We've taken the train between Naples and Bari several times.
If doing so, you'd almost certainly be best to purchase your ticket beforehand - especially on a Saturday, when services appear to be less frequent than on weekdays?
It's the only route on which I can remember ever NOT having our choice of departure on turning up at the station - and only being able to buy for much later in the day... with a long wait involved!
And indeed, I see that - in 2nd Class at least - some of today's trains are showing as fully "Sold Out", not just of the discounted Economy versions but even the Base type:
Not sure what happens with the first of those... for the Regionale train, no seat reservations, so everybody can crowd on.... but then there's presumably only a limited number of places on the bus or buses that do the second part of the trip?
(If there is room, that's a very cheap way to travel, probably 18 Euro or so by now - but very slow!)
Not sure about buses, and how busy they might be - but, if you did fancy a drive whilst here, then it's perhaps the ideal opportunity for doing so!
Here are some photos, taken along the route used by the Regionale train - back when we did it that way:
Not unpleasant countryside?
Thanks for prompt and helopful reply
Thanks Peter for the info .
We are doing the same in late July. What did you decide? I am not too keen on driving into Naples, the train doesn't seem to get us there, and I cannot figure out the bus schedules. Odd that a ferry terminus has so few solutions into a major city such as Naples.
JimEdited: 2:57 pm, June 11, 2013
Still trying to figure out the train situation. The problem is from Caserta to Naples.
We will be arriving in Bari on the evening of the 16/6/13 with the intention of catching a train to Naples Sorrento on Monday the 17/6. Can't seem to get a train that goes direct . Have previously caught a train from Rome to Bari which bypassed Naples. Can anyone advise if Bari / Rome train stops anywhere near Naples and if there is a bus or train connection to Naples/sorrento.
Caserta is the closest station to Naples on the Bari-Rome line. So book the train from Bari to Naples, which entails a change in Caserta. Then take the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento.
There's a train from Bari at 7:15, change in Caserta, arrive at Napoli Centrale at 11:05. Walk a short distance to the Circumvesuviana platform (if I recall correctly, it's downstairs from the main train station, but best to look for the signs), buy a ticket, and board the 11:41 train to Sorrento. You'll be in Sorrento about an hour later.
If you want to go later in the afternoon, there is a 13:17 train from Bari, change in Caserta, arrive at Napoli Centrale at 17:02. Circumvesuviana trains leave at 17:11 and 17:43, and so on.
Here are the relevant websites:
Thanks for your help. That's brilliant and will make life so much easier. Best wishes and good luck for the future.
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