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. The fast train normally costs about 50€ and takes an hour. Trenitalia and Italo are the two major train providers in Italy.
From Naples, hop on the Circumvesuviano to Sorrento., which is a small regional train. This will cost you another €4 per person.
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).
When to go
This is the toughest pill to swallow and the most important lesson. If you want to go to the Amalfi Coast for cheap you should not go during high season (May 15th to Oct 10th).
If you want to go to the Amalfi Coast for cheap you should not go during high season (May 15th to Oct 10th).
The weather won’t be as warm and you may not be lounging on the beach, but consider a late October trip or an April trip.
I went to Positano the last week in March with my family and we stayed at a 4-star hotel in an amazing room with a balcony and a view for $175/night. The weather was sunny and we sat on the beach in sweaters, but were not cold at all.
There were tons of locals out and we had an amazing time. We had the town to ourselves.
What to do
- You can find a portion of beach and sunbathing platform here, perfect for a quick dip – free!
- Visit the centrally located Cathedral of Sorrento – free!
- 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 – 8.50€
- 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
stunning viewpoint – free!
- 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 – free!
- 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
If you are booking Amalfi Coast book AHEAD! Personally, I feel that most hotels and destinations will always have availability, but Amalfi Coast sells out from May 1st through October 10th.
Bed & Breakfast: 100€/night
Cheap hotels: 120€/night
Decent hotels: 200€/night+
Nice hotels: 300€/night +
Best hotels: 700€/night+
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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