Positano is one of the most beautiful villages to visit on the Amalfi Coast. With its characteristic staircases, pastel-colored homes as fitted in the mountain, it is one of the most sought-after destinations of the Italian summer. In this post we will see how to get to Positano with the different means of transport: car, bus, plane, train or boat.
How to get to Positano by car
If you want to get to Positano by car “just” follow the winding road SS163, it is the first town from Sorrento and the last from Salerno. You can follow the indications “Costiera Amalfitana”, it is really simple. Remember that the SS163 road is very panoramic and at the same time difficult, narrow at some points, with tunnels literally excavated in the stone at other points. During the summer the traffic is usually quite heavy, and parking can be a difficult task. Many parks on the road but I do not recommend it because you can get a ticket.
Once in Positano, you can park in private parking lots, many usually ask for the car’s key, you will have to leave it. We have done it and we have never had problems. Obviously, if you do not feel safe, you can look for public parking on the blue lines. Many leave the car on the outskirts of Positano, on the same SS163 road and then they walk, but I do not recommend them, because you can get a fine.
How to get to Positano by bus
Arriving in Positano by bus is the simplest and most recommended option. The company that manages public buses is called SITA BUS. Tour the entire Amalfi Coast from Salerno and from Sorrento. It will allow you to visit all the villages without problems. Some lines go up to Ravello, Furore, Tramonti and other small towns. You will not have to worry about parking. The 24-hour ticket costs € 8 and you can use all the buses you want at this time. You can also buy a single ticket (€ 1.4) in case you do not need to visit many cities. During the summer be prepared to wait for a long time, due to traffic.
How to get to Positano by boat
Arriving in Positano by boat is the best option during the summer, you can enjoy the wonderful views of the entire Amalfi Coast and avoid the traffic of the SS163 road. There are several lines, public and private, with more or less large ferries, even small boats for rent.
By boat you can get to Positano from Salerno, Sorrento, Amalfi, Maiori, Minori, Capri. It is really simple and very beautiful. The cost depends on the company and the type of boat. The departures during the summer are usually quite frequent.
During the winter there are not public boats, the service goes from late april (depending on weather conditions) to late october.
If you rent a boat, remember that you have to pay an extra to enter the port of Positano and other cities. It is not always clear when renting. Depending on the boat you may need a license.
How to get to Positano by plane
The nearest airport to Positano is the Naples Capodichino International Airport. From the airport you can take a bus to the Naples train station, and from there continue by train to Sorrento and then by bus or boat to Positano. During the summer you can take a boat directly from the Beverello dock in Naples.
They can also go comfortably in a private transfer.
Other opction it is a train to Salerno (from Naples) and bus or boat to Positano.
How to get to Positano by train
Unfortunately it is not possible to get to Positano by train. At least not directly, the nearest train station is the Sorrento train station. So if you want to arrive by train to Positano you have to take the train to Sorrento and from there continue by bus or boat. You can also take a train to Salerno and from there continue by bus or boat. To Salerno you can take a fast train (alta velocidad: frecciarossa, frecciabianca or frecciargento). To Sorrento you must take the “circumvesuviana line”, regional trains.