How far from Rome is the Amalfi Coast?

Listed as one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, this long stretch of coastline is well worth the visit. Home to an array of spectacular views, pristine beaches, and rich culture, you can spend a blissful few days along the Amalfi Coast without a dull day.

If the Amalfi Coast didn’t quite make the top spot for this holiday, but you’re still travelling to Italy don’t rule it out just yet! We highly recommend checking how far this beautiful coastline is from where you’re staying as it’s absolutely worth a visit if you’ve got the time. With Rome being the capital and a very popular holiday destination, we thought we’d create a short guide on how to get from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. If you’re travelling from somewhere nearby this guide might also give you some ideas that will help you get to the coast from wherever you are. If you’re coming from Naples, you’re in the perfect spot! From Naples, the Amalfi Coast is just an hour and 15 minutes away, making it an easy day trip, whilst still getting home in time for dinner. Anyway, back to Rome… What are your options? Well, there are about 5 different ways you can get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome. Let us enlighten you!

The Distance Between Amalfi Coast and Rome

From the centre of Rome, the Amalfi Coast is around 278 km away. Taking around three and a half hours straight driving without any stops along the way.

How to get to Amalfi Coast from Rome?

  • Car

    Are you an independent traveller? Rather than organise your own day than follow the crowd? No problem, rent a car and head down towards the south of Italy following the E45 road for the fastest route. You can rent out a car from one of the many offices in Rome’s city or even at the airport. The beauty of this choice is that you can stop as many times as you like, visiting small towns and unique places that other transport may breeze past. Renting a car for a long duration may cost you extra however so beware, and there are also petrol costs to think about. Saying that, renting a car is a really great, flexible option which means you get to make the most of your journey. Make a detour to Naples of Pompeii on your way, or stay overnight in a nearby town to break up the drive and allow yourself an easy, early start the next day. We recommend this option to couples or families who know that little ones can get restless and tiresome during long journies. 

  • Train and Ferry/Bus

    If you’re nervous about taking a drive you’ve never done before however, and in a foreign country, then you might want to take advantage of the public transport on offer instead. The roads close to Amalfi, in particular, are famously winding and narrow in places, which makes the drive scenic but nerve-racking for less confident drivers. So what are your options if you don’t want to drive? Well, there are private car services that can get you easily from A-B. With a custom pick up and drop off, this might seem tempting but at around 300 euros for the journey, we don’t think this is worth it. Instead take the public transport accessible to you and relax on your journey! You can explore both train and ferry routes to the Amalfi Coast…

    To get the train, you’ll need to catch a Trenitalia train from Roma Termini (Rome’s main train station) and get off at Napoli Centrale (the main station in Naples). Then you need to get off that train and board another one to Vietri sul Mare, a station where you can catch a local bus to Amalfi and other towns in the Salerno Province. Although this may seem like a lot of stopping and starting, the journey is actually very easy and a lot cheaper than other options discussed so far. There are other train options on offer as well, which vary the price, depending on your wants. The high-speed Frecciargento train, for example, is the most expensive, whilst the Regionale is a local train that goes on a commuter schedule and stands as the cheapest rail option. In terms of getting a ferry, this is another alternative to getting a bus or train. Between April 1 and mid-September, ferries run between the ports of Naples, Sorrento, Capri Island and other Amalfi Coast towns. Check online and in advance, to see ferry schedules that vary according to season. This sea-side option is a great introduction to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, but train is the more typical route.

  • Tour Bus

    The ultimate deluxe option! Not only do you get to enjoy the journey with your friends and family, or maybe make some new friends, you also don’t have to think about the journey at all – let the driver do that. Instead, you get to sit back and relax. No looking up public transport schedules, or petrol stations, simply buy a ticket for a tour and watch the Italian scenery race by. Tours go from Rome every day, offering one day or multiple day adventures for the whole family. The beauty of this type of transport is that you don’t need to plan anything, with your guide organising this marvellous adventure while enlightening you on the secrets of the Amalfi coast. 

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