Drive to Positano from Rome Airport

Old May 6th, 2011, 05:37 AM
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Drive to Positano from Rome Airport

Ciao, My wife and I are going to Italy in October for a couple of weeks and our first week will be in Positano. We land on Sunday afternoon around 1:30.,what is the going rate for a private driver to take us to Positano ? I have checked out Rome Cabs and thought the price to be a little rich.

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Old May 6th, 2011, 07:54 AM
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From FCO to Positano is about 350E.
Or, taxi to Termini[40E], train to Naples[2 hours and 35E each], and a driver from there[ 100E]--or commuter train to Sorrento from Naples and taxi from there[50E]
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Old May 6th, 2011, 08:15 AM
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It's around 180 miles and 3 and a half hours from FCO to Positano and €350 doesn't seem to bad for that bearing in mind that your driver has to then turn round & head back to Rome.

If you're flying in from the US then I'd think that you'd be too tired to drive yourself, but if not, I'd hire a car--it's a lot less expensive. However, if you are jetlagged and redeyed, don't even think about it. Take the train option at least as far as Sorrento.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 09:46 AM
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A train to Sorrento and renting a car from Sorrento is a good idea. Much cheaper, plus having a car for your week in Positano will be nice for visiting other towns in the area, especially as you're there in October when much of the tourist traffic will be gone. Where are you going after Positano?
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Old May 6th, 2011, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for the replies, we are going to Tuscany for a week after the week in Positano so I have a car I will rent in Salerno ( the airport ) and return to Rome airport.

Where is the Salerno airport ?

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Old May 6th, 2011, 05:44 PM
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Why the airport--if there is one?
You will likely pay a surcharge compared to a downtown location. Look at the Autoeurope site.
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I stand corrected---there is an airport near Salerno, but it appears to be maybe 15 miles south of town. AE does show an office there.
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Thanks, good point, so I will book the rental car in Salerno and drive to our hotel in Sienna. Now we are going to spend the last 2 days in Rome and I was going to drop the car off at the airport in Rome and take a cab back into the city but wouldn't make more sense to drop it off just outside of Rome on the way back rather than driving all the way to the airport and doubling back?
I do not want to drive in Rome so where would you suggest we drop the car off just outside of Rome? Our hotel will be in the city center.

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madmikey, love your name!

Other Fodorites, what if mikey takes train to Naples then hires car to Positano from there. Also, why not arrange with driver to take them back to Naples for car rental to Siena. Why Salerno-unless my geography is off, Siena is more to north so Salerno would be backtracking.

Going to look at a map.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 07:30 AM
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Yes, map shows Siena more north-unless you were going to be in Salerno, I'd go back to Naples train station for your car rental.

Also, other Fodorites have suggested leaving your car in Orvieto and taking the train on into Rome. There is an absolutely gorgeous duomo in Orvieto if you have time to take funicular up to it.

Finally, here's a link to previous thread about drivers-maybe you can get a better price:

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...r-in-italy.cfm

Stefano charged us about 200 euros for a day. That was in 2009 and gas was cheaper. It would be so nice to have a driver that first day. You could sleep the entire way to Positano!
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If having a car take you to Salerno, Naples airport might be a better starting point - about the same cost and journey time, but in the direction you want to travel - and outside, but not at all far from, the city... and handy for the autostrada?

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/132567370

...and...

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/133349530

Most of the big hire firms have an outlet there...
http://www.portal.gesac.it/portal/pa...i/Autonoleggio

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Get your car in Sorrento and drop it in Orvieto---you are making this too hard.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 10:23 AM
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Bob the Navigator, ok. I get why to go out of Sorrento and will take your advice but why leve the car at Orvieto? How would we get to Rome, it looks like still a good distance ?

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The Hertz car office is next to the train station and they run almost hourly to Rome--about 1:20 or so. Do not drive into Rome. Rent thru Autoeurope at 1-888-223-5555


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Bob, you are the man ! I will follow your advice to the letter !

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My husband and I are making the same trip in June. We land at 10:30 am in Rome on a Saturday and plan to take the connector train from FCO airport to the Rome Termini station, then the high speed train from Termini to Naples. From there, a driver will pick us up from the Naples train station to take us to our hotel in Positano for 110 euros.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 01:25 PM
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The only difference we will hire a driver at the airport and take us to Positano. Car rental all straightened out thanks to "Bob the Navigator" Pick up at Serento spend time in Siena and area for 4 days and drop off Orvieto and train to Rome and stay there a couple of days before going home.
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Sounds good, madmikey!
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