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What is the best way to travel from Naples to the Amalfi Coast?

We're traveling from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. I understand they have high speed trains from Rome to Naples, but what is available from Naples to the coast?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 26, 2018 15:58
    Hi Gary,

    To get down to the Amalfi Coast, you are right that you'll first have to take a high-speed train to Naples. The Amalfi Coast itself is only accessible by a private railway out of Naples called the 'Circumvesuviana' and then a bus or ferry. Since it is privately owned and operated, tickets for the Circumvesuviana Railway can only be purchased locally when you're in Italy. The same is true of the connecting buses and ferries.

    The Circumvesuviana trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples, conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Centrale station (the main station in Naples where most trains from elsewhere in Italy would arrive into, including trains coming from Rome).

    To get to the Amalfi Coast, you would take the Circumvesuviana its full route from Naples to Sorrento. From Sorrento, you can take a SITA bus to the villages on the actual Amalfi Coast itself. Otherwise, you can board a ferry in Sorrento that you would take you to the villages on the Amalfi Coast. The buses run year-round, while the ferries are only seasonal.

    You would purchase tickets for your train from Rome to Naples by searching the route under 'BOOK TRAIN TICKETS' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. The high-speed trains from Rome to Naples are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, and Italo trains. Generally, these trains can be booked once within 120 days of an intended departure.
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  • Thank you Jeff for your response. I understand you can get passes 120 days out on the high speed trains. Since we’re flying into and out of Rome, once we purchase a 3-4 trip pass, do we have to select exact travel days and times or do the passes allow flexibility? My concern is trying to meet a departing train from Rome to Sirrento based on flight arrival times..

    Thanks again for for responses.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 26, 2018 17:59
      Passes (rail passes) and tickets are two different things. A rail pass is something that covers ticket costs. Therefore, if there is a trip for which you plan on using a rail pass, you would not also purchase tickets, as that would be redundant. Not being aware of your intent to purchase a rail pass, my response above only addressed purchasing regular tickets.

      For the specific trip you mentioned in your question, only the 'Le Frecce' trains between Rome and Naples are covered by rail passes. The Le Frecce trains include the Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca. Italo trains are privately operated, so these trains from Rome to Naples are not covered by rail passes.

      While the 'Le Frecce' trains are covered, they would still require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass. Since the trains from Rome to Naples require reservations, that means you will have to book a specific departure to make this trip. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Rome to Naples by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, 'Le Frecce' trains can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.

      Since the Circumvesuviana Railway (Naples-Sorrento) is privately operated, these trains are also not covered by rail passes. In addition to not being covered by rail passes, tickets for the Circumvesuviana can only be purchased locally when you're in Italy. This also applies to the SITA buses and ferries to the villages on the actual Amalfi Coast. For the Circumvesuviana and the SITA buses/ferries, you would just pay to board when you arrive.

      The Eurail Italy Pass itself has to be validated for use within 11 months from the date of purchase. For the Eurail Italy Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/italy-pass-5922.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) November 26, 2018 18:14
      The trains from Rome to Naples depart from the city of Rome. Therefore, if you'll be heading straight to the Amalfi Coast from the Rome FCO Airport, you are first going to need to commute into the city to connect with your train to Naples.

      From Rome FCO to the city of Rome, there are airport express trains called the 'Leonardo Express', which depart every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride only takes about 30-35 minutes. The Leonardo Express trains depart right out of the airport and arrive into the Termini station in Rome, which is Rome's main station. Conveniently, the train station at the Rome FCO Airport is located in the area that's central to all terminals and is very easy to get to.

      A 1st class Eurail Italy Pass is valid on the Leonardo Express trains. Leonardo Express trains do not accept reservations, so a 1st class Eurail Italy Pass is all you would need to board. For the most comfortable travel experience, we do recommend booking 1st class. On trains in Europe, 1st class offers larger and more comfortable seats with more leg room. With fewer seats per train car, 1st class is also usually going to be less crowded and quieter than 2nd class.
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  • Thank you again Jeff.


    If I understand you correctly, we won’t need rail passes and will just need to purchase all of our 1st class tickets when we arrive.


    I wanted to let you know our plans so maybe this will help provide additional information.


    We will arrive at FCO, travel from there to the Amalfi Coast, then up to Florence and eventually back to Rome to depart. We plan to stay various days at all three stops, Amalfi Coast, Florence/Sienna and Rome.


    Thank you again!
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