How to Take the Trains to Sorrento, Italy

I’m certain there isn’t a better way to get around Italy than the trains.

I did a decent amount of research before traveling to Italy, because I heard the trains could be a little hit or miss at times. Meaning, you might get turned around once or twice.

Luckily, it wasn’t twice for us.

Getting from Rome’s airport to Termini was a breeze. The same could be said for Termini to Naples. It’s just a straight shot.

Arriving in Naples after a long day of traveling was stressful, though. It’s a busy train station, with many people going all different directions on different levels.

It’s not that bad, but you should stay aware of what’s going on at all times.

I read about theft on Italian trains and in the train stations before going abroad, only to find that as long as you’re aware of your surroundings, you and everything in your bag will make it to the next destination.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Only ask officials questions about getting from A to B.
  • Wear a money belt. (Easy one.)
  • Take out cash beforehand.

When we got to Naples train station, we just kept one foot in front of the other. We didn’t linger and we headed to where we needed to go.

If you decide to take a similar route we did, the ticket office for regional Italian trains headed toward Sorrento is downstairs. The railway is called Circumvesuviana.

Worth mentioning, only cash was accepted at the ticket office.

After getting our tickets, we made our way down another flight of stairs to the platform. One step closer now. We were on the right train headed toward Sorrento.

We didn’t know that the train we just boarded would turn into the wrong train. It’s a little confusing. But there are maps posted inside the train cars.

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Jumping on the regional train out of Naples, we were supposed to get off and switch trains at Barra train station. Luckily, we managed to meet others on the train who were headed the same way. They realized after passing a few stops that we overshot it.

A local told us to get off, take the train going back to Barra, wait another five minutes or so, and then hop back on the right one. That’s what we did, only it took about 45 minutes. So, since you’re reading this, consider yourself warned.