Traveling from Rome to the Amalfi Coast can be challenging due to the physical landscape of the Amalfi Coast, Luckily we know Rome and the Amalfi Coast like the back of our hand, so we got you covered.
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Amalfi Coast Overview
The Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It is in a small corner of Southern Italy between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno in the Province of Salerno. The region is a 1.5-hour drive to the south from Naples, the closest big city.
The actual coast is about 30 miles ( 50 km) long and follows a winding two-lane road with the sea on one side and mountains on the other. As you can imagine, with only a winding two-lane road, there are not many options for getting around, but we will explore them all below.
The Amalfi Coast consists of over 10 towns that vary in size. However, chances are you will be staying at one of the five I have listed below due to their popularity. Therefore I listed these main towns here with a small description. I also linked to them on google maps so you can see their actual geographical location.
- Sorrento– While many do not include this on the coast, I would say that this is the beginning town and is a general departure town for the coast.
- Positano– From Positano, it is officially the Amalfi Coast. This is the first town you will encounter after Sorrento
- Praiano– The little cousin of Positano which is also much quieter.
- Amalfi- Yes, there is actually a town called Amalfi as well. Known for its church
- Ravello– The furthest town and the only one not on the water. This town is perched above the cliffs overlooking the coast
- Capri- Probably the most beautiful island on the planet in my opinion. Since it is an island, the only way to get there of course is by ferry or private boat
Tours of Capri & Pompeii
Getting to the Amalfi Coast
I outlined below the three main options to arrive at the Amalfi Coast from Rome. Each option has pros and cons and in the end, will come down to your budget.
Private Driver– Your modern-day Roman Charioteer picks you up at your hotel in Rome and drops you off at your hotel along the coast. This is an ideal option for most since you don’t need to think about anything. If you like ” easy”, then this is the option for you. We offer a Rome to Amalfi Coast: Private Transfer with Pompeii Stop
The drive is 3.5 hours from Rome to Sorrento. If you are going to Positano or Praiano, then add another hour to that.
Trains– The train ride between Rome and Naples is one hour. High-speed trains run every hour between Rome and Naples Central stations. ( Roma Termini- Napoli Centrale). When you arrive at the main Naples train station ( Napoli Centrale) you take a small, local train called the Circumvesuviana, which will let you off directly in Sorrento. This train takes about 45 minutes.
At this point, if you are only going to Sorrento, then your trip is done. Since there are no trains after Sorrento, if you need to go to towns further along the coast, then a taxi will be your best bet. A taxi will cost around 40€ to get you from Sorrento to Positano. If you are going further down the coast, then add around 10€- 15€ per city. The total trip to Sorrento by train will take around 2.5 hours.
Take a Tour– A great option is our Rome to Pompeii Day Trip with Stunning Sorrento. You have a no-stress pick up your hotel in the morning in Rome. You tour the UNESCO ruins of Pompeii and then proceed to Sorrento. If you are staying in Sorrento then you have already arrived at your destination. If you have to go further along the coast, then jump into a taxi and follow the steps above as if you were coming by train.