While the twisty Amalfi Coast Road is justifiably famous, my favorite way to get around is on the ferry. You get to avoid the traffic and all those curves while at the same time getting a first class view of the coastline from the sea. I receive a lot of questions about using the ferries on the Amalfi Coast, so I’ll cover as many as I can here for the 2016 season.
Where do ferries depart for the Amalfi Coast?
The most extensive ferry service on the Amalfi Coast is run by Travelmar, with a line that connects Salerno, Amalfi and Positano. They also feature a service that connects Maiori and Minori with Amalfi. The company Gescab offers ferry service connecting Amalfi and Positano from Capri. Sometimes during peak summer season there is ferry service to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento. It was offered in 2016, but I will update this post when I find out 100% that there is ferry service from Sorrento for this season.
Where do the ferries stop on the Amalfi Coast?
Ferry service on the Amalfi Coast is primarily focused on Amalfi and Positano. However, there is also a smaller boat service between Maiori and Minori to Amalfi so travelers can connect to other boats to reach Positano, Salerno and Capri.
When do the ferries run on the Amalfi Coast?
There aren’t set dates for the ferry boat service along the Amalfi Coast each year. There are some general guidelines, but they are weather dependent. Ferry service usually begins on the Amalfi Coast each year in time for Easter, which kicks off the tourist season. Services run through the autumn until the end of October or beginning of November, depending on how long good weather holds out. If you’re planning on visiting in the early spring or late autumn, it’s best to have a plan B in case the ferries aren’t running due to rough seas or bad weather.
What is the ferry schedule on the Amalfi Coast?
The Travelmar website is available in English and you can check out the ferry schedule here. They also have an app linked to from their website that you can download in advance. Gescab has their schedule for ferry service between Salerno, Amalfi, Positano and Capri here.
How much does the ferry cost on the Amalfi Coast?
Prices vary depending on the length of your journey and the company. In general, on Travelmar the prices are €8.00 per person between Amalfi and Positano and a bit more from Salerno all the way to Positano. You can find all the Travelmar rates here.
Can I buy ferry tickets in advance on the Amalfi Coast?
Yes! Both Travelmar and Gescab offer online ticketing in advance via their respective websites. You can also book in advance on the Travelmar app.
Where is the best place to sit on the ferry?
All of the ferries along the Amalfi Coast have two levels of seating. The upper level is open on the top of all the boats while the lower area is closed off. The view from down below can be just as great – as long as you’re on the correct side of the boat. And the view from the top is also better if you know which side of the boat to snag a seat on. In general, if you’re heading from Amalfi to Positano or Capri, when you get on the boat head to the right side. If you’re going from Capri or Positano to Amalfi, when you get on go to the left side. That way you’ll be on the side of the coastline for the journey. But no worries if it’s crowded and you can’t get the best seat. You can always move around on the ferry and even go out front or stand at the back and watch where you’ve been. I’m always moving around and taking photos. (Yes, even after nine years here!)
Is it a problem to take luggage on the ferry?
Not at all! Many people do. Just be aware that you might need to pay a small extra fee for each piece of large luggage and you’re responsible for lugging it on and off the boat.
Can I take a ferry to Ravello?
Well, you’d have to catch the special flying ferry to reach Ravello, because it’s situated about 1,200 feet above sea level. But, no worries, you can simply take the ferry to Amalfi and then continue up into the mountains to Ravello via bus or taxi.
Alright that last question was just for fun. (Although I have actually been asked that numerous times!) Are there any other questions about taking the ferry on the Amalfi Coast that I’ve missed?