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Trying to figure out how to get to Amalfi coast? Getting to this stunning stretch of coast in Italy can seem daunting without a car—but there are plenty of public transport options for getting to Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, and the other gorgeous towns on the Amalfi coast, whether from Rome or Naples!
Read on for our easy guide for getting to the Amalfi coast. We’re giving you a few options. The first two are how to get to the Amalfi from Naples or Rome. The closest international airport to the Amalfi coast is in Naples (the Capodichino airport), but many people prefer to fly into Rome, as it’s cheaper. And, of course, even if you’re coming to the Amalfi from another city in Italy, like Florence or Venice, you’ll want to get to Rome or Naples (usually by train or plane) first. Which transport you take all depends on your time, comfort level and, of course, your ultimate destination.
1) Getting to the Amalfi coast from Rome
Here are your main ways for getting to the Amalfi coast from Rome. If you opt to go by train, you can either get directly to the Amalfi coast (by taking the train to Salerno), or to go to Naples and then take another mode of transport from there. If you go to Naples, of course, you’ll want to combine these directions with an option from section 2, “Getting to the Amalfi coast from Naples”!
Rome to Positano and Praiano by bus
In summer (the beginning of June to the end of September), a bus runs to both Positano and Praiano from the bus depot at Rome’s Tiburtina train station. The bus leaves at 7am from the depot, located a short walk from the Rome Tiburtina station. Just don’t get it confused with the local ATAC bus stops just right outside the Tiburtina train station. It gets into Positano at 11.30am and Praiano at 11.45am. (Don’t miss our insider’s guide to Positano!). Now it seems that with Marozzi Bus Journeys you can take the bus to Positano, but it also has other stops such as Pompeii and Sorrento.
Time: 4.5 hours. One-way ticket cost: €21. Operates: June, July, August, September. More info here.
Rome to Naples by train
Another option is to take a train from Rome to Naples. Trains run frequently, operated by both Trenitalia and Italotreno, and the journey for the fastest train takes a bit over an hour. (For comprehensive train info, read our guide to how to take the train in Italy for step-by-step instructions for using the website, booking, and more!).
From Naples, you’ll want to take a mode of transport on to the Amalfi, so check out the section below for exactly how to do that!
Time to Naples: 1hr 10 mins (fastest train). One-way ticket cost to Naples: €4o (less if booked a few days in advance). Operates: year-round.
Rome to Salerno by train
Alternatively, you can get directly to the Amalfi coast from Rome by train if you head to Salerno. If you’re unsure about where to stay, read our post on Salerno, the perfect off-the-beaten-path city on the Amalfi coast.
Salerno is also a good destination if you are traveling to towns further south on the Amalfi coast, like Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Minori or Amalfi.
Time to Salerno: 1 hr 55 minutes (fastest train). One-way ticket cost to Salerno: €44 (less if booked a few days in advance). Operates: year-round.
Read on to see how to get from Naples and Salerno to the Amalfi coast!
2) Getting to the Amalfi coast from Naples
Once you’re in Naples, there are several means of transportation to get to the Amalfi coast.
Naples to Salerno by train
If your final destination are towns south of Amalfi or Salerno itself, you might consider taking a direct train from Naples to Salerno. The train ride takes less than 40 minutes. From Salerno, you have the option of taking the SITA bus to other towns on the Amalfi coast, including Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Minori and Amalfi.
Time to Salerno: 30 minutes (fastest train). One-way ticket cost to Salerno: €15 (less if booked in advance). Operates: year-round.
Naples to Sorrento by train
Alternatively, if your final destination is Sorrento or towns north of Amalfi, you’ll want to take the Circumvesuviana from the main Naples station (Napoli Centrale). When you’re there, look for the signs for the “Circumvesuviana” trains and buy the tickets from the desk—the main ticket machines you see are not for the Circumvesuviana trains.
The Circumvesuviana train ticket from Naples to Sorrento costs €4.10, and takes slightly more than an hour. There will be stops along the way. This website provides the details and schedule.
Time to Sorrento: 1 hour. One-way ticket cost to Sorrento: €4.10. Operates: year-round.
As with Salerno, once in Sorrento, you can take the SITA bus to towns along the coast (read on to our section on “Getting from Sorrento to the Amalfi coast by bus”). This route is the cheapest option for getting to the Amalfi coast.
Note: From the Capodichino airport, you can take the Alibus to the main train station. It leaves every 20 minutes from the airport, and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The cost of the ticket is €3. If you decide to take a taxi instead, the fixed rate is €16 (read the official list of tariffs here).
The Naples airport to Sorrento by bus
From the Capodichino airport in Naples, a bus runs directly to the Circumvesuviana train station in Sorrento. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes (depending on traffic conditions). Buses leave almost hourly, starting at 9am and with the last one at 7:30pm. The ticket costs €10 and can be purchased on board.
Time to Sorrento: 1 hour 15 mins. One-way ticket cost to Sorrento: €10. Operates: year-round.
The Naples airport to Vietri sul Mare and Salerno by bus
You also can take the bus from the Capodichino airport to Salerno. Note that though the cost of the one-way ticket is affordable (€7), it only has four departure times. This bus also stops at Vietri sul Mare.
Time to Vietri sul Mare: 45 minutes. One-way ticket cost to Vietri sul Mare: €7. Operates: year-round.
Naples to Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi, by ferry
From the port in Naples (Moro Beverello), you can catch a ferry with Alilauro to Positano or Amalfi by first stopping in Sorrento
Time to Sorrento: 40 minutes. One-way ticket cost to Sorrento: about €12. Operates: to Sorrento, year-round.
Note: From Capodichino airport, you can take the Alibus to Piazza Municipio.
Naples to the Amalfi coast, by taxi or private transfer
The most expensive, but fastest, option is a taxi or private transfer to Amalfi or Positano from Naples. This will set you back about €120 to €150, one-way. From Naples, taxis are meant charge a fixed rate, as per the tariff set by the City of Naples.
3) Getting to the Amalfi coast from Sorrento
While many people consider Sorrento to be on the Amalfi coast, technically it’s not! And whether you’re using Sorrento as your base or just passing through on your way to other Amalfi coast towns, you’ll find these transport options helpful.
Sorrento to Amalfi coast towns, by bus
SITA buses operate daily and almost hourly from Sorrento to the Amalfi coast, with stops in Positano, Praiano and Amalfi, among other destinations. This would be the best way of getting to Amalfi coast as it operates year-round.
The final stop for the bus from Sorrento is in Amalfi; if you are going to Ravello or towns south of Amalfi, you will need to switch to another SITA bus there.
Sorrento to Amalfi coast towns, by ferry
Alilauro has ferries operating from Sorrento to Amalfi. To find the timetables and book, click on the site’s “booking online” option.
4) Getting to other spots on the Amalfi coast from Salerno
Salerno to other Amalfi coast towns, by bus
SITA buses run frequently from Salerno to Amalfi, with stops in Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Minori, and Atrani. If you plan on visiting the other towns on the Amalfi coast, you may want to look into the UNICOCostiera integrated ticket.
Salerno to other Amalfi coast towns, by ferry
NLG operates a daily ferry from Salerno to Amalfi, which departs only in the morning at 8.20am. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs €8. Please check the website for any changes in the schedule.
If you don’t have time to explore the Amalfi coast on your own, check out our day-long excursion to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, including a private transfer from Rome!