What are some of the first things that come to mind when you think of a trip to the Amalfi Coast? Luxury? Beauty? Pricey? If you thought the latter, don’t let it discourage you. The Amalfi Coast can be done on a budget. And here’s how…
Unless you’re taking a private car from Rome or Naples, you can get to spots like Sorrento, Positano, and other spots along the Amalfi Coast via public transportation.
Take the slower train from Rome to Naples for as little as €12, which will take you 2-2.5 hours.
From Naples, hop on the Circumvesuviano to Sorrento. This will only put you out another €4.
My recommendation would be to stay in Sorrento for one night & one day before heading off to picturesque Positano via Sitabus for another couple of nights. Buses leave about once an hour and will be €4-7 (depending on if you want to take the bus farther than Positano).
What to do
- You can find a portion of beach and sunbathing platform here, perfect for a quick dip.
- Visit the centrally located Cathedral of Sorrento.
- Walk down the narrow streets of old Sorrento and admire the colorful buildings and shops. Walking around the main town won’t cost you a dime… unless you’re one for souvenirs. In which case, negotiate!
- Grab a quick bite panino at Sorrento’s best N’hambu.
- Fancy a day trip? Ferries to Capri are quicker and cheaper if you take the day trip from Sorrento vs. Positano. The 25 minute ride will be about €20-25.
- Looking for your first Positano Instagram? Casually stroll into the fancy Le Sirenuse for the perfect grammable moment. Ask them if you can take a quick snap from the lobby balcony –
they’re very friendly and generous with their
- Skip the touristy main beach and take a 5 minute walk around the corner from the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni to the more hidden Spiaggia Fornillo – this is where you can catch the rays with the other insiders.
- Hop back on the SitaBus for the 45 minute ride into Amalfi (€4). Spend the afternoon exploring the small town and it’s beautiful church.
Where to stay
Where to eat (and what to try!)
- Kebab Ciampa – Looking for lunch? Try one of the fresh sandwiches
- Puro – You have to order a coffee!
- Chef Squillante al Ghibli– Anything seafood!
- Ristorante il Borgo – You have to try the homemade seafood pasta!
- Casa e Bottega – The smoothie bowl is the perfect go-to for a hot day!
- Bar Bagni da Ferdinando – Seafood salad (fresh as it gets!)
- C’era una Volta – You can’t go wrong with anything grilled!
- La Taverna del Leone – Ravioli is delicious, must try!
Moral of the story – you don’t need to be rolling in the dough to be able to afford and make the most out of your trip to the Amalfi Coast. Just a bit of planning and patience and you’ll get to experience one of Italy’s (and Europe’s) most gorgeous coastlines.
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