The main street entrance to Napoli Centrale station, by the taxi rank

Torino / Turin to Napoli / Naples by train

How to take a thrilling high speed rail journey from Turin / Torino to Naples / Napoli

Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia compete with Italo trains on the north to south high speed rail route in Italy.
The two services take the same route so have similar journey times, so the key differences are; the ticket prices, the agents which sell them and the on-board facilities on the trains - hence it's worth taking a look at the 'Train guides'.

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Option 1: taking the high speed Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia

Travel Information

Final Destination: Napoli or Salerno or Reggio di Calabria

All of these trains also call at: Roma Termini

Some trains also call at: Napoli Afragola take care not to leave the train here if you will be heading to Napoli/Naples city centre.

Departing from Torino/Turin:

The trains on this route from Torino to Napoli commence their journeys at Torino Porta Nuova station.

They depart from there around 10 mins before they depart from Torino Porta Susa.

If you will be commencing your journey on the Torino Metro, it can make sense to head to Porta Susa in order to take these trains.
As all seats are reserved, including yours, you won't have to worry about no spare seats being available if you board at Torino Porta Susa.

The city centre Metro stations are Re:Umberto and Vinzaglio.

Though if you will be travelling with luggage, it can be a better idea to board these trains at Porta Nuova, you'll increase your chances of being able to find an optimum space in which to store your bags.

Though whether you travel from Porta Susa or Porta Nuova stations makes no difference to the ticket price.

11 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date - usually

The train service between and Torino/Turin and Napoli/Naples is provided by:
(1) these Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia and
(2) alternative Italo trains

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.
Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains - and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared with Trainline or Omio, though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

Rail Pass Users:

If you will be travelling with a valid Eurail or InterRail pass, you will need to reserve prior to boarding these trains, either at the station (using a Trenitalia ticket machine or ticket desk) OR by booking them online.

How to book the rail pass reservations online is included on our guide to using rail passes in Italy.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €39.90

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
ItaliaRail from €39.90

ItaliaRail Guide

ItaliaRail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.

Users of InterRail and Eurail passes can also book seat reservations on the Frecce and InterCity trains without paying a booking fee,

SaveATrain from €39.90

SaveATrain Guide

Trainline from €39.90

Trainline Guide

Omio from €39.90

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed

Good to Know

Most departures reverse direction three times when making this journey, when they call at Milano Centrale, Firenze S.M.N, and Roma Termini.

The first two departures of the day are faster because don't divert off the direct route to call at Firenze / Florence (so they also reverse direction only twice, in Milano and Roma).

Racing through Tuscany as the train heads south from Florence Racing through Tuscany as the train heads south from Florence
The Castello di Sammezzano can be seen on the left shortly after departing from Florence The Castello di Sammezzano can be seen on the left shortly after departing from Florence
Crossing one of the many viaducts on the Florence to Rome high speed line Crossing one of the many viaducts on the Florence to Rome high speed line
Racing over the river Paglia and leaving Umbria Racing over the river Paglia and leaving Umbria
Looking towards the foothills of the Apennines from the left of the train Looking towards the foothills of the Apennines from the left of the train
Heading south from Rome at more than 280 km/h Heading south from Rome at more than 280 km/h

This is one of the longest European high speed train journeys - the only part of the journey which isn't at high speed occurs when the trains pass through Milano city centre.

It's also a journey of five distinct phases.

(1) The trains speed past the cars on the parallel autostrada for most of the journey between Torino and Milano.

(2) Between Milano and Bologna the trains are at their fastest on this stretch of high speed line; which is fortunate as there's nothing much to see.

(3) Between Bologna and Firenze 99% of the journey is in tunnels,

(4) The high speed lines between Firenze and Roma isn't quite as fast as that between Milano and Bologna, but pleasing distant views of hills can be seen from either side of the train.

This is the most scenic part of the train journey

(5) The trains will once again attain their top speed on the high speed line between Roma and Napoli.

Option 2: taking the high speed Italo trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Napoli or Salerno or Reggio di Calabria

All of these trains also call at: Roma Termini

All but one of these trains also call at: Napoli Afragola take care not to leave the train here if you will be heading to Napoli/Naples city centre.

Departing from Torino/Turin:

The trains on this route from Torino to Napoli commence their journeys at Torino Porta Nuova station.

They depart from there around 10 mins before they depart from Torino Porta Susa.

If you will be commencing your journey on the Torino Metro, it can make sense to head to Porta Susa in order to take these trains.
As all seats are reserved, including yours, you won't have to worry about no spare seats being available if you board at Torino Porta Susa.
Though if you will be travelling with luggage, it can be a better idea to board these trains at Porta Nuova, you'll increase your chances of being able to find an optimum space in which to store your bags.

Though whether you travel from Porta Susa or Porta Nuova stations makes no difference to the ticket price.

7 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 5 months ahead of the travel date

The train service between Torino and Napoli is provided by:
(1) these Italo trains
(2) alternative Frecce trains operated by Trenitalia

Tickets for the Trenitalia Frecce trains are placed on sale around 4 months in advance, but the Italo train tickets are made available around 5 months ahead.
However, Trenitalia does not sell tickets for the Italo trains - and Italo does not sell tickets for the Trenitalia trains.

If you're booking no more than 4 months ahead and have no particular preference for the train that you will be taking, the price and departure times of the Frecce and Italo trains can be directly compared on Trainline or Omio, though look out for the fact that both of these services will charge a booking fee.

Eurail and InterRail passes can't be used on Italo trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Italo from €34.90

Italo Guide

Italo trains compete with the Frecce services, provided by the national rail operator, Trenitalia, on the high speed routes which link major cities in Italy.
The Italo booking site only sells tickets for journeys by its trains.

Omio from €34.90

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Trainline from €34.90

Trainline Guide

Happyrail from €34.90

Happyrail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - NoHigh Speed

Good to Know

The first departure of the day is fastest because it is non-stop between Milano and Roma, so it doesn't divert off the direct route to call at Firenze / Florence; so it reverse direction only once, in Milano.

The other departures reverse direction three times when making this journey, when they call at Milano Centrale, Firenze S.M.N, and Roma Termini.

Racing through the countryside of Tuscany to the south of Florence Racing through the countryside of Tuscany to the south of Florence
Leaving Umbria and crossing the River Paglia Leaving Umbria and crossing the River Paglia
Looking towards the Apennines on the left to the north of Rome Looking towards the Apennines on the left to the north of Rome
Heading south at more than 280 km/h on the Rome to Naples high speed line Heading south at more than 280 km/h on the Rome to Naples high speed line

These trains take the same route as the Frecce trains.

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