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Are you in Rome and want to fit in a visit to the Amalfi Coast? It’s possible to do so on a day trip, but it’ll be packed. I’ve been guiding travel groups and visited Rome, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast several times. Thanks to my experience as a guide and travel planner, I’ve planned the perfect itinerary for you from Rome to the Amalfi Coast in a day.

So check it out in this article and get all the necessary information.

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Perfect Day Trip From Rome To Amalfi Coast: Itinerary

If you want to visit the Amalfi Coast from Rome in a day, follow this itinerary to enjoy it fully.

Take the ‘Italo’ high-speed train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale in the morning.

After, catch a train from Napoli Centrale to Salerno. Salerno is at the end of the Amalfi Coast, and you’ll return to Naples, visiting a few places on the Amalfi Coast.

Then, walk or take a taxi from the train station in Salerno to the port of Salerno. The boat leaves from the port called ‘Molo Concordia‘.

First, take a boat from Salerno to Amalfi. Take some time (approx. 2 hours) to explore Amalfi. Visit its beautiful cathedral, walk around, and eat delicious gelato.

After, take a boat from Amalfi to Positano. Explore Positano, go to the beach, go shopping, and enjoy the stunning views of the town.

Then, take a boat from Positano to Sorrento. From Sorrento, take the Campania Express to Napoli Centrale (the main train station in Naples). In the evening, take a train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini.

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Me visiting Positano – Amalfi Coast

Day Trip From Rome To Pompei And Amalfi Coast

If you want to visit Pompei and the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Rome, this itinerary will look like this.

Take the ‘Italo’ high-speed train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale in the morning. Then, change to a train from Napoli Centrale to Pompei.

Take some time in Pompei (2-3 hours) to explore the site.

After, continue by a train from Pompei to Sorrento. Then, take a boat from Sorrento to Positano. Explore Positano, eat delicious gelato, go shopping, and enjoy the stunning views.

After, take a boat from Positano back to Sorrento. Then take the Campania Express from Sorrento to Napoli Centrale.

In the evening, take a train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini.

➡ You can also join this organized tour from Rome to Pompei and the Amalfi Coast.

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How To Get From Rome To Amalfi Coast

You can get to Amalfi Coast from Rome by train, bus, car, and a ferry or boat.

The fastest and easiest way to get to Amalfi Coast on a day trip is by train and boat.

Alternatively, you can rent a car in Rome and drive, but I don’t recommend it. The roads at the Amalfi Coast are tiny, and you might often find yourself stuck in a traffic jam.

Below, I’m presenting all the alternatives for getting from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.

Day Trip From Rome To Amalfi Coast By Train

The best way to reach the Amalfi Coast from Rome is to take the Italo train in the morning from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale.

After, change to a train to Sorrento or Salerno. Sorrento is at the beginning of the Amalfi Coast, and Salerno is at the end of the coast. From these places, you can only take boats to the towns on the Amalfi Coast.

So then take a boat from Sorrento or Salerno to the Amalfi Coast, either Positano or Amalfi.

Note that there is no direct train from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. You can only reach the Amalfi Coast by bus, car, or boat.

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Amalfi Coast Tour From Rome By High-Speed Train

You can take the ‘Italo’ high-speed train from Rome to Naples, which only takes 1 hour. Note that there are no trains to the Amalfi Coast.

You can only get to Sorrento and Salerno (the Amalfi Coast’s start and end) by local trains. The only high-speed train that operates from Rome closest to the Amalfi Coast is to Naples.

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Positano – Amalfi Coast – Italy

Day Trip To Amalfi Coast From Rome By Bus

You can get from Rome to Sorrento or Salerno by bus, but it isn’t impossible on a day trip.

The bus journey from Rome to these cities takes between 4 and 5 hours, which gives you little time to explore the Amalfi Coast and return to Rome on the same day.

If you decide to spend a couple of nights on the Amalfi Coast and want to take a bus to get there, I recommend Flixbus.

You can take Flixbus from Rome to Sorrento. Then, take a boat from Sorrento to one of the Amalfi Coast towns (Positano or Amalfi).

Check all the bus connections from Rome to Sorrento here.

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Me exploring Positano – Amalfi Coast

Day Trip From Rome To Amalfi Coast By Car

Making a day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast by car is a good idea. But it’s important to know that the roads alongside the Amalfi Coast are tiny and curvy. There is a high chance you’ll be stuck in a traffic jam for a long time.

So the best way to make a day trip by car is to drive from Rome to Sorrento early in the morning. Then, leave your car in Sorrento and take a boat to Positano or Amalfi. Then take a boat back to Sorrento and drive to Rome in the evening.

It’s one of the most efficient and flexible ways to make a day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.

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Day Trip From Rome To Amalfi Coast By Boat

You can partially make a day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast by boat. There are no direct ferries from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.

So you’ll first have to take a high-speed train, ‘Italo’, from Rome to Naples. Afterward, you can take another train to Sorrento or Salerno and take a boat to the Amalfi Coast towns (Positano or Amalfi).

Check all the boat connections on the Amalfi Coast & book your tickets here.

Ferry Amalfi Coast

Day Trip From Rome To Amalfi Coast Tour

If you don’t like planning and prefer making a tour from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, you can join this day trip tour from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.

It’s a day trip with a local guide in an air-conditioned bus. You’ll meet your guide in Rome, hop on the coach, and first travel to Pompei. Tickets to Pompei are included in the tour, too.

After, you’ll hop on the private bus and travel to Positano. On the way, you’ll enjoy a comfortable journey with stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.

You’ll have some free time in Positano, one of the most beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast.

Afterward, you’ll return to Rome on a private bus with your guide.

Read more about this excursion and book your spot by clicking on the image below:

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Practical Tips For A Day Trip From Rome To Amalfi Coast

To help you plan your visit to the Amalfi Coast in a day, I’ve got some further tips for you. See how much it’ll cost, the best way to get around, what places you can’t miss, and things you can do on a day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.

Rome To Amalfi Coast Day Trip: Budget & Cost

A day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast (visiting Amalfi and Positano via Salerno and Sorrento) costs between $100 and $120 per person.

Here is abreakdown of each cost:

High-speed train Italo from Roma Termini to Naples costs $17 per person.
Train from Naples to Salerno costs around $6 per person.
Boat from Salerno to Amalfi costs approx. $15.
Boat from Amalfi to Positano costs approx. $10.
Boat from Positano to Sorrento costs approx $15.
Train from Sorrento to Naples costs $3, and the Campania Express train costs $8 per person.

How To Get Around The Amalfi Coast

You can get around the Amalfi Coast by boat, car, or bus.

I don’t recommend taking buses or driving around the Amalfi Coast if you’re only visiting it for a day. The roads are tiny and curvy, often crowded, so you would spend a long time stuck in a traffic jam.

The best way to get around the Amalfi Coast is by boats and ferries. The main ferry connections operate between Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Salerno.

So check the ferry departures and plan your trip accordingly. You can book tickets online or on the spot. But I recommend buying them online if you’re on a day trip because big crowds often wait for the ferry and in front of the ticket machine.

So make sure to have a ticket for a specific ferry and plan your itinerary to get the most out of the coast in a day.

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Best Places To See On A Day Trip To Amalfi Coast

When planning your day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, choose the places you want to explore. Make sure the connections match, and you can still return to Rome in the evening.

Here are the best places to see on a day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast:

Pompei
Sorrento
Positano
Amalfi
Ravello (if time allows)

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Amalfi Town – Italy

Best Things To Do On A Day Trip To Amalfi Coast

Since you only have a day, plan your itinerary to get the most out of your time.

First, choose which places you want to see on the Amalfi Coast, then see what you can do. After, check the connections and make sure you can still return to Rome in the evening.

Here are the things I recommend you do on a day trip to Amalfi Coast:

Visit Sorrento & its market
✅ Go Shopping in Positano
✅ Explore Amalfi
✅ Take a bus to Ravello for stunning views
(if time allows)
✅ Eat gelato
✅ Enjoy delicious lemon dessert

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FAQs

I’ve also answered some of the frequently asked questions to help you plan your day trip better:

Is It Worth Visiting The Amalfi Coast From Rome For A Day?

Yes, it’s worth visiting the Amalfi Coast on a day trip. You’ll be in a rush, and the best option is to stay a night in Amalfi. However, if you don’t have time, it’s worth visiting the coast just for a day from Rome.

Can You Do Amalfi Coast In 1 Day?

Yes, you can do Amalfi Coast in a day. The best way to visit it in a day is to take a train from Naples to Salerno. Then, a boat from Salerno to Amalfi. Explore Amalfi, and after, take a boat to Positano. Then, see Positano and take a boat to Sorrento. In the evening, take a train from Sorrento back to Naples.

How Feasible Is It To Travel From Rome To The Amalfi Coast For A Day Trip?

It’s manageable. The most important thing is to plan your journey ahead. The best way to visit the Amalfi Coast from Rome in a day is to travel by train to Salerno, then take a boat to Amalfi, explore Amalfi, take a boat from Amalfi to Positano, enjoy Positano, and take a boat from Positano to Sorrento.

WRAP-UP: Visiting Amalfi Coast From Rome

This is how to make the perfect day trip from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. Take the earliest and fastest train from Rome to Naples. You can visit both towns on the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi and Positano. If you take a later train, you can visit only one town.

Most importantly, you’ll experience the vibe of the Amalfi Coast even on a day trip from Rome. You’ll love it for sure.

If you have any questions or need a customized travel itinerary, contact me at info(at)voicesoftravel.com. I’ll gladly help you plan your trip.

Happy Travels!

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About the author: Nicoletta is a travel enthusiast and passionate language learner. While traveling, she loves to connect with locals using her language skills to learn about new cultures. Look for her skiing, hiking in the mountains, or exploring new destinations as she designs travel itineraries for her clients.

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