Circumvesuviana Railway Service

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Circumvesuviana Railway Service

Circumvesuviana Railway Service
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Alexandra G
1 contribution
Friends
We were two young girls (18 and 17) ( From Spain and Canada) that were very sceptical about catching it since we had read all the bad reviews. The first time we caught it was by accident as we had actually paid 15€ for the Catania Express. It’s a very old train with little supervision (from Pompeii we weren’t even asked to validate our tickets). I’d say it’s a matter of luck, you can have a very decent experience for the low price of 2,8€ or some sketchy people might get on the train while you’re there, making you feel unsafe. Ex: giving you bad stares, talking in italian about you behind your back, whispering while looking at you, etc. It was also extremely hot on the train with 1 billion stops. In conclusion if you are on a tight budget and with a local or in a group of 3+ with good street smarts, The circumvesuviana might be perfect for you, however, if you would like to pay for guaranteed safety the Catania Express is well recommended (especially at night).
Written July 31, 2022
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Statbladin
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We would not hesitate to take this train again. We were first a bit skeptical after reading all the bad reviews and all the warnings to avoid the Circumvesuviana. It is true that it is a bit run down, there are no storage for luggage or toilets but we didn't find it at all unsafe. Almost all the other passengers were tourists, the Garibaldi was easy to find after getting off our other train at the central station in Naples, the tickets were cheap and the trains run often. You can only pay for the tickets with cash!
Written June 28, 2022
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Martin Greiffenberg
Copenhagen, Denmark22 contributions
Couples
While I spent a lot of time looking at reviews of this train and everyone’s comments on pickpockets, I took the informed decision of using this train to get to Naples as it was quite convenient and very cheap. As we got to the station in Sorrento there were two oddly dressed (by Italian standards) middle aged men standing right by the entrance to the platform. As soon as I saw them I knew what they were doing, I went 20m away from them and just watched what they were doing, they were literally staring at peoples bags and pockets as they walked through the gates. They noticed me watching them but didn’t pay too much attention to that. Our train arrived and I headed over to it still watching the two men, it was then that I noticed one of them pretending to smoke a cigarette ( it wasn’t lit) but he was staring at two ladies in pink while looking at another man who had already di boarded the train ( also dressed slightly oddly) In hindsight I think the unlit cigarette was to tell the man on the train that these two ladies were targets. We then boarded the train and the two pink ladies sat in front of us and then low and behold the 3rd man from the train changed carriages to sit next to the two pink ladies. He shifted seats once to get closer to the ladies and spent a considerable amount of time staring at their bags very obviously (they didn’t notice) then the second man (fake smoker) walked past the window where the pink ladies were sitting, he started at the layout of their bags and finally the third man came past following another young lady with an open bag. We decided to switch cars to the last one to avoid these guys knowing what was about to happen. As expected they pickpocketed a number of people, got off at the next 2 stops and then I guess headed back to Sorrento for round 2. Moral of the story is these guys are there in their numbers and are not hard to spot but you must be watching out for them. If they know you are watching them, they won’t do anything to you but really don’t go around with fancy watches, jewelry or gadgets and cash it’s just asking to be robbed.

P.S they are also at Garibaldi station in the metro stop and again very obvious if you open your eyes.
Written July 23, 2020
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hello_boing
Greater London, UK95 contributions
Useful and cheap commuter service: rattly & basic trains but an easy way to get to Pompeii, Herculaneum etc from Naples or Sorrento.
Yes, the trains are noisy & graffiti-covered on the outside. But at €2.80 from Naples to Pompeii, it's the cheapest way of exploring all the lovely places along the Bay of Naples.

The trains run about every 30 mins and the journey from Naples to Pompeii takes about 38 mins. You can find the timetable online as a pdf (search for "orari Circumvesuviana" and make sure you're on the official eavsrl.it site). Unlike most reviewers here we found the trains were fairly reliable, though we did experience one cancelled train during a week of using the line.

The stations are really convenient: Pompeii Scavi station is less than 5 mins from the main Pompeii entrance (ignore all the ticket touts at the rail station!) Herculaneum is about 10 mins walk straight downhill from the station.
Again, unlike some other reviewers here we had no problem with fellow passengers: there are commuters, students and tourists (foreign + domestic!) Of course you have to beware of pickpockets on the trains and platforms, but this is a regular hazard of urban Italy.

Top tip 1:
Remember to validate your ticket before boarding the train. If you have to go though barriers, this is done automatically. But if you board at a small station (inc Pompeii & Herculaneum) you need to punch your ticket in the ticket hall. Look for the small yellow wall-mounted ticket validation machines.

Top tip 2:
If starting from Naples, get on at Napoli Porta Nolana station which is the start of the line so you *will* get a seat. If you opt for Garibaldi station, one stop up the line, you almost certainly won't get a seat. Porta Nolana is a nice small station serving only the Circumvesuviana line and we found the ticket office staff helpful.
Written April 12, 2022
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,574 contributions
This is just beyond the square in Sorrento and it is very easy to get a ticket, you just buy singles for each way. They are very cheap and run very regular. They are not nice comfy trains, they are commuter trains that get very busy. But bearing in mind that they start from Sorrento then if you get there in plenty of time then you will get a seat because the train sits there and fills up. They are very busy and obviously like anywhere especially where there are a large number of tourists there will be opportunists to pick pocket or whatever so just as you would where ever you are be aware of your surrounding and be careful, that simple. We saw a lot of people using this to get to Naples to get to the airport and quite frankly that is a very cheap option. It takes you direct to Naples main train station and I think from there you just get another train to the airport. It is a very cheap and easy way to get to pompei and I would definately not bother with paying for an excursion to pompei but to use the train. As it stops literally right by the entrance to pompei. it will be extremely busy when you get back on at pompei because obviously it is already quite full from Naples but you may get a seat as more people get off as you get nearer to Sorrento. We also went to Herculaneum and then to Vesuvius via this train and also to Naples itself to go to the museum. Herculaneum is a bit of a walk through the new town to get to the site but not that far and there is a bus that you can book tickets for getting you up to vesuvius to and we did both on the same day. We set off first thing in the morning and it was after lunch before we went up vesuvius but it is quite doable in one day. Naples is a case of sitting on the train until you get to the end of the line in Naples and then you get off and you are in the underground then so you can just get an underground which is also really cheap to take you to where the museum is which holds most of the artifacts from pompei and is well worth a visit and highly recommend. Although have to say we had a wander around Naples and struggled with it, felt unsafe and found it dirty and we didnt like it, just for going to Naples to have a wonder around. Cant recommend these trains enough though for a cheap way to get to places and they are so easy. As I recall it was only E3.95 to get single ticket to Naples, so return E8 just under for one person. So if you are thinking to use it as a transfer from Airport worth looking at for price.
Written February 3, 2020
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Johnny The Monkey
13 contributions
Couples
Don't use it unless you want to get robbed. We had driven the train previously from Pompeii to Sorrento and everything was fine except the train was late, hot and noisy. But on the next day when we took the train from Sorrento to Naples there were 3 suspicious looking men who hopped on the train in the middle of our journey. One guy was middle-age and the other guys were younger and all had tattoos on them. They sat near to us and we could tell that they were criminals. One even showed a middle finger to my wife when she was looking at him. We had two american women sitting next to us. A younger guy rested his arm on their suitcase and even opened the zipper of her suitcase a little. The women looked terrified as did we. The guys pointed at our suitcases and discussed about them. It was obvious that we were the targets. The younger guys handed a phone to each other, I think thats how they kept discussing secretely. They starter playing music from the phone as there were performers on the train already playing music. I discussed with my wife that maybe we should get off the train and went to the doors. We watched the guys and waited for the train to stop at the next station. When the train stopped we waited till the last second before the doors closed and hopped off. Luckily they did not follow us and we went straight down the station to some information point where a very helpful worker arranged as a taxi to Napoli. We ended up paying 60 euros for the ride, but we didn't care as long as we and our belongings were safe. I keep thinking what happened to the suitcase of the american women. They were clearly targeted and they knew that. These kinds of trains should have a security guard in them, it's dissappointing that these kind of things can happen and the railway service does nothing to prevent that.
Written July 12, 2022
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erskine129
Irvine, UK172 contributions
Couples
If you can avoid it DONT USE,but as it's the Only train from SORRENTO to Naples this is almost impossible.
The trains are ancient,always crowded,don't have sir- conditioning unless you count opening the windows.
We had to use these trains going to Pompeii, Herculaneum & Naples.
It's cheap!! 3.90 Euro's one way,but you are certainly paying for the discomfort.
Masks have to be worn but only enforced by other passengers.Certainly announced by the train company,but not always enforced.
A prime example was(1) American students from Messiah College who when challenged stated that GOD would not allow them to have Covid,so didn't feel the need to wear face- coverings.
Very Trumpish argument?

Written May 18, 2022
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Alex L
Bloomington, IN20 contributions
Family
If Dante had to select an European railway service to connect the nine circles of hell, the CIrcumvesuviana would win the bid. Late, dirty, uncomfortable, hot, and with no assigned seats, a sign of an Italy that just doesn't work. The only grace for the passengers in hell is that it would take years to go from one station to the next. If possible, organize your schedule around the trains of Campania Express.
Written July 11, 2021
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Louis D
London, UK538 contributions
Solo
Trains in rural India have higher quality and are less rickety. Forget air conditioning, some of the trains don’t have electricity / lights. The timetables are at best an approximation. The train makes unexpected stops all the time (in addition to the hundreds of scheduled stops 1.5 km apart). I’ve never had a delay of less than 20 minutes with 30-40 being common. I suggest allowing for two hours from Naples to Sorrento (or the reverse) if you have any type of connection. I say even as someone who loves trains: if you have any way to avoid this train, do so. Otherwise, prepare to stand, swelter, and wonder if you’re living in the early 1900s.
Written October 12, 2020
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Keith W
3 contributions
Couples
Naples Garibaldi station absolute chaos. Directed to wrong platform TWICE. Trains late then cancelled. Passenger safety non existent : too many people allowed on platform. Train had 100's of people standing : driver kept stopping very abruptly causing people to stumble and fall ; how nobody was injured I don't know.
Trains very in comfortable and very noisy.
Train ops from Garibaldi: rubbish.
Train ops from Sorrento: no probs.
Written May 6, 2022
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