Getting from Naples to Amalfi Coast – What’s the best way?

February 13, 2020  
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How easy is to reach and visit the Amalfi Coast? Let’s see this together how to get to Amalfi Coast from Naples with info, details and suggestions.

Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula are two of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the World, offering unique views, picturesque villages and historic sites. With millions of tourists from all over the World visiting every year, the two coastlines are today one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe. The closest international airport to the Amalfi coast is in Naples (the Capodichino airport), distancing more than 60 kilometres. Passenger traffic continued to grow at the Naples international airport this year, pushing full-year passenger numbers above 10 million for the first time.

But, how easy is to reach and visit the Amalfi Coast?

Let’s see together different options on how to get to the Amalfi Coast from Naples airport, with info, details and suggestions.

Map: from Naples to Amalfi Coast

Passing trough Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello

From Naples airport to Amalfi Coast by private car

The easiest way to get to Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and destinations beyond from Naples is by private car. If you are looking for comfort, punctual service, stress free ride and English speaking drivers, hiring a local driver is the smartest decision.
The cost depends on number of guests and time of the day, but it is roughly 120 euro for a luxury, air-conditioned car.

  • Pick up from Naples airport is 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • You will not have delays with public transport connections.
  • From Naples airport to Positano it takes about 120 minutes.
  • From Naples airport to Amalfi it takes about 2 hours minutes.
  • In Naples International Airport, the driver will welcome you and wait for you at the entrance.
  • Reservation is required at least one day before the transfer.

| 1-3 people
| 1-3 luggages
| Naples airport – Positano
| Accommodation / Hotel / Restaurant
| From € 110
| Child seat on request

We can’t suggest enough Salvatore and his collaborators, who have taken excellent care of our guests and readers in the last few years. Specialized in Amalfi Coast tours, they enjoy explaining things and show you scenic points and hidden gems along the trip. Drivers will pick you up at the airport (in case of your flight is delayed, they constantly keep in touch and patiently wait at the arrival), they help you with luggage and drive you on a safe ride to your accommodation on the Amalfi Coast. In terms of money, if you are traveling as a group of four or more, this would be also more convenient.

From Naples airport to Amalfi Coast by bus

There is no direct public transport between Naples and Amalfi Coast but some companies are introducing shuttle buses, shared with other passengers, to get from Naples airport to Positano or Praiano. Drivers pick you up at the airport and and will transfer you to the destination.  Duration of the transfer is about two hours or more, according with the traffic conditions and time of waiting of other travelers.

Instead, there is direct bus service from Naples to Sorrento and then from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast: so if you are planning travelling by bus you can get the first direct line from Naples airport to Sorrento and then switch to another bus that does the route from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast, passing trough Positano, Praiano and Amalfi.

From Naples to Sorrento

The Curreri bus, provided by the company Curreri Viaggi, offers shuttle service to reach Sorrento from Naples airport in the cheapest and easiest way.  There are 8 courses per day, starting from 09.00 am until 07,30 pm. 

Find here the ultimate timetable

From Naples train station to Sorrento - Curreri bus

  • First course is at 09,00 am; last course is at 07,30 pm and it arrives in Sorrento at 08,45 pm.
  • From Naples airport to Sorrento it takes about 80 minutes, price of the single journey is €10
  • In Naples Internation Airport, the bus boards from the Parking area P 1 .
  • In Sorrento, the bus arrives and boards from the Sorrento Bus station, in Piazza de Curtis.
  • Reservation is required
  • Luggages can be stored in the vehicle’s main storage

Check the official website for more info and book your ticket.

From Sorrento to Amalfi Coast – Positano, Praiano and Amalfi

Once arrived at Sorrento bus station, you have to swith to another bus that does the route from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast, passing trough the villages of Positano, Praiano and Amalfi. The company is called SITA Bus and the first journey is at 06,30 am and the last journey leaves from Sorrento at 07,00 pm. 

  • First course is at 06,30 am; last course is at 07,00 pm 
  • In Sorrento, the bus boards from the Bus station in Piazza de Curtis.
  • In Amalfi, the bus arrives and boards in Piazza Flavia Gioia.
  • Reservation is not required, but you need to buy ticket at Sorrento bus station.
  • Price of the single journey to get to Positano, Praino or Amalfi is € 2,90 (ticket AC4)
  • No limit on luggage, they can be stored under the bus in the storage.

Check the official website for more info and book your ticket.

Consider that, especially during summer from June til end of August, you may find long lines and it may take hours before you get the first bus from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast. Reaching the towns of the Amalfi Coast can be a challenge if traveling by buses, especially if you are carrying large pieces of luggage because you will be on a very crowded bus.

From Naples to Amalfi Coast by sea

If you are in Naples and you wish to reach the Amalfi Coast by the sea,  you can take a ferry or hire a private transfer by boat, depening on how comfortable you want to travel, the number of people travelling and the budget available. If you are planning to take a ferry, you have to go to Molo Beverello harbour, reachable by taxi or bus.
Considering the ferry routes you have two options:

  • Take a direct ferry from Naples to Positano/Amalfi

  • Take a ferry from Naples to Sorrento and then, another ferry, from Sorrento to Positano or Amalfi

From Naples to Positano/Amalfi

There’s one direct ferry departing from the port of Naples to Positano at 14:05, duration of 80 minutes. Timetable and info will be updated at the beginning of 2020.

From Naples to Sorrento – From Sorrento to Positano/Amalfi

Ferries from Naples to Sorrento depart approximately every 90 minutes and they take around 45 minutes. The ticket price is around 13,20 €.

From Naples to Sorrento ( from April until October)

Naples Beverello - Sorrento

From Sorrento to Positano/Amalfi ( from April until October)

Naples Beverello - Sorrento

From Sorrento to Positano and Amalfi, instead, ferries depart approximately every two hours with Alilauro company. Lucibello introduced a route connecting Sorrento to Positano, the ferry departs at 7,40 pm and it takes about 40 minutes.
The ticket price varies is around 15€  per person, one way,  and they can be purchased online.
As a local, I advise to check the weather conditions in advance to check if ferries have been canceled due to bad weather or rough waves. You can bring luggage, strollers, animals and bicycles by paying a small extra fee ranging from €2.10 to €6.30.

The regural ferry service that connects Naples, Capri and Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast is active only during the summer season, from April until the end of October.
The scenario is absolutely wondeful but, if you are travelling by ferry, you may consider ferry connections and location of the accommodation/hotel you are staying. For istance, Positano is a vertical town and reaching the hilly side of the village may be tiring and frustrating if you have even a few pieces of luggage to deal with. So, once you arrive to your final destination then you either have to walk to your accommodation or you will have to hire a taxi.

One of the most frequent asked questions from our guests is, should I book the ticket in advance? It is always advisable to buy the ticket around 25 minutes before so you have the time for boarding and to be sure that there are no delays or cancellations for the trip.

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