Getting from Sorrento to Amalfi – Best Route and Travel Advice
by Giuseppe Morvillo
by Giuseppe Morvillo
Getting From Sorrento to Amalfi
The picturesque and stunning town of Amalfi is what gave its name to the iconic Amalfi Coast that we know today, its history and beauty speaks for itself. The town of Amalfi is known worldwide as for those staying in Sorrento either for a quick weekend break or dream vacation, it’s an obligatory stop one their travel itinerary. If you’re looking to travel from Sorrento to Amalfi, we advise you to follow our complete guide below in order to have a clear idea of the transport options you have and determine which is the most efficient, cost effective and suitable for you.
Less than half an hour from Positano, and shortly after Praiano, if you want to reach Amalfi from Sorrento, here you will find all the information to discover it by land, along the famous coastal road and live an unforgettable experience or by sea with private boats, tours shared and ferries.
Sorrento to Amalfi: With Private Driver
If you’re wanting the true Amalfi Coast experience what better way to do this than taking the famous drive of the iconic Amalfi Coastal road? From Sorrento it will take you around an hour to reach the town of Amalfi, here you will be able to admire one of the most famous territories of Southern Italy for its history and local culture. It is recommended to organise yourself with a private driver to reach Amalfi from Sorrento, especially if you are traveling with your family or in small groups, so that you can divide the costs and travel in total comfort. Associating the visit of Amalfi with those of Positano and Ravello is one of the best ways we recommend to see the best of the Amalfi coast in one day at the right times and saving money.
We recommend this travel option for couples, families (especially with small children) or groups of friends up to 8 people who:
- Are travelling in small groups or families with young children
- Want to experience the famous Amalfi Coast drive
- Want to enjoy hassle-free transportation to your accommodation in Sorrento & Amalfi Coast with a private transfer service
- Want to travel with professional, efficient and great drivers with an extensive knowledge of the area
- Want to arrive to Amalfi early in the morning or late in the evening
- Want to stay for dinner in Amalfi, Praino or Positano and return independently
- Have a few hours available and want to take a tour of the Amalfi coast and see Amalfi, Positano and Praiano
Traveling from Sorrento to Amalfi with a private driver is certainly the fastest way, consider that during the summer months buses and public transport are very busy so the best solution to avoid this problem is therefore the option of taking a private driver. This is why we have created a high level of contacts of the best drivers in terms of professionalism and reliability, who have new cars or minivans signed by Mercedes with air conditioning and comfort. The driver will pick you up at the requested address, help you to arrange your luggage in the car and accompany you to your destination following the fastest and least traveled route, also you can stop when you want for a break or for a lunch break along the way.
Sorrento to Amalfi: By Bus
It is possible to reach Amalfi from Sorrento via the SITA bus line. The departure of the Sita bus is scheduled from Piazza Giovanni Battista de Curtis, next to the Sorrento circumvesuviana station. We would not highly recommend this option when travelling during the busy summer months as buses and public transport are taken by storm and sometimes there is the risk of waiting hours before being able to get on the bus.
Our Top Tips
- The journey takes around 2 hours – 2 hours 30 mins
- 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 Amalfi: By Sea
If you are in Sorrento and you want to reach Amalfi by sea, it can be an excellent solution for those who suffer from cars or land transport nausea and who prefer to admire the coastal landscape from a boat. Amalfi is served by a medium-sized marina with restaurants on the pier and bar. It can be an excellent idea to reach Amalfi from Sorrento by sea, taking a ferry or renting a private transfer by boat, depending on the comfort with which you want to travel, the number of people traveling with you and the budget available. If you decide to travel by sea you have to go to the port of Sorrento, reachable on foot from Piazza Tasso in less than five minutes.
The Sorrento – Amalfi ferry route is currently operated by two ferry companies. The Alilauro service runs up to 14 times per week with a sailing duration of around 50 minutes while the NLG service runs up to 14 times per week with a duration from 1 hour 20 minutes. You may ask us, what happens in case of bad weather or rough sea? In case of bad weather or rough sea, it is recommended to contact the shipping companies and make sure that the routes are not delayed or canceled entirely.
If you prefer to reach Amalfi by sea from the Port of Sorrento and decide to 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 Amalfi 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; the price varies by the time and type of boat you will choose.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get the ferry from Sorrento to Amalfi?
You can catch the ferry from the Port of Sorrento that will take you to Amalfi.
How long does it take to drive from Sorrento to Amalfi?
If you’re travelling by private transfer your journey can take you around an hour.
Where is it possible to purchase tickets for the ferry to go to Amalfi 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 Amalfi?
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.
Where are the best places to take pictures on the Amalfi Coast?
You can read our full guide of the best places to get your instagrammable content and amazing family photos in our article here. – Most Instagrammable Places on the Amalfi Coast.