What is the shortest and fastest way to get to Paestum from Positano?
Can you go there by boat ?how long does it take?
Better, probably, taking the bus - here's a recent response I posted when someone had suggested going by sea...
For a visit to Paestum's Greek temples, do think twice before relying on a ferry along the coast to Salerno...
Unless things change from last year, the first to head that way wouldn't leave until 10 - to arrive too late for the 09:21 train, with the next not until almost 2PM.
The alternative from Salerno are the CSTP buses on route 34, which leave hourly on the half hour - but, instead of 40 minutes by rail, those take 65... so at best you'd be at site around 12:30.
(All those are weekday timings, but AFAIK no better at weekends!)
It's similarly awkward from Sorrento, but easy from Naples if OK with catching a train at or before 08:30.... although perhaps you'd intended to get a car and driver anyway?
That it, it was a lovely but 12 hour round trip from here on Ischia...
- for Positano to Amalfi
- then Amalfi to Salerno
.... but try to be there in time for that last morning train at 09:21 !!
PS - if not, these are current weekday times for the CSTP line's 34 bus..
You'd board at "Concordia" - the big bus stop, where you'd also get off the SITA bus - marked near where "Piazza della Concordia" is written on this:
... with the train station a few minutes away, at top right!
Peter ---- we are staying in Sorrento in September and want to make a day trip to Paestum. I'm having trouble getting schedule info, but it seems to me the easiest way would be to first take the Circumvesuvius from Sorrento all the way to Napoli Centrale and then take the Trenitalia to Paestum. Some have mentioned getting off at the Pompei stop, but that appears to require you to walk about a mile to the Trenitalia station. Seems easier to stay on the train to Napoli. What do you think? Also do you have to change trains if you are going from Napoli centrale to Paestum?
What I think is that it's down to the individual traveller!
Going all the way to Naples for an easy change of trains, and then riding back through the town of Pompei, uses a lot of time.... some 30 minutes there, and the same back. Do it both ways and that's over 2 hours? However it is simple - as long as you set off from Sorrento early enough to catch the last of the Paestum trains before their mid-morning gap!
Details of that (Train 2427) here, after which the next one for Paestum doesn't leave Naples until 11:55 - but on an odd route, that takes over 2 hours (involving a change, unlike the others)....
On the other hand, the walk at Pompei isn't particularly complicated or long (most certainly not an hour!) - and means you'd be catching that same train almost half an hour after its departure from Naples.... if that makes sense?
If intending to visit both Pompei and Paestum on different days, I'd use the first to try for Paestum - with the change at Pompei..... with the fallback of spending the day THERE if making a mess of the travel arrangements, and perhaps going the long route the second time?
These may illustrate things better than words can....
- Public transport in Pompei:
- ditto for the wider area - with Salerno just off the map's lower left corner, and Paestum then a fair way SE from there:
(On both of those the Naples/Salerno/Paestum line, used by the 'Regionale' Trenitalia trains, is marked in red)
Slower, and less frequent, there are also buses from Pompei with which you could get to Salerno - and change there for another to Paestum... but quite an "involved" route - and simply getting early to go via Naples may appeal more?
For CV schedules and route map, look here...
and here, respectively...
All sorts of minor variants, including perhaps having a car and driver firm take you from Sorrento to the right station in Pompei... then making your own way back, after having seen the route?
Yes, this helps a lot. Thank you Peter.
Of little consolation to you - but it's an equally awkward outing when one's starting from here on Ischia!
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