SORRENTO - GETTING AROUND
The center of Sorrento is fairly small and can be easily explored by walking. The areas around Marina Piccola and Marina Grande are located beneath the center, so it`s more convenient to take a bus to get up the hillside to the center. Both these areas are connected to the center by EAV and Cooperativa Tasso buses.By Bus
Public Bus: EAV buses are red and orange, and smaller in size than Sita buses. EAV buses run between Sorrento and Meta, Piano, Sant`Agnello, and Massa Lubrense.
Tickets cost around €1.20 and can be purchased at tobacco shops or at the Circumvesuviana train station. Note: Tickets cannot be purchased on board.
Usually buses running to and from Sorrento are generally on time and run about every 20 minutes, but they can get off schedule due to heavy traffic. There are a number of routes:
- Linea A: Meta - Massa Lubrense
-Linea B: Sorrento, port of Sorrento, Sant`Agnello
-Linea C: Sorrento, port of Sorrento, Piano
-Linea D: Sorrento, Marina Grande
-Linea E: Sorrento - upper part of Sorrento
To travel between the towns on the Sorrentine Peninsula, you can take the Cooperativa Tasso bus line that runs from Meta to Sorrento Porto and is a great way to catch the ferry for Capri. They are the white buses, and tickets can be purchased on board. Sita Buses: Sita buses link Sorrento to Positano, Amalfi, and the other towns along the Amalfi Coast. Sita buses can be found at the Circumvesuviana station in Sorrento. (If possible, it`s best to board the bus here since it will be easier to find a seat, especially near the window. The window on the right side offer the best views of the coast along the route).
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth where you can purchase either a single ride or a daily pass. The ride between Sorrento and Amalfi is quite long (over an hour) and the road is very curvy. In summer, the bus can be very crowded and there can be heavy traffic along the road.
The Circumvesuviana is the local rail line that connects the towns in the province of Naples. It is a commuter line, much like a subway in a large city though above ground. There is limited seating and you can`t reserve a seat. There is no luggage storage and you may find that you have to travel standing up. Regardless, trains generally run on time and this is the best way to get to Pompeii from Sorrento. It takes less than 30 minutes since there is no traffic and the Pompei Villa dei Misteri stop is directly across from the entrance to Pompeii.
Ticket prices vary according to your route. Tickets for Pompeii cost around €2 and for Naples around €3.50.
Ferries depart from Sorrento for Capri and Naples all year long. During the summer, there are also routes for Ischia and the Amalfi Coast.
Travelling by ferry is by far the most comfortable and convenient way to visit the area surrounding Sorrento, with the only drawback being the high ticket prices. There are also several ferry companies that organize boat tours and mini-cruises.
If you have a bit of experience driving a scooter, this option offers a great way to travel the coast. A scooter allows for less problems with traffic and parking, and makes it the easiest way to reach the beaches and explore the entire Amalfi Coast independently.
Rentals cost about €30 per day.
Driving is a great way to explore many areas of Italy`s Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula which are not well-served by public transportation, including the rolling countryside. You an also easily drive to Positano (there is rarely traffic along the road between Sorrento and Positano), as long as you are willing to pay about €4/hour for parking. We do not recommend driving to Pompeii or Naples, however, as it is much faster to go by train.
Parking in Sorrento: There are a number of car parks in Sorrento, which always cost about €2/hour and/or about €24/day. There is no free parking.
From the center of Sorrento to Marina Piccola (the port) on foot from Piazza Tasso, take the staircase down about 100 steps to the port. It takes about 10 minutes. If you are up for some exercise, you can also walk up to get back to the city center.
By bus: Cooperativa Tasso and EAV buses run between the center and the port. Tickets cost about €1 and can be purchased directly on board. Buses stop at Piazza Lauro, Piazza Sant`Antonino, and the train station. Some routes also go to Sant`Agnello, and the EAV C line goes to Piano di Sorrento.
By elevator: at Sorrento`s Villa Comunale, there is an elevator which will take you down to the area near the beach clubs, just a few steps from the port.
From the center of Sorrento to Marina Grande on foot (from Piazza della Vittoria), take the lane that runs around the Bellvue syrene hotel, and follow it until you arrive at the stairs which pass beneath Sorrento`s historic city gate leading to Marina Grande.
By bus: the center of Sorrento is served by the EAV D line bus, which stops in Piazza Lauro and Piazza Tasso. There is also a Cooperativa Tasso minibus which runs between Piazza Tasso and Marina Grande every 30 minutes from 7:15 am to 7:30 pm. Tickets cost around €1.20.