Thanks to its location, Positano offers a more laid back, less touristy vibe for those looking for something beyond the beaten track. Here’s how to get to Positano – whatever your preferred mode of transport.
It’s no secret that the world has shrunk. Most places are now accessible in a few short hours – which, for the most part, is something to be celebrated. However, it can be a problem for those looking to recreate the halcyon days of exploration, with today’s ease of travel making it more difficult to find unique, exclusive experiences. Fortunately, these romantic hidden locations still very much exist – if you know where to look, and have the determination to get there.
Clinging to the ancient hills of the Amalfi coast is Positano; an idyllic, picturesque town that epitomises rural (or at least, a far less commercial version of) Italy. It’s everything you imagine a small, Italian seaside resort to be; charming, colourful and steeped in history. With small pebbled coves, cobbled winding streets and plenty of options when it comes to eating out, Positano has something for everyone, without the usual hordes.
But how to get to Positano is another matter. It isn’t as easy as other, more developed, iconic Italian locations. However, the fact that it’s slightly off the beaten track is exactly why it’s appealing for those looking for a hidden gem.
There are several ways to get to Positano, and some of them are much easier than others. Most journeys will require several methods of transportation – parts of which you can adapt depending on your departure location, budget and schedule. The alternative, of course, is visiting Positano by yacht, providing a smooth and luxurious voyage to this hilltop paradise.
How to get to Positano from Rome
The most popular (and cheapest) way to get to Positano from Rome (a distance of around 270km) is by land. If driving is your preferred method of transport, it’s fairly easy to rent a car and enjoy the scenic three-hour drive down the coast to the seaside town. Should you be blessed with the time to take in some of the sights, there are plenty of iconic places to stop en route – such as Naples and Pompeii. If you don’t fancy driving, take a train to Naples, then continue your journey by bus to Positano.
How to get to Positano from Naples
A private shuttle from Naples airport is one of the simplest and most cost-efficient ways to get to Positano. The 65km trip takes around 80 minutes, made more palatable by the stunning views and quintessential Italian scenes. Alternatively, you can take a private shuttle to Sorrento, then a public bus to Positano; it’s not the easiest way to get there, but one of the cheapest.
Reaching Positano by train
As there are no trains in Positano, you won’t be able to complete your journey by rail alone. Take the train to Salerno, a beautiful medieval town blessed with ancient Roman temples and scenic promenades. From there, the quickest way to get to Positano is by ferry, which takes around an hour and twenty minutes. If you prefer to stick to land, hop on a bus from Salerno to Positano, which takes around two and a half hours.
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Getting to Positano by water
Of course, the easiest, and most stylish way to arrive in Positano is by yacht; cruising through the sparkling Tyrrhenian sea is the definitive way to make an entrance in the chic Italian town. Being in complete control of your travel destiny is only one of a multitude of perks; travelling by yacht also gives you a unique perspective on the rugged coastline of the Amalfi coast. For an experience like no other, take a private Amalfi coast yacht charter, where you’ll be wined and dined like an A-lister, and arrive in Positano a more relaxed, bronzed version of yourself. For those who can afford it, it’s an absolutely amazing way to explore this Italian paradise.
From catching the bus to splashing out on an ultra-luxurious West Mediterranean yacht charter, Positano is not the easiest place to reach. However, as you’ll discover, it’s well worth the journey.