How to get to Positano
Positano is a beautiful little town on the Amalfi Coast that attracts thousands of travelers every year. But, many of them are confused when they need to figure out how to get to Positano. It would be much easier to get there if there is a train to Positano. Unfortunately, there is no train station in Positano, so you need to pick a car, bus, or ferry for your direct transportation.
Even though organizing your trip to Positano is not so easy, I guarantee you that Positano is 100% worth all the struggle. In this article, you will find all the possible information you need to get to Positano without trouble.
Airports near Positano
The closest airport to Positano is Napoli Capodichino (Naples International) Airport. The airport is located outside Naples, so first, you need to go to Napoli Stazione Centrale (Naples Central Station) to start your trip to Amalfi Coast.
However, you can find more affordable flights to Rome airports. The main Rome airport is called Roma Fiumicino, and the second smaller one is called Roma Ciampino.
Ciampino Airport serves various low-cost airlines, including Ryanair and Wizzair, so it is the best option to save some money. In both cases, you need to go to Roma Stazione Termini (Rome Termini train station) to start your trip to Amalfi Coast.
How to get to Positano from Naples
Naples is around 60 kilometers (37 miles) far from Positano. It is the biggest city nearby, so many travelers are coming to Positano from there. To reach Positano from Naples, you can choose one of the following forms of transportation.
Naples to Positano by car
This is a very comfortable way to reach Positano because you can travel at your own pace. To drive to Positano, take A3 Autostrada, follow Sorrento’s directions, then take SS 163 (Via Nastro Azzuro) to Positano. Usually, it takes about 90 minutes to reach Positano, but it can be more because of the traffic.
Renting a car costs around 30 euros per day. Keep in mind that finding a parking spot in Positano is often very difficult and expensive. The price per hour for Positano’s parking spots is from 7 to 10 euros, so I advise choosing another transportation option if your accommodation doesn’t provide parking.
Naples to Positano by bus
If you choose the bus as your transportation to Positano, you have two options, direct transfer or transfer with 1 stopover.
For those looking for direct transfer, there is a company called Positano Shuttle. It offers a bus transfer from Naples Airport or Naples Central Station to your accommodation in Positano. The rates are quite reasonable, starting at 28 euros per person and the duration is about 2 and a half hours in one direction. The same company also offers private transfers with a starting price of 95 euros per person.
Transfer from Naples to Positano with 1 stopover in Sorrento is a cheaper option. First, you need to take the Curreri Viaggi bus that goes from Naples to Sorrento. It has a starting price of 10 euros per person, and the drive lasts about 1 and a half hours.
Then, you need to continue your ride to Positano by the SITA bus. It costs 10 euros per person, and it will come to Positano in about 40 minutes.
Naples to Positano by train
As I mentioned earlier, there is no direct train to Positano. Therefore, you will need to use a combination of trains and buses to reach Positano. First, you need to take the Circumvesuviana train that runs between Naples and Sorrento about every 30 minutes. It will cost 3.60 euros, and you will be in Sorrento in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
In Sorrento, you need to take the SITA bus heading to Positano (10 euros/40 minutes).
Naples to Positano by ferry
There is no direct transfer from Naples to Positano by ferry. So you need to have 1 stepover in Capri or Sorrento if you decide to enjoy the sea and ferry ride on your way to Positano.
Ferry from Naples to Capri to Positano
First, you need to take one of many ferries from Naples to Capri. Prices are in a range from 14 to 23 euros per person in one direction. The prices depend on the ride’s duration, ranging from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You need to take a ferry from Capri to Positano, which costs around 17 euros per person. Capri to Positano ferry ride usually lasts 30 minutes.
Ferry from Naples to Sorrento to Positano
Ferries from Naples to Sorrento costs around 14 euros per person, and you will be there in about 40 minutes.
You will get from Sorrento to Positano in 40 minutes, and the ferry will cost you around 15 euros per person.
How to get to Positano from Rome
Rome is Italy’s capital city, and it is 270 kilometers (167 miles) far from Positano. It is the starting point for many travelers because flying to Rome is cheaper than flying to Naples. The only direct transportation between Rome and Positano is by car or bus. The other options are traveling by train or ferry, but in that case, you need to combine them with other transportations.
Rome to Positano by car
Driving from Rome to Positano usually takes 3 and a half hours. First, take E45 Autostrada and follow the direction toward Naples (Napoli). Then, take A3 Autostrada toward Sorrento, and from there SS 163 (Via Nastro Azzuro) to reach Positano.
Rome to Positano by bus
The only direct bus from Rome to Positano is the Marozzi bus. The bus ride takes around 4 hours and costs around 25 euros per person.
Rome to Positano by train
As there is no direct train to Positano, you will need to go first to Naples. To do that, you can choose between Trenitalia or Italotreno companies.
Trenitalia is Italy’s national train service, which provides 3 different kinds of trains that drive to Naples. Regionale train is the slowest and the cheapest option. It usually takes 3 hours to reach Naples, and it costs around 12 euros.
The intercity train takes about 2 hours and costs around 15 euros. The fastest but most expensive option is the Frecciarossa train. The whole drive from Rome to Naples takes 1 hour and 15 minutes for around 30 euros. Also, seat reservations are required for this train.
Besides Trenitalia, you can take Italotreno, which is a private train operator. For around 30 euros you will get to Naples in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once you reach Naples, you can take a car, bus, train, or ferry to Positano (I explained all Naples’ options earlier in this article).
Rome to Positano by ferry
There is no ferry port in Rome, so you will first need to go to Naples. From there, you can start your ferry journey (read Naples to Positano by ferry section of this article).
How to get to Positano from Salerno
Salerno is a port city that is located around 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Positano. To reach Positano from Salerno, you can choose between traveling by car, bus, or ferry.
Salerno to Positano by car
When there is no traffic jam, the whole drive from Salerno to Positano takes only 50 minutes. To start your journey, take SS 18 and drive to Vietri Sul Mare. Once being there, take SS 163 and drive until you reach Positano. Keep in mind that during the summer months, there is huge traffic on the Amalfi Coast roads.
Salerno to Positano by bus
There is no direct bus line from Salerno to Positano, only bus lines with 1 stopover in Amalfi. If you choose to travel by bus, it will cost you 10 euros for a 2 and a half hours drive. First, take a bus from Salerno to Amalfi, and then a bus from Amalfi to Positano.
Salerno to Positano by ferry
This is the most convenient transportation for most people coming from Salerno to Positano. You will reach Positano in around 1 hour for the price of 12 euros per person.
If you are planning to visit Positano, you might be interested in reading my article about things to do in Positano. Those looking for a luxurious vacation in Positano check my article about the best 5-star hotels in Positano.