Experience the magnificent scenery, the sweet scent of lemon blossoms and the majolica domes that make the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a must-visit destination. Read on to discover our complete guide to the Amalfi Coast, including how to get there by train and bus from nearby Italian cities and what to do once you’re there.
The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana in Italian), consists of 13 pastel-hued villages; Amalfi, Atrani, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti and Vietri sul Mare. Each one of these dream locations are treasure troves of natural and cultural marvels. Located on the northern coast of the Salerno Gulf in southern Italy, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy for tourists and locals alike.
The best way to reach the Amalfi Coast is to take a train to Naples or Salerno train station and then get on one of the local buses that will take you to the main coastal towns. However, as Vietri sul Mare is the only town in the Amalfi Coast with a train station (Vietri sul Mare-Amalfi), you can get there by train very easily either from Naples or Salerno.
In order to get to Vietri sul Mare by train from Naples, go to Napoli Piazza Garibaldi train station, which is an underground station below the mainline station of Napoli Centrale, and take a regional train operated by Trenitalia. 30 trains run every day from Napoli Piazza Garibaldi to Vietri sul Mare-Amalfi, with the first train departing at 05:35 and the last one at 22:07. The journey lasts about 1 hour.
If you travel from Salerno, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Vietri sul Mare in only 8 minutes. 39 regional trains run daily, with the first train departing from Salerno at 05:00 and the last one at 21:25.
Once you get to Napoli Centrale train station, head to Via Ferraris near Piazza Garibaldi, where you can hop on a Sita Sud bus that goes to Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Atrani and finally Amalfi. The total journey lasts about 2 hours.
If you want to travel from Salerno, head to Via Vinciprova, instead, which is 400 metres away from Salerno train station and take a Sita Sud bus to Amalfi – the bus stops are the same. The journey is about 1h 15m. Make sure to grab a window seat on the left side of the bus to get a front row experience of the spectacular view.
To get to Positano, you’ll need to take another Sita Sud bus from Amalfi that stops at Conca dei Marini and Praiano before reaching Positano. The journey lasts about 40 mins.
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No trip to the Amalfi Coast is complete without stopping at Amalfi, the coast’s main town. Relax and enjoy the sunshine at the famous Marina Grande Beach and then climb the steep steps of the stunning 9th-century built St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo – we guarantee that the view from the top is amazing!
Travel back in time to this calm fishing village with a unique little beach, historic harbour and an old Norman tower. Walk through the atmospheric streets and alleys of the town and stop at one of the many restaurants serving traditional seafood dishes. You won’t be disappointed!
Maiori is full of history with its ancient towers, crumbling castles and stunning churches. Maiori’s picturesque scenery could be the reason Roberto Rossellini set four of his legendary films here. Take in the stunning sea views while eating delicious local food and sipping prosecco on the Amalfi Coast’s longest beach.
Positano is one of the most fascinating towns of the Amalfi Coast: located on the edge of a cliff between Sorrento and Amalfi, the town’s magic lies in its steep geography and colourful houses. Head to Via Fornillo and pick one of the small restaurants for your aperitif, lunch or dinner – from seafood to cheese and lemon-inspired desserts, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Vietri sul Mare is considered the ceramics capital of Campania. Take a walk around the streets of this beautiful city and admire the tiled shopfronts and grab a piece of ceramic ware while you’re at it. Visit the church of San Giovanni Battista, the symbol of the city, whose dome consists of coloured majolica. Finally, stop by L’Eco del Mare, get your favourite gelato and enjoy the spectacular view of the coast, guarded over by an ancient Saracen tower.