Traveling in Italy next month. My readings made me aware that a boat might be a wonderful option for getting from Naples to Sorrento. I'm wondering if there is any news on the ferries from Naples to Sorrento? The websites seem "down" and the last post I saw here, was 2009 and they had been suspended. It sounds like such a lovely way to go! Should we just purchase train tickets instead? Or can we assume that at least the hydrofoil will be up and running by April? (mid-April).
Robyn, While travel by boat may be "a lovely way to go", it will be somewhat more trouble and probably take longer than travel by train. When you arrive in Naples, you'll have to get to Molo Beverello (or whatever place the boat is departing from) by Taxi or other method. Could you provide a few more details. Are you flying into Naples or arriving there from another part of Italy? Happy travels!
They were certainly running in April 2012. And this website suggests they are running today http://www.alilauro.it/. However, as Ken suggest, if arriving by train into Naples from, say Rome, it might be easier to catch a (different) train onto Sorrento and save the ferry for using for any day trip back to Naples. If visiting Naples from Sorrento, then making your last stop in Naples the Castel Nuovo is convenient for the Beverello ferry port (or vice versa; we stayed in Naples, but used the ferry to visit Sorrento).
We took the hydro foil from Naples to Sorrento a few years back. We'd arrived on the overnight ferry from Palermo...simply walked to the Tabbacci and bought tickets for the next ferry, waited by the dock and boarded when allowed. Really enjoyed the ride, but it was cool... we stayed inside for the ride.
Fun to watch the coast line to Sorrento... I hope you find the info, because I do recommend this as a great way to get there!
We will be arriving into the Naples airport (our first stop in Italy from the U.S.). Sounds like the ferry will be running, so the question is just if it will be too much trouble in our jetlagged state to find the port from the airport. sigh. I mapped it, and if correct, it doesn't look too far. Maybe a short taxi trip or? Any info would be helpful. I appreciate all that I have gotten. So happy to have this as a resource.
From the airport, it will be much easier to take the Curreri bus that goes right to Sorrento. The cost is €10 per person. Go to this link: http://www.curreriviaggi.it/inglese/E_index.html and choose "bus routes" on top. It will say (at least, it does right now) that the Rome to Sorrento bus is not running, but the Naples Airport to Sorrento bus is, and when you click the link, you get the schedule. There are 6 per day, taking 1:15, and leaving at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:30, 16:30 and 19:30. On Curreri's page, there's also a tab for "Shuttle," if you want a private transfer. They are charging €80 for 1-3 passengers, and €10 for each additional passenger; I have no idea how this compares to other companies.
The Curreri Viaggi bus only travles between Sorrento and the airport.
You would have to take the circumvesuvian if you are going to Napoli Centrale Station.
If you want to take the ferry, the Alibus goes directly to the RR station and the port. Alli bus is located just outside the airport across the drive. Cost is 3 euro, takes about 30 min.
Have to agree, if your objective is Sorrento, that the Curreri Viaggi is the fastest and most comfortable. Cost is 10 euros takes 1H26m. It too is locted in the same place as the Alibus.
Great information everyone! Thanks so much. One more questions though. It sounds like the recommendations lean towards taking the bus. Part of the reason we wanted to take the ferry is to see a different perspective. Are those who recommend the bus suggesting that it is better transport due to cost effectiveness, and convenience? Or is the ferry experience simply not worth the hassle? Part of what we are going for is "an experience". The rest of our trip we will be taking the train, so maybe from Sorrento back to Naples (on our journey to Rome, we will take the bus to the train station) - I just thought one leg of the trip could be different. Thoughts?
I think you've been given enough information to answer the question for yourself. If you want a ferry experience, you have to get from the airport to the dock in Naples, then on the boat, then from the dock in Sorrento to your hotel. With the Curreri bus, you have far fewer transfers, but you don't get the boat experience. Personally, in a jet-lagged state and hauling luggage, "simpler," "faster" and "fewer seat changes" beats "new experience" every time. But that's my take - yours may be different. And, to be fair, the novelty of a boat may be more invigorating than a bus ride, so it may help with jet lag. How long are you going to be in Sorrento, and what will you be seeing? If you want the experience of taking a boat, you can get this by going to Capri, Positano, or Amalfi from Sorrento. And you will be more rested and not be hauling luggage for these daytrips.