Getting to Italy's Amalfi Coast from Rome via public transportation is a long and complicated trip that requires changing the type of public transport at least twice. We do not suggest Rome to Amalfi Coast day trips because you would spend so much time just getting to and from the coast that you wouldn't have much of the day left to take in the sights. Even with a faster and more comfortable private transfer, a Rome to Positano day trip isn't recommended.
If you are flying in to Rome, consider that it will take you at least four hours from the time your plane lands to your arrival on the Amalfi Coast. This takes into account all the different stages of the trip and assumes you are able to make your connections.
The fastest way to travel from Rome to Naples or Salerno is the high-speed train. If you are traveling with a group or large family, a private transfer may actually be cheaper and it is definitely faster and more comfortable.
If your flight arrives in Rome in the afternoon, consider spending your first night in Rome or Naples rather than trying to make it the Amalfi Coast.
Taking the train from Rome to the Amalfi Coast requires first taking the train from the Rome Fiumicino Airport to the Termini train station in Rome's city center, and then catching a second train to Naples. The best way to reach the main Roma Termini train station from the Fiumicino Airport is the Leonardo Express, the airport shuttle train that connects the airport with the Termini station.
At the Roma Termini train station, you can take the Italian high-speed train (Italo or Trenitalia Frecciarossa) to Naples. Purchase train tickets online, from the ticket window, or with the automatic ticket machines inside the station. If you purchase your train ticket online in advance, you can sometimes find discounted prices. Keep in mind that many discount tickets are non-refundable if purchased ahead of time, so it may be worth it to spend a bit more but opt for a ticket that allows you to change your travel time in case your flight comes in late.
If you are on a tight travel budget and are getting around alone or in a couple, you can consider cheaper trains that take longer and have fewer amenities. The Intercity train runs from Roma Termini to the main Napoli Centrale train station in about two hours and tickets cost about €20. There is also the option of a regional train (treno regionale) that only costs about €10 but takes four hours to reach Naples and stops at all the stations along the line.
You can also take a bus from the Rome Fiumicino airport that goes directly to the central Piazza Garibaldi in Naples, stopping near the train station.
Once you arrive in Naples, you need to take a third train to Sorrento, where you connect to the local Amalfi Coast bus lines. Once you've reached the main Stazione Centrale di Napoli-Piazza Garibaldi, follow signs to the Circumvesuviana. This local train departs from the lower level of the station and runs between Naples and Sorrento in about an hour.
Just outside the Sorrento train station, catch the local Sita bus that will take you along the Amalfi Coast, with stops in Positano, Amalfi, and towns on the Sorrentine Peninsula like Sant'Agata-Nerano. If you need to go further than Amalfi, you'll need to change to a different bus in Amalfi. The bus takes the famously winding coastal road, so make sure to take precautions against motion sickness. For the best view along the way, sit on the right side of the bus where you'll have a better vantage point.
High-speed trains from Rome also run to Salerno. From here, you can catch one of the many ferries that run to Amalfi and Positano. The Molo Concordia pier where ferries depart is located just opposite the train station, so is easy to get to. The other ferry pier, Molo Manfredi, is located a few kilometers away, so you'll need to catch a taxi. Travelmar is the ferry company with the most routes between Salerno and the Amalfi Coast.
The Sita bus terminal is located in Via Vinciprova, about an eight-minute walk from the Salerno train station. Here you can catch buses to the coastal towns of Amalfi, Atrani, Minori, Maiori, Cetara, and Vietri sul Mare. To get to Ravello, Praiano, or Conca de' Marini by bus, you need to change in Amalfi.
If you are staying in Positano, consider the exact location of your hotel before deciding to take the ferry. From the ferry pier located on Spiaggia Grande, you may have to climb a number of steep flights of stairs to reach a hotel located in the upper part of town, which is only accessible on foot. This is important to know if you're traveling in summer with a number of bags. Otherwise, there are porters located at the pier who can transport your bags at an extra charge.
Once you've landed at Rome's Ciampino Airport, take a bus to the main train station of Roma Termini and from there follow the instructions above.
An alternative option is catching a direct bus to the Amalfi Coast from the Rome Tiburtina train station (located along the blue line of the subway). Buses operated by Autolinee Marozzi run from there to Amalfi and Sorrento.
For Amalfi there is just one bus a day that departs at 7 a.m. and arrives in Amalfi at noon.
For Sorrento there are two buses: one departs at 7 a.m. and one at 3 p.m.
Getting to the Amalfi Coast from Rome by public transportation can be stressful. To avoid delays and crowds either at the beginning of end of your holiday in Campania, we suggest booking a private transfer (car with driver) directly from the airport or train station in Rome to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast. This is also an excellent solution if you are trying to reach the Amalfi Coast from Florence or Venice.
If you are traveling with a group of at least four passengers, it may even be cheaper to book a private transfer than the sum of the cost of train, bus, or ferry tickets to get to the coast...without taking into account the time you save and hassle you avoid!
Another benefit to booking a private car transfer from Rome to the Amalfi Coast is that you can request a stop along the way at Pompeii or Herculaneum to visit the archaeological ruins. Both of these famous sites are located at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius along the route between Rome and Positano, so a private transfer with a stop to explore on your own or with a guide is a great way to make the most of your time.
It can be stressful to drive in southern Italy, especially along the winding road that runs between the Amalfi Coast towns that is often clogged with heavy traffic.
The first stretch you'll take on with your rental car is along the A3 highway to Naples, where you'll exit at Castellammare di Stabia. From here, you'll take a series of curvy, narrow roads thick with other cars and tour buses. In addition, there is little parking on the Amalfi Coast and day rates are expensive.
If you are flying into the Naples Capodichino Airport, please check our page: