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While I was planning my three days on the Amalfi Coast, I found it difficult to find specific information about transportation, especially since I wasn’t staying in one of the major tourist towns. To remedy the situation, I’ve written up a quick guide to traveling around the Amalfi Coast. Hopefully this will help you plan your perfect trip.
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The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is a short stretch of the Italian coastline between the cities of Sorrento and Salerno. Postcard-perfect towns like Positano and Amalfi are popular tourist destinations, as is the nearby island Capri. But there is so much more to see – places like the quiet beach town of Maiori or secluded Ravello. Plenty of other villages dot the cliffs that rise above the sea.
Many tourists choose to fly into Naples Airport and make their way to the coast from there. However, it is very easy to reach the coast from other major Italian cities by public transportation. And once you’re there, it is super easy to hop between towns.
Getting to the Amalfi Coast
By Public Transportation
Where are you staying?
Picture the main towns and cities of the Amalfi Coast on a line like this: Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi – Minori – Maiori – Salerno.
The main bus company, Sita, has regular services along this route. However, there is no service that runs the entire length of the coast from one end to the other. The bus routes all start or end in Amalfi. If you want to get from Sorrento to Salerno, for example, you will need to switch buses in Amalfi. Because of this, your arrival strategy may vary depending on where you are staying.
Arrival From Another Italian City
If you are heading to a town between Sorrento and Amalfi, you will want to take a train to Sorrento. From there you can catch the Sita bus to your destination.
If your accommodation is located between Minori and Salerno, on the other hand, then taking the train to Salerno and getting the Sita bus will be simpler. This way you avoid transferring buses in Amalfi.
You can always check the prices of train tickets in advance and go with whichever one is cheaper as well.
When your train arrives in either Sorrento or Salerno, make sure to ask the tourist office for the location of the Sita bus stop. These weren’t particularly well-marked in my experience, especially in the larger cities. You also need to purchase your tickets in advance. There should be ticket offices in the train stations, but ask at the tourist office if you can’t find it.
Naples International Airport
If you are flying into italy, you will want to land in Naples. This is the closest airport to the Amalfi Coast. From the airport, take the Alibus Naples Airport Shuttle to Napoli Centrale train station (also called Stazione di Napoli Piazza Garibaldi). Circumvesuviana trains run regularly from here to Sorrento and take about an hour (€4.50). If you are heading to Salerno, you can get tickets from Treinitalia starting at €4.70, and the journey can take as little as 30 minutes.
From there you simply need to get on the Sita bus that I mentioned in the previous section.
Hire A Car
A simple, though more pricey, way to travel to the Amalfi Coast is by private car. If your flight is arriving late, or the idea of taking more transportation after your flight doesn’t sound appealing, you can hire a car to take you from Naples Airport directly to your accommodation.
If you do decide to hire someone to drive you, make sure to book in advance online. It should ideally be €100 or less from the airport. If you don’t plan early, the fee can get higher than €150. Splitting a car with a few people can reduce the cost significantly, but I definitely wouldn’t do this if I were traveling on my own.
My friend and I hired a car about a week before our trip and it cost €108. It was definitely a splurge for me. But my flight arrived at 8pm, so the idea of trying to catch multiple buses and trains late at night wasn’t appealing. I was nervous that the buses would no longer be running by the time we got out of Naples. Plus we got dropped off right at our B&B which made life super easy.
Exploring the Amalfi Coast
Once you are actually on the coast, Sita buses provide a great way to get around. A single ticket is €2 (valid for 45 minutes). You can buy tickets that are valid for longer if you wish. Check this website for up-to-date schedules and fares.
Tickets need to be purchased in advance. You can’t just get on the bus and buy a ticket there. It’s inconvenient, I know. Tickets can be found at tourist information points or even in some cafés and convenience stores. Shops will often have signs in the window if they sell bus tickets.
Bus trips between towns take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. The roads are very windy, so take precautions if you get motion sick.
If you want a more scenic journey, consider taking the ferry. Ferries don’t run as frequently as buses, but the towns of the Amalfi Coast are best seen from the water. It is faster, too. Prices vary depending on the length of your journey. From Maiori the prices ranged from €3 to €12 one way.
You can also take a ferry to Capri, a common day trip from the Amalfi Coast. Several people I spoke to recommended taking an actual boat tour to the island rather than the regular ferry as it is less crowded, and you have the chance to explore places like the Blue Grotto without having to worry about finding your way. Basic ferry tickets to Capri are around €20 depending on where you leave from.
The ferry service begins in April and runs through October, but it is best to check online for the most accurate information.
Renting a Car
While you’re exploring the Italian coast, there is also the option of renting your own car. This gives you total freedom to visit the towns you want and travel at your own pace. I have never done this myself, but I do have a few important notes if you are thinking about it.
Parking can be very expensive along the Amalfi Coast. It is €30 to park in Positano for one day. You also need to double-check that your accommodation has a place you can park in, especially if you are staying in smaller B&Bs. Make sure to work that into your daily costs.
Italian driving is also notorious for being insane. That I can definitely confirm. The roads along the coast are windy and small as well, so it is a bit stressful. If you are a timid or nervous driver, I wouldn’t recommend this course of action. The freedom might not be worth the stress.
Honestly, I don’t think you need to rent a car on the Amalfi Coast if you are visiting for a few days. There is plenty of public transportation to get you wherever you need to go. However, if this is simply one stop on a longer Italy trip, then having a car may be nice. Just make sure you will be able to park your car somewhere that won’t cost you a small fortune.
There we go! I hope this was helpful for you in some way. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below. Also let me know if any of the prices or other information in this post is outdated. Transportation fares are always changing, and I don’t want to give out wrong information!