Getting to and around the Amalfi Coast
Getting to the Amalfi Coast by car is undoubtedly the least comfortable choice, although it offers the possibility to admire a panorama of extraordinary beauty. From all the bends of the state road SS 163 Amalfitana which runs along the coast, you get spectacular and unique landscape shots. The problem of using the car to move along the Amalfi Coast is primarily finding a parking space in the towns you intend to visit. Generally, you have only paid parking areas, at a cost of 3 to 5 Euros per hour. A road trip along the Amalfi Coast is advisable in winter and during Christmas holidays.
Amalfi Coast and motorbikes are a perfect match. The villages of the Amalfi Coast, with the exception of Positano, offer many free parking spaces for two-wheeled vehicles. Whether traveling by car or motorbike, you must keep in mind that there are quite few gas stations along the coast, you better think about it before rather than after. The SS 163 runs up to several meters above sea level, so a sweater or a jacket are essential even during the summer.
Recommended route for those coming from North: from Caserta Sud take the Highway A 30 and follow signs to Salerno-Reggio Calabria. Exit at Salerno and drive along the SS 163 Amalfitana.
For those coming from the South: take Highway 30 towards Naples, follow the signs to Salerno and then continue along the SS 163 Amalfitana.
Amalfi Coast by train
The Amalfi Coast is not well served by railways. The nearest stations are those of Salerno and Sorrento. From these stations, you have several options to reach the Amalfi Coast: rent a car or a motorbike, use a taxi or take a bus, take tour buses for a tour around the Coast, or take a ferry from Sorrento Porto or Salerno Piazza della Concordia.
Amalfi Coast by bus
The Amalfi Coast is served by an efficient bus service, which during the summer are available at a frequency of 20 minutes until just before midnight. All of the SITA buses are air conditioned and very comfortable, just like the many tour buses that stop in every village of the Amalfi Coast. Bus tickets can be purchased at tobacco shops near the bus stops.
Amalfi Coast by plane
The international airport of Napoli Capodichino is the closest airport to the Amalfi Coast. Airport shuttles and buses take to Piazza Garibaldi in Naples and the main train station: from here you can take several SITA buses. Those wishing to reach the coast by a ferry-boat, can catch one at Beverello dock in Naples.
Amalfi Coast by boat
During the summer, ferries regularly link Amalfi to Naples and Salerno and thanks to the “Metro del Mare” boat service it is possible to reach the Domiziana coast and the Cilento region. From Amalfi you can visit Capri and Ischia by ferry, and during the summer an extra route is normally available towards Maiori and Minori.
Unicocostiera is the new travel card for tourists, which enables to move around the villages of the Amalfi Coast in a simple and profitable way. The price is 5 Euros, the ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows unlimited travel on Sita buses, including Circumvesuviana trains, in the sections inside the Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast area.