For the benefit of travellers arriving by train in Salerno and needing to go to Positano:
1. Outside of the scheduled operating hours of the ferry boat; OR
2. From November 1 through March 31 (when the ferry boat is not operating); OR
3. Who MISS the last ferry boat to Positano in the late afternoon:
You can reach Positano by regular SITA bus, departing directly outside the front doors of the Salerno train station, with a required CONNECTION in Amalfi.
Salerno to Amalfi: 75 minutes and 3.80 Euros
Amalfi to Positano: 40 minutes and 2.50 Euros
NOTE: It's often better to purchase the 24-hr. unlimited ride UNICO COSTIERA ticket for 7.60 Euros rather than two single-use bus tickets for this trip. These tickets are sold by the travel agency inside the foyer of the Salerno train station, and must be punched in the stamping machine when boarding the bus. The 24-hr. ticket is valid for 24 hours from the moment it is first punched on the bus (and is not to be punched again).
In Amalfi, the bus-to-bus connection is in the large parking lot next to the sea front: the two buses usually line up within 5-20 yards of each other. Large luggage is stowed in the underfloor compartment of the bus.
If your destination is Ravello:
sitasudtrasporti.it/public/…5110.pdf (2.50 Euros extra, unless you have the 24-hr. ticket)
NOTE: You can also reach Positano by surface transportation from Naples instead of from Salerno, by taking the Circumvesuviana commuter rail to Sorrento (65 minutes and 4.10 Euros), connecting to the SITA bus to Positano (60 minutes and 3.80 Euros). The primary advantage of this route is that the train trip from Rome (or cities north) to Naples is shorter (and with greater frequency) than the train trip to Salerno. The primary disadvantage is that the Circumvesuviana rail is often very crowded, and there is no dedicated area on this train for luggage.
NOTE: Owing to reduced bus schedules during the autumn season, the LAST useful bus out of Salerno departs daily at 19:30 (arriving Amalfi at 20:45). This connects to the LAST daily bus from Amalfi at 21:00, arriving Positano at 21:40.
A taxi from Salerno to Positano will cost at least 120 Euros. The two SITA buses cost 6.30 Euros (or 7.60 Euros with the 24-hour ticket). The ferry boat costs 12 Euros and takes 70 minutes.
Edited: 18 September 2013, 4:24