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How to go from Naples to the Amalfi Coast?

The Campania region is one of the most beautiful in the whole Italy. Leaving its capital, Naples, we can reach one of the most famous places in southern Italy: the Amalfi Coast.

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How to go from Naples to the Amalfi Coast?

The Amalfi Coast is a group of cities located in the south of Italy, more precisely in the region of Campania. Many who visit Naples can take the chance and get to know this piece of paradise on earth. Today we will learn how to go from Naples to the Amalfi Coast. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

A little more about the Amalfi Coast…

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most loved and sought after destinations in Italy. Formed by cities like Amalfi (the city that names it), Atrani, Cetara, Positano, Furore, among others, it is a sure destination, especially for those traveling to Italy during the summer. On our blog, you will find several posts dedicated to the Amalfi Coast and, to access the posts, you can click here!

The Amalfi Coast brings together beach and mountain in a harmonious way and with an impressive beauty! Long ago, nobles frequented the Amalfi Coast and, therefore, even today, we can see magnificent villages. Due to its excellent agricultural resources, the region became one of the protagonists in the history of the medieval Mediterranean, also because of its role as a great commercial power, from 839 AD, the year of the proclamation of the Maritime Republic.

Easy, fast, practical and safe! Below we will see how to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast and, I can already tell you, there is NO SHORTAGE of options! The nearest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Capodichino International Airport, which is located in Naples.

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1) How to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast? WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The nearest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Capodichino International Airport. If you disembark here and want to go straight to the Amalfi Coast, however, you need to take the train from Naples central station. The main station is Napoli Centrale, but Piazza Garibaldi station also offers connections to the Amalfi Coast.

From Naples Airport to Napoli Centrale Station…

To reach Napoli Centrale Station from Naples Airport, you can take the AliBus bus or, depending on the amount of luggage, take a taxi or take a transfer. If you prefer to go directly by bus, you also have the option of using the ‘Curreri’ bus. The trip takes 1h30 and costs 10 euros; the bus stop is in Sorrento.

Good to know

  • From Naples Central Station (Napoli Centrale) there are several alternatives for ALL cities on the Amalfi Coast!

From Varco Immacolatella to the cities of the Amalfi Coast by bus…

If you want to go to Amalfi, Minori, Maiori, Cetara and Vietri sul Mare, when leaving the central station you can go to Varco Immacolatella (pier of the port of Naples) by taxi or train. From there, a SITA bus will take you to the cities mentioned above . The trip takes approximately 2 hours and the ticket costs 4 euros.

Another Alternative…

Alternatively, you can also take the local train from Salerno station, or use the Circumvesuviana (regional train), which takes you to Sorrento in just over an hour. The ticket costs 3.20 euros. Remember that from Sorrento it is necessary to use the mentioned Sita buses if your final destination is Positano or Amalfi.

Tip

  • The buses work well and, during the high season, the service is increased with more buses available to its visitors. To access the schedules and lines that operate to and from each city, YOU CAN CLICK HERE!
ATTENTION:
TIMETABLES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND ARE CHANGED FREQUENTLY, THEREFORE, BEFORE BUYING THE TICKET, CHECK THE SCHEDULE DIRECTLY ON THE RESPONSIBLE OPERATOR’S WEBSITE!

Good to know…

Between April and October, you can travel from Naples to the Amalfi Coast by boat or ferry; most of them depart from the Salerno sea station (use the train if you are in Naples to go to the port of Salerno) and dock in the cities of Positano and Amalfi (where they also depart for their return). The starting point in Salerno is at Piazza Concordia, opposite the train station. Some maritime connections also leave from Sorrento. The boat trip takes about 50 minutes and costs around 20 euros.

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Advantages

  • Ideal option for people who like to do things at their own pace;
  • For people who are used to traveling, mainly with public transport;
  • For young people and those who are backpacking;
  • And especially for people who want to save money and are in no hurry.

Disadvantages

  • For families with young children and for elderly people it ends up being very tiring. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT;
  • Having to adapt to the fixed timetables of round-trip trains;
  • Having to go to the sights alone, without knowing the city or speaking the local language;
  • Time wasted on public buses from railway stations to places where tourist attractions are located or money you will spend extra on taxi once you arrive at your destination;
  • Another detail worth mentioning: get ready, because the regional railway trains are usually very bad and sometimes very dirty, so do not create high expectations! If you use the train, always choose a high-speed train to avoid this type of problem. To understand the differences in trains, see the post I wrote about the difference in trains in Italy;
  • And the time that is lost with all these trips, which you could use to make the most of the visited city.

2) How to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast? WITH THE CAR

If you are driving, you can use the roads that I detail below.

  • Coming from the north, use the A3 Napoli-Salerno highway and exit at Vietri sul Mare; then take the SS163 highway, which leads to Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Atrani and Amalfi.
  • Coming from the south, use the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway and exit at Vietri sul Mare. From here, take the SS163 highway that leads to Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Atrani and Amalfi.

Traveling by car in Italy

How about if I give you a rental car option? Are you ready for it? If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

Advantages

  • If you are in 4 or 5 people it will be a great option in relation to the train or the bus;
  • Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
  • It is the best means of transport for people who are used to drive anywhere and have an easy time “locating” themselves

Disadvantages

  • You will need an international driver’s license (IDP) to be able to drive in Italy or the driver’s license from your country with certified translation;
  • Those who drive do not enjoy the beautiful scenery during the trip!
  • Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 15.00) to avoid getting lost so much;
  • Another thing, people: to travel in Italy, as I have explained several times, it is necessary to have an international driver’s license or your driver’s license with certified translation, O.K.? If you don’t have it, DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police! READ THE POST DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
  • Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you run the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch stay tuned about it! Don’t risk ruining your vacation !!!
  • It is not suitable for people who do not have the security to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory, you may end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.

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3) How to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast? WITH A GROUP TOUR

People, this is the BEST option for those who do not want to worry about the bus timetable, “calculating” if there will be enough time to go and return, for those who do not want a “headache” with possible delays. Anyway, for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of this incredible place with safety, convenience and tranquility. The group tour is a perfect solution for those who do not want to spend so much (with a private tour, for example), for those who do not like to travel alone or for those who do not like to drive (or cannot).

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GROUP TOUR TO THE AMALFITAN COAST!

Advantages

  • IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends;
  • To save on the time you would spend going to the train stations to take the trains, or with transportation to reach the tourist places to be visited in Assisi;
  • Visit of TWO cities on the same day (Assisi and Cassia or Orvieto);
  • Less time spent traveling, fees for taxis, trains and transportation;
  • Service with the charm that the Italian can offer and with the excellence that you seek;
  • You will be able to enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” (a glass of wine) during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol) ;
  • If you have children, great! In addition to having a discount, with the assistant guide speaking in English, they will, in addition to understanding, questioning and learning much more about the local culture and life! They will love it;
  • If you are with elderly people or people with limited mobility, this option is ideal, as it requires little displacement and, when necessary, you will have all the necessary assistance.

Disadvantage

  • There is practically none! Just the matter of adapting to the program of the day, and meeting the tour schedule!

Note

  • Remember, always read customer testimonials before proceeding with the reservation.

4) How to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR

The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to visit other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your own hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places.

Absolute Comfort

In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the sight you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver in your own language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip. This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want comfort from start to finish, for small groups of friends or for the elderly. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!

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Advantages

  • IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends;
  • You will be able to enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” (a glass of  wine) during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol) ;
  • It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules;
  • Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
  • You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not;
  • Do not need to “stick” to schedules and itineraries;
  • You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose with commuting by bus and train.

Disadvantage

  • The cost is a little higher, but it is a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time.

A little history of this wonderful area!

The Middle Ages also received the influences of the Mediterranean East, thanks to the trade that Amalfi and all the lands of the Duchy, which went from Vietri sul Mare to the already famous island of Capri. The region, once dominated by Byzantine ports, is now is dominated by legends! Historically, the Amalfi Coast saw its first settlements during the 1st century AD, when some Roman patrician families founded their villages in the region, initiating the coastal population; so many others chose to live in the mountains that, even far from the coast, offered good access to the sea. Even today, traces of old buildings are preserved, especially in Minori, Positano and Tramonti.

The city of Amalfi

The city of Amalfi officially appears in history in 596, in a letter from Pope Gregory the Great to the Bishop of Amalfi, Pomerio; the text refers to Amalfi as a “castrum”, which is an advanced place of defense and, in fact, that was its function. The territory of the Republic included the entire coastal stretch between Cetara and Positano, the island of Capri and the Sirenuse archipelago; inland, its domain passed the Lattari mountains, and included the territories of Lettere, Gragnano and Pimonte. With immense castles and forts, borders were defended with all their might. The Republic has been governed over the centuries and has undergone several ‘powers’: committees (committees), mayors, imperial patricians and, finally, dukes.

A little more about Amalfi…

Amalfi was already known since the 8th century because of its trade with the lands of Africa, Syria and mainly with Byzantium, where the largest colony of Amalfi was located. However, as life is not always a bed of roses, the changing political situation in the Mediterranean, the Norman conquest of the duchy during the 12th century (Kingdom of Sicily) and the repeated assaults of the pisanos (1135 and 1137) made the immense commercial potential of Amalfi decay. From that moment on, the only market with which Amalfi had contact was with that of southern Italy.

After this period, during the domination of the Anjou over the city of Amalfi, the ecclesial exponent grows here: Archbishop Filippo Augustariccio, ordered the construction of the Cloister of Paradise and finished the bell tower of the Cathedral. At the same time, innovations in the maritime field characterize and re-establish Amalfi trade.

The city of Naples

Naples, for its part, is also rich in history and culture! The history of the city begins with the legend of Partenope, Ligeia and Leucosia who, soon after being defeated by Ulysses, throw themselves into the sea in despair. The sea carried their floating bodies are to the mouth of the Sebeto River, where the Greeks would later have founded Neapolis (Naples).

A little more about Naples…

The Duchy of Naples took place in 536 BC and Naples was conquered by the Byzantines during the Gothic war, remaining in the hands of the empire during the subsequent Lombard invasion, and becoming an autonomous duchy: Naples. The first duke was Basilio, named in 660-61 by the Byzantine emperor Constantine.

Naples has undergone several domains and its historical heritage of peoples who passed through it is visible throughout the region: Normans, Suebi, Aragonese and others were part of the history of this place so magical and full of culture. Today it is one of the most important Italian cities and one of the most visited! It is, without a doubt, a worth-visiting city!


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Conclusion

How to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast? If you are in Naples and have a little time on the agenda, go to the Amalfi Coast! The cities are incredible, full of charm, history and culture. It is quite worthwhile! And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.

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