Getting Here and Around in Positano


Getting Here and Around

SITA buses serve Amalfi from Sorrento. Purchase tickets prior to boarding at a tabaccheria (newsstand). The buses pass through town every 40 minutes or so in both directions, departing from Amalfi or Sorrento from 6:30 am until 10 pm. The bus has two main stops in Positano: Transita, or Upper Town—near the large church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, or Chiesa Nuova—and Sponda, closer to the Lower Town, to the east of the main beach. Summer ferries serve Positano from Sorrento, Capri, and Salerno. The ferry and hydrofoil ticket office in Positano is beside the Spiaggia Grande; ferries to Amalfi, Sorrento, and Capri are available at the dock under Via Positanesi d'America, near the public beach in the center of town. By car, take the Statale 163 (Amalfitana) from outside Sorrento or Salerno.

Local Flavio Gioia orange buses regularly ply even the smallest roads and make more stops than the SITA buses. Look for the ceramic sign and wait there. The local orange bus frequently plies the one-and-only one-way Via Pasitea, hairpinning from Transita to Piazza dei Mulini then up to the mountains and back, making a loop through the town every half hour. The taxi rank is at the top of Via dei Mulini. Service on most Flavio Gioia routes begins at 7:30 am and ends at midnight; departures are usually every half hour on the main lines.

If their hotels don't provide parking, most car travelers leave their wheels either in one of the few free parking spaces on the upper Sorrento–Amalfi main road or in one of the scarce and pricey garages a few minutes' walk from the beach. The best bet for day-trippers is to get to Positano early enough so that space is still available. (Even those arriving by SITA bus should get a morning start, as traffic on the Amalfi Drive becomes heavy by noon.)

A word of advice: Wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure your back and legs are strong enough to negotiate those picturesque, but daunting and ladderlike scalinatelle. In the center of town, where no buses can go, you're on your own from Piazza dei Mulini: To begin your explorations, make a left turn onto the boutique-flanked Via dei Mulini and head down to the Palazzo Murat, Santa Maria Assunta, and the beach—one of the most charming walks of the coast.


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