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 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 :
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.
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.
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.
Port of Naples. Molo Beverello
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.