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How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast

Updated: Dec 12, 2023


How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast, Italy | Alpacka My Bags

The Amalfi Coast region is a beautiful, adventure-filled part of the Italian Coast. You need to plan your next vacation here; there’s so much to see and do. From views to admire, seafood to eat, and beaches to visit, you won’t run out of things to do on the Amalfi Coast.


However, the towns of the Amalfi Coast are all spread out so getting around them isn’t always possible by foot. Thankfully there is great public transportation here, so you can catch a bus or ferry between all the towns very easily. However, you might have to wait slightly longer for a bus or ferry than you’d like.


So how do you get around the Amalfi coast? While there are some towns you can walk between, you’ll most likely be taking a bus or ferry around the Amalfi Coast.


Overview of the Amalfi Coast


One of Italy's most beloved regions, the Amalfi Coast is located on the southwestern coast of Italy. It's made up of many towns including Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento.


There is one main road that goes through all these towns, Amalfi Drive, also known as SS163. You can rent a car to visit multiple towns on the Amalfi Coast, but parking can be a hassle. If you've never driven in Europe, the Amalfi Coast is probbably not the best place to start.


Before You Visit the Amalfi Coast, Italy


Make the most of your trip to the Amalfi Coast with the help of these guides. It's such a gorgeous coastal region in Italy, you won't want to miss anything. Relax on the beach, stroll down cobblestone streets, enjoy lemon gelato, and so much more on the Amalfi Coast.



The Best Ways to Get Around the Amalfi Coast


SITA Bus


The main buses on the Amalfi Coast are SITA buses. They go between most towns, are cheap, and operate fairly frequently making this a great way to get around the Amalfi Coast. You can easily catch a bus from, say, Amalfi to Ravello, or Amalfi to Maori. One way tickets cost less than €2, so this is far cheaper than hailing a taxi.


If you plan on staying for multiple days in the Amalfi Coast, I recommend staying in Amalfi itself as it makes a great base. Tons of ferries and buses leave from this town. If you’re up for a bit more walking, or don’t mind taking the bus down to Amalfi to catch more transportation, Atrani and Ravello are also wonderful to stay in and offer a quieter, more relaxed feel.


Tickets for the Buses in Amalfi


I highly recommend buying SITA bus tickets before you get on board. Some bus drivers will allow you to pay once you’re already on board, but not all of them. You can buy Amalfi bus tickets in most “general stores” or “Tabacchis.” In Amalfi, we bought SITA tickets at this Tabacchi right by the port. Just let the cashier know you need SITA bus tickets, what your destination is, and how many people are in your group, and they’ll help you out!


Pros of Using the Buses on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Tickets are relatively cheap.

  • Routes are available between all towns.


Cons of Using the Buses on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Can be very crowded.

  • Often run late and schedules are hard to find.


Aerial View of Amalfi - How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast

Ferries


This is another option for getting around the Amalfi Coast. From Amalfi, there are many ferries arriving and departing all day. For example, you can take a ferry from Amalfi to Positano, or Amalfi to Capri. This is very useful for places further away from Amalfi, as it’s a straight shot and you won’t be stopping at several stops like on the buses.


Pros of Using the Ferries on the Amalfi Coast:

  • They are generally cheap (much cheaper than taxis).

  • Ferries can be faster than buses in some cases.


Cons of Using the Ferries on the Amalfi Coast:

  • They only depart a few times a day.

  • Seasickness is common on ferries.


Walking the Amalfi Coast


A few of the towns on the Amalfi Coast are within walking distance of each other. For example, you can walk from Amalfi to Atrani to Ravello, or Ravello to Minori. These walks are all around 20 minutes at the least.


Sometimes sidewalks/pavements are nonexistent, though the walk is possible. Otherwise, plan to get around the towns of the Amalfi Coast by bus or by ferry.


Pros of Walking in Amalfi:

  • You can find lesser-known places by exploring on foot.

  • The Amalfi Coast is beautiful and walking is a great way to truly admire it.


Cons of Walking in Amalfi:

  • Towns can be very far apart.

  • Sometimes there aren't any sidewalks/pavements.


Walking Tunnel

If you love exploring by foot, you can definitely walk around Amalfi if you’re up for many steps, that is flat walking as well as stairs. There are many, many stairs in the Amalfi Coast as it is a mountain region as well as coastal, so be prepared for a workout.


There is actually a walking tunnel from Atrani to Amali, which is great as it’s for pedestrians only, and you don’t have to walk on the road the whole way. It starts here in Atrani and ends here in Amalfi, and you can easily walk through it in the opposite direction too. Amalfi and Atrani are the two closest towns in the Amalfi Coast, and it takes about 15 minutes to walk between the two. Most other towns are about a 45 minute to 1.5 hour walk apart. So pack comfortable shoes for walking!


Taxis


Another option for getting around the Amalfi Coast is taking taxis. This is sometimes the only option if you plan on visiting anywhere way off the beaten path. However, this will also be the most expensive form of transportation. When we visited, it was around €100 euros to get from Amalfi to Ravello, (so we gladly opted for the bus). This is a nice backup option though.


Pros of Getting a Taxi on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Taxis can save you time.

  • You can get to places the buses can't go.


Cons of Getting a Taxi on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Taxis are very expensive here.

  • You can still get stuck in traffic.


Driving


I do not recommend renting a car to visit the Amalfi Coast. While it may seem like a convenient way to visit multiple towns, it's not easy to find parking and traffic can get incredibely backed up. There is also an alternating license plate rule; depending on the last number of your rental car's license, you can only drive through the Amalfi Coast on either even or odd days.


Instead of driving yourself, look into hiring a private driver. This is an expensive option, but you're in a time crunch or want to visit more unusual places in Amalfi, this can be a good option.


Pros of Driving on the Amalfi Coast:

  • You have control over where and when you go.

  • Farther towns will be easier to visit.


Cons of Driving on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Rental cars are only allowed to drive in the towns on alternating days.

  • Parking and traffic can eat up all of your time.


Ferry in the Water - How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast, Italy

How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast FAQ


Is it easy to get around Amalfi Coast without a car?


The Amalfi Coast is easy to get around without a car. You can save money and skip a car rental; it's easy to travel by bus here. You can visit multiple towns on the Amalfi Coast by hopping on the local buses or ferries for select routes.


What is the best way to get around the Amalfi Coast?


The Amalfi Coast is best explored by bus and ferry. There are local buses that connect the many towns, as well as ferries for select routes. These options are cheap and quite reliable.


Can you walk between towns on the Amalfi Coast?


A few of the towns on the Amalfi Coast are within walking distance of each other. For example, you can walk from Amalfi to Atrani to Ravello, or Ravello to Minori. These walks are all around 20 minutes at the least. Sometimes sidewalks/pavements are nonexistent, though the walk is possible.


Otherwise, plan to get around the towns of the Amalfi Coast by bus or by ferry.


View of Amalfi and the Sea - How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast

Now you know how to get around the Amalfi Coast, how to use the Amalfi Coast bus system, as well as the ferries! Start packing your bags for an Italian dream vacation. The Amalfi Coast is every bit as dreamy as you think it will be.


Skip a rental car unless you find it necessary, take the buses and ferries for cheap and pretty reliable transportation, or opt for a beautiful walk along the Amalfi Coast. There are many towns to visit in this region of Italy, you'll want to visit as many as possible.


I hope you have a wonderful trip and soak in the Amalfi sun. This Italian region is amazing, and so worth traveling to! Now you know the important stuff, what is one random thing you always pack for a beach vacation? I always bring a book as reading on the beach is so relaxing!


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Hi, I'm Georgina, adventure enthusiast and creator of Alpacka My Bags. I'm here for all of your travel and adventure planning needs! 

 

I've been exploring this beautiful planet since I was a child, so I decided it was time to share my travel tips with others to enjoy. After college, I knew the "traditional career path" was not for me.

 

I needed to travel and explore what this world has to offer. It sounds cliché but you do only live once. So I made going on adventures a priority, and soon realized that I wanted to share them with others so you can enjoy them too! 

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