You'll first use the new escalator...
Walk away from the main platforms and you'll soon find this... which leads down to the level used by local Metropolitana trains. Use it also for the Circumvesuviana, although there's then some walking to be done.
From time to time the direction of the escalators are swapped, with the stairs on the right going down for while, and these - on the left - doing the uphill trek!
... and then follow the underground passages...
Walking towards the Circumvesuviana railway's ticket office, on the level used
by the Metro trains - one floor below the groundlevel mainline platforms
... to eventually arrive at the barriers...
Look round and you'll spot the new offices, where you can buy
your 'UnicoCampania' tickets - which aren't sold outside the
region, and can't be bought in Rome.
No reservations required, or possible, on this suburban service
- but you will need a ticket to pass through these barriers,
which are operated by the validation machines!
For Pompei's archaeological site
The station ("Pompei Scavi") is on the line that runs to Sorrento - which the Circumvesuviana's platform indicator displays show like this!
The "BIN" column tells which binario (platform) will be used by the train; in this case it was due in ten minutes... but was going to be the second to arrive at platform 3 - NOT the first!!!
Platform for trains to Pompei Scavi and Sorrento
In the basement of Napoli Centrale station, the four platforms of the Circumvesuviana's Piazza Garibaldi station.
Trains on the route to Sorrento via Pompei Scavi usually use one of the central pair - plaforms 2 or 3.
At one end or the other, each is served by fixed staircases and/or a upwards-travelling moving one.
One of the newer trains...
.... although many on the line to Sorrento and Pompeii aren't so fancy!
If happier with a map...
The network of lines operated by the Circumvesuviana - be sure to select the "Original" size from the list below, if wanting a copy to print!
For many people, the most important one runs between Naples and Sorrento, with stops
at the archaeological sites of Pompeii (on the map, "Pompei Scavi Villa Misteri"),
actually in the modern town of Pompei)....
.... and Herculaneum (marked as simply 'Ercolano'), in today's Ercolano....
That same line will also get you to Torre Annunziata, for the Oplontis site:
... but note how and where you'd have to change if wanting to visit Boscoreale:
(C) Image copyright owned by the railway company - this version came from one of
In black, the Naples to Sorrento line
For a printable version, select "Original" from the size list below the image.
The original is available from the group's new website..
- allow 10-15 minutes to get between the platforms at ground level and those used by CV trains
- by day, trains are scheduled more or half hourly - usually at 11 and 41 minutes past the hour
- Journey time, mostly 35 mins to Pompei Scavi, then another 30 to Sorrento
- there are also a few faster services, which simply skip some of the intervening stations!
- expect to be at the Pompei site between 45 and 75 minutes after arriving in Naples
Left Luggage - Left Baggage
There are all manner of facilities at the Napoli Centrale station, including a manned "Deposito Bagagli" office on the ground level, as listed amongst 'Station services' here...
(Note though that, as of early March 2013, it had been closed for several weeks - with no reopening date - and still was when checked again, at the start of that April)
At Pompeii they've two free ones - at the Porta Marina and Piazza Anfiteatro entrances:
And there's also one at Herculaneum, in the new entrance building
The other stuff...
There are now three lifts in the station that descend from ground level. The two near the main entrance are supposed to go all the way down to the CV platforms, although I've not as yet seen either of them functioning.
Those who will, or may, need such assistance might be better using the Circumvesuviana terminus, at the nearby 'Porta Nolana' station - where station staff have keys for a lift that will take you to platform level.
As in any busy place, do be careful!
Despite a heavy presence of railway police, accompanied by quite ENORMOUS German Shepherds, crowds of distracted passengers offer the easiest of targets for petty thieves and pickpockets!
Those unfamiliar with train and Metro travel might look to the advice offered in this leaflet from Trenitalia...
But do remember also than more than a hundred thousand people use the station each day - almost all of them without incident!
If perhaps wanting to stop off at the Feltrinelli bookshop - for either guides, or anything else from their good selection of English books, music etc - note that there's an exit from their basement level which provides by far the simplest route to the CV ticket office and platforms!
The forecourt - Napoli Centrale station
An unexpected but very pleasant surprise at the main railway station this week - the
completion of a long series of improvements to the taxi and vehicle approaches.
The stop for the airport-bound Alibus is near where you may be able to make out one
of the ordinary orange ANM city buses picking up its passengers?
Every now and then they move it up and down the street a few yards, so watch out
for the sign - which will be marked "Alibus".
In midfield, the new "glass box" - a quick entrance for those heading to Metropolitana
and Circumvesuviana trains - where, next to it, a new police kiosk has subsequently