How to get to the Pompeii ruins.
Sorrento is well connected with Pompei by Circumvesuviana Regional Railway systems known locally as Vesuviana.
All trains directed to Sorrento pass the station of Pompei Scavi as part of their journey.
Make sure that before you start you journey that you are wearing sensible shoes and some of the pavements are extremely uneven.
Take water with you and don’t forget to wear a hat , as it can be very hot especially during summer walking through the ruins of the ancient city.
So how to you get to Pompeii from Sorrento?
As mentioned before, this is very straight forward – so long as you aim for the correct station. This is because some confusion can arise regarding the stations names. Why? Because there are two Stations at Pompeii.
The first is ‘POMPEI’, while the second is ‘POMPEI SCAVI’. Luckily, the ‘Pompei’ station in on a different line to the one that leaves Sorrento station. The station you want is ‘POMPEII SCAVI’ – Scavi meaning ‘ruins’.
You can purchase your tickets in the small newsagents found to the right of Sorrento station. It currently costs 2,20 Euros one way.
I will suggest that you buy return tickets here in order to avoid confusion
at the other end. You will be far too hot and tired from 3 or 4 hours of walking around in the baking hot sun to stand in more queues.
The trains are a bit dirty and generally covered in graffiti, but considering how cheap the tickets are I don’t see how anyone can really complain.
You are best off sitting on the left hand side of the train as this will expose you to the best views of the Bay of Naples, however a large part of the journey will be in complete darkness as you travel though tunnels cut out of the volcanic rock. The journey takes about 35-40 minutes.
Be aware of poorly trained musicians who will be travelling along with you, pestering for money. If you allow them to, they will damage your finances as well as your hearing!
You leave the station using the underpass. A point of interest is that there is a toilet in the underpass which costs 1 Euro.
There are of course toilets at the entrance to the Pompeii ruins, but remember that most of the passengers who were on the train are now walking next to you and they all want to be first in line at the next, free, toilet opportunity.
Once you have reached the station exit turn right, and walk along the street stall until you reach the entrance to the ruins a couple of minutes up the road.
When travelling back you will need to return to Pompeii Scavi station.
Remember to validate your return tickets in the push box by the doors leading out to the platform. If you forget and are asked to produce them invalidated to a ticket inspector then expect to pay a fine.
You will pick up your train from platform one to Sorrento, which is on the other side of the platform. If there are any seats spare then try and sit on the right hand side for the return jour!