How to get from Naples to Positano

Positano Sunset

Positano Travel Guide

When planning our first visit to Positano from Naples, we realized there wasn’t much information available online on the different ways how to get there. We summarize the result of our research so you can decide the best way to travel depending on your budget and on how much time you have available.

What’s the cheapest way to travel to Positano?

Train and Bus. From Naples, you must get to the Garibaldi Train Station and catch a Train to Sorrento

It runs about every 20 minutes, takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and costs about €5.

Once in Sorrento, walk out of Train Station and get on a SITA bus to Positano.

Ask for tickets normally available in  Tabaccherie, newspapers stands, bars, caffés, shops displaying the SITA SUD logo. Wherever there’s a SITA bus station, there should be a place near by to buy the tickets.

Keep in mind: Tickets cannot be purchased on board of the bus.

Garibaldi Train Station ItalyGaribaldi Train Station Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/badwyer/8511283429

From Sorrento, the bus to Positano takes around 45 minutes.

If you suffer from motion sickness, take Dramamine to avoid getting dizzy, the road is full of curves. Sit on the right side of the bus to get the sea view!

For SITA Bus Timetable and relevant info, check online :

https://www.positano.com/en/bus-schedule

Train Station Sorrento
Outside Sorrento Train Station

The two main bus stops in Positano is La Sponda & Chiesa Nouva. 

Depending on your travel arrangements, whether you staying in Positano or not,  you would need to locate one of these stops and figure out in advance which one will you need to get off at. 

If you are only visiting for one day, we recommend you use La Sponda since it is the nearest to the center, from there you can either walk down to the beach through Positano streets and stairs or get on one of the internal buses that don´t cost more than 1.5 €. 

If you staying over, find the location of your hotel and see which one of the stops is the nearest. Call the hotel if possible so they can guide you on the best way to get there if you arriving by bus.

La sponda bus stop Positano Italy
View from La Sponda Bus Stop

What is the fastest way to travel from Naples to Positano?

Private Shuttle or Taxi. If you don’t have much time and can afford to pay a bit more for transportation; the most comfortable and fastest way to get to Positano from Naples is with a private driver. We were lucky enough to have found Nicola, a charming taxi driver, who offered this option when we were ready to go try our luck at the harbor. He charged us 110 € from the Paradiso Hotel in Napoli by Posillipo Hill, to be right in front of the entrance to our hotel Casa Albertina en Positano almost 1 hour and 15 minutes later.

 

Road from Naples to Positano
Road Trip from Naples to Positano

Naples to Positano by Ferry

The original destination we told Nicola to take us was to Beverello Port. From there you get on board of Hydrofoil to Sorrento. Time crossing: 45 minutes. Once in Sorrento, you get on board a second boat to Positano, another 40 minutes. Around Apr, May, Jun only 3 boats a day. I guess during summer more routes should be available.

Molo Beverello Napoli ItalyPort of Naples. Molo Beverello

 

Allilauro Hydrofoil in Positano Port
For planning Times of Departures and bag policy, check online : www.allilauro.it

 

The main Italian company in charge is called Allilauro. We read on something called the Metro del Mare that used to be a more organized route and connections between the main ports of Amalfi Coast but for our visit on April 2019, we didn’t find any updated information online nor heard of it, around our visits to the port. It probably runs in high season but there is not much information available to book or buy online. Hydrofoil prices on the Amalfi Coast move between 15 € and 25 € depending on the season and the city of destination, We went back to Naples by hydrofoil and paid 15€ each route.

Ferry tickets are more expensive than bus tickets, but the journey is much more pleasant and spectacular. We highly recommend this alternative whenever possible.

 

How to get from Rome to Positano?

Positano Italy
Sunny Positano

If you are in Rome and wish to visit Positano, I would say you need at least 2 days available for this trip. It could be done in one day but you would have to take into account that all the time you will spend getting there and returning, won´t leave much time to actually enjoy some quality time in Positano.

Here are some options you can take when planning your visit to Positano from Rome:

Train from Rome to Naples and then to Sorrento. Followed by  Hydrofoil from Sorrento Port to Positano.

“Trenitalia’s Alta Velocità” (AV) trains make the trip from Naples to Rome 87 times per day. The first train leaves Napoli Centrale bound for Roma Termini at 4:04 a.m., the last at 9:46 p.m., the trip takes an average of 1 hour and 7 minutes. Ticket prices on this route range from USD 26-40.

The Train from Naples to Sorrento takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and it runs about every 20 minutes. The cost is about 4€

Once in Sorrento you will have to take a Taxi from the Circumvesuviana Train Station to the Port to catch one of the Hydrofoil Boats going from Sorrento to Positano.  Prices start at 15€. Trip duration is 40 minutes.

Train from Rome to Salerno and then Hydrofoil from Salerno Port to Positano

Frequent Trains from Rome to Salerno. Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, connect Roma Termini with Salerno several times each day, and the fastest trains make the journey in 1 hour 25 minutes. Prices vary from 36 to 50 USD

Once in Salerno Port “Molo Manfredi” you can travel with one of two companies that do the route Salerno – Positano.

By June 2019 it only shows 2 routes available from early in the morning with TravelMar and one daily with NLG.

For NLG check online Timetable and prices:

https://www.navlib.it/eng/index.asp

Ship Crossing Type: Fast Jet Line. Crossing Time: 50 minutes

For TravelMar check Online Timetable and prices:

https://www.travelmar.it/

Crossing Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Private ride.

2 hours by car from Rome to Napoli. Plus 1 and 15 minutes from Naples to Positano. You could do it by renting a car but we wouldn’t recommend driving on Italian highways much. Hiring a Private Service could be expensive, around and more than 400€. If you are not a big fan of train rides, but still you don´t have that much budget for a private ride from Rome, the best thing to do would be to take the train from Rome To Naples (around 1 hour and 10 mins depending on the Train) and then get a Taxi from Naples to Positano. We found one taxi ride for 110€ right from our hotel in Naples to the closest to the hotel in Positano.

For a cheaper budget check out the options with Train and bus from Naples and Sorrento…

https://positanotogether.com/how-to-get-from-napoli-to-positano/