Coastal view of Sorrento with Mount Vesuvius in background, Sorrento Italy

Naples Cruise Port to Sorrento: Your Essential Excursion DIY Guide

Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, is an idyllic day-trip destination from the Naples cruise port. Discover this vibrant town’s captivating beauty, rich history, and proximity to other stunning destinations. If you have a longer day in port, you could even combine a visit to Pompeii with your Sorrento adventure. Let me show you how to plan a perfect DIY trip to Sorrento!

Not sure Sorrento is for you? Check out my DIY Naples to Capri day-trip guide instead. Want to combine Sorrento with Pompeii? Then definitely go check my DIY Pompeii guide with insider tips on how to get there from Naples cruise port.

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Naples Cruise Port to Sorrento: Is a DIY Excursion Easy? ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž (Straightforward)

Okay, Naples might not be Italy’s most charming city, but hey, it gave us pizza ๐Ÿ•! More importantly, it’s your gateway to stunning Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Here’s why I rated a DIY Sorrento day trip from Naples cruise port as ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž (Straightforward):

  • Awesome views from ferry: Catch a direct ferry to Sorrento from ferry terminal next to cruise port
  • Pompeii Combo: Easily combine Sorrento with a stop at Pompeii by taking the train.
  • Walkable Town: Once in Sorrento, everything’s within easy walking distance โ€“ no complicated transport needed.

Wondering where to get your slice of Neapolitan pizza? Get insider tips from my DIY Naples Guide.

Naples Cruise Port Essentials: All You Need to Know

Naples Cruise Port Address: 80133 Naples, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

  • Currency: Euros
  • Language: Italian
  • Official websites: Regional train website EAV is most helpful for train schedules & ticket information. 
  • Recommended Transport App: I would recommend using Citymapper to navigate around the city. Google Maps also worked fine!
  • eSIM for roaming in Italy: For a great data connection without the huge roaming fees, use an eSim data pack from Airalo. I always recommend having a smartphone with a valid plan when youโ€™re at port touring independently. Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo when you use ROXANN1666 when you sign up or apply it at checkout
  • My Naples Map: ๐Ÿ‘‡ Click on the upper right hand corner to see a bigger version. You’re in the birthplace of pizza ๐Ÿ•, so don’t forget to check out my pizzeria recommendations on the map ๐Ÿ˜‹

Getting from Naples Cruise Port to Sorrento

Reaching Sorrento from the Naples cruise port is easy and scenic! Here’s the two best DIY transport options – I would recommend the ferry, unless you want to combine a half-day visit to Pompeii first. If that’s the case, check out my DIY Naples to Pompeii Excursion Guide!

1. Ferry

Sorrento Ferry Terminal, Italy
Sorrento Ferry Terminal, Image by domenicopagliuca1976 from Pixabay
  • Fastest & Most Scenic: Ferries zip you across the Bay of Naples in about 40 minutes, offering breathtaking coastal views.
  • Departure Point: Conveniently located at the Molo Beverello pier, right next to the cruise port – see my Naples map above.
  • Companies: Choose between Alilauro and NLG ferries โ€“ check their schedules and pre-book tickets, especially in peak season. One-way fares start from โ‚ฌ16.
  • Flexibility Tip: If you’re feeling spontaneous and ferries to Sorrento are full, don’t worry! There are frequent departures to Capri and other Amalfi Coast towns. Or, switch gears and take the train for a different experience.

2. Train (Circumvesuviana)

  • Affordable & Convenient: This local train offers a budget-friendly option with regular departures.
  • Journey Time: Approximately 1 hour, with stops including Pompeii and Herculaneum (great combo add-on!).
  • Getting to Naples “Garibaldi” Centrale station:
    • From Cruise Port: Walk a few minutes away to Piazza Municipio. ๐Ÿ‘† See my Naples map.
    • Metro to Naples Station: Take the metro (Line 1) from “Municipio” station to “Garibaldi” station (3 stops). It’s easiest to pay the โ‚ฌ1.50 with a contactless card. Don’t forget to tap in and tap out with the same card! Otherwise you will be charged the max. fare. Follow signs from metro platform to main station concourse.
    • Circumvesuviana Train to Sorrento: Direct trains to Sorrento runs every 20-30 minutes. Download the timetable here (PDF). Train takes about an hour. You can also pay with a contactless card – โ‚ฌ4.60 one-way (NA5 fare zone)
    • Arrival in Sorrento: Sorrento station is located centrally, near Piazza Tasso.

Stop & see Pompeii on route? Then get off at โ€œPompei Scavi โ€“ Villa dei Misteriโ€ station, about 35 minutes into the journey. The entrance to Pompeii Archaeological Park is right next to the station. Read my DIY Naples to Pompeii excursion guide for maps & resources to download.

Unforgettable Sorrento: Food, Vibes & Coastal Charm

My Sorrento Map: ๐Ÿ‘‡ Click on the upper right hand corner to see a bigger version.

  • Piazza Tasso: More than just a square, Piazza Tasso is where you’ll soak up Sorrento’s vibrant atmosphere. Grab a leisurely lunch at a cafe, do some people-watching, and savour the lively Italian energy. The main cross street at the Piazza is Corso Italia. If you’re a keen shopper, then definitely venture down the pedestrianised portion of this street.
  • Marina Grande & Marina Piccola: Take a dip in the crystal-clear water or simply relax with a gelato and enjoy the view. Note that Marina Grande is a bit of a hike down. If you’re not keen on walking, then take the lift down instead (marked on my map) and head to Marina Piccola. Around the marinas, you’ll find beach clubs with all the services you’d typically expect.
  • Stroll the Narrow Streets: Lose yourself in the maze of charming alleys radiating from Piazza Tasso. Sorrento is famous for inlaid woodwork (intarsia), lacemaking and ceramic tiles and you will find plenty of artisanal shops (and the touristy ones too!)
  • Limoncello Tasting: Sorrento is famous for its lemons! Don’t miss the chance to taste the iconic limoncello liqueur.
Bottles of Limoncellos on display in Sorrento Italy
Image by Alex B from Pixabay

Sorrento’s Hidden Treasures: Art, History, & Architecture

If you’re keen to do a bit more sightseeing during your day trip to Sorrento, here’s a few suggestions. All of the following are marked in my Naples map above.

  • Museo della Tarsia Lignea – Inlaid Wood Museum: Get ready to be amazed! This museum showcases the incredible skill of Sorrento’s woodworkers. See how they transform wood into intricate designs and patterns โ€“ it’s true craftsmanship.
  • Museo Correale di Terranova: If you’re a history and art lover, this spot is for you. Imagine wandering through a grand villa filled with beautiful paintings, delicate porcelain, and even treasures from the past! Plus, the gardens and views here are absolutely stunning.
  • Cloister of San Francesco: Escape the bustling streets for a moment of peace in this ancient cloister. You’ll feel transported back in time as you admire its arches and soak up the atmosphere.
  • Cathedrale di Sant’Antonino: This church is dedicated to Sorrento’s own patron saint, and it’s definitely worth a peek inside. Prepare to see colorful frescoes, beautiful artwork, and a special crypt where they say you can find the remains of Sant’Antonino himself!

Combining Sorrento & Capri: Your Options

Capri Harbour, Italy
Capri, Image by Bilal EL-Daou from Pixabay

Dreaming of squeezing both Sorrento’s coastal charm and Capri’s iconic beauty into one day? It’s definitely possible! There’s plenty to do for a day in Sorrento, without need to go to Capri. But if you don’t want to leave Italy without seeing both, here’s a few ways to make it happen:

  • Option A (My Recommended Itinerary) – this is my preferred combo, as the train from Sorrento back to Naples acts as a good backup option.
    • Ferry: Naples to Capri: Enjoy stunning views on your way to this glamorous island first. The two ferry companies above operates these routes from the same ferry terminal next to the cruise port. Journey time is 50-60 mins.
    • Ferry: Capri to Sorrento: Explore Capri, then hop on an afternoon ferry to Sorrento. Ferries take 20-30 mins.
    • Ferry/Train: Sorrento to Naples: Catch a ferry or take the train back to Naples from Sorrento. Journey time is around 40 mins.
  • Option B:
    • Ferry/Train: Naples to Sorrento: Start with exploring Sorrento’s laid-back charm.
    • Ferry: Sorrento to Capri: Ferry to Capri, leaving time to experience its highlights. Ferry takes 20-30 minutes.
    • Ferry: Capri to Naples: Return on a late ferry to maximize your Capri time. Only attempt this if you have pre-booked the ferry ticket or you run the risk of being left behind in Capri!

There’s of course a third option, taking the train between Naples and Sorrento. Then doing a return ferry trip between Sorrento and Capri. I do not recommend this option, as it adds unnecessary travel time, though train tickets are much cheaper than ferry tickets.

Featured Image by user32212 from Pixabay

Whether you’re drawn to Sorrento’s vibrant piazzas, its stunning coastline, or the allure of nearby Capri, I hope this guide has inspired you to plan your own unforgettable day trip from Naples. Embrace the Italian ‘la dolce vita’ spirit, savor delicious food, and let the beauty of Sorrento sweep you off your feet. If you found this guide helpful, please share it with fellow travelers who might be dreaming of their own Italian coastal adventure!

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