Visiting Amalfi is a unique, exciting and unmissable experience. Ideally, you should visit on two wheels or by boat.
There are several options for getting to Amalfi. You can take a bus, cab or rent a car. You can also take the train to Salerno (Trenitalia) or Sorrento (Circumvesuviana) station, then take a bus or ferry to Amalfi.
If you’re driving, Amalfi is accessible via the scenic Amalfi Coast road, the SS 163, which runs along the coast from Sorrento to Salerno, and via the Valico di Chiunzi, the road that passes through Ravello.
From May and throughout the summer, you can reach Amalfi from Naples by ferry.
We recommend this option if you want to avoid the traffic and enjoy a unique panorama even before arriving in Amalfi. There are several shipping companies offering this service and on this secure site you’ll find all timetables, prices and the possibility of booking in advance (recommended to avoid queues at the ticket office).
If you don’t visit the Amalfi Coast in summer, or if you don’t like to travel by sea, from Naples you need to take the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento and from there catch a bus. From there, several SITA buses take you to Amalfi via Positano. It is possible to stop in Positano and then travel on to Amalfi. The journey from Naples takes about an hour and a half.
You can buy a Unico Campania ticket, which includes train and bus transport for the day. They can be bought at the station or from newsagents and tobacconists. If you’re traveling by car from Naples, the shortest route is the Valico di Chiunzi. Take the freeway to Angri, then climb the Costiera mountains, passing through Scala and Ravello, before arriving in Amalfi. Chiunzi derives from the Latin punctio (point), the name possibly deriving from the pointed shape of its summit. The highest point offers a spectacular view of the Gulf of Naples, including the majestic Vesuvius.
If you have time and want to go through Positano, you can take the panoramic road, exit the freeway to Castellammare di Stabia, arrive at Piano di Sorrento and continue on the panoramic SS 163. It will take you about half an hour longer, but you can stop in Positano and continue on to Amalfi.
Getting from Sorrento to Amalfi is easy, and there are several alternatives.
The first and most recommended is, as always, the ferry. If you can, sit to the left of the boat and remember to book your tickets in advance. If you don’t have any luggage, a practical and pleasant option is to hire a scooter from Sorrento. You don’t need much experience on two wheels, just go slowly and enjoy the scenery, stopping from time to time to take a photo.
The ferry service from Salerno to Amalfi only operates during the summer months.
The advantage of getting from Salerno to Amalfi by bus is that you can enjoy the view from the window (choose the seaward seat), but allow for a longer journey time than by car. Buses on the Salerno – Amalfi route are operated by SITA.