Circumvesuviana Railway Service

Circumvesuviana Railway Service, Naples: Address, Circumvesuviana Railway Service Reviews: 2.5/5

Circumvesuviana Railway Service

Circumvesuviana Railway Service
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Louis D
London, UK538 contributions
The worst train in Europe
Oct 2020 • 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 12 October 2020
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Bradford, UK1 406 contributions
Train to Naples from Sorrento
Oct 2020 • Couples
Firstly we actually wanted to visit Pompeii but found out at the station that it is closed on a Monday so without any research we bought return tickets to Naples. Price for 2 was around €15 which is good value. The train to Naples had the hard plastic seats and the return cushioned fabric. Both were reasonably clean but covered in graffiti ( they all are ) any how so all ok but Naples was a huge let down. We spent 4 hrs there and did not walk through a street that was not full of litter , discarded furniture or men hanging around staring at you or more to the point what you have.
It's like the city has given up on itself ....
Overall the train was fine but go somewhere else.
Written 7 October 2020
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Stephanie R
London, UK243 contributions
Must do cheap
Sep 2020 • Friends
From Naples train station if u want to go to sorento it costs €3.90 one way Rtn is €7.80 really good value for money trains run every 30mins there and same bck some trains stop at all stops and there r some trains that miss out stops but if ur getting on at Naples sorento is the last stop so u can’t go wrong we went on the slow train and it took about 1.30 to get to sorento but on the way there are some stunning views of volcano and the sea front absolutely recommend going by train
Written 30 September 2020
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Andrea M
London, UK31 contributions
Cattle wagon
Jul 2020 • Couples
Unbreathable air, sweaty, no social distancing at all, train delayed. Impossible to understand from the website that the express train needs a separate ticket. Next time we will better off walking.
Written 30 July 2020
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Martin Greiffenberg
Copenhagen, Denmark22 contributions
Pickpockets are lurking
Jul 2020 • 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 23 July 2020
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5 contributions
Many people without masks
Jul 2020 • Business
There are many people who rode this train without masks. There is zero enforcement. It’s really a shame.
Written 22 July 2020
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Andrew G
Glasgow, UK50 contributions
Does the job, just about. Good value.
Jul 2020 • Couples
You need to accept this rustic railway for what it is. You could describe it as quaint or old fashioned but really it’s only strength is the price.

I worked out how to calculate the cost of a ticket. It turns out that a website called unicocampania is owned by the regulator and there are two sets of single fares essentially defined by whether or not you pass through Naples.

Punctuality is not a strong point. Some trains leave early. Some leave late. You just don’t really know. But when it’s €2-4 for a 30-60 minute train ride, you have to accept it for what it is.

The rolling stock dates back to the 1970s - picture small hard plastic chairs, lots of people and no air conditioning; unless you hit the jackpot and find a 2008 more modern train which is roomier and has air conditioning (generally the premium trains operate the Campania Express).

You purchase tickets either at the station or from a local newsagent, and they must be validated before you board the train.

Tip - for timetables, the official website is called EAV.
Written 15 July 2020
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Ryszard L
Sydney, Australia326 contributions
Cheap and usually efficient but be warned.
May 2019
A cheap and quick way of getting to places like Herculaneum, Pompei and Sorrento. Unfortunately, it is also dirty, covered in graffiti like most trains around Naples, all too often quite crowded and a haven for pick-pockets and other lowlife. I have met far too many fellow travellers who have had stuff stolen while travelling on the train. Do not wear jewellery, and keep important documents like your passport in an inside jacket pocket. I usually wear trousers with at least eight pockets and a jacket with another nine. While travelling around this area I also wore my old goalkeeper shorts (which has pockets inside the sides of the legs for the padding which I removed and put my passport and wallet) under my trousers. The Neapolitans have never quite mastered the art of waiting their turn or queueing so when the doors open it's a mad rush for a seat and your elbows become the most important part of your anatomy, especially if you want to alight.
Written 6 April 2020
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Merseyside, UK3 591 contributions
Cheap way to get to Pompei & Naples & Herculaneum. Crowded & basic but very cheap
May 2019
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 3 February 2020
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eblocki s
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
Avoid the stress, avoid this line.
Dec 2019
I was warned about the line from Naples to Pompeii Scavi, specifically to watch for pickpockets and other scammers, but I went ahead anyway, not wanting to miss out on seeing the ruins at Pompeii. Catching the fast train from Rome to Naples (excellent), I arrived at Naples unsure of where to go and brought a ticket from the wrong train company, which did not have a line to Pompeii Scavi but nevertheless allowed us to buy tickets there. Eventually we sorted this out and got tickets on the correct train. My wife, son and I arrived at the platform through sheer luck more than anything and couldn't find any information about which platform or which train to get onto. There was an older lady on the platform yelling loudly to tourists about which train to get onto and then directing them to sit down while others seemed to hover around those who chose to sit where she indicated.
Scam? Lining us up to be pick-pocketed? I was suspicious. When the train arrived we were crowded on and forced to watch as an older guy smelling of alcohol pressed up against a young woman before she swapped places with her father. All the while, I kept a nervous hand in my pockets to protect my phone and wallet, and my wife did likewise. All this said, I would not have missed Pompeii for the world and I am glad I went but when I go back I will look at alternatives to get to the archaeological site. My advice is to maintain awareness of your surroundings and, sadly, be suspicious of everyone.
Written 15 January 2020
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