Train from Naples to the Amalfi Coast
Venture from the birthplace of pizza to the playground of the rich and famous by taking the train from Naples to Vietri sul Mare, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.
Naples is a major Italian city with a big train station and proximity to major tourist attractions like Pompeii and Vietri sul Mare, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast, on the other hand, while it's an incredibly popular destination it has absolutely no train service.
To reach the Amalfi Coast by train from Naples, you need to travel to either Sorrento, Salerno,or Vietri sul Mare at opposite ends of the Amalfi Coast area (though neither is actually on the Amalfi Coast), and then switch to a bus or boat. There are frequent buses that run along the coast, or—from roughly May-October—you can hop on one of the ferries that regularly run between the towns like a water-based metro.
Here, then, is the information you need about getting from Naples to Sorrento and Salerno by train.
Frequent Trains from Naples to the Amalfi Coast
To get to Sorrento from Naples by train, you'll need to take the local (and relatively slow) Circumvesuviana train—so named because its route essentially skirts the base of Mt. Vesuvius. The Circumvesuviana is in a different part of Napoli Centrale station than the Trenitalia trains, but it's easy to find via directional signage. The Naples-Sorrento trip takes about 55 minutes, and there are 2-3 trains per hour.
To get to Salerno from Naples, there are high-speed train options. Trenitalia's Alta Velocità (AV) trains run from Napoli Centrale train station 10 times on most weekdays for a total of 42 trains per day. That trip is quicker, with the fastest journey being just over half an hour, and ticket prices on this route range from $5-20. The first train leaves Naples at 5:40 a.m., the last at 8:10 p.m.
Italo trains make the trip from Naples to Salerno seven times per day in just under 40 minutes.
Direct Trains from Naples to the Amalfi Coast
Trains to both Sorrento and Salerno from Naples are direct—you won't need to change trains—but with the local Circumvesuviana there are many stops between Naples and Sorrento. Just relax and enjoy the coastal scenery as you wait to get to Sorrento.
Amenities on Trains from Naples to the Amalfi Coast
The top of the line AV trains are Frecciarossa, and these train cars all come with air conditioning and power outlets in the seats for your convenience. There are both 1st-class and 2nd-class cars (1st-class passengers get a free drink and a choice of newspaper), and a cafe car that's available to all passengers.
Naples and Amalfi Coast Train Stations
Napoli Centrale is Naples' biggest station, and it's on Piazza Garibaldi which is a main hub for city and regional buses. There's also a Metro (subway) station connected to Centrale called Napoli Piazza Garibaldi. The area around the station is decidedly unappealing, so it's a good idea to know where you're going when you walk out of the station itself—whether that's a specific bus line or the taxi queue.
Sorrento's small train station is in the city center not far from Piazza Angelina Lauro, and buses serving the Amalfi Coast towns stop right outside the station's front door.
The Salerno station is also relatively small, with only five platforms, and buses bound for the Amalfi Coast also stop near the train station.