sorrento to positano & ravello


How long does it take to travel from Sorrento to Positano on the bus and should we go to Ravello from Positano & how long would that take. Can we do both towns in 1 day. Do we need to hire a driver, and if so, can someone recomment one that they have previosly used. Thank you all.

Posted by Shelley
Trenton, Ontario, Canada
204 posts

We drove from Sorrento to Positano and it took about 3/4 hr.Took the local bus 1E from Positano to Amalfi- spectacular view. We then caught another bus to Ravello. Doing this all in one day is a bit much. Perhaps you could go by ferry from Sorrento straight to Amalfi early in the morning- that way you see the coast which is beautiful - then catch the bus up to Ravello. You would have to start early in the morning to explore the towns of Amalfi and Ravello. You do go by Positano on the ferry as well.Check out the ferry schedules when you get to Sorrento.

Posted by Dick
Victor, NY, USA
62 posts

Chris, I took the SITA bus (departs regularly from the train station in Sorrento) to Positano, and then caught a ferry back to Sorrento. The bus is inexpensive, reliable and gets you there in about 45 minutes. The ferry cost a bit more (9 euros as I recall), but gives you a breathtaking view especially as you depart Positano. I very much wanted to go to Ravello also, but opted instead for a more leisurely day in Positano (and I am glad I did). Just to say I found it fairly easy to do this using public transportation. Hope this helps.

Posted by Jared
Edmonton, Canada
88 posts

When we went a few weeks ago, we took the bus from Sorrento to Positano (I think it took around 45 min), and spent an hour or so in the town. We then caught the bus to Amalfi (another 45 minutes or so), and spent a few hours in that town. We then took the bus uphill to Ravello (I think 20 min ride). We only spent about 40 minutes there but we had to come down since we wanted to take the boat from Amalfi back to Sorrento. If we wanted to spend more time in Ravello, we could have stayed less time in Amalfi (we stopped to go into the Paper museum), but overall, we just wanted to get a survey of the places. It's definitely do-able in one day. Alternatively, go to Positano one day, and Amalfi/Ravello on the second day... that would be more leisurely, especially if you want to enter all the attractions.

Posted by Jo
Nokomis, FL, usa
46 posts

Hi Chris,
If at all possible, try to get to Ravello. It is well worth the effort. The views are beyond amazing and the town is charming with a couple of nice churches and lots of fun little alleys to explore. I stayed at a fantastic B&B that had just unbelievable views and it was very reasonable. I think I paid 100 euro a night (cash) and that included a great breakfast, for a single room. The B&B is the Hotel Parsifal and the web address is Another hotel just down the way from mine was more then double the price. Sorry to diverge a bit. I took an early bus from Sorrento to Amalfi and then jumped on a bus from Amalfi to Ravello. I also went to a really nice classical music concert while there. The buses run frequently, basically hourly, and start very early in the morning. I chose to visit Amalfi instead of Positano. Amalfi has a lovely duomo and a nice little museum. Try to get there as early in the morning as you can to avoid the crowds. I believe it is about an hour and a half ride from Sorrento to Amalfi then just about 20 minutes up the hill to Ravello. Follow RS's advice while in Amalfi and walk down the road to Atrani to see a much quieter and typical seaside town with no tourists to spoil the view. You can store your bag safely at the little travel place near the main bus terminal in Amalfi for about 5 euro. Enjoy!