|Main train stations||Napoli Centrale, Napoli Afragola|
|Public transport||Metro, trams and local buses|
|Cheap train tickets||Cheap train tickets in Italy|
With its world-renowned culinary traditions and a skyline dominated by Mount Vesuvius, it's little wonder that Napoli (or Naples) is one of the most-visited cities in Italy. A thriving hub of cultural activities and artistic influences, there's no shortage of things to discover here. And, thanks to its mild climate all year long, it's always the right time to plan a journey to this stunning destination.
Planning to visit Naples soon? Book your train tickets with us – you can easily get to the capital of Southern Italy from any part of the country thanks to the regular schedule of regional and high-speed trains operated by Trenitalia and Italo.
There are several ways you can travel from Sorrento to Naples, and vice versa. Firstly, you can take the Circumvesuviana train - a service which ferries commuters and visitors in and out of Naples. This service runs independently to the major train operating companies in Italy, so you can't buy tickets for this service through Trainline. But don't let that stop you using it! You can buy tickets in person at Sorrento station to travel to Porta Nolana station in Naples. Trains run every 30 minutes and the journey takes around an hour. This guide by Rome Toolkit explains the Circumvesuviana service in more detail.
Secondly, you can catch a Flixbus service from Sorrento to Naples. One daily service departs Sorrento at 10:45, taking 1h 40m to reach Naples. You can book Flixbus tickets in advance using Trainline - simply enter 'Sorrento' and 'Naples' in our Journey Planner above and we'll display Flixbus tickets.
Finally, the fastest (but most expensive) option is to take the ferry across the Gulf of Naples. This takes just 35 minutes, whisking you from Sorrento Marina Piccolo to Naples Molo Baverello port. Tickets cost around €17 for a single journey; check out this handy guide for more information on the ferry.
The options are quite simple for travelling from the airport to the city: bus or private taxi hire! There are no train or metro services from the airport yet. There is a small bus station near the airport from which the Alibus service departs. Running every 20 minutes (30 minutes on weekends) between 6am and midnight, the bus stops at the port in the historic centre of the town and at Napoli Centrale train station, which lies to the east of the historic centre.
Going in the opposite direction (to the airport), the first bus of the day leaves from the square that is right opposite the station at 05:40, while the last one departs at 00:20 – buses run every 30 minutes.
You can buy tickets from the driver on the day.
Naples’ main train station is Napoli Centrale (or Naples Central Station) – it’s one of the most important train stations in Italy and is well-connected to other main cities across the country, including Rome (1h 07m), Salerno (31m), Caserta (33m), Pompeii (31m) and Florence (2h 31m).
The other major train station in the city is Napoli Afragola, a modern building created by the famous architect Zaha Hadid and served by mainly high-speed trains – Frecciarossa and Italo trains bound for Milan Central Station and Roma Termini, and Frecciargento trains bound for Villa San Giovanni.
Similarly, there are three different ticket options you can choose from when travelling with Italo train –
Have a look at our table below and learn more about popular routes to Naples, train types serving those routes and fastest journey times.
|Route||Fastest journey time||Train|
|Rome to Naples||1h 07m||Italo, Frecciarossa & Frecciargento|
|Salerno to Naples||33m||Italo, Frecciarossa & Frecciargento|
|Florence to Naples||2h 31m||Italo, Frecciarossa & Frecciargento|
|Milan to Naples||4h 23m||Italo, Frecciarossa & Frecciabianca|
|Pompeii to Naples||33m||Regional trains|
|Venice to Naples||5h 01m||Italo, Frecciarossa, Frecciargento & regional trains|
Based on your needs, you can choose one of the four classes you can find on board Frecciarossa trains – Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. While the Standard and Premium Classes correspond to a normal Standard Class, the Executive Class is Frecciarossa’s First Class – here you can enjoy plenty of space and a delicious gourmet meal service at your seat, as well as access to FrecciaClub and FrecciaLounge at Napoli Centrale train station free of charge.
If you travel in Frecciargento’s First Class, you can enjoy plenty of onboard services, including a welcome service with complimentary drinks and snacks and a newspaper of your choice.
Naples has an efficient public transport network that allows you to easily reach both the city centre and the peripheral areas. All public transport services are operated by Azienda Napoletana Mobilità (ANM) – tickets can be single, with a limited duration (90 minutes), daily, weekly or monthly and can be purchased on board, at authorised retailers or newsstands. Buses 150, 151, 195, 602 and 650 are the ones covering the main routes to and from the city centre.
If you want to reduce your journey time, you can get around Naples by metro. Line 1, for example, reaches important landmarks such as the university, Piazza Dante and the area of the Archaeological Museum. Line 2 crosses, instead, the areas of Napoli Montesanto, Mergellina and Campi Flegrei.
There are also many options for those who want to get around Naples by bike. City bikes are available for men, women and children, perfect for exploring the city streets. Those who want to venture into the surrounding area, on the other hand, can choose between electric, racing and mountain bikes.
Once you get off your train in Naples, get ready to discover a vibrant atmosphere and historic landmarks. Wander through narrow streets, ancient buildings and small squares and take in the authenticity of what locals call Spaccanapoli – Naples’ historic main street that extends from the so-called Spanish Quarter to the Forcella district, right in the heart of the city centre. Enjoy a 20-minute stroll from Napoli Centrale train station to this part of the city, with a visit to the Duomo, site of the Tesoro di San Gennaro (‘Treasure of St Januarius’, the patron of Naples), an essential stop along the way. Don’t worry if you feel hungry after wandering around for a while – there's plenty of delicacies to try here too, including handmade pizza and pasta, buffalo mozzarella, sfogliatella (pastry filled with ricotta cheese, vanilla, cinnamon and candied fruit) and the renowned timballo (a mouth-watering pasta pie) – Italy's tastiest specialities can literally all be found here.
Also part of the Spanish Quarter is Piazza del Plebiscito, another symbol of Napoli. Here you can admire the famous Palazzo Reale (or Royal Palace), home to the national library. Just a 3-minute walk away is Teatro San Carlo, a fascinating theatre that boasts impressive Neoclassical architecture. Continuing on past the Spanish Quarter and heading to the northernmost part of Naples, it's worth scheduling in some time for a visit to the Museo di Capodimonte – a museum that serves as the main repository of artworks in the city. Masterpieces from Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio can all be enjoyed here. Once the sightseeing is done, there's no better way to cap off the day than to head to Castel dell’Ovo (literally, ‘Egg Castle’), which is a historic fortress just a 15-minute walk away from Piazza del Plebiscito, for first-rate views of the city!
Have we not convinced you yet? Read our article What to see in Naples – 10 unmissable places and get inspired for your next train journey.
Every visit to Naples should also include an escape to the stunning Amalfi Coast. From Napoli Piazza Garibaldi, a train station that is just below the mainline station of Napoli Centrale, take one of Trenitalia’s regional trains bound for Vietri sul Mare-Amalfi station and you’ll be taking in the colourful villages of the Amalfi Coast in about an hour. Want to learn more about how to get to the Amalfi Coast by train and what to do there? Check out our pages about Trains to the Amalfi Coast and What to see in the Amalfi Coast for more information.
Want to know which other nearby cities you can explore on a day trip from Naples? Read our article about 10 sensational day trips from Naples and get ready for your next adventure!