Getting to Positano from Sorrento – Best Route 2023

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by Giuseppe Morvillo
Giuseppe is a Property Manager, Travel writer & Media Planner who has born and raised in Sorrento, Italy.

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by Giuseppe Morvillo
Giuseppe is a Property Manager, Travel writer & Media Planner who has born and raised in Sorrento, Italy.
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Getting to Positano from Sorrento

The beautiful town of Positano is certainly one of the most famous and well known towns located on the Amalfi Coast. Yes, this is the exact town you have seen many breathtaking and stunning pictures of all over Instagram and Facebook, from its pastel coloured houses, dolce vita style and perfect location perched right on top of the mountain that has made it one of the most iconic destinations in the world.

If you’re looking to make Positano the next stop of your journey around the Amalfi Coast, reaching this town from Sorrento is very easy and simple as it’s also the closest town and you can arrive in less than half an hour.  You can reach Positano from Sorrento driving along the famous coastal road, the classic Amalfi Drive, as well as by sea with a private boat, shared tour or ferry. Together we will explore the best possible ways in terms of duration, cost and efficiency to make your way to your next stop, Positano.

Sorrento to Positano: With Private Driver

Taking the iconic Amalfi drive along the coast is by far the most unique experience in the world, it will seem as if you’re travelling on an infinite terrace with a breathtaking view. If you’re travelling with your family especially with younger children or in a small group, we would highly recommend taking a private car as you can also save time and money, as well as travelling in comfort. Our amazing local knowledge and high quality connections have allowed us to gather the best drivers in terms of professionalism and reliability, who have new Mercedes cars or minivans signed with air conditioning and comfort.

We recommend this travel option for couples, families (especially with small children) or groups of friends up to 8 people who:

  • Want to arrive to Positano in the early morning or late in the evening
  • Want to stay for dinner in Positano and return independently
  • Want to go dancing in Positano and would like to come back later
  • Have a few hours available and want to experience the Amalfi Coast Tour
  • Lovers of photography and want to get the best shots for social media
  • Prefer to travel comfortably
  • Want to avoid large crowds and busy bus lines
  • Want to avoid changing vehicles or stops
  • Have heavy bags and don’t want to stress
  • Have strict timetables and cannot risk delays

The driver will pick you up at the requested address or accommodation, help you to arrange your luggage in the car and accompany you to your destination following the fastest and least traveled route, also you will have the option to stop when you want to for a break to take photos of the panorama or for a lunch break along the way.

Discover Amalfi Coast with Private Driving Tour


Professional Driver | Sorrento Coast | Positano | Amalfi

Sorrento to Positano: By Bus

If you prefer to travel independently another travel alternative is taking public transport, thankfully there is a direct bus you can take from Sorrento taking you to Positano. You can take the Sita bus that is scheduled in the Piazza Giovanni Battista de Curtis next to the Sorrento Circumvesuviana station.

Our Top Tips

  • The journey takes around 1 hour
  • There are no night buses available
  • It’s possible to purchase the ticket directly at the station of ticket office
  • The first bus leaves at 6:30am and the last bus leaves at 7pm
  • There are various types of tickets that vary in price depending on the duration and destinations

Sorrento to Positano: By Sea

If you are in Sorrento you can also reach Positano by sea by taking a ferry or renting a private boat transfer, depending on the comfort you want to travel with, the number of people traveling with you and the available budget. If you decide to travel by sea you will have to go to the port of Sorrento, reachable on foot from Piazza Tasso in less than five minutes.


From Sorrento to Positano, ferries depart approximately every two hours with the Alilauro company. The Lucibello company has introduced a route that connects Sorrento to Positano and the ferry leaves at 7:40am and takes about 40 minutes. The ticket price is around €15 per person, one way, and can be purchased online. As a resident, I recommend checking the weather conditions in advance to see if the ferries have been canceled due to bad weather or rough waves.

You can bring luggage, strollers, animals and bicycles for a small fee ranging from €2.10 to €6.30. The regional ferry service that connects Sorrento with the Amalfi Coast is active only during the summer season, from April to the end of October.

Private Transfer:

From the Port of Sorrento you can rent a private transfer, sea taxi, it is a fantastic experience as well as efficient. You can also consider giving yourself a dinner on the beach of Positano and be accompanied by a professional skipper who will wait for you at the pier and take you back to Sorrento. There are several skippers who offer this service and the price varies by the time and type of boat you will choose.

Experience Amalfi Coast with Private Boat Tour


Professional Skipper | Sorrento Coast | Positano | Amalfi

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get the ferry from Sorrento to Positano?
You can catch the ferry from the Port of Sorrento that will take you to Positano.
How long does it take to drive from Sorrento to Positano?
If you’re travelling by private transfer your journey can take you half an hour.
Is there a direct bus from Positano to Sorrento?
Yes you can take a direct bus from Positano, Chiesa Nuova, straight to Sorrento which will take you around an hour.
Where is it possible to purchase tickets for the ferry to go to Positano from Sorrento?
You can purchase your ticket for the ferry at the Port of Sorrento, please note it’s not possible to purchase a ticket on board and you will need to purchase your ticket before boarding.
Is it possible to do a day trip to Sorrento from Positano?

Yes of course, but it will require very organised planning and a very early start in order to maximises the sights and activities you will want to see and do during your time in Sorrento. 

Is it safe to travel to Sorrento?
Sorrento is known to be a very safe area by local and tourists which is why it’s an ideal location for families, couples and large groups.
How long does it take to arrive to Positano from Sorrento by ferry?
If you’re travelling to Positano by ferry from Sorrento you will arrive in 40 minutes.
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