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. In this article, find out all the ways you can visit the Amalfi Coast from Rome.
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Amalfi Coast Overview
The Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It’s 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 kilometers) 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 in one of the five I’ve listed below due to their popularity. These are the main towns with a small description.
- Sorrento: While many do not include this on the coast, I would say that this is the beginning town and is a general departure point 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, Praiano is also much quieter.
- Amalfi: Yes, there is actually a town called Amalfi as well. It’s known for its church.
- Ravello: The furthest town and the only one not on the water, Ravello is perched above the cliffs overlooking the coast.
- Capri: This is probably the most beautiful island on the planet in my opinion. Since it is an island, the only way to get there is, of course, by ferry or private boat.
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Getting To the Amalfi Coast
Below I have outlined the three main ways to get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome. Each option has its pros and cons and, in the end, it will come down to your budget.
Your modern-day Roman Charioteer will pick you up at your hotel in Rome and drop you off at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast. This is an ideal option for most since you don’t need to think about anything. If you like easy, this is the option for you.
We offer a Rome to Amalfi Coast private transfer with a stop at Pompeii. The drive is 3.5 hours from Rome to Sorrento. If you’re going to Positano or Praiano, then add another hour to that.
The train ride between Rome and Naples is one hour. High-speed trains run every hour between Rome and Naples Central station (Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale).
When you arrive at the main Naples train station (Napoli Centrale), you take a small local train called the Circumvesuviana, which you’ll disembark directly in Sorrento. This train takes about 45 minutes.
At this point, if you’re only going to Sorrento, then your trip is done. There are no trains after Sorrento, so 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’re 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
Another great way to get to the Amalfi Coast is our Rome to Pompeii Day Trip with Stunning Sorrento. You’ll have a no-stress pick-up at your hotel in the morning in Rome. You’ll tour the incredible UNESCO ruins of Pompeii and then proceed to Sorrento. This is perfect for anyone who wants to see Pompeii as well.
If you’re staying in Sorrento, you’ll already have 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.
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