How to Get from Rome to Amalfi
When travelling to the Amalfi Coast for the first time, one might ask “How do I get from Rome to Amalfi?” From a person who has done this journey on countless occasions, it is safe to say that I have the answer to your question.
So, how do you get from Rome to Amalfi?
The route I have taken back and forth is from Rome to Salerno by train then on to Amalfi in the ferry. There have also been times when I have had private transfers and the odd Sita bus ride. Take a leaf from my book as I will explain what the best way is to get to Amalfi.
Training to The Amalfi Coast
Getting from Rome to Amalfi by train can be a very stressful form of transportation even in the best of times. In recent years when I have had a good wifi connection, I have booked my ticket online. Why? Because being at Roma Termini requires you to be assertive, cautious and know what you are doing and where you are going. For first time travellers I would suggest this to you.
Try the train company ITALO. I found that their trains are more spacious and that most of their lines are direct. The last thing you want is taking an intercity train that stops at every suburban station and takes you double the time to arrive at your destination. It is a better company in my opinion than TRENITALIA and can be half the price, even during the height of the season. The cabin space and luggage compartments in Trenitalia are so small. These are perfect for a slim brief case but not suitable for your bulging suitcase.
Where to buy a train ticket at Roma Termini station
The Italian word for tickets is biglietti so this is a helpful word to recognise. If you choose not to purchase a ticket online, there are ticket offices where you can purchase your train tickets.
Just a heads up of what to expect when you arrive at Roma Termini!
Beware of the ticket kiosks. These are self service kiosks, where you enter your departure station, arrival station and pay using your credit card. You can get your tickets here but you will always find strange people lingering around, so pay attention to your bags and personal items.
CAUTION : Do not trust the people wandering around the kiosks asking if you need assistance. They are usually dressed up in blue polos to look like helpers but they are not. If you want help from an official person go directly to the ticket office of the train company (ITALO OR TRENITALIA) where they will assist you.
Do I buy a ticket to Naples or Salerno?
If you are heading to Amalfi, Minori, Maori, or even Positano, I would suggest getting the train to Salerno as there are ferry connections from Salerno to these places. If however your destination is Sorrento, go to Naples.
Ferry from Salerno to Amalfi
I am suggesting you take the ferry to Amalfi, Minori, Maori or Positano from Salerno as this is my most preferred way getting to the coast and also it is the quickest way of travel. Here is the timetable. Please make note to the change of date and season.
How do you find the Ferry?
From the station head straight through the main street to the Piazza Concordia- where you see the sea in front of you that is a good start. You will need to cross the main road that runs near the sea.
It is a 5 minute walk. When you arrive on the promenade, you should see a sign that has a boat picture to the port. Another clue is where you see Travelmare boats moored at the marina and that’s where you’re going. Trust your instincts. Otherwise ask someone nearby “Scusa dove il porto?” Where is the port? If you need any more phrases you can check on my 10 Italian phrases to get you by on the Amalfi Coast
Arrive at the port, get your ticket and sail away to Amalfi.
Travelling by bus to Amalfi from Salerno
Travelling by bus to Amalfi isn’t ideal and is not my preferred way of getting to the Amalfi Coast ( probably because of the luggage situation) but if all else fails with plan A there’s always a plan b, b for the bus! 🚎
Plan B comes into play when the ferries aren’t operational due to rough weather or the off season. If you prefer a cheaper option, then of course go for it.
HEADS UP WITH TRAVELLING ON A SITA BUS
It can take up to an hour and a half but it is one of the most beautiful coast drives in the world. That is of course in a perfect world if you have a seat. If however, you are standing all the way, nestled into someones arm pit that is unfortunate. This is a general time estimation, as in Summer due to traffic, this time frame can stretch even longer . You will get there eventually. Salerno is the first stop of the line so getting a seat on the bus is not impossible unless the line is long.
Where is the bus stop at the Salerno train station
When you arrive in Salerno, exit the train station and the bus stop is out to the right under a shelter. Where you see a SITA bus sign you are in the right place.
Where to buy bus tickets for Amalfi?
Every Tabbachi store sells bus tickets, there is one inside the Salerno station. Look for a blue sign with a white T.
Study up with the ultimate guide to travelling the Amalfi Coast on the Sita bus
TAXI TRANSFERS TO THE AMALFI COAST
You can bite the bullet and take a taxi transfer from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. If this is the easiest option for you to get directly to your accommodation then do it. I have done it before as well. Even if you get a transfer from the Salerno station to your accommodation. If you decide to take a transfer from the Salerno station to your hotel this will cost approximately 100 euro. You can organise this in advance.
Be aware that if you choose to get a private transfer from Rome to Amalfi this is a 5- 6 hour car ride and will cost approximately 500 euro.
I recommend the best Amalfi Coast taxi driver who knows the roads of the Amalfi Coast like the back of his hand. He is extremely friendly and is none other than local taxista Biagio! You can find him at Amalfi Coast Drive.
Well I hope this post on the best ways to get to the Amalfi Coast has not only been been an insightful read but has assisted you in your travels or will help you on your journey.
Best of Luck