Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ingrid & Alex
Are you planning your Amalfi Coast vacation and have a lot of questions about the Italian destination? We visited on several occasions and are here to offer you the best Amalfi Coast travel tips so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
How to get there, where to land, how to get around, and more in one place.
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Amalfi Coast Travel Tips – Your Complete Guide to the Amalfi Coast
Here are a few of the commonly asked questions asked by people when planning their trip on the Amalfi Coast, along with the answers you are looking for.
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Where to fly for the Amalfi Coast
The closest airport for visiting the Amalfi Coast would be Naples International Airport.
From Naples to Positano, the most popular village on the Amalfi Coast, there is only a 61 km distance, with plenty of options to get around.
Which Amalfi Coast town to stay in
That would be a hard question to answer because it depends a lot on your travel style, budget, group size, and much more.
However, I would tell you the following things:
- Sorrento is a great option for those looking for a bigger city, with great budget accommodation. It is easily reached by train, bus, or car from Naples, and you have plenty of options to get from Sorrento to Positano or any other village on the Amalfi Coast in less than 1 hour. I’ve put together a list of apartment-style accommodation options for Sorrento that can help you make the best choice.
- Positano is the most beautiful village on the Amalfi Coast and the most famous. That being said, such a place is expected to come with a price tag. On top of that, Positano gets incredibly packed in high season. It is the perfect destination for couples on their honeymoon or for those looking for something unique. I think you should spend at least 1 night in Positano. See accommodation options in Positano!
- Maiori is the perfect destination for those looking to spend time at the beach. Even though beaches are not wide or sandy, Maiori and even Minori, are frequented more by locals and have pretty big beaches. See accommodation options in Maiori!
- Vietri sul Mare or other smaller villages such as Cetara, Atrani, Castiglione, or Scala would be best for people traveling on a budget. See accommodation options for Vietri, Cetara, Scala!
You can choose to stay in one place, from where to visit most of the coastline and easily go on day trips – such as Sorrento or Positano.
Or you can split your vacation in two and choose to stay in 2 different towns – for example, spend 2-3 nights in Naples, and the remaining nights in Amalfi, Positano, or any other smaller village. By doing so, you will get to experience different places and better explore their surroundings.
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Procida, Capri, or Ischia are stunning destinations, and you can also split your Amalfi Coast vacation between one of the islands, and one of the beautiful towns on the mainland.
There are simply so many options, and it all depends on your preference and travel style.
What is the best month to visit the Amalfi Coast?
For me, the best time to visit almost any destination in Southern Italy would be anywhere in spring or fall.
That’s when prices are more affordable, you can visit without the crowds, and temperatures are just right.
Look for anything between April and the end of June, or September to the end of October.
If you are still unsure, check out my comprehensive guide for when to visit the Amalfi Coast with a description of each season, pros and cons, temperatures, and more.
Is the Amalfi Coast expensive?
Again, the answer to this question depends a lot on what you choose to do, when you go, and where you choose to stay.
Yes, it is more expensive than most of the other destinations in Italy, mostly Positano or Capri. However, you can also plan a trip on a budget if you want to, just by following some simple rules.
Is the Amalfi Coast worth it?
100% YES! And believe me when I say, that once you’ve seen it, you will start planning for your return. The region is easily one of the most beautiful in the whole of Italy, and we are speaking about an overall stunning country.
Is the Amalfi Coast crowded?
As you would expect, yes, the Amalfi Coast gets crowded during the peak season: from June to September.
However, if you choose to go as early as April or May, or even in October, you can skip the crowds and enjoy the stunning Italian gem.
How to reach the Amalfi Coast?
Depending on where you choose to stay, by landing at the Naples International Airport, you can go:
- BY TRAIN: Take the Circumvesuviana train from Naples Central to Sorrento (roughly one hour ride) and then hop on a bus or ferry to your final destination of the Amalfi Coast. Tickets from Naples to Sorrento cost EUR 3.60;
- BY CAR: rent a car and pick it up from the airport in Naples and drive your way towards the Amalfi Coast; my go-to car rental company is always Discover Cars. It is a great aggregator that will help you find and book the best option for renting a car during your trip, helping you save up to 70% on your car rental. They have a pretty good cancellation policy that would give you options in case your flight or travel plans change. You will most probably need a car to get to most of these places, especially if you want to keep a schedule. Get your best offers here!
- TRANSFER: arrange for a shuttle transfer – most of the hotels in Positano might offer this kind of service; of course, when you rent an apartment on Airbnb that option would possibly not be available. You will find plenty of options for private transfers from Naples Airport to Positano or other places on the Amalfi Coast.
- BOAT – from Sorrento or Salerno it is easy to travel by boat to most of the other villages on the Amalfi Coast. Check out ferry schedules and prices here!
Getting around on the Amalfi Coast
If you choose to rent a car, you can easily travel from one village to the other this way.
It is worth knowing that distances aren’t so big, but because of the winding roads that go up and the hills, you will spend more time in the car than expected. Also, roads are narrow and perched high above the sea.
Another thing worth knowing is that when you travel in full season it will be complicated to find parking space, especially in Positano, and the fee for one hour is pretty high.
That’s why, we would strongly recommend you consider using public transportation as much as you can, especially the peak season.
When you choose the bus, you should know to buy the tickets ahead of time from any tabaccheria and validate them on the bus.
Just come prepared with patience because you might have to wait for a bus or 2 before you actually can go. At some point, we waited for almost an hour to finally manage to get on the stairs of one bus. But it was August.
Check out the bus timetables here and plan accordingly.
If you don’t suffer from motion sickness and you prefer seeing the villages from the sea, taking a ferry could be the perfect option for you.
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Is 7 days too long for the Amalfi Coast?
No, 7 days are not too long for the Amalfi Coast. With its stunning views and an endless array of activities, such as hiking trails, exploring secret caves and historic towns, or just relaxing on a beach to soak up the sun, there’s plenty to see and do in this beautiful region of Italy.
Therefore seven days allow one enough time to have a great experience without feeling rushed.
How much is a 7-day trip to the Amalfi Coast?
That depends a lot on your travel style, but also on the time of the year, you choose to visit.
Accommodations, meals, transportation, and activities can add up quickly when planning a vacation in this popular destination.
Generally speaking, you can expect to spend at least $1,000 per person for a 7-day trip to the Amalfi Coast. However, costs can be higher if you opt for more luxury accommodations (especially in Positano, no matter the month) and activities or lower if you choose budget-friendly options.
Tips if you are traveling on a budget
If you want to spend 7 days on the Amalfi Coast but don’t want to break the bank, here are a few tips that will make you save on your vacation.
Choose to go on the shoulder season, during spring or fall you can find the most affordable accommodation prices.
When you eat, stay off the main street, or better yet head to smaller villages such as Atrani or Cetara.
Start your day with some sweets from a local pasticceria, don’t spend money at a restaurant.
Take the bus – it is slower, but the cheapest option to get around.
Eat pizza for lunch or bring food from one of the main local supermarkets or fresh markets.
Book your tours and hotels in advance – the Amalfi Coast is such o popular destination that the best affordable hotels get sold out fast