Positano Travel Guide including transportation info, hotel recommendation and what to do.
Positano really stole my heart. I had been seeing photos everywhere and I knew I had to go. My friend and I spent almost a week in Italy and I already want to go back.
Positano is part of the Amalfi coast so it’s near Napoli, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento and other small villages like Amalfi and Ravello.
Here is all the info you will need if you are planning a trip to Positano. Hope this helps you plan your trip to Positano and you love it as much as I do.
How to get there
Ok, this is the part requires some planning. There are many options to getting to Positano, here’s some of them, from most expensive to the least:
- Taxi service from Naples airport to Positano (100-140 euro)
- Car rental (20-30 euro per day plus parking fees in Positano)
- Train from Naples to Sorrento, SITA bus from Sorrento to Positano (less than 10 euro)
- Train from Naples to Sorrento, ferry from Sorrento to Positano (less than 20 euro)
Our experience getting to Positano
We tried two of the options listed above:
First, we arrived at the Naples (or Napoli) airport, which is one of the nearby airports to the Amalfi coast. If you’re in Rome, you can take a speed train to Naples.
On the way to Positano, we took a taxi from Naples airport directly to our hotel in Positano. This is obviously not the most budget-friendly option, but we had been traveling for two days and just wanted to get there the fastest. This is a good option if you have a big family, kids or just want a more comfortable/private way of transport. It’s also the fastest along with the car rental.
On the way back to Naples, we opted for the budget option that most people do. We took the SITA bus from Positano to Sorrento. We booked this on a convenience store in Positano and it’s just an open ticket so you can catch the bus anytime. The ride was comfy and it wasn’t too busy for us but we have heard that it can get packed.
The SITA bus dropped us off at the Sorrento main station and we took the circumvesuviana train that goes directly to Naples. We actually stopped halfway to visit Pompei, but you can go all the way to Naples and then catch a taxi or bus to the airport.
The circumvesuviana train ride from Sorrento to Pompei was okay, but there was no AC. From Pompei to Naples though, we had to stand the whole way and be very attentive of our luggage as we felt some people didn’t have the best intentions and I had read that pickpocketing can happen. Of course, this train costs less than 3 euro too, so you can’t complain too much.
Where to stay in Positano
Positano is not cheap. Staying in Positano, as opposed to Sorrento or Naples, is so worth it because you get the quiet mornings and the gorgeous evening views. Even though it’s known for being pricey, we were able to find an affordable hotel near the beach and main streets.
Positano hotel recommendation
La Tavolozza Residence is family owned and all of them were kind and so helpful with anything we needed. The room was spacious, clean and we even had a nice balcony with a partial sea view. We would 100% be back as I think the value of this place is amazing.
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Another thing to know about Positano is that there are a LOT of stairs, the city is built on a mountain so you will have to walk a lot regardless of where you stay. But check the reviews so that you are not an hour away from the main beach!
The Tavalozza hotel had an amazing location (right by the Sirenuse hotel which costs about 10x the price). It only took us a few mins to get to the beach. We were right there!
What to do in Positano
Think of Positano as the place to have a relaxing vacation in the MOST beautiful place ever. You can chill by the beach (you can rent a bed for 23£ or bring your own towel to lay on), shop for local souvenirs (shoes, linen, and lemon everything!) and eat your weight in gelato and pasta.
Another popular thing to do is to do day trips to other towns like Amalfi, Pompei, Capri, and Ravello. You can visit by ferry (cheap and fast, we did this for Amalfi), via SITA bus, or do full-day boat tours (we did one to Capri and loved it). More blog posts to come about these.
There is also a club right at the end of the beach called “music on the rocks” which is a cool spot for young adults. We were lucky because Steve Aoki was djing one of the nights, so fun!
How long to visit
We stayed 3 nights (4 days day) in Positano and we thought it was perfect. I think this is a good minimum to get a good feel of the town, anything more would be a plus.
Where we ate
Ahh, the food. Italian food is one of my favorites, and Positano did not disappoint. While we were there, we visited Chez Black (right in front of the beach), Lo Guarracino (so local and with a gorgeous view of the Fornillo beach), Next 2 (worth the small hike for killer vegan food). We also grabbed breakfast at Casa e Bottega one of the days, it was delicious but I recommend going if you have a good amount of time for breakfast/brunch.
If you are also vegan or vegetarian like me, you might wonder how hard was it to find vegan options. It was surprisingly super easy. Everywhere they understood my dietary restrictions. I said I was looking for vegan options or simply asked for no eggs and no milk. Spaghetti, gnocchi, and tomato sauce were the typical options. All delicious.
I hope this helps you plan your trip to Positano. If you are going I’m so jealous, it’s one of my favorite places ever.