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Train from Innsbruck to Sorrento (in Italy)

I would like to take an over night train from Innsbruck to Sorrento in Italy. Looked through some site - not finding anything.

Would I first need to go to Naples & then take a separate train to Sorrento ? Even for this what should be the right place to book this ticket ?

Also my tentative travel date is May 17 (Sat). Does advance reservation help in reduced prices ? We are 2 adults + 2 children.

Anyone has made this train journey ?

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The CNL leaves Innsbruck at 23:05 and arrives Rome termini at 9:22. From there, you would need to get a separate ticket on the Freccia to Naples, then a separate ticket on the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento. For CNL you will definitely need some reservations, especially if you want some kind of sleeping car. The Freccia, advance purchase ticket will save you money if you can get an Economy or even Super Economy ticket.

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Thanks. Can you give me a link where I can buy the tickets for CNL ?

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Thanks for the links. Few more questions :-

  1. I see that there is an earlier connection I can take at 15:27 EC --> Bolzano (9:30 pm dep) --> Rome (@ 6am). Bolzano to Rome is an ICN, It says "2nd class only seated accommodation, Global price, Couchettes". Does it mean at night for sleeping it would be extended seats like in planes ? Do we need to specify something doing booking to ask for Couchettes ? For the CNL @ 23:05 which is direct to Rome it say "2nd class only seated accommodation, Sleeping-car, Couchettes". For Sleeping-car is that something we specify during booking ?

  2. Is it better to buy a 5 day rail pass instead of buying individual tickets ? From Sorrento I plan to visit Pompeii & Naples & then finally take a train back to Rome after a few days.

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http://www.seat61.com/Italy-trains.htm#How_to_reach_Herculaneum,_Pompeii_&_Sorrento
Use this website for details on Italian trains by "The man in seat 61".
The book mark shown, explains the Circumvesuviana trains. A 5 day pass may be in order. You just have to compare the price of your several journeys with the pass price.
Scroll up on the book mark and you will find a description of Italian night trains. It looks like the C-4 is the class you are looking at on the ICN train. It appears to be a compartment that converts to a 4 person couchette with 2 regular beds and 2 bunk style beds. I also notice that this train makes no stops between Verona (11:30 pm) to Orvieto (5:00 am). That is a good thing, since stoping in the middle of the night is the bane of getting a good nights sleep. It also appears to be a lot cheaper at 90 euro for the family, than the CNL, which is 330 euro for the family in a 4 person couchette.

You can buy this train on the Trenitalia site buy pressing the "Tutti I Treni" button (all the trains). The route you mentioned starts with the EC train from Innsbruck and is direct to Bolzano, but leaves you with 2 hours of wait time at Bolzano station. You can leave 1 hour 25 minutes later on the S-bahn, changing to the regional train at Brennero. That will also save a few euros.
I've never taken an Italian night train, but I have been on a similar route using CNL. They are a good standard, but I see it makes a lot of stops between midnight and 6 am.

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Wow Sam; what a web site !!! Thanks a lot.

Absolute treasure trove on Italian trains. I quickly checked the ICN details. How do you get a price of 90 Euro ?

I see the following:-
Train # 763 IC Notte Departs Verona Porta Nuova at 23:36 and Arrives Roma Termini at 06:00

C4 Comfort - Economy is 211 Euro. Where do you see 90 ?

I will investigate your other tip of catching a later train from Innsbruck & joining to this one.

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It's a surprisingly long train ride from Innsbruck to Sorrento--over 600 miles.

You could also take a train down to Verona and get on a Meridiana Air flight to Naples @ 77.62 Euros. It's just a 75 minute flight from there.

Air Berlin flies out of Munich to Naples, too.

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I checked Meridiana - the flight is at 1:15 in the afternoon. It is a little to early for me. I had planned to stay in Innsbruck till late afternoon.

Anyway this gives a good option to think about. Thanks.

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Oops. I forgot to hit the "cuchette" button. Yes, I get 240 euro from Bolzano for the family in a 4-person couchette.

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That is okay Sam - at least we are seeing the same thing.

I will keep exploring the links & try to find an optimal cost & train option.