Capri Boat tour

Are you traveling to Amalfi Coast or thinking about traveling there? Then I got you covered! In this Amalfi Coast Travel Guide you can find everything you need to know about this region to take the most out of your trip. I promise you, you’ll be stunned with the beauty of this region!

#1 What is the Amalfi Coast?! How do I get there?

The Amalfi Coast is located on the south side of a peninsula in Italy, in the district of Napoli. You can get a plane to Napoli and then a train to Sorrento. The train ride takes around 40 minutes and is pretty cheap (6€). 

From Sorrento, you can either rent a car or catch a bus to Amalfi. I’d advise you to catch the bus, since driving in those steep hills can be quite nerve-racking, and parking is really expensive!

#2 Where should I stay in the Amalfi Coast?

This is probably the toughest question because it depends on your budget and your preferences. So here is a list of the three best places to stay at: 

Sorrento: the budget friendly option. Sorrento is extremely beautiful, it’s big and thus has a ton of hotels to choose from. When I say it’s budget friendly, I don’t mean it’s cheap! it’s just MUCH cheaper than the other options. We chose to stay there – in fact, we stayed 2km from the center because it was high season, so we couldn’t find a hotel in the center for a convenient price. Fortunately, our place (Airbnb) was just behind the train station so we just took the train to the center every time (2 minutes). From Sorrento you can very easily travel to the Amalfi Coast every day, by going on the “Sita bus”. The trip takes about 45 minutes – 1 hour until the first stop, Positano, and costs 2€ (definitely worth it). 

1st day: we arrived at Sorrento, went to the beach and had dinner in the center, saw some shops, drank limoncello and just relaxed.

2nd day: we went to Positano in the morning, had some coffee with stunning views, walked around and went to the beach. In the afternoon we went to Amalfi by bus, saw the chapel and chilled at the beach. 

3rd day: we went to Capri by ferry, had a fantastic boat tour around the island and then just wandered around – we saw the beautiful gardens and view points, walked through the high-end street and went for several swims in different parts of the island. 

4th day: We had a free day, so we returned to Positano because we really loved it. But going to Ravello or Fiordo di Fuore should have also been really interesting.

Let me know in the comments what are you most excited about!

Positano: probably the most beautiful and high-end place to stay. Positano is incredibly expensive and it’s tailored for luxury vacations. I’m sure you can also find cheaper options there, but expect to pay at least 200€ a night for a not-so-good hotel. Stay there if you have saved up a lot or your holidays and if you’d like to have a stunning view every morning. 

Amalfi: it’s the in between – cheaper than Positano, but more expensive than Sorrento. It’s the best option if you want to stay IN the Amalfi Coast but don’t want to sell your kidneys. Amalfi is also bigger than Positano, so you have several places to see and to eat at. 

#3 How can I get around?

Most people choose to rent a car or a motorbike, but be aware that the roads are extremely dangerous, so if you’re not an experienced driver or get nervous behind the wheel, don’t rent it. I believe renting a car is probably the worst option because it’s so expensive – the rent itself and the parking fees you have to pay everywhere. Plus, you will probably get stressed out driving on those crazy mountain roads.

So, we chose to travel by bus (Sita bus) each time. Their bus service is very efficient as they have buses every 15 minutes and the ticket only costs 2€. If you have just one day to visit the coast, you can also buy a 1 day pass for 10€ with unlimited traveling. 

#4 What about Capri?

Capri is a beautiful island with dramatic cliffs, which you can easily access from Sorrento or Amalfi Coast. I’d suggest you take one day there and honestly I think it’s enough. Staying there is also pretty expensive, but it’s so beautiful that I don’t think you’d ever get tired of it.

Capri Boat tour
Boat tour around Capri

You can take a ferry from Sorrento or from the Amalfi Coast (at the time I paid 35€ return) – I’d suggest you buy the tickets in advance if you’re going in the summer, because ferries can get sold out pretty easily. 

#5 Itinerary suggestion

This was my itinerary:

1st day: we arrived at Sorrento, went to the beach and had dinner in the center, saw some shops, drank limoncello and just relaxed.

2nd day: we went to Positano in the morning, had some coffee with stunning views, walked around and went to the beach. In the afternoon we went to Amalfi by bus, saw the chapel and chilled at the beach. 

3rd day: we went to Capri by ferry, had a fantastic boat tour around the island and then just wandered around – we saw the beautiful gardens and view points, walked through the high-end street and went for several swims in different parts of the island. 

4th day: We had a free day, so we returned to Positano because we really loved it. But going to Ravello or Fiordo di Fuore should have also been really interesting.

Let me know in the comments what are you most excited about!