Amalfi Coast transportation

How to get around the Amalfi Coast by bus, boat, car, and tour

This page assumes you have already made your way to Sorrento, the main gateway to the Amalfi Coast, or have arrived to an Amalfi Coast Town via direct ferry from Capri or from Naples. » Getting to the Amalfi Coast

It also presumes you have already checked out the lay of the land on the Amalfi Coast Layout page.

Transportation along the Amalfi Coast

Which is the best way to explore the Amalfi Coast?

  • Reid recommends: Take a bus down the coast, then return by ferry or cruise. That way you get best of both worlds.
  • Faster option: Continue by bus all the way to Salerno, where you can catch a train on the main Italian rail system.
  • Easiest option: Take an escorted tour or private guide. It costs more, but you can pack in far more stops and activities, don't have to worry about logistics, and get an expert guide.

The details

To get to Positano, Amalfi, or any other Amalfi Coast town, you'll need to head to the south side of Sorrento's peninsula along the undulating Amalfi Drive, otherwise known as 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.

First things first: I know it is called "The Amalfi Drive," but it would be a mistake to tackle the Amalfi Coast by car. Traffic is crazy, parking difficult, and you'll miss all the views while you white-knuckle the steering wheel and dodge oncoming buses that take up both lanes as they come barrelling toward you around blind curves.

Good thing there is 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 or even a multi-day sailing trip.

Tips & links

Transportation links
How long does the Amalfi Coast take?

Planning your time: Budget at least a day for the Amalfi Coast. Simply to drive the coast without getting out (except to change buses in Amalfi) takes at least five hours—that's three hours touring the coast from Sorrento to Salerno, plus another hour on each end to get to and from those gateway towns.

If you do want to pack it all into a single day—and actually stop and get out in a few towns—it might be best to just book a tour that picks you up at your hotel, gives you time in each of the main Amalfi Coast towns, and returns you to your hotel 6–9 hours later:

  • From Sorrento, group tours start from $40, private drivers from $60, and private tours from $90. » book
  • From Naples, group tours start from $97, private drivers from $55, and private tours from $85. » book

Otherwise, it makes far more sense to spend at least one night on the coast.

If, however, your schedule doesn't have that much leisure time, might I suggest riding the first leg—from Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi—taking a quick spin around Amalfi town, then catching a ferry either back up the coast to Sorrento or over to Capri.

» Amalfi Coast itineraries

Amalfi Coast tours
Other useful links & resources

Share this page

Intrepid Travel 25% off


  • Airport transfers (Rome):
  • Bus (total: €28–€30; 5+ hr): (bus Sorrento-Roma Tiburtina; €20–€22; 4 hr) + (train Tiburtina-airport; €8, 48 min)
  • Private (€65–€120; 3 hr): (note: Rome airport or hotel to Sorento or any Amalfi Coast town)
  • Regional rail & access points
  • Circumvesiviana train (Naples-Sorrento):
  • Italian rail (Naples-Salerno):
  • [The Amalfi Coast itself has no rail service, only bus and boat. Sorrento is the closest train station to the most popular A.C. towns, and the over-the-sea Sorrento-Salerno bus ride is more spectacular than the cliff-hugging Salerno-Sorrento reverse route.]
  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA):
  • ZTLs: (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
  • Ferries & hydrofoils
  • (Sorrento-Positano-Amalfi; Capri-Positano-Amalfi-Salerno)
  • (Positano-Amalfi-Salerno; Amalfi-Minori-Maiori)
  • (connecting Sorrento and Naples, Amalfi, Positano, Capri, or Ischia; also connecting Amalfi, Positano, or Salerno with Capri or Ischia)
  • (connecting Capri with: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno)
  • (Sorrento-Positano-Amalfi-Minori-Maiori-Salerno; Amalfi-Capri)
  • (Sorrento-Capri; Naples-Capri)
  • Private boat transfer (Naples-Sorrento, Naples-Amalfi)
  • Transport between Naples train station and Molo Beverello port
  • Bus/tram (€1): (Tram 1; bus 151)
  • Taxi (€11):
  • Private car to docks (€7–€35):
  • Private car from docks (€5–€28):
Train tix

Shortcuts to popular planning sections:

Airfares, Cars, Trains, Tours, Packages, Cruises, Lodging, Itineraries, Info, Packing, Prep, Comm

Follow ReidsItaly
Follow ReidsItaly on Twitter  Join the ReidsItaly fan page  Follow Reids Italy Adventures blog