Amalfi Transportation

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    Buses to destinations along the Amalfi coast

    by angiebabe Updated Jul 8, 2007

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    where the buses arrive and depart from in Amalfi
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    You can see in the accompanying photo a blue bus parked - this is where the buses come in and leave from for all destinations except Ravello which the buses left from where i was standing to take this photo!

    And to the right of the bus in the picture through the shrubbery to the buildings on the right is the cafeteria icecream shop where the bus tickets for all destinations can be bought from but you do have to buy your tickets before you get on the bus. They are influenced by the time it takes to get there, the destination and how long you think you will need - for example the ticket to get up to Ravello i knew i wanted to walk back so i only got a two hour ticket i think it was from San Lazzaro Agerola which also included the wait i thought i would have in between arriviing off that bus and leaving on the Ravello bus which i filled by running around the town centre and then my ticket was still valid.

    Bus travel was very cheap - an estimated couple of euro per hour. so each stage of the journey never came to much ie from Salerno to Amalfi is only about an hour. Amalfi to San Lazzaro 40 minutes. Amalfi to Ravello is only half an hour and Amalfi to Positano an hour and a half or two hour ticket. Positano to Sorrento another hour.
    Cheap but you do have to buy your tickets before you get on the bus and you can buy your hours of tickets in advance, particularly so you dont have to go find a shop that sells them when that time might mean missing a bus and waiting for the next one! (as theyre cheap but sometimes not as frequent ie hourly or two hourly) and then the driver stamps them as you get on.

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    Getting there...

    by dvideira Written May 10, 2004

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    amalfi coast - map

    By car:
    From Naples take motorway A3 and exit in Castellamare di Stabia then follow signs for Sorrento (SS145) and Costiera Amalfitana.
    From Salerno take motorway A3 and exit in Vietri sul Mare then follow directions for Costiera Amalfitana.


    By train / Bus:
    From Naples Central train station take Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, from here continue by SITA bus to Amalfi.

    By air:
    From Naples international airport you can reach Naples Centre by public bus or by private car, from here continue to Sorrento or Salerno by train leaving at hourly intervals.

    By sea:
    From Naples, Salerno and Sorrento during the summer there are many ferries leaving for the Amalfi Coast.
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    On the roads...

    by dvideira Updated May 10, 2004

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    Driving along the Amalfi Coast , except for the A3 to and from Salerno, means driving on winding two-lane narrow roads. Although (and perhaps because) driving there requires high levels of concentration, accidents are not frequent.
    Even so, WATCH OUT ! Scooters and buses are everywere and it's amazing to see these people driving along these serpentine roads... If you don't have a bit of sense of adventure, do not drive there...
    The roads are realy narrow and driving conditions are extreme but, on the other hand..... the views will make you forget all about it.

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    Bus, bus, bus

    by leics Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    Round and round the road goes.........
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    I cannot imagine why anyone should choose to drive the Amalfi coast road (a fantastic feat of engineering): you certainly won't be able to enjoy the views if you do! It's far too twisty, narrow and vertiginous to take pleasure in driving, in my opinion, unless you really want to be stuck behind coaches/lorries/buses etc. If you're happy to meet a coach on a narrow blind bend, or to crawl along behind a lorry with no chance of overtaking, and to see nothing whatsoever except the road in front of you for an hour or so (there are very, very few places where you can pull off the road to look), then do drive yourself.

    A million times better is to let the experienced bus driver do all the hard work, whilst you gaze through the window at the fantastic coastal scenery, gawp at the vertical drops a few inches away from you, be amazed at the way traffic negotiates itself and the parked cars along the route.

    It's a cheap experience (there are lots of buses) but one well worth taking, even if you don't stay long in Amalfi itself (I didn't).

    Buses go from Sorrento (outside the Circumvesuviana station). On the SITA website below scroll down to Quadro 14, where you'll find the timetable.

    See my Amalfi travelogues for more photos of this amazing journey.

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    All things considered I really do think busses

    by unravelau Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Our bus parked

    The bus is the best way to get there I am sure. The road is so narrow and difficult to negotiate I think that you need an experienced Italian driver to do this. The other, not so fun aspect of course is one based purely on my survival instinct. It goes like this.........if the bus has one wheel either front or back over the edge there is really little chance of it going the whole way........but put a car in the same position?

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    A163

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 16, 2004

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    The Devil Coast Drive!

    You might think from home that the beautiful winding roads of the picturesque Amalfi would be a lovely place for a romantic drive.

    Think again. This spawn of Satan road is the most evil thing I encountered on my entire trip. Unless you are Schumacher or Montoya, dont even think about driving on this thing. First, it does as many twists and turns as a ballerina on cocaine. Second the streets are narrow and they have decided its a good spot to park cars along side the road to make it more narrow. People dont exactly obey the whole "you stay on your side of the road" motto. All of Italy is a "dive at your own risk", but this adds new meaning to it.

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    Amalfi Coast Bus Travel

    by Jetgirly Written May 28, 2006

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    Amalfi Coastline - Up and Down, Side to Side

    Busses connect all of the Amalfi Coast, from Naples all the way to Salerno (with stops in Sorrento). Besides being unreasonably slow (busses take twice as long as boats) the bus ride made me feel really sick. It's very twisty and turny, with lots of up up up and down down down. Then around and around. You've got decent views of the coastline from the bus... but it's not worth it in my opinion. In some places the busses are traveling on single-land roads, which leads to long waits, and in other places traffic is backed up for miles because some crazy person parked in the middle of the road! Why put yourself through the pain and torture when you could travel by boat so much more easily?

    If you must take the bus, I've linked to Campania timetables below.

    If you're a masochist, sit on the right-side window seat when travelling in the direction of Naples -> Salerno. You'll have the scariest view and the highest probability of vomiting!

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    SITA (Blue Bus) to Amalfi from Sorrento

    by longsanborn Updated Jan 6, 2007

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    Road signs

    If you want to explore the Amalfi Coast, I suggest you go early in the morning because there are lots to see. The breath-taking view of the Mediterranean sea set against the steep cliffs is one thing that should not be missed.

    We went to the Amalfi coast using the public bus (SITA, blue coach bus). You can buy bus tickets (1-way for Euro 2.40) from a small shop located on ground floor of the Sorrento train station. You better buy return ticket too. The bus stop is located down the stairs from the train station.

    The bus will travel to Positano (40min) and Amalfi (90min). The trip is really great as you get to see the breath-taking view of the Amalfi coast. Sit in the front, on the right side of the bus; meaning when you enter the bus, go to your left!

    The earliest bus leaves Sorrento at 06.25am and the last bus leaving Amalfi is 8.00pm (however, please double-check again!).

    If you don't have much time, I would suggest visiting Amalfi town. It is larger than Positano and Ravello. Later, you can take another bus to Positano or Ravello.

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    Bus Terminal

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 20, 2003

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    bus station Amalfi

    The scenic way to get to Amalfi by car is to leave the A3 motorway (autostrada) in Salerno and drive along the S163 (Costiera Amalfitana).

    Amalfi is a bus terminal for the costiera (on the front of Amalfi) and as such is a good base for exploring the area by local transport. Buses go in one direction to Atrani, Minori, Maori and down to Salerno, whilst in the other direction buses travel to Conca dei Marini, Positano and Sorrento.
    Tickets must be purchased in advance and validated on the bus. Tickets are purchase for travel up to a certain time..for example a 1 euro ticket enables you to travel on a bus anywhere within I hour - so the further you go the better the value.

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    Cheap and efficient

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can catch the public coach (SITA, blue coach) from the Sorrento train station. Remember, tickets are only validated, not sold on the coach but you can buy them from grocery stores or a little shop located at the train station. Tickets cost €2.40 for a 2-hr journey but the drive to Amalfi will take approximately 1½ hours and Positano which is midway is about 1 hour from Sorrento

    The buses run a couple times a day starting as early 6.35am till 8.00pm but it's advisable to go on an early bus because the queue to get on the bus can be long and frustrating for those who have to stand on the hour long & winding journey

    If you want to have a good view of the Amalfi coast, try sitting on the right side of the bus on the Sorrento to Amalfi journey, and on the left side on the return trip

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    One if by Sea

    by Callavetta Written Mar 9, 2005

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    There are three ways to get to Amalfi; drive along the winding, steep, famous Alafi Coast, take a SITA bus, or go by boat. I think the boat is the most relaxing (albiet slow) way. And it's the only way to see some of the houses and villas perched precariously on the cliffs. Wait until you see the famous San Pietro hotel and the equally famous Santa Caterina. Someday, when I marry a rich man.....

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    White-knuckled...

    by kcochran111 Updated May 20, 2003

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    Driving la Costa Amalfitana

    Unless you're:
    A) a Formula 1 driver
    B) the owner of a high-performance vehicle
    C) the rider of a motorini/motorcycle or
    D) all of the above...
    I would avoid the drive around the Amalfi Coast.

    Large cars simply do not fit within most of the towns' narrow hair-pinned streets. Park your car (especially if it's large) in Sorrento or Salerno and take the bus into the other Amalfi Coast towns. This is the only way to keep your holiday free of stress and your car free of tickets (as parking is cliff-hanging and non-existent).

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    Lease a vehicle...its cheaper than hiring.

    by K.Knight Written Nov 12, 2005

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    Freedom of travel

    Anne and I travelled through Europe for 4.5 weeks with another couple, Brian and Amanda. We flew into Rome and out of Paris. During these 9 days in Rome and Paris we did not require a vehicle so we leased a Peugot for 22 days.
    This proved to be a cost effective move because we only paid approx AUS$1200 per couple for the car which included all of the insurance, taxes and stamp duties and the car came "fully insured with no excess!" When you think of the money you spend on trains/busabout tickets etc without the freedom of choice, this is an excellent way to see what you want to see!

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    Road from Sorrento to Amalfi.

    by breughel Updated Jun 4, 2008

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    The usual road (also followed by the regular busses) goes Eastwards over the SS 145 to Sant Agnello, then inland Southeast over the SS163 to San Pietro.
    From there the road follows the coast over Positano, Praiano, Conca dei Marini and Amalfi.
    I drove on this road on several occasions and could never look at the wonderful landscape. The road turns every 50 m!

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    The road from Sorrento to Amalfi.

    by breughel Written Jun 5, 2008

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    From my (long) experience of Italy and Positano I agree with Geoveo:

    "Many of the local drivers are impatient, discourteous and downright dangerous. The tour buses bully there way through rarely giving way and the tourists meander along."

    It's just so that the local drivers, regular and tour bus drivers, are obliged to drive on that road to do their work or to go to their work.
    When they are delayed by tourists who "ignore anybody who drives in your boot" they get nervous and try to overtake these slow drivers under very risky conditions.

    If you want to make friends in Italy avoid ignoring the local traffic bad or good habits.

    Ciao.

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