The choice of the public transport to reach Sorrento really depends on your needs and with whom you are travelling.
If you are travelling by train from Venice, Florence or Rome with Italo or Trenitalia (high speed trains), you will arrive to Napoli Stazione Centrale on Piazza Garibaldi.

From here all you have to do is reach Cirumvesuviana line or Campania Express and take the direct train from Naples to Sorrento.

Let’s see together.

Getting from Naples to Sorrento by train

Circumvesuviana or Campania Express

Here’s a map to better understand where Napoli train station is located.

Circumvesuviana train 

The circumvesuviana is the local train that connects all the cities between Naples and Sorrento. It is the very old and slow commuter train: the journey to reach our beautiful town takes about one hour and a half and Sorrento is the final stop on the line. If you are travelling with big luggage expect to stand for the entire journey, the train does not have areas to store your luggage.
The first train is at 6.09 AM and the last is at 9.47 PM, trains run every 30 minutes and a one way ticket costs € 4,90 per person. The ticket can be easily bought at the station’s ticket office without having to prebook; credit cards are not accepted.

One of the questions I hear most about the circumvesuviana is:

Is the train safe?

The circumvesuviana train has a very poor reputation due to its delays, strikes and old system badly maintained. Honestly, I don’t recommend it as it is not a pleasant experience: I took the circumvesuviana train dozens of times to get from Naples to Sorrento and I felt very uncomfortable. I have never been robbed, but I had to be aware and alert.  There’s nothing in particular to fear from this train, the worst risk is pickpockets. Wear your money belt and use a neck wallet, any valuables need to be stored securely, not in pockets. The train, does get very crowded, especially in the Summer months and when it’s hot the air conditioning consists of opening the windows. Avoid at rush hour if you don’t wanna be packed like sardines. 

Circumvesuviana train schedule from Naples to Sorrento 2019

Find here the schedule 2019 from Naples and Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana.

Route | Naples to Sorrento
Napoli Ercolano V.Regina Pomepi C.Mare V.Equense S.Agnello Sorrento
6.09 6.28 6.45 6.47 6.57 7.07 7.15 7.17
6.40 6.52 7.20 7.22 7.31 7.40 7.50 7.52
7.09 7.28 7.45 7.47 7.57 8.06 8.15 8.17
7.39 7.58 8.15 8.17 8.27 8.36 8.45 8.47
8.11 8.23 8.36 8.46 8.54 9.01 9.03
8.39 8.58 9.15 9.17 9.27 9.36 9.45 9.47
9.09 9.28 9.45 9.47 9.57 10.06 10.15 10.17
9.39 9.58 10.15 10.17 10.27 10.36 10.45 10.47
10.09 10.28 10.45 10.47 10.57 11.06 11.15 11.17
10.39 10.58 11.15 11.17 11.27 11.36 11.45 11.47
11.09 11.28 11.45 11.47 11.57 12.06 12.15 12.17
11.39 11.58 12.15 12.17 12.27 12.36 12.45 12.47
12.09 12.28 12.45 12.47 12.57 13.06 13.15 13.17
12.39 12.58 13.15 13.17 13.27 13.36 13.45 13.47
13.09 13.28 13.45 13.47 13.57 14.06 14.15 14.17
13.41 13.53 14.06 14.16 14.24 14.31 14.33
14.09 14.28 14.45 14.47 14.57 15.06 15.15 15.17
14.39 14.58 15.15 15.17 15.27 15.36 15.45 15.47
15.11 15.23 15.36 15.46 15.54 16.01 16.03
15.39 15.58 16.15 16.17 16.27 16.36 16.45 16.47
16.09 16.28 16.45 16.47 16.57 17.06 17.15 17.17
16.39 16.58 17.15 17.17 17.27 17.36 17.45 17.47
17.09 17.28 17.45 17.47 17.57 18.06 18.15 18.17
17.41 17.53 18.06 18.16 18.24 18.45 18.47
18.09 18.28 18.45 18.47 18.57 19.06 19.15 19.17
18.39 18.58 19.15 19.17 19.27 19.36 19.45 19.47
19.11 19.23 19.36 19.46 19.54 20.01 20.03
19.39 19.58 20.15 20.17 20.27 20.36 20.45 20.47
20.09 20.28 20.45 20.47 20.57 21.06 21.15 21.17
20.39 20.58 21.15 21.17 21.27 21.36 21.45 21.47
21.09 21.28 21.45 21.47 21.57 22.06 22.15 22.17
21.47 22.06 22.23 22.25 22.35 22.44 22.53 22.55

 

Campania Express train

The newest train company made specifically for travellers and commuters, where you’ll find all the comforts, guaranteed seating, luggage racks, air conditioning and a very fast way of travelling; in fact this specific train has fewer stops in comparison to Circumvesuviana making the journey tune appriximately 30 minutes less.  The Campania Express stops are:

 

  • Napoli Porta Nolana
  • Napoli Piazza Garibaldi
  • Ecolano scavi Vesuvio (Ercolano ruins)
  • Torre Annunziata
  • Pompei Scavi Villa dei Misteri
  • Castellamare di Stabia
  • Vico Equense
  • Sorrento

These trains run only from mid-March to mid-October.  The ticket should be bought at least 20 minutes before departure or, if you’re planning to travel by train with no doubt, buy it directly online. A one way ticket costs €8,00 per person and the journey takes about 50 minutes

Campania Express train Schedules 2019

Find here the schedule 2019 from Naples to Sorrento on the Campania Express

Trains from Naples to Sorrento
Naples P.Nolana Naples P.Garibaldi Ercolano Ruins Torre Annunziata Pompei Ruins C.mare Vico Equense Sorrento
9.06 9.09 9.20 9.33 9.38 9.43 9.48 9.55
11.36 11.39 11.50 12.03 12.08 12.13 12.18 12.25
13.35 13.39 13.44 13.55
15.36 15.39 15.50 16.03 16.08 16.13 16.18 16.25
18.06 18.09 18.20 18.33 18.39 18.48 19.03
20.01 20.06 20.12 20.18 20.25

Here  you’ll find all the information concerning the Eav company on the offical website: