Naples to Positano

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How to get from Naples to Positano?

One of Italy’s most scenic beach towns, Positano is home to some of the most dreamy seaside views on the Amalfi Coast. On its cliff sits the church of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta and its majolica-tiled dome, famous for its Byzantine Black Madonna and Child from the 13th century. This overlooks Spiaggia Grande, Positano’s main beach and food strip.

Despite there being a number of transport options, it can be challenging to reach Positano if you’re coming from one of its busier neighbours, such as Naples in the northwest. While both destinations are coastal towns, there is no direct ferry service from Naples to Positano.

4 ways to get from Naples to Positano

There are 4 ways you can travel the 30km distance from Naples to Positano: a 1-hour-15-minute ferry, a 1-hour-50-minute train, a 1.5-hour minivan, and a 1.5-hour private transfer. Fares range from €5.60 ($5.50) to €100 ($100).

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry via Sorrento1hr 15m€30 ($30)Check Ferry Tickets
Train via Sorrento1hr 50m€5.60 ($5.50)Read article for more info
Direct Minivan1.5 hours€43 ($43)Check Minivan Tickets
Private Transfer1.5 hours€100 ($100)Check Private Transfers

The fastest and most scenic way to get from Naples to Positano is by ferry. There are no direct ferries for this route, but you can just make a short stop at Sorrento and then take another ferry (or bus) from there. The ferry schedules are convenient and you won’t have a long waiting time between the ferry rides. Combined rates start from €30 ($30) and including the transfers, the journey will take about 2.5 hours.

A much cheaper option than the ferry is taking a combination of the train from Naples to Sorrento and then a bus to Positano. This option has the longest travel time of close to 2 hours, plus likely one-hour waiting time for a usually overcrowded bus ride. The best thing is that you would have to spend only about €5.60 ($5.50) for the entire journey!

Do you want to get to Positano more quickly? Then you can take a minivan shuttle from Naples to Positano. The minivan will pick you up from the ferry terminal, airport, or train station, and is available every hour from morning to late at night. Rates start from €43 ($43) for the comfortable 1.5-hour ride.

If you’re travelling with a group, taking a private transfer may be cheaper than a shared minivan ride. Private transfer rates start from €100 ($100) if you book online. Local taxi rates will cost around €130 ($130).

Itinerary from Naples to Positano

Naples to Positano via Sorrento by Ferry

Duration: 1hr 15m
Cost: €30 ($30)
Duration: 1hr 15m
Cost: €30 ($30)

Ferries are a great way to get around Italy’s Campania Region, where both Naples and Positano are located.

Although there are no direct ferries from Naples to Positano, you can simply divide your journey with a short ferry stop in Sorrento.

When taking the ferry at 09:00 from Naples, you can arrive in Positano by11:35 at the earliest. Including the transfer, this total journey will last 2 hours 35 minutes. If you wish to explore Sorrento, you can also take a later ferry departing late afternoon or in the evening from Sorrento to Positano.

Step 1: Naples to Sorrento by Ferry

Duration: 35 minutes
Cost: €16 ($16)
Duration: 35 minutes
Cost: €16 ($16)

Alilauro and NLG (Navigazione Libera Del Golfo) operate a few ferry trips from Naples to Sorrento daily and all year round.

Ticket prices start from €16 ($16). Travel time can take 35-45 minutes, depending on the ferry.

Ferry Schedules from Naples to Sorrento

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Alilauro09:00-09:45
11:00-11:45
€16 ($16)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
NLG18:25-19:00€17 ($17)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

Ferries depart from Porto di Napoli and arrive at the Port of Sorrento, both of which are within the city centres.

Step 2: Sorrento to Positano by Ferry

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: €14 ($14)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: €14 ($14)

With the ferry schedules from Naples to Sorrento and Sorrento to Positano, you’ll either transfer in 25 minutes to the next ferry or wait a few hours for the next ferry bound for Positano.

The ferries to Positano are conveniently departing form the same harbour as where the ferries from Naples arrive.

The fastest ferry that can take you to Positano is Positano Jet with just a 40-minute travel time, while the high-speed ferry of Seremar takes about 1.5 hours. Fares start from €14 ($14).

Since there’s not much difference with the ferry fares, we suggest taking the Positano Jet with a shorter travel time. You will be arriving at Positano Ferry Terminal within the city centre.

Ferry Schedules from Sorrento to Positano

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Seremar10:10-11:35€14 ($14)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Positano Jet16:40-17:20
19:40-20:20
€15 ($15)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

You’ll want to book your tickets online via BookAway for guaranteed slots, especially when travelling on weekends or during the busy season.

Alternative option to travel from Sorrento to Positano

Other ways to complete the 2nd leg of this journey are via a 1-hour bus or a private transfer. Visit our page for Sorrento to Positano for more details.

Naples to Positano via Sorrento by Train

Duration: 1hr 50m
Cost: €5.60 ($5.50)
Duration: 1hr 50m
Cost: €5.60 ($5.50)

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly way to travel from Naples to Positano, you can also take an indirect train to Sorrento and continue by bus. While buses are also available for the first leg, there are only 2 departures a day.

Including the transfer time, expect this journey to take up to 3 hours.

Step 1: Naples to Sorrento by Train

Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: €3.60 ($3.60)
Duration: 50 minutes
Cost: €3.60 ($3.60)

There are multiple train departures from Naples to Sorrento daily. Trains are available every 30 minutes from 05:54 to 21:06, so you can leave Naples basically anytime from morning to night!

You can take a Direct or Express Circumvesuviana train that takes 50-70 minutes or a 45-minute Campania Express train. Train prices start from €3.60 ($3.60).

All trains depart from the lower level of Naples Centrale Train Station and you will be dropped off at the Sorrento Train Station in the city centre.

Train Schedules from Naples to Sorrento

Train OperatorScheduleDurationCost
CircumvesuvianaHalf-hour departures from
05:54 to 21:06
50-70 minutes€3.60 ($3.60)
Campania Express4x departures a day from
08:47 to 17:59
45 minutes€8 ($8)

Online booking is not available for the trains, and you can only buy tickets at the train station. To view the full schedule, you can visit the Sorrento Insider page.

For more details, check out our page on Naples to Sorrento.

Step 2: Sorrento to Positano by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: €2 ($2)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: €2 ($2)

Buses bound for Positano depart from the bus stop just outside the train station in Sorrento.

For this route, your only choice is the SITA Bus. They offer several trips from Sorrento to Positano every day from 06:30 to 19:00. Tickets are very cheap at just €2 ($2).

Note that the buses on this route are often overcrowded, so you’ll likely have to wait more than an hour for a bus that can still accommodate passengers. You might even have to stand during the entire 1-hour bus ride to Sponda Bus Stop, located 250m to the east of the main beach in Positano.

If you’re not keen on riding the bus for this last leg, you can replace it with a ferry ride or a private transfer!

Naples to Positano by Direct Minivan

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: €43 ($43)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: €43 ($43)

While more expensive than public transportation, the direct minivan from Naples to Positano is definitely the fastest option.

For the 1.5-hour ride, you will get there directly without the need to transfer. Tickets cost €43 ($43).

There are 2 minivan companies you can choose from: Enjoy Travelling and Sorrento Shuttle Express. For this option, you’ll have to book online beforehand so they’ll know where to pick you up.

Departure & Arrival station

Enjoy Travelling minivans depart from Naples Ferry Terminal (Beverello), but you can ask to be picked up from the airport or the train station. Meanwhile, Sorrento Shuttle Express vans depart directly from the airport with an additional pick-up from the train station.

Both vans will drop you off at your hotel in Positano.

Minivan Schedules from Naples to Positano

Minivan CompanyScheduleDurationCosts
Enjoy TravellingHourly departures from
07:30 to 23:00
1.5 hours€43 ($43)
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Sorrento Shuttle Express
(from Naples Airport)
7x departures a day from
08:30 to 20:30
1.5 hours€55 ($55)
Buy Your Van Tickets

When taking the direct minivan, make sure that you’re at the agreed meeting point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. You can check the full schedule on BookAway.

Naples to Positano by Private Transfer

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: from €100 ($100)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: from €100 ($100)

Another convenient option is a 1.5-hour private transfer, which already includes hotel pick-up and drop-off in Naples and Positano. However, this option is the most expensive.

With a private transfer, there’s no need to worry about schedules, terminals, and transfers. If you’re travelling with a group, a private ride may even be cheaper than the minivan when you split the cost.

Although Uber is available in Naples, rates are more or less around the same as the local taxi rates which are €130 ($130) for normal sedan car.

Much better, book one online with BookAway for rates starting from €100 ($100) for 3 passengers. You can also book a private minivan from Naples to Positano that can seat 6-8 persons with rates from €130 ($130).

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