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help getting to/from positano

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help getting to/from positano

We are down to under 2 weeks prior to departure and have this as our remaining transportation problem.

We are coming from Siena to Positano Apr 16 and are trying to figure the best way.

Figure we should arrive either in Salerno or Sorrento via train from Siena.

Best appears to be Sorrento depart 0818 arrive 1342.

But then would like to take ferry but can't find a schedule for 2014...

Looked at bus schedule

theamalficoast.net/orari_sita_bus_timetables…

but if am reading correctly - we need to change buses in Amalfi.

- Am I reading the bus schedule correctly ?

- Is there a current ferry schedule ?

tks in advance for any help.

rgds/Ed

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1. Re: help getting to/from positano

Forget the bus, especially if you have luggage. The ferry schedules should load up soon but you don't really need one for the summer months - the ferries are frequent. If you miss one, just get another one.

Best option is private transfer - it saves hours and hours of precious vacation time and gets you there without hassles, crowds and stress.

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2. Re: help getting to/from positano

Take a direct train from Rome to SALERNO, then the ferry boat, which commences service on April 2:

www.travelmar.it

You can take the SENA bus from central Siena to Roma Tiburtina BUS depot, walk 300 meters to the Tiburtina TRAIN station, then take ITALO Treno DIRECT to SALERNO.

Service via SALERNO is going to be better than going via Sorrento.

The Ferry boat from SALERNO to Positano is going to be better than taking the SITA bus from Sorrento.

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3. Re: help getting to/from positano

Hi

We did that same trip a few years ago from Siena to Positano. We took a local train from Siena to Florence, hoped on the fast train to Naples the the train to Sorrento, then the bus to Positano, never again. It was a nightmare.

The train Siena to Florence, Florence to Naples was fine.

Now we get a transfer from Naples direct to our accomadation.

We find there are a number of transfer companies, but if you use your hotel to book it it is often more expensive as they charge on top of the transfer.

We use Positano Limisounes as we know they are reliable. They have more than one car, so will never leave you stranded as others might do who only have 1 car, if your train is late and they have another pick up at the airport etc.

Also they can be contaced by phone. The offical price if you contact them direct and said you saw it on trip advisor is 100euro and believe me it is the only way to go, as the train journey from Naples to Sorrento is 1 hr, pickpockets on the train and so hot without any airconditioning. Also not sure how many ferries are running from Sorrento to Positano in April.

There used to be ferries from Naples toPositano but that service has been cut.

Have also seen people go to Salerno by train, then ferry to Amalfi and then bus or ferry to Positano but that really is the long way.

Also if you ferry into Positano there are 45 stairs up from the ferry and a long slope to climb with your luggage before you get to the town square, where you either walk to your hotel, probably up a long hill or many stairs. Or you get a taxi or you get the local bus.

Take my advice do it the easy way and get a transfer from Naples you will arrive all cool, calm and collected right at the door of your hotel in 90 mins. Or else perhaps take another 3 hours or more, getting there by bus, ferry, changing buses etc

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4. Re: help getting to/from positano

Yes, do the Salerno, ferry option; save yourself the money if it is not comfortable in your budget.

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5. Re: help getting to/from positano

Hi, can someone confirm if this statement by Kathy W is true or not:

"Forget the bus, especially if you have luggage. The ferry schedules should load up soon but you don't really need one for the summer months - the ferries are frequent. If you miss one, just get another one."

There is another thread which has the ferry schedule and they do not appear to be that frequent, along with a comment that they do not add ferries in the summer months.

This is confusing. We will be there in August.

Thanks for your help!!

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6. Re: help getting to/from positano

The buses are absolute pure misery; if there is not a ferry right when you need one, I'd suggest waiting for the next one. If you want to take the bus, then certainly do so but know what to expect. They get packed to the rafters, people standing for up to two hours being flung around on each curve in the road, they don't stop when full, passing a bunch of people waiting in the hot sun, etc.

It is, what it is. If you would prefer to avoid that, then get the next ferry

What ferries are you looking at taking?

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7. Re: help getting to/from positano

Trish, these are the two sites for the ferry schedules are www.coopsantandrea.com and www.travelmar.it.

The schedules as they are now will be the same in August. The ferries between Positano/Amalfi/Salerno are fairly frequent, but there are only 2 per day between Sorrento and Positano/Amalfi.

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8. Re: help getting to/from positano

Thanks for the links Engred. MomCat I will definitely stay away from the busses.

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