Positano Day Trip From Rome – Worth It?

How To Do A Day Trip to Positano From Rome


positano day trip from romeThinking 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. And taking the train in the busy season can be hectic.

If you want a stress-free way to doing it, go with an expert group tour that will do it for you in air-conditioned comfort, like this one.

However, if you want to consider some DIY options, this post will go over a few ways that you can do a Positano day trip from Rome.


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Positano at night


#1 Take the Train To Naples, Then to Sorrento, Then Bus to Positano


sita-bus2You 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 30 Euros one way per person.

sita bus positano to romeOn 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.

Plus be warned – people will shove you aside just to get on the bus. So get your elbows out and stake your claim if you see a big line for the bus.



#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.


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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. But it’s cheaper than a private drive all the way from Rome.

If you want to get a private driver transfer from Naples into Positano this way, here are some options – one a simple transfer and one an actual tour:




#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)

You can also take the train from Rome to Salerno and take the Ferry to Positano from there – then just reverse it back when coming home.


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Road to Positano


#4 Small Group Day Tour


day tour rome to positanoThere are a few well-known tour companies that make it easy to do Rome to Positano with a small group day tour.

For example, I like this one which will transfer you there in an air-conditioned van and take you to see several spots along the Amalfi Coast as well.

There’s also this one that’s a bit cheaper – but you’ll be taking the train to Salerno and then taking several ferries with a guide from there. So it’s a bit more DIY.

The benefit of doing a small group day tour is that it’s all arranged for you by the experts who do this for a living. You’ll also have a guide to help you see the things that are worth seeing – and avoid the things that are just a waste of time.

Plus if it’s your first time doing the round trip, it’s a lot less stressful. And in busy season, in my opinion, it’s the only way to do the trip without losing your calm.

Another benefit? You’re sure to make some friends along the way!

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!



One thought on “Positano Day Trip From Rome – Worth It?

  • 2017-05-31 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations, great post, with many things well said. I also emphasize that it is best to avoid doing this trip to Positano or the Amalfi Coast in August because there is too much chaos. However in one day from Rome the Coast or Positano are definitely to see and the only way really can stay private. It is convenient and allows you to see the best in no time, going with other methods it would take 3 days.

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