One fundamental part of your well-deserved holiday in the Amalfi Coast is deciding how to get there. If you’re planning on enjoying the many culinary delights in Naples first, or you want to go right from the airport, you’re going to want to plan your trip from Naples to Sorrento ahead of time.
Update June 2022: the Amalfi government has introduced an alternating number plate system limiting the number of rental cars that can access the towns on the Amalfi Coast.
During peak hours in peak season only vehicles with number plates ending in an odd number can use the road on odd-numbered dates, while those with plates ending in an even number can drive it on even-numbered dates. These rules apply between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 24 to May 2, weekends from June 15 to September 30, every day in August, and Holy Week around Easter.
While these rules won’t affect you much if you plan on only staying in Sorrento, they do increase demand for public transport, so expect more crowds and sold out tickets during peak season.
Naples to Sorrento Train
Travelling from Naples to Sorrento by train is an economic, popular way among budget travelers. The Circumvesuviana train heads to Sorrento every half hour from 6 AM to 11 PM in the high season, and a bit less frequently in off seasons. A one way trip takes an hour and ten minutes; you can purchase your ticket at the station for 3.60 EUR. Keep in mind that these tickets can’t be purchased in advance, so these trains tend to be overcrowded or sold out.
It’s worth spending the extra 4 euros for the Campania Express, which makes the trip in under an hour. This special tourist line has guaranteed seats, air conditioning, and luggage storage. And you can buy these tickets online at the EAV Campania website. These trains run less frequently than the Circumvesuviana and the schedule depends on the season, so be sure to check the time tables in advance.
Naples to Sorrento Bus
You have two options for for travelling from Naples to Sorrento by bus. Enjoytravelling offers direct service from Naples to Sorrento with bus pickup points in Naples at Napoli Centrale Station, Piazza G. Garibaldi, and even directly from the Naples Airport. The busses depart every 2-3 hours from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM, and the trip from Naples to Sorrento lasts 1.5 hours. The bus fare is 35EUR, making this an expensive option if you’re trevelling in a group.
However, if you would like to travel from Naples Airport to Sorrento right as you arrive, you can use the Curreri Viaggi shuttle service, which departs from the P1 parking area at the Naples Airport every 2 hours from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM everyday except for Christmas and New Years. The shuttle costs 10EUR and will bring you to the main station in Sorrento in an hour and 15 minutes. You’ll need to purchase your ticket through their website in advance to ensure a seat.
Naples to Sorrento Ferry
Seasick or sea-view? If you don’t mind carrying your luggage around, you can jump into a ferry from Naples to Sorrento and enjoy being in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. For just 13.10 EUR you can use Ailauro Hydrofoil to take you from the Moro Beverello Pier in Naples to Sorrento. The schedule varies according to the season, so it’s better to check their website before your trip. The hydrofoil can be quite fast so be ready for a bumpy ride.
Naples to Sorrento Taxi
Hiring a taxi from Naples to Sorrento is the most popular choice for travelers.
Your best option would be to book your private car transport in advance using a trusted service like Daytrip. The drive takes about an hour and ten minutes, meaning this isn’t just the most convenient option, it’s also the fastest. If you book a private car transfer with Daytrip from Naples to Sorrento, you will be picked up at your accommodation and the driver will take care of your luggage. No crowded trains or sea sickness necessary! You’ll then be able to enjoy door-to-door service to your accommodation in Sorrento, and can even add sightseeing stops along the way like Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Villa di Poppea and Herculaneum Archaeological Area.
Also read: How to get from Naples to Positano