Getting Around, Positano Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Positano, Campania, Italy)

Aerial view of the town and coastOften referred to as a town of 'snakes and ladders', because there are some many steep hills and straight steps, Positano offers a fairly limited number of transport options. Most visitors to Positano simply choose to travel around on foot, hire a car, or explore the coastline by using bus transport.

However, for something a little more scenic, a number of different boat trips are available from Positano's port, using both ferries and hydrofoils. Those using a boat as their preferred mode of transport will find this a very fast way to travel to a variety of destinations along the Amalfi Coast and around the Bay of Naples.

Image of the shoreline and beach

Naples International Airport (NAP) / Arriving by Air

Address: Viale Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, Capodichino, Naples, IT-80144, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 081 789 6111
Those holidaying in Positano and intending to fly into Italy will most likely arrive at Naples Airport, which is situated just 63 km / 39 miles to the north-west. This is a major international airport and serves the Campania region of Italy, seeing annual passenger numbers now exceeding five million. Although you can hire a taxi and travel straight to Positano, a more popular way is to travel via Sorrento, using either train or bus transport. Whilst these options are the cheapest, the journey time is longer.

Beachfront photograph, showing summer tourists

Car Rental

Driving outside of Positano is always a memorable experience and many of the coastal roads may be a little steep, but the higher you go, to better the views become. Renting a car is the easiest way to travel to destinations along the Amalfi Coast. Popular day trips include Naples, Salerno and Sorrento, amongst other towns and cities.

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Coastal picture

Buses and Coaches

Bus transport in and around Positano is operated by SITA and travels to Amalfi, Salerno and Sorrento, amongst other destinations, departing from the top of the Via Colombo and also from the Viale Pasitea. Tickets for buses can be purchased from the Bar Internazionale, which is conveniently situated on the Viale Pasitea. If you are travelling to Sorrento on a bus, then try to sit on the left-hand side for the best views. During the peak holiday season, buses to and from Positano can become a little crowded and so you may be in for a wait. However, on the plus side, buses are a very cheap way to travel around Campania.

Boats and Ferries

Depending when you are visiting Positano, there can be up to five different ferries and hydrofoils, each travelling to various resorts around the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples, such as Amalfi, Naples, Procida, Salerno and also Sorrento. The journeys are always extremely scenic, quicker than travelling by road, and really quite inexpensive.