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Updated on Jul 07, 2019 Useful Info

Best ways to get around the Amalfi Coast

  • Amalfi Coast is not exactly a small area. It stretches for 60 kilometers between Punta Campanella close to Sorrento, to Vietri sul Mare close to Salerno

  • Things to do are all very spread out, so it's necessary to travel around quite a bit
  • Hiking is nice to do along the coast, but because of how far apart things are walking really isn't a practical way to get around. Additionally, there are lots of uphill climbs, which together with the heat makes it very physically exhausting to walk even a short distance
  • The two main ways for tourists to get around the Amalfi Coast are buses and ferries. Besides these two, many tourists also choose to rent a car or a scooter. For shorter distances there are also taxis to get around, but taxis are very expensive
  • Note that there is no train service at Amalfi Coast

  • How to take the buses at Amalfi Coast:
  • Buses are a very popular way for tourists and locals alike to get around Amalfi Coast
  • The public bus system serving the coast is called SITA SUD, which runs many routes that connect most of the towns between Sorrento and Salerno.
  • The list of towns served by this bus system include (but not limited to): Agerola, Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Massa Lubrense, Meta di Sorrento, Minori, Positano, Piano di Sorrento, Praiano, Ravello, Salerno, Sant’Agnello, Scala, Sorrento, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare
  • SITA SUD bus schedule:
  • The schedule changes from time to time, so it's important to find the most up-to-date schedule
  • You can find find the current SITA SUD bus schedule on its official website: https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it
  • The website is only in Italian, but you can click on "ORARI" to find the schedules. Just enter your origin or destination town on the page and the website will give you a list of PDF schedules of any bus routes that serve the town you entered
  • Other than the official website, I've seen two other websites that maintain a more user-friendly way to access the bus schedule:
  1. https://www.ravello.com/sita-bus-schedule/
  2. https://www.positano.com/en/bus-schedule
  • You can also use an app called Moovit (https://moovitapp.com/), which has the official schedule baked into it and shows you all the stops on a map. You can just pick your starting point and ending point (either entering it or drop a pin on a map) and it will show you step-by-step what you need to do
  • Tickets:
  • You cannot purchase tickets onboard the bus. You need to buy them ahead of time
  • You can purchase SITA SUD tickets from any of the ticket agents. Agents include travel agencies as well as many small shops in all the towns along the coast. Just walk into any market or general stores close to you and ask them if they sell SITA tickets. You can also ask your hotel to tell you where the closest agent is (this is the official list of agents but when I checked the page is not populated). Most agents accept only cash
  • Fare ranges from €1.30 to €6.00 for single trip depending on ticket and how far you are traveling, but most of your trips will cost less than €2.40
  • There are 2 kinds of single-trip tickets:
  • Corsa Singola: good for one segment, literally good for getting on and getting off once and no transfers
  • Orario: good for one journey, meaning you can transfer as much as you need until you get to your destination, within a time limit
  • There are also 24-hour passes called Costierasita that you can buy ranging from €10 to €13. These passes let you take unlimited number of rides within a 24-hour period. These are probably more expensive than single-trip tickets unless you're planning to hop across more than 3 towns in a day
  • Stops:
  • Google Maps has a pretty good list of SITA SUD bus stops so I recommend using it to help you find the closest one. Moovit app also shows you the closest bus stop
  • Bus stops are clearly signed with "FERMATA SITA", like this:User submitted photo of Amalfi Coast
  • I saw locals raising their hand to stop the bus sometimes. I don't think you need to do it but it won't hurt to get driver's attention
  • On the bus:
  • When you get on the bus, you will see a yellow box behind the driver where you need to insert your ticket into to get validated. If you're using one of the 24-hour passes, you need to validate your ticket the first time you use it. After that you don't need to validate it again
  • If you have Corsa Singoa single-segment ticket, the bus driver may also just rip the top part of your ticket to indicate it's been used.
  • I noticed that drivers don't really announce the upcoming stops, and the bus won't stop at a designated stop if there's no one getting on or off. So if you need to get off, make sure you tell the driver where you're getting off
  • The buses are suitcase friendly, although I didn't see anyone with large suitcases onboard when I was in Amalfi Coast

  • How to take the ferries at Amalfi Coast:
  • Ferries is also an extremely popular way for tourists to get around Amalfi
  • However, unlike buses that serve almost all the towns along the coast, ferries only serve the major towns and only between April and October
  • The towns connected by the ferries include Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno, Maiori, Minori, Cetara, plus the islands of Capri and Ischia
  • There are many operators that run ferries in Amalfi. The most popular one is called Travelmar (https://www.travelmar.it/en/) and they serve pretty much all the towns in Amalfi, are the cheapest, and have the most frequent departures
  • Schedule:
  • There are a lot of scheduled ferries in Amalfi the best way to find the current schedule is to go to the websites of their operators and see the latest schedule. Here's a list of ferry companies in Amalfi Coast along with their websites (the ones listed on the top are the biggest ones so check with them first):
  • Travelmar: https://www.travelmar.it
  • NLG: https://www.navlib.it
  • Coop Sant'Andrea: http://www.coopsantandrea.com
  • Alicost: https://www.alicost.it
  • Alilauro: http://www.alilauro.it/
  • Lucibello: https://www.lucibello.it/
  • Seremar: https://www.seremar.it/
  • Alternatively, simply to go the waterfront of the town and you will easily see the docks. And next to the docks you will see the booths that sell ferry tickets. These booths will have the current schedule posted, like this (this is taken in Amalfi next to the docks): User submitted photo of Amalfi Coast
  • Tickets:
  • Fares range from €5 to €25 per person each way depending on how far you're traveling and which ferry operator you use
  • Travelmar is always the cheapest operator, because their ferries are usually a little slower and carry a lot more passengers. Their fares are never more than €8
  • Where to buy tickets: Most people purchase tickets at the booths next to the docks (see picture above), but you can also book online through the websites I listed above. In person, I believe Travelmar is cash only, but other ferry companies accept credit cards
  • When to buy tickets: If you're hoping to catch the first scheduled ferry of the day, I recommend booking your ticket the day before. Otherwise, just buy the tickets 2-3 hours before the scheduled departure at the booth next to the docks
  • You need to be at the docks 10 minutes before the scheduled departure. The docks are usually very busy, but there will be signs showing the destination or there will be someone yelling the name of the destination
  • The ferries are all suitcase-friendly. I saw a lot of people with their suitcases onboard

  • Car and scooter rental for Amalfi coast:
  • A small number of tourists opt to rent cars or scooters to get around Amalfi Coast. This is most beneficial if you're not staying in a major town along the coast like Positano, Amalfi, Priano, Minori, Maiori, because things like supermarkets, pharmacies, and restaurants are few and far in between. For example, I stayed in Tovere, and going to the supermarket was a 30-minute downhill and 1-hour uphill trip walk (which was basically my workout for the day)
  • Cars are usually rented from Naples Airport, and is fairly straightforward. Just keep in mind that if you do not have a driver's license issued by an EU country, you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to your driver's license to rent a car in Italy
  • If you're going to rent a car, it's better to rent a small car because the roads along the coast are all very narrow and parking spaces are tiny. I saw a lot of situations where cars are forced to reverse because there's a bus coming from the opposite direction and there simply wasn't enough room for both vehicles
  • Scooter rental can be done at the coast. There are many scooter rental shops that you can find with a search on Google Maps
  • Scooter cost around €40 per day to rent
  • With scooter rental, you need to make sure you have a lot of prior experience riding motorcycles or scooters. The rental shops don't necessarily require you to have a motorcycle license to rent one, but they will literally test your riding skills before renting to you. This is necessary because there are a lot of very steep uphills and downhills, 180-degree turns, narrow roads, traffic jams, suddenly stopping cars, and careless pedestrians in Amalfi Coast. You really do need to be very skilled to be able to ride a scooter in Amalfi Coast without getting into an accident