Tips on Getting Here From Naples or Rome
So you’re planning a trip to Positano – but how do you actually get here?
This page lists a few different ways to get to Positano to help you decide the easiest route for you.
Note: While I’ve tried to be up to date, things like ferry/hydrofoil times are always changing.
So make sure to check with official websites/companies when you get closer to your travel date.
How To Get To Positano From Naples:
Naples Airport: The closest airport is the Naples International airport. From there you have several options.
You can hire a private car or transfer to take you directly to the door of your Positano hotel. The driver will meet you at your gate as you arrive, take your bags and you’re off to enjoy the beautiful drive along the Amalfi Coast. It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours.
This is by far the easiest and stress-free way to do things – but it can also be a bit on the higher priced side.
Viator offers several private car and airport transfers options here that won’t cost you an arm and a leg:
Don’t want to do the airport car transfer? Another way to get to Positano is to catch the SITA bus from Sorrento. That means you have to get to Sorrento first from the Naples airport.
How do you do that?
You have a few ways to do this. There is a bus station right outside terminal 1 of the airport that will take you to Sorrento and you can buy tickets directly from the driver.
You can also take a cab to the Naples railway station and catch a train into Sorrento. From there you can grab the SITA bus into Positano.
Another way to do it -if you fancy a boat ride – is to grab a cab to the port of Naples and from there take a hydrofoil into Sorrento. (Just make sure to check that the hydrofoils are running from Naples to Sorrento if you’re going during off-peak hours!)
The advantage to doing it this way is that it can be cheaper. The disadvantage of course is that it takes time (and if you’ve just gotten off a long flight, you may not be up to doing it this way). The other disadvantage is that you’ll be lugging your suitcases onto a bus/train or ferry – not fun.
Another way to get to Positano from the Naples airport is to rent a car and drive it yourself (preferably with the help of a GPS).
The advantage to this is that you’re in control of your time and can stop and do things at your own pace.
The disadvantage of course is that the drive can be challenging. The roads are winding and there are lots of hair-pin turns. So if you’re a nervous driver, this might not be the best option.
So those are some of your options from the Naples Airport, depending on your preferences, budget and patience. I’ve listed some links below that might help you plan.
Rail Tickets For Naples To Sorrento:
SITA Bus Schedule:
Getting To Positano From Rome:
Rome Airport: The other major airport (although much further from Naples) is the Rome FCO airport. You can get to Positano from the Rome airport in a number of different ways.
First of all, there’s the private driver/car service. This has all of the advantages I listed above (more comfortable, less stress, guaranteed pickup time if plane is late).
But the price will be much higher than from Naples since the drive is much longer. If you’re looking at this option, Viator has a Rome to Positano driver service here that can take you for a decent price.
The next option is to take a train from Rome to Naples and then the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento. From Sorrento you can take a SITA bus into Positano or, if during peak season, take a hydrofoil.
The advantage is that this is one of your cheapest options. However the disadvantage is that you’ll be lugging your bags with you.
Another option is to take the train from Rome into Naples and have a driver pick you up from the Naples train station. This cuts the price by more than half (vs private car from Rome) and cuts down on the bag-schlepping.
Your last option is to rent a car and drive yourself. If you’ve always wanted to drive along the Amalfi coast, this is a great way to do it. It can also be cheaper in some cases to rent a car for a week than to get a one-way private car from Rome.
And you have the advantage of being able to visit the other towns along the coast at your leisure. However, as stated above, if you’re a nervous driver, this may not be your best option.
Here are some important links with timetables to give you more information:
Railway Tickets From Rome To Naples:
SITA Bus Schedule:
Private Drivers/Group Transfers:
How To Get To Positano By Ferry/Hydrofoil:
If you’re not driving or taking a bus, you’ll probably end up taking a ferry or hydrofoil to Positano (hydrofoils are smaller boats for pedestrians – no cars as with ferries. But for the sake of this article, I’m going to use the 2 terms interchangeably).
Taking a ferry is a great (and cheap) way to get to Positano and see the gorgeous Amalfi coast as well. Just be aware that ferry services usually only run during the peak summer season (May to September).
And if there’s bad weather or rough waters, the services shut down.
There are a number of different ferry services including Alilaura, SNAV, Jet and NAVE. The problem is that many of their website are in Italian – so it’s hard to get information on running times.
But if you’re looking to get from Sorrento to Positano you have a few options.
First of all you catch the ferries down at the Marina Piccola port in Sorrento – which is quite easy to find. You’ll see a row of little buildings when you get down there, several of which sell hydrofoil tickets to Positano.
The two main ferry services that run from Sorrento to Positano are Alicost (formerly Alilauro), and Coop Sant Andrea. During the peak months, these companies tend to have service twice a day – once in the morning around 10:00 and once in the afternoon around 3:00 or 3:30.
Your best option to check this year’s schedule is to call the company closer to your travel date and get exact times – or if you’re spending a night in Sorrento, travel down and check out the schedule the day before.
If you’re coming from the port of Naples, you’ll have to catch a ferry from Naples to Sorrento and then one from Sorrento to Positano. Alternatively, you can always get a ferry from Naples to Capri and then a ferry from Capri to Positano and go that route as well.
Ferry tickets cost about 15 – 16 Euros one way.
So those are some tips on how to get to Positano.
The bottom line is that you have a lot of options at different price points and comfort levels. Take your time and find what’s right for you. And remember to take things in stride – you’re on vacation after all!