I need to get to the Salerno train station from Ravello in April, and one option would be to go to Amalfi by bus, and then Amalfi to Salerno. Another would be to go by bus from Midori to Salerno, but I would have to walk or taxi from Ravello to Midori. Does anybody know which of these options is best, or have any other suggestions? I cannot seem to get access to bus schedules to check out specific times for buses. I need to know times so I can book my train ticket to Rome from Salerno. Thanks for advice or experience you might have with this.
Here is the schedule from Ravello to Amalfi https://www.ravello.com/sita-bus-schedule/scala-ravello-amalfi/
Here is the schedule from Amalfi to Salerno https://www.ravello.com/sita-bus-schedule/amalfi-maiori-salerno/
Maybe, to be safe, you should ask your hotel what they recommend, but this worked fine for us when we traveled from Ravello to Salerno.
May not be much of a problem in April, but in May I encountered, and others on this forum have also reported, that lines for buses in both Ravello and Amalfi can sometimes have more people waiting than can fit on the bus, so some people have to wait for the next scheduled bus. That could certainly delay you and interfere with your schedule and connections.
Midori??? Maybe you mean Minori.
The buses stop next to the train station in Salerno. The ferry pier is no more than a 10-minute walk on very slightly uphill pavement/sidewalk to the train station. The SITA bus line begins in Amalfi and ends in Salerno. Minori is on the way. If the bus is full, only as many people can get on as get off. There are several ferry routes along the coast, I don't know where they begin, all probably end in Salerno, Minori would be a stop on any of the routes, not a terminus.
SITA bus has winter and summer schedules. You can download pdf files of the current schedules from their official website. My guess is that April is summer and may not be available much before then. Another guess is that if you are travelling around Easter week there are likely to be crowds and lines for buses and ferries. If not, there's a good chance you'll be able to take the bus/ferry you want, but do allow time to line up.
I would say if the ferries are running, I would go that route. As others have said, trying to get on a bus that TONS of other people are wanting to get on is not fun or helpful if you need to catch a train from Salerno. If the ferries aren't running, then I would go for starting in Amalfi, as you have the best chance of getting ON the bus. The ferries are a bit more spacious though.
Ravello-Amalfi by bus, then Ferry Amalfi-Salerno by ferry.
Ferrys run from April 1st. Schedule should show up soon.
Do note, if the seas are rough, ferrys may be canceled so allow time in case you have to
revert to the bus.
Using worst case, allow at least 21/2-3 hours from the time the bus leaves Ravello for your train tickets.
Yes Chani, I mistakenly wrote Midori but meant Minori. I am traveling on April 5th, which is not near the Easter holiday this year. I wrote to the hotel in Ravello and they said the could arrange transport for 110 Euros which is too steep for my budget, but would probably be the least stressful option. The ferry would be based on how calm or rough the seas are that day, but if I went that route, how far is the bus stop in Amalfi to the place where the ferry terminal is? The first people who responded sent me links to the bus schedules, providing those schedules are for the time of year I will be there. I know the schedules change seasonally, but not sure when that change takes place. Just how reliable are these buses? Do they come on time, and do they always show up if there is no strike? Thanks for mentioning there can be a line, and you may not get on the bus you want. I appreciate all of your advice.
Amalfi is the terminus for the bus, so I'd expect it to leave on time. Early April should be before the hordes, so no long lines for the bus or ferry and not much traffic on the road to Salerno. If you are very early for your train, you could sit on a bench on the promenade and enjoy your last views of the sea, or go to a cafe for a coffee.
As far as I can tell from google maps, you have to go through Amalfi to get to Minori. Taking a taxi from the hotel to Amalfi might be my choice with luggage, instead of the bus. But if the bus leaves just before the taxi, you'll probably be behind the bus all the way to Amalfi.
Here's an updated 2019 ferry schedule from Amalfi-Salerno. Travel time is 1 hour.
Edit. You can see the ferry dock from the bus stop. Maybe 50'.