Getting From Rome to Amalfi Coast
How to Get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome, Italy
Italy is a must visit country. From dreamy coastal towns to charming mountainside cities, Italy has it all, and it’s all worth seeing. The great thing about traveling around Italy? It’s easy to get around most places without a car! The trains here are trustworthy and take you nearly anywhere. We even have a handy guide to using the Italy rail system!
Our biggest tip for planning your Italy vacation is to purchase train tickets ahead of time using the Trainline App. If you’re only planning to go short distances, then you don’t need to book too far in advance. However, we recommend buying train tickets in advance if you’re planning on going from one major city to another, such as Amalfi to Rome.
So if you’re planning to travel from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, how do you get there? Take the train! We’ll get into details below, but thankfully you can conveniently hop on the train in Rome and head down to the Amalfi Coast for the vacation of a lifetime!
Rome to Amalfi Coast, Italy
In Rome, head to the main train station, Roma Termini. There are ticket machines in this train station, but if you know your travel plans beforehand, we recommend buying train tickets in advance. Generally, the trains aren’t totally full, but you don’t want to arrive at the train station to find out there are no tickets left to get you to your next destination.
From Roma Termini, you will take the train directly to Salerno, Italy. There are multiple stops on this train ride, so make sure you know when and where you are getting off. Many of the Trenitalia Trains have screens telling you what stop is next, but it’s always a good idea to know about what time you should be arriving in your station so you don't miss it. The train ride from Roma Termini to Salerno is about 2 hours.
Once you arrive in Salerno, you will walk about 8 minutes to the harbor to catch a ferry. We took the Travelmar ferry from Salerno Concordia to Amalfi. You can buy tickets for the ferry online or right on the dock, which is what we did; they cost about €9. There is a fairly strict schedule that the ferries follow, departing about every 40 mins. The ticket attendant will get you on the next available ferry, but be prepared to wait. There might not be a ferry right when you arrive. However, there is a nice cafe on this dock that has everything you need for a nice meal or snack break after your train journey.
Once your ferry arrives, they will clean it and start checking tickets. People line up pretty early for the ferry, so if you want to secure a rooftop seat, we recommend waiting in line early as well. We took several ferries in this area, and found that there was plenty of seating on the top, but I would imagine in peak season (June through August) it’s much busier.
Arrive in Amalfi
The ferry ride is about 30 minutes from Salerno to Amalfi and it offers incredible views of the Amalfi Coast and the beautiful houses dotting the coastal mountains. Amalfi is a great hub for exploring the Amalfi Coast. There are many ferries here, as well as buses, that can transport you around this region. Amalfi is also one of the bigger cities in this part of Italy, so there are many more restaurants, shops, grocery stores, etc. here.
Getting Around the Amalfi Coast
From Amalfi, you can get to the neighboring coastal towns by hopping on the SITA bus. There are buses from Amalfi to Atrani, Ravello, Maori, Sorrento and more. Make sure you buy bus tickets in advance for your SITA bus rides; many bus drivers won’t let you pay for a ticket on board.
You can buy tickets near the main ferry dock in Amalfi at the Tabacchi, which is located on the corner of the traffic circle at Piazza Flavio Gioia. I also believe many other “general” type stores sell SITA bus tickets in Amalfi as well as the surrounding towns; we bought some tickets in Atrani as well. They’re relatively cheap bus tickets, and this is a great way to get around the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Rome to Amalfi Coast Journey
Here's how to travel from Rome to Amalfi, Italy. It's as simple as a train ride and a ferry ride!
Train from Roma Termini to Salerno
Ferry from Salerno Concordia to Amalfi
Now you know how to get from Rome to Amalfi, Italy, and you also know the best way to travel around the Amalfi Coast! Start packing your suitcase and get ready for the trip of a lifetime. The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful region in Italy well worth traveling to. It’s filled with charming towns, unique architecture, relaxing beaches, and delicious food. And that’s only scratching the surface! Check out our favorite Italy travel planning recommendations so you can make the most of your time while in Italy. Ciao, buon viaggio!
Since Amalfi has some of the best beaches in Italy, are you a sit on the sand and relax or jump in the water and swim kind of beach goer? Let us know in the comments below!