How To Do A Day Trip to Positano From Rome
Thinking about doing a Positano day trip from Rome? Wondering if it’s worth it – or just how to do it?
First of all, as I’m pretty biased about Positano I will say a definite “YES” it is worth it! Positano is a place you absolutely must see at least once in your life, it is THAT beautiful.
Not only that but it’s so different from any other town along the Amalfi coast (built upwards, not out) – which also makes it worth your time.
However depending on how you do it, it could be a long day as the drive time from Rome to Positano is about 3 hours by car. However if you take the train this cuts down on your time immensely.
This article will go over a few ways that you can do a Positano day trip from Rome.
#1 Take the Train To Naples, Then to Sorrento, Then Bus to Positano
You can take the train from Rome to Naples. If you get a high speed train, you can be there in about an hour and a half – a bit longer for the regular speed train.
Then you can get on the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento (same station). This takes about an hour.
Once you’re in Sorrento you can hop on the SITA bus into Positano which takes about an hour and drops you off at the top of the town, near the pedestrian walking area.
The benefit to doing it this way is that it can be very affordable. Italy is known for their fast, efficient – and cheap train service. And with the bus ride you’ll still get to experience that beautiful Amalfi coast drive. You can probably do it for under 20 Euros one way per person.
On the downside however, in the summer months the bus is often full (and hot and sweaty). This means that if you do manage to get on it in Sorrento, you’ll probably be standing all the way to Positano.
And if you’ve ever driven the long and very winding road from Sorrento to Positano, you’ll know just how much fun it can be (not).
It’s really only fun if you enjoy hanging on for dear life and getting a little too up close and personal with the strangers around you.
Also, be aware that if you’re going to come back during peak times (like around 4:00 pm), the bus may be so full you can’t even get on – so you’ll have to wait for the next one.
#2 Train To Naples, Driver From Naples into Positano
Alternatively you could also take the train from Rome into Naples like method #1 above, then have a private car pick you up and drive you from Naples into Positano.
On the upside, this is much easier than method #1 – and much more comfortable as you won’t be fighting the bus passengers for seats.
You’ll be cruising to Positano in air conditioned comfort in your own private car. You’ll also get there faster and have more time to tour around since you won’t be waiting for buses and other trains.
On the downside, it will cost more than option #1 above. As of right now for instance it costs about 150 – 180 Euros (for 2 people) to get a one-way transfer from Naples to Positano. Click here to get a quote for a private car from Naples to Positano.
#3 Train To Naples Then Ferry to Positano
If you’re in the peak season (May to September) when the ferries are running, you could also take the train to Naples, then cab-it to the Naples port and catch a ferry to Positano.
This will probably be just slightly more expensive than option #1. But the benefit is that you get to experience the amazing views of the Amalfi coast by water.
However just be sure to check the ferry times if you’re planning to go back to Rome the same way as they are notoriously prone to change.
Alternatively you could get to Positano by ferry and then take the bus back into Sorrento, train from Sorrento to Naples and train from Naples to Rome. (So you use options #3 to get there and the reverse option #1 to get back)
#4 Small Group Day Tour
There are a few well-known tour companies that make it easy to do Rome to Positano with a small group day tour.
For example City Discovery has this small group day tour by high speed train from Rome starting around 180 Euros per person.
This includes the high speed train into Naples and then pick up in an air-conditioned mini-van which drives you to Positano and Amalfi and then back to the train station at the end of the day.
It also includes a tour guide for the day (the group will have a maximum of 15 people).
This is a great way to go from Rome to Positano in style – and it’s actually costs less than option #2, which doesn’t include the extra trip to Amalfi or the tour guide. So it might be worth it for many people.
Plus if it’s your first time doing the round trip, you’ll at least have someone there to help guide you as to what to see and where to go. Click here to learn more about the Rome to Positano Day Tour.
So those are several ways to do a day trip from Rome to Positano depending on your budget and time limits. One last tip: if you’ll be doing this in August, beware that most Italians take their vacations then as well.
So the road into Positano can be jammed and there will be lots of traffic, especially on weekends. So plan accordingly!