scavi – the stop for the ruins at Herculaneum

From the arrivals hall at Napoli Centrale make your way downstairs to the underground train station – Napoli Porta Garibaldi. Note – there are no elevators or escalators so you must carry your luggage down the stairs.

Hours of operation: 4 departures (total) from 09:00am to 18:00pm between March and October
Frequency: 4 times per day from Napoli Porta Garibaldi – 09:06am, 11:36am, 15:36pm and 18:06pm
Time taken: 45 minutes 
Approximate cost: €8 per person one way
Tickets: Buy at ticket office or newspaper stand in the station. No need to buy in advance

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Travel by commuter train to Sorrento

The Circumvesuviana commuter train travels east from Naples to Sorrento stopping at 12 stations including Ercolano Scavi – the stop for Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius – and Pompeii Scavi (for the entrance to Pompeii).

Hours of operation: between 06:00 and 23:00 daily
Frequency: every 20-30 minutes – check timetable here
Time taken: between 45 minutes [direttissimo] and 1 hour 25 minutes trains [diretto] Approximate cost: €4 per person one way
Tickets: Buy at ticket office or newspaper stand in the station. No need to buy in advance

When you arrive at the main station in Naples, look for the Circumvesuviana signs and make your way downstairs to the Napoli Garibaldi station platforms below. The ticket office is next to the platform. 

There are no elevators or escalators at this station so you will need to carry bags with you.

Note – this train is notorious for pickpockets so keep your luggage next to you and your wits about you at all times. We recommend standing next to your bags in the dedicated luggage area.

When you arrive in Sorrento, take a taxi or walk to your hotel or accommodation. Do bear in mind that Sorrento is very hilly.

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Private transfer or taxi from Naples to Sorrento

taxi from naples to sorrento

In our opinion this is the best way to transfer from Naples to Sorrento. After a long journey, make the process of getting to your hotel easy and book a transfer in advance. You could also pick up a taxi at the station taxi stand – the cost is about the same.

With a private transfer, the driver will meet you at the station, help with your luggage and transport you straight there without the added hassle of buying more tickets and managing your luggage through various transport options.

Approximate cost: €100 for a car for up to 3 people + luggage 
Where to book transfers: Suntransfers offer competitive rates on different transfer options from private taxi to luxury vehicles. Prices depend on number of passengers, vehicle type and final destination – click here for prices and to book online There is free cancelation up to 48 hours before departure

How about taking an Uber? Currently the only Italian cities that Uber is available are Rome and Milan 

Take the scenic route to Sorrento by ferry

There’s nothing quite like seeing this magnificent coastline from the water. If you have a little time and want to arrive in Sorrento by sea then take the ferry from the port in Naples.

Be aware that it is a hydrofoil so you will be seated inside. The seas can be choppy so if you are prone to being seasick, be sure to bring some medication. 

Frequency in summer: Alilaura [5 Sailings Daily] and NLG [7 Sailings Weekly] – check timetables here – you need to choose the Amalfi Coast routes
Seasonal: Reduced schedule between November and March
Time taken: 45 minutes [Alilaura] and 35 minutes [NLG] 
Approximate cost: €14 – €18 one way per person depending on amount of luggage
Tickets: Buy at ticket office or online here [look for the Amalfi Coast routes] Advance purchase recommended in peak summer – July/August

From the train station, exit through the main entrance and cross to the far side of Piazza Garibaldi in the front of the station. Take either tram 1 or bus 151 to the Molo Beverello ferry port. It’s much easier to take a taxi – about €12

When you arrive at Marina Piccola in Sorrento you will need to transfer to your accommodation. The marina is at the bottom of a cliff and you’ll need to climb many steep stairs to get to the town or take the elevator – €1 each way.

There are also taxis waiting close by – expect to pay €20+ to transfer to your hotel or into town. 

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Rent a car

While it is possible to drive from Napoli Centrale to Sorrento, we do not recommend this mode of transfer. Naples traffic can be chaotic and the ride is not particularly scenic. The journey will take at least an hour if the traffic is good. If you want to rent a car to explore the Amalfi Coast, you can rent one in Sorrento itself.

If you are determined to do it, there are car rental offices outside the station at Piazza Garibaldi – to check car rental prices from Napoli Centrale click here

The driving route from the station is via the A3 towards Salerno-Reggio Calabria. You turn off to Sorrento at the Castellammare di Stabia exit for the Statale 145 peninsula road to Sorrento. When you arrive, there are several parking garages to leave your car but hopefully you have chosen accommodation with parking. Recommended parking – Il Correale, Via Correale, 25, behind Parco Lauro.

How to get from Naples airport to Sorrento

naples airport to sorrento

If you arrive into Naples at Capodichino International Airport and want to transfer straight to Sorrento, there are a few options.

While you can save money by taking public transportation, by far the easiest and most direct route is by private transfer. This is because once you get to Sorrento you will likely need a (very expensive) local taxi to reach your accommodation unless it is within walking distance from the train station or ferry terminal

Private transfer to Sorrento

Travel by private car or minibus direct to Sorrento – the most direct and comfortable way to get to your accommodation. If you are traveling in a group of 3 or more people this method is also very cost effective

The driver will meet you at the arrivals hall, help with your luggage and transport you straight to your accommodation. All without the added hassle of buying more tickets and managing your luggage through various transport options.

Approximate cost: €100 for a car for up to 3 people + luggage 
Time taken: around an hour depending on traffic
Where to book transfers: Suntransfers offer competitive rates on different transfer options from private taxi to luxury vehicles. Prices depend on number of passengers, vehicle type and final destination. There is free cancelation up to 48 hours before departure – click here for prices and to book online

Rent a car

drive from naples airport to sorrento

If you want to explore Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast by road then picking up a car rental at Naples airport makes sense.

You can choose from many car rental companies including international and Italian providers. We use Rentalcars.com to find the best deals across all providers – to check available car rental deals from Naples airport click here 

The driving route from the airport is via the A3 towards Salerno-Reggio Calabria. You turn off to Sorrento at the Castellammare di Stabia exit for the Statale 145 peninsula road to Sorrento. The journey will take around an hour depending on traffic.

When you arrive, there are several parking garages to leave your car but hopefully you have chosen accommodation with parking. If not we recommend this parking garage – Il Correale, Via Correale, 25, behind Parco Lauro. 

Note: in peak season – between May and October – the roads are very busy and parking is difficult to find. We recommend driving in the autumn and winter months when there is less traffic on the roads and you can enjoy the drive. Read more about driving in Italy here

Bus transfer to Sorrento

 

The cheapest  and most direct way to get from Naples airport to Sorrento is to take the Curreri Viaggi bus transfer service that departs from Naples airport. This service drops you at Sorrento train station and from there you will need to make your way to your hotel or accommodation on foot or with a taxi.

After you exit the arrivals hall follow the signs to the P1 parking area. The bus arrives 10 minutes before each scheduled departure.

Hours of operation: between 09:00 and 19:30 daily
Frequency: every hour – check timetable here
Time taken: 1 hour 15 minutes
Approximate cost: €10 per person one way (includes 2 pieces of luggage – additional pieces €5) 
Tickets: Buy from the driver or online here (recommended in peak season)

Train or ferry to Sorrento from Naples airport

Using this method you will need to get to Napoli Porta Garibaldi or Napoli Porta Nolana train stations or Naples Beverello Port from the airport. The easiest way to do this would be by taxi – cost around €20. And the cheapest is by local Alibus €3.

You can see the instructions for taking the train or ferry from Naples to Sorrento above for more information.

How to get from Naples cruise port to Sorrento

naples to sorrento ferry

If you arrive into Naples Molo Beverello port on your cruise and want to continue to Sorrento, here are the options for your transfer.

Ferry to Sorrento from Molo Beverello port

The most logical and cost effective way to get to Sorrento is by ferry from the Molo Beverello port. When you get to Marina Piccola in Sorrento you will need to transfer to your accommodation. The marina is at the bottom of a cliff and you’ll need to climb many steep stairs to get to the town or take the elevator – €1 each way. You can also take a taxi for around €20

Frequency in summer: Alilaura [5 Sailings Daily] and NLG [7 Sailings Weekly] – check timetables here – you need to choose the Amalfi Coast routes
Seasonal: Reduced schedule between November and March
Time taken: 45 minutes [Alilaura] and 35 minutes [NLG] Approximate cost: €14 – €18 one way per person depending on amount of luggage
Tickets: Buy at ticket office or online here [look for the Amalfi Coast routes] Advance purchase recommended in peak summer – July/August

Private transfer to Sorrento

Travel by private car or minibus direct to Sorrento from Molo Beverello port – the most direct and comfortable way to get to your accommodation. If you are traveling with a lot of luggage this may make more sense than the ferry. 

A meet and greet service will make sure you are comfortable and safely transferred to Sorrento.

Approximate cost: €100 for a car for up to 3 people + luggage 
Time taken: around an hour depending on traffic
Where to book transfers: Suntransfers offer competitive rates on different transfer options from private taxi to luxury vehicles. Prices depend on number of passengers, vehicle type and final destination. There is free cancelation up to 48 hours before departure – click here for prices and to book online

Train transfer to Sorrento via Pompeii

Perhaps you want to get to Sorrento from the cruise port in Naples with a stop in Pompeii. If that’s the case you should take either tram 1 or bus 151 to the Napoli Centrale / Napoli Porta Garibaldi. It’s much easier to take a taxi – about €12

Ciao Sorrento!

how to get from naples to sorrento

Now we have helped you make your way to beautiful Sorrento, you’ll no doubt be wondering about all the things you can do there. Sorrento is the perfect base to explore the islands of the Bay of Naples – Ischia, Procida and of course stunning Capri. You can also visit the famous ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and why not discover the incredible beauty of the Amalfi Coast towns.

If you are planning day trips from Sorrento, make sure to check out our guide to doing a boat tour of Capri and these best selling day tours and activities from Sorrento on tour website GetYourGuide.

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