Getting from Florence to Sorrento – Best Routes and Travel Advice
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Getting from Florence to Sorrento
Thousands of travellers and readers often write us wanting to know the best way to come from Florence to Sorrento is and it truly depends on the area where the guests are staying, whether they are travelling in big groups or small ones and if they want to have intermediate stops along the way to visit towns or sites such as Rome, Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii Ruins and Herculaneum. With a bit of organisation and a few days in advance, money and time can also be saved. We’ve gathered all of the best information of the various ways of transport to reach Sorrento from Florence for you below.
Florence to Sorrento: With Private Driver
Of course the most convenient and fastest way to travel from Florence to Sorrento is by hiring a private driver. The driver will collect you from either the station, airport or accommodation where you are and take you directly to Sorrento. The car or mini van is fully equipped with air conditioning, space for your luggage and all the usual comforts. There are numerous companies that offer this service, of course we recommend our guests some of the most professional and safe drivers we know.
We recommend this travel option for couples, families (especially with small children) or groups of friends up to 8 people who:
- Must leave early in the morning or late in the evening
- Prefer to travel comfortably
- Want to travel with one vehicle instead of changing taxis and trains
- Have heavy bags and don’t want to stress about carrying them around
- Need to follow strict timetables and cannot risk delays
Florence to Sorrento: By Train
For those wanting to travel to Sorrento from Florence by train, we advise you to take into consideration that there is no direct train route to reach Sorrento, you will have to stop first in Napoli Centrale to then switch to a second train. From Napoli Centrale you will then have three different options to arrive to Sorrento, Circumvesuviana train with is a local train similar to the metro, ferry and private transfer. The train is a great way of seeing Italy! In Florence there are several railway stations that offer national services, but there are two main railway station that connects Florence to Naples and here there are all trains that connect Florence to the Centre and South Italy:
Firenze SNM (Santa Maria Novella):
This is the main railway station and is located in the heart of the city. You will also find the main bus station here for local buses, airport buses and trains.
Firenze Campo di Marte:
Situated not too far from the centre, it is the second-biggest station with service from both regional and high-speed trains.
The Journey from Florence to Sorrento:
- First arrive in Naples to Napoli Centrale station, with the local train departing from one of the two stations in Florence (Circumvesuviana or Campania Express)
- Then from Napoli Centrale take a train to Sorrento
Travelling by train from Florence to Sorrento can therefore be a good solution for:
- Those who have flexible times and do not need to arrive at a certain time
- If you’re traveling on a budget or looking for one of the most cost effective options
- For those traveling individually or in pairs
Once you have reached Napoli Centrale station you have three choices on how to get to Sorrento:
A local train that, in 70 minutes, will take you directly to Sorrento. It is reasonably cheap but crowded and a bit slow. You can purchase a ticket in one of the newspaper stands in the station and Sorrento is the final stop on the line. A good alternative to Circumvesuviana train is Campania Express which takes you to Sorrento in less time, in a more comfortable way but it will cost you twice the fare of Circumvesuviana, around €8.
If you book private transportation in advance, the driver can collect you on your arrival at the train station in Napoli and take you straight to your destination in Sorrento. Do not forget to book in advance to save money!
You can get these from Molo Beverello. The route Napoli to Sorrento is run by two companies and ferries run approximately every 90 minutes. The cost is around €20. If you decide to use this type of transportation to Sorrento you will have to take a taxi from Napoli centrale Station to Molo Beverello. The taxi fare varies on traffic and it is approximately €10.
The two main railway companies that quickly connect Florence to Naples and cover national routes are:
- Once in Florence ensure to be in the right railway station within at least 30 minutes from departure and do not forget to buy tickets in advance.
- The train journey from Firenze SMN to Napoli on Italo and Trenitalia’s high-speed trains takes approximately 3 hours.
- More than 60 trains make this trip every day, the first leaves Florence at 6am and the last at 8:50pm, the trains run every 30 minutes.
- Many of Italo and Trenitalia’s high-speed trains travelling from Northern Italy to Napoli and the South of Italy, pass through Firenze SMN station before reaching Napoli Centrale stations
Florence to Sorrento: By Bus
If you’re looking to take the bus from Florence to Sorrento of course this is the most convenient in terms of budget wise and getting a direct transfer from one place to another. There are a few bus rides a day which is great if you’re not in a hurry and have a lot of luggage, it can be the best solution.
From Florence the only company of buses going to Sorrento centre is FlixBus and there are two main spots where you can take it from, the first being Piazzale Montelungo and Villa Costanza (Tram 1).
- Flixbus (https://www.flixbus.com/)
Curreri: Pro’s & Con’s
- The journey takes about 9 and a half hours
- The only night busses are at 2:55am and 3:20am
- The ticket price can vary daily, but starts from €20 each
- There is a bathroom on board
- It is recommended to arrive at the station at least 15 minutes before the departure time
- Each passenger can travel with checked baggage (max. Size 31 x 20 x 12) plus one piece of hand baggage (16 x 12 x 7).
- The bus has air conditioning
- On Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons expect longer journeys, there may be delays
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a train ticket from Florence to Sorrento?
The train ticket from Florence to Sorrento can start from €20 each depending how far in advance you purchase your tickets.
Is there a direct train from Florence to Sorrento?
No, unfortunately you will have to stop in Naples to get your second train as there is no direct route from Florence to Sorrento, and vice versa by train.
How long does it take to drive from Florence to Sorrento?
The drive from Rome to Sorrento takes around 5 and a half hours.
How far is the train ride from Sorrento to Florence?
The train journey from Sorrento to Florence is around 3 hours if you take a high-speed train, as there is no direct route so you will have to swap trains in Naples.
Can you do a day trip to Florence to Sorrento?
Yes of course, but it will require very organised planning and a very early start in order to maximises the sights and activities you will want to see and do during your time in Sorrento.
Is it safe to travel to Sorrento?
Sorrento is known to be a very safe area by local and tourists which is why its an ideal location for families, couples and large groups.
How far is Sorrento to Florence by car?
Sorrento to Florence can take 5 and a half hours.