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Amalfi Drive - Hints and Tips

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Amalfi Drive - Hints and Tips

Most Drive reviews on the Tripadvisor websiterefer to organised tours of one sort or another, however it is possible to complete the Amalfi Coast Drive on the local SITA buses and it is every bit as enjoyable. If you want to try this version, here are some useful hints and tips....

1. Start your journey at either terminus, in our view Sorrento to Amalfi is best.

2. As with all buses in Italy you need to purchase tickets in advance. You will need an all day ticket for this trip which will get you both ways if that's what you decide to do. Tickets can be bought at Tobacconists, many hotels also have then. Stamp your ticket when you get on the bus.

3. Our recommendation would be to complete the whole journey in one go rather than getting on and off (you can do that on the way back)

4. Get as early a bus as possible, we always get the 9:00 or 9:15 from Sorrento

5. Queing is an "art" in Italy.. There is usually someone "policing" the queue, but if they are not there, you're on your own so make sure you get your fair place in the queue

6. If you do want to get off in Positano make sure you get off at the correct stop.... It's a long way to walk down from the top of the hill, ask the driver to tell you when to get off

7. When travelling from Sorrento, sit on the right hand side of the bus, on the left if travelling from Amalfi

8. The buses have air conditioning but if crammed full can get hot, make sure to take plenty of water as the journey takes almost two hours.

9. A trip to Ravello is well worth the relatively short extra bus ride (caught from the terminus in Amalfi) which is, of course, included in the price of your ticket. In addition to the standard bus service there is a "Red Bus" service which costs €3 each way, however your All Day ticket allows a free journey one way.

10. If you travel Sorrento to Amalfi by bus, consider coming back by Ferry either directly to Sorrento or with a stopover at Positano. This will cost you extra but means that you get to see all the views from both the drive and at sea level.

The experience is not to be missed - enjoy!

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Hi how much is the ferry back from Amalfi?

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12.70 Euro for an Adult single from Amalfi to Sorrento on the San Valentino (there is no equivalent journey the other way). Standard ferry prices are slightly higher

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I will have a car and would like to drive from Sorrento around the Amalfi coast. How feasible is this for hubby to drive and stop at: Ravello, Positano and Amalfi. Can we find parking in these places and have lunch. We'll be coming at the beginning of Nov., so what will the traffic be like. Thanks. Eleana

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If you were visiting Pompeii & coming down from Rome by train, where would you stay if you only had 2 nights? Sorrento or a town on the Amalfi coast?

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At the beginning of November, traffic will be much lighter as many hotels and restaurants will have closed up for the season but there will be places open to wander and to have lunch. At that time of year, you shouldn't have much trouble finding parking at all.

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Thanks MomCat. Eleana

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The BEST value bus ticket for a day's full of travel on the SITA buses along the Amalfi Coast is the UNICO COSTIERA 24-hour ticket, which costs 7.20 Euros, and is valid for 24 hours from the time validated (you validate the ticket only the FIRST time you board the bus). This ticket allows you to use the buses until around midnight during the summer season, plus on the next day until the expiration time.

There is also a 3-day ticket for 18 Euros, valid on the SITA buses along the Amalfi Coast.

These tickets are valid only between Sorrento and Salerno, including the Amalfi/Ravello spur. If you're travelling outside of this area (e.g. to Pompeii, Naples or Paestum), buy the 3-day UNICO CAMPANIA ticket (20 Euros), or get a separate ticket for the out-of-area segment.

You can get an overdose of the Amalfi Coast with the 24-hour bus pass!!!

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Does the ferry (Amalfi to Sorrento) run in December?

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no

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We are going to Italy in October and plan to spend time in Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello and probably Pompeii. We are trying to weigh all options of using the train/public bus, a private car and driver or renting a car and driving ourselves. Neither of us have been to this part of Italy and when I was in Italy the first time I used all public transportation.

What opinions do you all have about this?

Should we rent. Car and drive ourselves?

Is the train ride from Rome to Naples scenic?

Should we hire a car and driver?

What will we miss if we use public transportation and just stay in one spot and day trip so we are not carrying our luggage around?

Thank you for your opinions Nd suggestions in advance!