Getting around the Amalfi Coast

Ferry, bus, and train connections for the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and Capri

Information
Local tourist offices:
www.amalfitouristoffice.it
www.aziendaturismopositano.it
www.ravellotime.it
www.sorrentotourism.com
www.turismoinsalerno.it (regional)

Useful private sites:
www.amalficoast.com (cooking classes, hiking paths, recipes, boat rentals)
www.amalficoastweb.com (photos, videos, hiking maps)
www.positanonews.com (news)

Buses: www.sitabus.it
Ferries: www.metrodelmare.com
State railways: www.trenitalia.com
Naples area rail line: www.vesuviana.it


Amalfi Coast hotels
Hotels in SORRENTO
  ★★ Casa Astarita B&B [€€–€€€]
  Hotel Villa di Sorrento [€€–€€€€]
  ★ La Tonnarella [€€€–€€€€]
  Hotel Mignon [€€]
  Hotel del Corso [€€–€€€]
  » More hotels in Sorrento [from €42]

Hotels in POSITANO
  ★★★ Il San Pietro [€€€€€]
  ★★ Albergo California [€€€]
  ★★ Casa Albertina [€€€]
  ★★ Locanda Costa Diva [€€–€€€]
  ★★ Le Sirenuse [€€€€€]
   La Rosa dei Venti [€€€]
  Casa Guadagno [€€]
  Villa Rosa [€€€]
  » More hotels in Positano [from €70]

Hotels in AMALFI
  ★★ Hotel Residence [€€€]
  ★★ Residenza del Duca [€€–€€€]
   Hotel Marina Riviera [€€€€]
   Hotel Miramalfi [€€€]
  Hotel Amalfi [€€–€€€]
  Albergo Sant'Andrea [€€]
  » More hotels in Amalfi [from €55]


Hotels in RAVELLO
  Hotel Villa Maria [€€€€]
  Hotel Toro [€€€]
  Hotel Rufolo [€€€]
  Hotel Villa Amore [€€]
  » More hotels in Ravello [from €100]

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The cliff-hugging road of teh Amalfi Coast Drive
The cliff-hugging Amalfi Coast Drive.
To get anywhere in this region, you have to go through Naples—the only city in Italy where even Italians fear to drive. It would be a mistake to tackle the Amalfi Coast by car as well.

Good thing there's an extensive public transport system. You can travel by bus, by ferry, by private transport (car service), or take a private car tour of the coast, or a coastal cruise.

If you want to use the bus (probably the most popular way to go), first you have to get to Sorrento.

Getting to the Amalfi Coast from Naples

Follow signs for teh Circumvesuviana underneath Naples' train station
Follow signs for the "Circumvesuviana" regional commuter line, which runs underneath Naples' train station.
Your first order of business is to get from Naples to Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.

If you're arriving in Naples by cruise ship or ferry, see the instructions on this page.

If you're arriving in Naples by rail, the Napoli Centrale station is where most trains arrive. From here, you have two choices:

1) Crossing the vast (and pickpocket-infested) piazza outside the station to the far side and catching the (pickpocket-prone) no. 1 tram down to the confusing Molo Beverello docks for a ferry to Capri or Sorrento and the coast (this is not too hard to do...provided you've done it before; not advisable for newbies); or

2) The twice-hourly Circumvesuviana train (tel. +39-081-772-2444, www.vesuviana.it), a clattering old suburban rail line out to Sorrento (1 hr. 10 min., €3.20), from which it is far simpler to catch buses and ferries onward.

However, finding the Circumvesuviana, which runs underneath Napoli Centrale train station, is a bit tricky.

From the airport to Sorrento
If you're arriving by air, the cheapest (€6) and easiest way to get from the Naples airport to Sorrento is to take the Curreri bus service (tel. +39-081-801-5420), which leaves six times daily from 9am to 7pm, makes several stops along the way, and arrives at Sorrento in an hour.
Head toward the train station's main exit, but just before you get there, look to the left for stairs leading down. Follow "Circumvesuviana" signs, but partway along the hall stop at the ticket windows on your left to purchase your tickets.

Note: Several different commuter lines will use the same platform, so ask around to be sure the train pulling in is bound for Sorrento before stepping on board. (Over the years, I've probably stopped at least 50 fellow tourists from getting on the wrong train—and those were just the people standing next to me on the platform.)

Beware of pickpockets every step of the way (the Naples train station is the black hole of Italian pickpockets, and they love to work the tourist-packed Circumvesuviana train as well).

Book a tour: Consider booking a tour from Rome or Naples with our partners at Viator.com:

     • Private Tour: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Day Trip from Naples
     • Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Getting to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento

Private transfers and tours
Our partner, Viator, offers private transfers from the Naples airport to various Amalfi Coast destinations (for about $26–$32), as well as a private day all-day tour of the coast(for about $60):

• Private transfer to Sorrento
• Private transfer to Amalfi
• Private transfer to Positano
• Private transfer to Ravello
• Private tour of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello from Naples
To get to Amalfi, Praiano, or Positano, you'll need to head to the south side of Sorrento's peninsula along the undulating Amalfi Drive, otherwise known by its official handle, the SS163.

This white-knuckle thrill ride is one of Italy's greatest wonders, 30 miles of narrow, S-curve roadway strung halfway up a cliff with the waves crashing below, green slopes all around, medieval pirate watchtowers on the headlands, and colorful villages tucked into the coves. » more

The last thing you want to do is deprive yourself of gawking at every postcard-perfect curve by driving this route yourself.

Buses along the Amalfi Coast

Bus timetables
If this direct link to the orario (timetables) for the various Amalfi Coast bus lines isn't working, just go directly to the SITA bus homepage (www.sitabus.it), click on "Linee Regionali," then on "Campania," then on "Orari Linee Campania."
Instead, hop a twice-hourly SITA bus (www.sitabus.it) from in front of the Sorrento train station to head to Positano (35–40 min.), continuing on to Amalfi (another 45–50 min.).

From Amalfi, one bus per hour heads up to Ravello (20–30 min.), and still others (1-3 per hour) continue on to the end of the coast at Salerno (60–75 min.).

You can get individual tickets (€1.40–€2.50 per leg), or buy a UnicoCostiera pass good for unlimited travel all along the Amalfi Coast (including Sorrento) that's good for 24 hours (€6) or 3 days (€15).

Be sure to snag a window seat on the right side of the bus for the best views—and down some Dramamine. » more

Ferries on the Amalfi Coast

A Metro del Mare ferry stops at Positano on the Amalfi Coast.
A Metro del Mare ferry stops at Positano on the Amalfi Coast.
Since the ride back hugs the cliff and not the drop-dead views, a fast ferry (www.metrodelmare.com) makes more sense—especially if you find you can't stomach the twisting bus ride. Ferry frequency varies with the season, but there are roughly six daily between Amalfi and Positano (20 min., €6), four daily between Amalfi and Sorrento (1 hr., €7), and five daily between Amalfi and Naples (1 1/2–2 hr., €10). Some Metro del Mare lines leave from (or arrive at) Naples' Molo Beverello docks, others the Mergellina docks in Naples.

There are three other ferry companies serving the Naples Bay area and surrounding region: www.caremar.it, www.consorziolmp.it, and www.alilauro.it. Since you probably don't care which company you use (you just want a convenient departure time at the lowest ticket price), check many at once using the aggregator site www.traghetti.com.

A private tour of the Amalfi Coast

Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own English-speaking driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private, full-day excursion from Naples (pick up at your hotel, the Naples train station, or the cruise port at 9:15am).

A standard tour includes visits to Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello—though, since it's a private tour, you can customize it a bit with your driver. This eight-hour tour costs about $60 with just a driver, or $97 with a driver and a private tour guide. Reserve it

A coastal cruise from Sorrento

The Marine Club of Sorrento (tel. +39-081-877-2621, www.marineclub.it) offers a €35 all-day cruise that departs Sorrento at 10am, stops at the Faraglioni sea stacks off Capri for swimming, passes the Li Galli islands, stops at Positano (where you can either just look at it and keep going, or stay for three hours and skip the next stop), and then spends 1:30 in Amalfi before returning via Positano (to pick up any who lingered there) and arriving back in Sorrento at 5:50pm.

Getting to Capri

To get to Capri from Sorrento, catch a taxi or local bus down to the docks for one of five daily ferries (40 min.) or, for about 40% more, 18 daily hydrofoils (20 min.). » more

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