How to Get to Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast
How to get to Positano can be a bit confusing if it is your first time visiting. There is no Positano airport and therefore no flights to Positano Italy.
The commute in can be long, expensive, and stressful, especially since there are so many sites out there giving people contradicting information. I have personally been to Positano many times so I’ve made the voyage and know the ins and outs of how to get there.
While I’m going to cover how to get to Positano from every place you might be wondering about below, I do have one route I especially recommend: via ferry from Salerno. Pulling up to Positano by boat is truly magical and a great way to start your trip. It’s also conveniently one of the least expensive options.
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How to Get to Positano:
Naples to Positano
The nearest airport to Positano is the one in Naples so if you are flying in this is where you’d want to fly to. There is no train from Naples to Positano so once you arrive in Napoli you will need to take another form of transportation there.
How to get from Naples to Positano is quite easy though as there are many options:
Naples to Positano ferry — hopefully you know that Positano shuts down more or less during the non-summer seasons so many transportation options will not be available then. Between end of April (ish) and September, though, there are regular ferries between Naples and Sorrento but none directly to Positano. Because of this I would recommend a taxi or private transfer if you are coming from Naples.
Bus from Naples to Positano — the bus schedule differs depending on when you go, but you can get tickets here. To be honest the site is a bit frustrating so you may want to use goeuro instead. They work with over 800 partners so there will be more options and the site is much easier to use!
Private transfer from Naples to Positano — this is the easiest and most convenient option but also the most expensive. The drive between the two takes about an hour and a half. You can hire a taxi which costs around €100. I’ve done this a few times and have arranged them through the hotel I’m staying at.
Alternatively, you can hire a private transfer. Click here to see the latest prices for a shared transfer and click here to see the latest prices for a private transfer. Book this ASAP if you are going this route.
Sorrento to Positano
How to get from Sorrento to Positano also comes with a handful of options:
Sorrento to Positano ferry — there is a high speed ferry that runs between the two. It takes around 30 mins and costs around €17. The frequency at which it runs depends on time of year. Check the schedule and reserve a ticket here.
Bus from Sorrento to Positano — the bus between Sorrento and Positano takes an hour and starts at €2. You must purchase a ticket before boarding which you can do in Sorrento at the Circumvesuviana station or at cigarette shops or newspaper stands. The timetable varies by time of year. See it here. Do note that the bus stops running fairly early (10pm) so if you are making a day trip you’ll need to pay attention to that!
Sorrento to Positano taxi — again, the easiest and most convenient option but the most expensive! Personally I would book a private transfer. Click here to see the latest prices.
Salero to Positano
My favorite route! I find arriving via Salerno to be the least stressful option of them all. The train station is more mellow than Naples so I usually arrive here via train and make a quick walk over to the Salerno Concordia ferry station.
Salerno to Positano ferry — the ferry takes 1 hour and 15 minutes, leaving every hour or two (changes based on time of year). Check the schedule (and book tickets) here to be sure. You’ll want to leave from Salerno Concordia which is closer than Manfredi. It makes a stop at Amalfi on the way (good photo opp), they serve drinks and snacks on board and it’s only €12!
Salerno to Positano taxi — a cab from Positano to Salerno will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes and goes along the coast. It cost us €130. Beautiful option! Highly recommend. Plus this way you’ll get a direct drop-off at your hotel instead of down at the marina. There are also private transfer options. Click here to see the latest prices.
Rome to Positano
You cannot take a train from Rome to Positano as there is no train station in Positano. So how to get from Rome to Positano? Take a train to Naples or Salerno and then follow the above directions from whichever you choose.
Florence to Positano
Same as above. You cannot take a train from Florence to Positano as trains cannot get to Positano! Take a train to Naples or Salerno.
Amalfi to Positano
Amalfi to Positano ferry — the best and most beautiful way to get from Amalfi to Positano is via ferry. It takes 25 minutes and costs €8. Check the timetable and book tickets here.
Positano to Capri
Positano to Capri ferry — like many things on the Amalfi Coast, this route is only available from April through October. It takes around 50 minutes and is much less expensive than option #2.
Boat from Positano to Capri — more expensive than the ferry but much more personal and enjoyable! Click below to book one of these popular options:
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