Naples from Sorrento By Train, Boat or Tour?

Make an informed choice on how to visit Naples from Sorrento

Typical Scene From Spaccanapoli and Via Tribunali Area of Naples

Typical Scene From Spaccanapoli and Via Tribunali Area of Naples

Naples is an easy and rewarding day trip from Sorrento. Although perhaps overshadowed by the mega attractions of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius close by a visit to Naples is well worthwhile. Chances are your expectations might not be that high in which case you will probably be pleasantly surprised.

What Is There To See In Naples?

Your expectations may be slightly confused, isn't this a very poor city, lots of poverty, will I be safe?, but isn't it a modern city too, a thriving port, a playground for the rich over at Capri and cultural museums and great churches. Well Naples is all of that, a city of diverse experiences. It can be raw at times and the only real way to explore the city is independently and walking most of the time.

For most lay people a day visit to Naples will include a visit to the atmospheric Spaccanapoli are that forms the spine of the historic centre and Naples Cathedral. If you have visited and enjoyed Pompeii and Herculaneum then the National Archaeological Museum of Naples should also be on your list that draws many of its exhibits from Pompeii and Herculaneum. A ride on the funicular railway up to San Martino is a memorable novely ride and great views of the city below you at the top. Walking back down the hill to the city along walkways through typical neighbourhoods is also rewarding.

Otherwise Naples has lots of low key museums, churches, forts etc that might take your fancy and a great place to just take up residence in a cafe with a coffee and people watch. The key is perhaps to give some thought to what you want to do prior to your visit and have an outline plan that is not too rigid, otherwise you may end up just aimlessly walking around the city missing much that is worthwhile.

The Main Sightseeing Attractions In The City Of Naples - More Details

Getting To Naples From Sorrento

Travelling independently from Sorrento its a straight choice between the Circumvesuviana Train service and a choice of scheduled fast boat services that are faster and much more expensive than the train. The ferry terminus in Naples is in the heart of city centre whilst the train station to the east of the centre, for most people requiring a further bus ride.

Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Circumvesuviana train at Pompeii Station

Circumvesuviana Train service

The Circumvesuviana Train service is cheap and takes about 75 minutes. For a day visit its probably best to get off at Central Station or as Circumvesuviana call it Garibaldi Station, the main train station for Naples. The train terminates one stop further down the line at Porta Nolana station in a scruffy part of the city and some way from where most visitors want to be in Naples.

At Central Station there is a visitor centre where you can pick-up a city street map with the main attractions and public transport marked. Central Station is to the east of the city centre and a major public transport hub. Most people will take a short bus ride or the Metro from Central Station but you could walk to the historic centre and be at the Cathedral for example in about 15 minutes.

You can buy a return ticket on the Circumvesuviana Train that comes bundled with a day pass on Naples very varied public transport system.

The Circumvesuviana Train service - Full Details

Fast Ferry Boat Sorrento - Naples

From the Marina Piccola at Sorrento Port, ferries, hydrofoils and jetboats operate services to Capri, Ischia and Naples.

Naples Hop On Sightseeing Buses at Piazza Municipio Terminus

Naples Hop On Sightseeing Buses at Piazza Municipio

Capri is the most frequent route but there are also schedules to Mollo Beverello, the ferry and cruise port for Naples.

Mollo Beverello is very central and you can walk straight into the city centre. The main hub of the popular hop on, hop off open top sightseeing buses is also close to the ferry terminal.

Ferry Services To/From Naples Port - Full Details

Getting Around Naples

It is possible just to walk everywhere in Naples if you are keen but most people will use the local bus at least once and the funicular railway services are an attraction/experience in their own right.

Using Public Transport In Naples - Full Details

Naples has a tradition hop on, hop off open top sightseeing bus service that consists of three routes. The service gives a very good initial orientation of the city and comes with a commentary so you can pick out aspects of Naples that you want to explore in more depth later in the day.

Naples Open Top Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus - Full Details

Sightseeing Tour Of Pompeii & Naples From Sorrento (April To October)

With an early start this tour combines an orientation of Naples with a tour of Pompeii with some free time.

Your comprehensive guided tour of Naples includes stops at the Cathedral to visit its Treasure Chapel and S.Restituta basilica, dating back to the 4th century.

Pompeii With Mount Vesuvius In Background

Pompeii With Mount Vesuvius In Background

You'll also drive to Plebiscite Square to see the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St Francesco di Paula, the Town Hall Square and the New Castle built by the French Family of Anjou. Before driving to Pompeii, you'll admire wonderful views of the picturesque baroque city of Naples from the terraces of Posillipo.

At Pompeii your guide will take you on a walking tour including all highlights so you don't miss anything and crucially make sense of the spectacle you are witnessing. Before returning to Sorrento, you'll have approximately 30 minutes to spend at leisure in Pompeii.

The tour runs daily during the summer season only, April to October with hotel pick-ups in Sorrento. Price includes admission to Pompeii and services of the guide. The aim is to leave Sorrento around 7:15 a.m. after the hotel pick-ups returning to Sorrento after lunch.

Day Tour From Sorrento To Naples & Pompeii

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