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Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

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Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

Most people travelling to Sorrento from Rome will take the train (Trenitalia from Termini Station or ITALO Treno from Tiburtina Station) to Napoli Centrale, then the unreserved Circumvesuviana commuter train to Sorrento. The reserved train takes between 70 minutes and two hours (depending on whether a Frecciarossa or an Intercity), and the Circumvesuviana another 65 minutes or so. That makes travel time (exclusive of the connection in Naples) anywhere between two and three hours. Circumvesuviana trains depart every 30 minutes on average.

This is the "conventional" solution for travel from Rome to Sorrento.

But there is a way to get to Sorrento without a single connection!

This solution is particularly useful for people with mobility problems, those who may have difficulty lifting luggage on and off trains, or those who simply prefer to avoid the Circumvesuviana train, which is known to get quite crowded during commute times.

The solution is to take the DIRECT Marozzi bus from Rome's Tiburtina bus depot all the way to Sorrento (Circumvesuviana station). The Tiburtina bus depot is located 300 meters from Rome's Tiburtina train/metro station, which is conveniently connected every 15 minutes by Trenitalia unreserved airport train to FCO Airport. It takes about five minutes to walk from the train/metro station entrance to the bus depot.

There is a year-round Marozzi bus at 15:00, arriving in Sorrento at 19:00. The bus operates Monday through Saturday, but NOT on Sunday. The mid-afternoon departure makes for an easy connection from many incoming flights to both Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA) airports.

From June 1 through September 30, there is a SECOND bus departure DAILY at 7:00 a.m., arriving in Sorrento at 10:45. (This bus continues on to Positano, Praiano and Amalfi).

The one-way fare is 18 Euros. Advance reservations are optional but not mandatory.

www.marozzivt.it

PROS:

1. Direct service. No need to haul luggage between trains at Napoli Centrale. No need to lift luggage on and off trains. Stow luggage in the underfloor baggage compartment of the bus.

2. Cheap: only 18 Euros, versus 23 (Intercity), 36 (Eurostar Italia) or 43 (Frecciarossa) Euros on the Trenitalia train to Napoli Centrale, plus 4 Euros on the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento. (There is also the unreserved Trenitalia "regionale" train from Rome to Naples for only 11.20 Euros, but it takes over 2.5 hours. There are also cheaper discounted fares on both Trenitalia and ITALO TRENO reserved trains which have significant restrictions).

3. Unless you take the fast and expensive high-speed train (Frecciarossa or ITALO TRENO), the direct bus is not so slow, considering that the train solution (using the Trenitalia Intercity train) will take over three hours.

4. Guaranteed seating all the way to Sorrento. By contrast, the unreserved Circumvesuviana commuter train sometimes has lots of standing passengers.

5. No problem with luggage. By contrast, you must keep luggage by your seat (or next to your legs) on the Circumvesuviana train.

CONS:

1. Slow: 4 hours, versus 2-3 hours by train (NOT counting connection time in Naples).

2. May be subject to traffic delays.

3. No service on Sundays (except from June through September at 7:00 a.m.).

4. Limited schedules: only one bus year-round, and two buses from June through September.

5. Limited connection timeframes from FCO and CIA airports.

RETURN SERVICE:

From Sorrento at 6:00 a.m., arriving Rome Tiburtina bus depot 9:45 (year-round, daily except Sunday).

Additionally, from Sorrento at 17:00, arriving Rome at 21:00 (daily, from June through September only).

NOTE: Competitor bus operator Curreri is not running buses on this route at this time.

OPINION: Don't discard the Marozzi bus solution out of hand. It has somewhat limited appeal, but is nonetheless a very welcome option.

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1. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

Thanks for your work on this. It seems to be a continuing question!

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2. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

UPDATE:

In view of the fact that many public transportation services in Italy have experienced cuts in the recent past, and because such service reductions may continue or even become deeper in the future, travellers interested in the Marozzi direct bus between Rome and Sorrento are urged to consult the website from time to time, to confirm regularity of service and schedules. At the moment, web schedules on this route are current only through the end of 2012.

The foregoing cautionary statement is especially true during the winter months, when the Marozzi bus runs between Rome and Sorrento might not operate six days per week on a consistent basis.

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3. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The Curreri bus from Roma Tiburtina bus depot direct to Sorrento ALSO STOPS at:

POMPEI

CASTELLAMMARE DI STABIA; and

VICO EQUENSE

in BOTH directions, to either discharge or pick up passengers.

Consult the Marozzi website for precise schedules.

These additional stops makes the Curreri bus an even more attractive solution for those needing to travel between Rome and these intermediate cities between Naples and Sorrento!

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4. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

Thank you for this! We are heading from Rome to Sorrento late November and this indeed looks like a much easier, and not too much longer, alternative. Going to the website now.

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5. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

We just used the Marozzi bus from Rome to Sorrento and were very happy with did. Very easy to get to and eliminated the hassles of going from one train to another lugging your bags. We were staying in San't Agnello and the bus stopped there also which made it even easier to get to our hotel.

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6. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

We want to use this bus Sat June 14; can we buy tickets ahead on line? Is there an English web site?

Thanks for any help.

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7. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

See the web site referenced in the original post.

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8. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

We are staying in Amalfi Coast and need to get to Rome Airport - FCO for an 11:55 AM flight....what is the fastest and most reliable way to get back to Rome Airport so we don't miss our flight??

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9. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

Go to Rome the night before - seriously. It will take about 4 plus hours to get to FCO from the AC - and you never know if there are going to be bus delays or road problems (last two trips there were problems when I was leaving - one time a boulder had fallen into the road (not that unusual) and the other time there was an unexpected work action/stoppage that slowed everything down for more than one hour on the road.

Your profile doesn't say where you are from - if you are flying back to the states, you need (not exaggerating) the full 3 hours at the airport prior to departure - for inter-EU flights, you need to be there about 2 hours pre-departure.

Where are you staying on the AC?

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10. Re: Getting to Sorrento from Rome without any connections

Considering GAC's comment that this bus now stops...Is it still a great deal? I've been to Italy many times (lived there for 5 years), but we always flew form city to city in the South. My husband and I are wanting to bus or train from Rome to Sorrento this time. With the stops mentioned, is it still a 4 hour trip?