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Naples (or Napoli) is one of Europe's most intoxicating cities. For thousands of years, the Bay of Naples has been a power center, with Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, and modern Italian influences all contributing to a unique region. From Pompeii's haunting ruins, to the luxury of Capri, and from the endless Christmas of the Via San Gregorio, to the impressive Castel Nuovo, Naples continues to offer unforgettable experiences and attractions. Afragola is a northern suburb of the city, with its own identity. Conveniently located for Naples Airport, the suburb has its own major train station Napoli Afragola, and is a popular base for visitors who want easy access to the entire bay area. So it really helps to know how to reach the station from Afragola city center.
Traveling from Afragola city center or nearby locations to the train station Napoli Afragola should pose few problems. Those coming from the center of Afragola itself can take taxis directly to the station entrance, or walk from almost any part of the city. There are few public buses from Afragola to the station, so private transportation tends to be the best way to make the transfer. From the airport, travelers can take the C1N bus (although a long walk is involved at the end of the journey, so taxis could be preferable). However, getting to Afragola from the center of Naples is much easier. In that case, travelers can simply catch local Italo Treno services from Napoli Centrale. Centrale is also the place to head if visitors arrive in Naples by boat at Molo Beverello. They will want to catch the metro to Centrale, before transferring to local trains.
Napoli Afragola station is a couple of hundred meters east of the center of Afragola. This means that taxi journeys from anywhere in the neighborhood will take a maximum of 10 minutes, and will usually take far less. It also ensures that visitors can walk to the station in under 20 minutes, providing they have a good grasp of the local geography. The airport (Capodichino) is five miles (8.5 kilometers) south of Afragola. However, buses will take over 30 minutes, due to indirect routes, and there may be a 20-minute long walk after arriving at Cardito. Taxis will take 20 minutes, so are always preferable. Trains from Napoli Centrale take 14-18 minutes to cover the seven miles (11.5 kilometers) distance, while metro and train combinations from Molo Beverello will take just over an hour. Pompeii is 23 miles (35 kilometers) to the south-east of Afragola, which equates to a 35-minute taxi ride, or a much longer journey via trains to Centrale, and buses along the coast of the bay.
If travelers with limited mobility need to travel to a train from Afragola city center, it should always be easy to do so comfortably. The best option for those using wheelchairs or crutches is to book a specialist taxi that uses spacious minivans or minibusses. They can assist with boarding and disembarking, and transfer customers straight to the doors at the train station. Those coming from the center of Napoli can rely on Italo or Trenitalia services, which are adapted for disabled travelers, and Centrale is also wheelchair friendly. However, if airport transfers are required, wheelchair users are advised to book taxis, as bus transfers to Afragola Station are not well-suited to disabled travelers. The station itself is a new facility, opened in 2017. Because of its recent opening, it is well adapted for disabled users, so visitors can count on stress-free boarding and ticketing.
If you are wondering what to do near the train station, and have a couple of hours to fill, the first thing to do is to explore the station itself. Afragola was designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, and is a striking building, while the views of Vesuvius are sublime. Alternatively, central Naples is 15 minutes away. From Napoli Centrale and Piazza Garibaldi, visitors can walk 600 meters west to Naples' historic core. They could take the metro to Municipio to see the Castel Nuovo and its art collection, or head to Museo, which (as the name suggests) is right next to the Archaeological Museum. Heading to Pompeii may be out of the question, but travelers can get a great feel for the city's ancient past by wandering through one of the world's outstanding historical museums.