This is part of a series of posts on Walking and Hiking on the Amalfi Coast
How to get to the Amalfi Coast
Flights to Naples
How to get to the Amalfi Coast is via the nearest international airport which is in Naples. This is served by a number of airlines, from the UK, principally by British Airways, EasyJet and Thomson. If you’re travelling to Naples from other countries, the following airlines fly there on a regular basis: Lufthansa, Alitalia, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Air France, Vueling, Austrian Airlines and a few other smaller airlines. The best way of finding all the available flights is to check out Skyscanner’s website. This site offers you the cheapest flights, enabling you to compare costs, times, etc.
Transfers from Naples to Amalfi
There are a variety of ways to get to the Amalfi Coast from Naples, outlined below with relevant websites.
Undoubtedly a transfer by private car is the quickest, most comfortable way to get to the Amalfi Coast but of course also the most expensive, in 2014 costing at least 120 euros each way, possibly less for a round trip. Due to the nature of the road however, you can experience considerable delays and it is unlikely you would be able to reach Amalfi in less than 2 hours. If you decide on this option, make sure you fix the price in advance! A reliable and long-established award-winning company is Astarita.
Board the Cuirreri coach to Sorrento from directly outside Terminal 1 at a cost of €10.00, purchasing your ticket directly from the driver. See the timetable, making sure you select ‘bus routes’ rather than the ‘shuttle’ option which is more expensive. There are hourly departures throughout the year. The journey takes just over an hour. Alight at Sorrento rail station then from outside the station take the Sita bus to Amalfi. See the timetable. Click on ‘Orari’ for bus times; the service number is 5070. The journey from Sorrento to Amalfi takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.
Bus, Train and Boat
Alternatively, you could take the train from Naples to Salerno. See the train timetable. Intercity trains make the journey in around 36 minutes, leaving from either the Centrale Station or Garibaldi Station in Naples. You would of course have to get to the station from the airport but that is straightforward using the Alibus. This departs from outside the airport every 30 minutes and stops only at the railway station and Molo Beverello Port. Buy your ticket from the driver at a cost of €4 and remember to validate it in the machine on the bus. Once in Salerno, the harbour is only about 800 yards from the train station. Much depends on times as the boats do not run as frequently as the buses and most boat services operate only between Easter and the end of October. See the timetable. A ticket costs €8. Once at Amalfi, the harbour is only a short walk from most hotels.
Bus and Boat
The most scenic way of getting to the Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly by boat. You could take the Alibus to Molo Beverello Port, alighting at the stop located in front of the ferry ticket booths. This stop is called ‘Stazione Marittima’. From there you can take a ferry to Positano. There are 5 services daily and the fare is c. €24. See the timetable. Boat services from Positano to Amalfi are frequent and there are lots of lovely places to stop for drinks near the harbour at Positano if you want a break! What you should avoid at all costs is transferring between boat and bus with luggage in Positano as the road for the bus is up a long, steep hill!
If you are considering taking a boat, remember that the majority of services operate regularly only between Easter and the end of October.
If you are arriving from Rome, you should take a fast direct train to Salerno (not Naples), then walk 800 meters to the ferry dock and board the ferry boat to Amalfi – see above.
Once in Amalfi most hotels are likely to be within about 10 minutes’ walk from the bus terminal at the harbour.
For both guided and self guided walking holidays on the Amalf Coast, see Country Walks.