Over the years I’ve covered a lot of Italy, but until July, the Amalfi Coast remained unexplored. Now, I see what all the fuss is about, certainly when it comes to certain parts of coastline, which are stunning.
One albeit slight downside is that this part of the world isn’t that easy to get to. If you’re my kind of traveller, you’re used to flying into city airports, boarding a tram or a train, or (depending on your budget), hopping into a taxi and arriving at your accommodation in a few easy steps. If that’s what you hoped for in the Amalfi Coast, you might want to adjust your expectations.
If you are basing yourself in and around the Amalfi Coast, flying into Naples Airport is your best option – most major flight carriers operate routes to this part of Italy. Once you arrive at the airport, you have a few options for onward travel, depending on where you’re staying.
If you’re staying in Sorrento (the gateway to the Amalfi Coast) most public transport options head in that direction. You can take the bus, which costs €10 and takes around 1hr 30minutes. It stops at the train station in Sorrento, which is centrally located.
The train is another option, however you need to get the airport bus to Naples Central Station first. The Circumvesuviana train is a viable way to Sorrento but the train isn’t the most modern, doesn’t have AC and there’s little space for luggage. However, it is budget friendly at just €5.
Three further options are available. The hydrofoil from Naples port to Sorrento, which takes around 40 minutes and costs roughly €11, or a taxi. Many companies do special rates on private transfers, and depending on your budget, they are worth looking into. You can also get a taxi from the airport, which is by far the most expensive option. There was six of us sharing a taxi, so at a total cost of €120 straight to our hotel, it worked for us without breaking the bank.
The final option is to hire a car. I say this as a confident driver, I wouldn’t recommend it. The roads are winding, the traffic is busy and the overall experience is not conducive to a relaxing holiday.
Once you’re in the Amalfi Coast, transport options will depend on where you are staying. Since we were in Sorrento, it was pretty well connected for boats to Capri and other neighbouring islands. There’s a decent local bus service and most hotels put on a shuttle service, which takes you into the city centre should you wish to explore Sorrento itself.
When it was time for us to return to Naples, we took the hydrofoil and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It takes around 40 minutes, costs €11 and there is plenty of space on board for luggage. There’s also a bar on board serving tea, coffee, water, beer and a selection of snacks. It’s a pretty relaxing experience, not to mention convenient.
So there you have it, a few quick and easy tips for navigating the Amalfi Coast. If you are heading to that part of the world and have any questions, please do let me know, I’d be happy to help with more information.2 likes