If you are looking for means of transport along the Amalfi coast (Salerno, Sorrento) this website helps you to choose between ferry and bus.
For train connections see the Circumvesuviana website which gives information about travelling from/to Napels.
For train connections to Sorrento:
Train station in Neaples is in Piazza Garibaldi and you have to take the Circumvesuviana trains. Currently there is a train about every half hour at :17 and :47 of the hour. They take about 1 hour and the ticket is about 3 Euro. Website www.vesuviana.it
Alternatively you can take the hoovercraft boat which leaves from the port site Beverello (Napoli, opposite Maschio Angioino castle) and arrives at the Marina Piccola in Sorrento. Ride takes 30 minutes. From here there are yellow busses which connect the harbour with Piazza Tasso, the main square in Sorrento.
There is also a bus connection between the airport in Naples and Sorrento. It leaves every 2 hours and takes about 90 minutes to get to Sorrento. The bus company is Curreri viaggi.
All this info comes from the following website http://www.sorrento-online.com/english/orari.htm
the best way around sorrento is to use the best and cheapest mode of transport available- your feet! the only way to really see everything sorrento has to offer is to walk every where. try and get yourself lost and you may just stumble upon a treasure! it's also a great way of burning up the calories from the great food available!
We spent pretty much all day flying from the states to Rome, then the Eurostar to Napoli. All good. Then we did what we thought was the convenient thing by catching the Cirumvesuviana to Sorrento since you can catch it at the same station (Centrale) and it was pretty thrifty. That's not a good plan (especially after 24 hrs of traveling). There's about 30 or-so stops, on the dirty commuter train, and you have to watch out for the occasional pick-pockets.
Instead, take a quick (and most likely spirited) cab ride to the docks (Molo Beverello) and take a ferry/hydrofoil to Sorrento. It may cost a little more, but it is quicker than the train, more comfortable, much more scenic, and full of fresh air. Carriers include...
Metro del Mare: http://www.metrodelmare.com/inglese/rotte.html
Check out what I did, People! I came from the Circumvesuviana from Sorrento to Naples, basically the milk run which took over an hour. So when I got to Naples, I just wanted to get on the next train to Rome. I bought a ticket in the machine, and I didn't feel like digging out my old lady reading glasses, so just pressed all the right buttons for purchase. Well, I ended up on the ***Eurostar***!! What should have been about a $25.00 train ticket cost closer to $60.00!!!
Listen, it was a nice ride, and non-stop to Termini, but I would have felt better putting that money towards dinner or shopping! Trains leave every hour or so from Naples to Rome: my advice is if you do this trip to check out what kind of train it is. It shouldn't cost more than 15 Euro.
Hey, at least I didn't buy a first class ticket!
For those who take the Circumvesuviana from Sorrento to Naples be advised: your connection to the main Naples train station (Napoli Centrale/Napoli Garabaldi) is not the last stop on the Circumvesuviana--it's the SECOND to last! If you get off at the end of the ride you're in Napoli Porta, which doesn't take you ANYWHERE. So be sure you get out @ Garabaldi, which is the second to last stop.
3.20 Euro is exactly what I paid last Sunday to go from Sorrento to Naples. I then took a train to Rome to catch my flight home the next day--only to find out later there's plenty of comfy coach transpo from Sorrento directly to Rome. The Circumvesuviana looks like New York Subway trains in the 80s, kinda run down and loaded with graffiti. But the price is right, and it's totally reliable, taking you right to Napoli and Pompeii.
The excellent Curreri bus service takes you from right outside 'Arrivals' to the station in Sorrento for €7 - you pay the driver.
As I write times are 06:30; 08:30; 10:30; 12:00; 14:00 & 16:30.
For the return timetable on the stop or at the very helpful Sorrento Tourist Information Office.
The excellent SITA buses (Blue but sometimes White & Green) can be travelled on an all day ticket for €6 or a 3 day ticket for €15. A great deal.
Buy tickets at TABACCHI, look for the big White on Blue 'T'. Insert the ticket in the little machine on the bus for the FIRST use, after that just wave it at the driver.
This means you can reach Positano, Amalfi and all of that breathtaking coast, plus Ravello; Massa Lubrense etc etc.
The roads would be a nightmare to drive but extraordinary, with steep cliffs, hairpins bends and narrow streets plus of course local parking rules - if you can stop you can Park. The bus drivers have joined my book of heroes!
It is really easy to get to Pompieii, Herculaneum, Naples, ( Train) Amalfi ( Bus) Capri (boat at the port) by public transport. We saved a fortune and didnt book anything through the tourist operator.
Trains and buses are very frequent.
The only bad experience was we found Naples not to be very pleasant . We got off at the central station into a rough part of Naples. Although nothing happened to us maybe a guided tour might have been helpful because the parts we saw were all graffiti and litter strewn...even the bits in the guide book. Maybe a tour operator may know better parts of Naples to visit....?
For value for money, this trip might well be the bargain of the century... The return trip to Amalfi is Euro 3.90 and takes about an hour and forty minutes. The scenery is absolutely stunning and although the road does goes along vertiginous routes at times, the drivers are totally competent. The buses depart from the train station (actually, from the road just below the train station) and the bus stop is clearly marked, although anyone hanging around the train station will be able to point you in the right direction. When we travelled in February, there was only ourselves plus another couple, who got off at Positano, plus the odd local who got on and off at various points along the route. A truly memorable trip and a highlight of our stay.
You can buy your tickets either at the newspaper kiosk as you arrive at the station or else at the ticket office at the train station. Don't forget to validate your ticket in the machine as you go through the turnstyle.
All the tickets we bought were valid for a set time. So, if you are going to Naples, you will be able to use your train ticket on the local buses. E.G. we travelled from Sorrento to Naples and then from the train station up to Capodimonte Museum, all on the one ticket. Then , for the return, use your return ticket in the reverse order.
Also, travelling on the weekend is cheaper by the odd euro or so.
Note: if you obtain a train timetable from the Tourist office, be aware that the times they give are about five minutes out - so you would miss the train. However, i'rs not very important as there are plenty of trains.
If you are going to Amalfi get the Sita bus at the Railway Station, sit on the right. In Amalfi go to the quay and buy a ticket for the Steamer that leaves later in the day back to Sorrento. Return in relaxed mode in comfortable deckchairs with superb views of Positano, Capri and Cape Sorrento. The boat is only 7 euros. Worth every penny
We found it very easy to get to Sorrento from Naples by train, so it’s not necessary to take a sightseeing tour unless you want to. There’s a great little line called the Circumvesuviana that leaves from an off-shoot of the Centrale railway station in the city. You can buy your tickets at a counter there, or in the main ticket office (where you need to go to the specially indicated counters – 7 & 8 when we were there). We tried both and found the former was quicker so I suggest you head straight to that area of the station.
Trains seemed to be pretty frequent (we waited about 10 minutes on our way there and about 20 on our return. It takes about an hour and a quarter to get to Sorrento. Tickets are really good value. We paid €5 for a weekend pass as we were travelling on a Saturday – the ticket seller assured us this was the best value even if we weren’t going to use it again the next day, though I suspect he may have been wrong. Whatever – it was still pretty cheap by UK standards!
The scenery, especially for the second half of the journey, is lovely – try to sit on the right going / left coming back if you want good views of the bay. On arriving at Sorrento, walk straight ahead for a minute or so to the first junction, turn left along the main shopping street and you’ll find yourself in the central square, the Piazza Tasso, within five minutes.
We used the Circumvesuviana line to get from Naples to san't agnello just outside Sorrento. It's a local service stopping at all the stops along the route, including Herculanium and Pompeii (the correct stop for this is Pompeii scavi). At naples, follow the signs to the circumvesuviana line, it looks like you're going out of the station but you then double back on yourself through some ticket barriers and down a couple of flights of steps to the platforms. There is a timetable on the wall but it's hard to understand - go and look at the monitors on the platforms which will say all the stops on them. Beware of pickpockets - keep your hands on your bags, cameras etc at all times. Most people were tourists but it gets very packed and there were a few shifty looking types, people playing music for money etc so just be cautious! It's also a bit like travelling on an old london underground train - quite fast and rattly and it kept stopping randomly in tunnels - it's not very comfortable or glamourous so if you like luxury or are not very physically able I would avoid it.
I went to amalfi coast from Lion france, last year, at the end of march 2006..it was ok
so i think that would be better 'cause same friends of there told me that the weather is very good this year..!
I start to tell you my experience: I take the flight to rome, at first my idea was to rent a car 'cause all the world tell me that the trains are not so good, but many chat friends tell me that drive to amalfi coast is not so easy, the streets are little, you must pay attention and so.. you could lose all the beautiful waterscape..
so i try another direction: rent a car with a driver, and it was the best solution..
Own driver Paola of Scialone Limo service, took us at the airport of Rome, and , after for all the holidays she brought us to all museums, churches, ancient monuments, beautiful coves and small beaches, osteria, and she spoke a perfect english!
own hotel was Il nido , in sorrento, very confortable and nice and with an incomparable view of the Gulf of Naples.. me and my husbund felt in paradise..
tell me your experience when you'll come back.