The bus is an easy option, with SITA (tel. 089-405145; www.sitabus.it) offering frequent service from Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Vietri, and Salerno. For the best views, remember to sit on the right side of the bus when traveling from Sorrento and the left side from Vietri and Salerno. Amalfi is the largest harbor in the area after Salerno and is well served by ferries and hydrofoils. The Metrò del Mare (tel. 199-600700; www.metrodelmare.net) offers a regular service from Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Salerno, and other harbors along the coast. Fares vary depending on the distance, from 9€ from Positano to 18€ from Pozzuoli. In 2011, the schedule was reduced to a minimum service for July and August, but we are told that a fuller service will be restored in 2012. Amalfi-based Cooperativa Sant'Andrea (tel. 089-873190; www.coopsantandrea.it) offers regular service from Capri, Minori, Positano, Salerno, and Sorrento, as well as special cruises and excursions; fares vary with the distance, from 6€ to about 16€.

LMP (tel. 081-8071812; www.consorziolmp.it) maintains aliscafo (hydrofoil) and motonave (ferry) services between Amalfi and Capri. Travelmar (tel. 081-7041911; www.travelmar.it) makes runs between Salerno, Amalfi, Minori, Maiori, and Positano during the summer. Fares are 10€ to 18€ for both companies.

From the Naples Capodichino Airport, taxis offer a flat rate of 130€ to Amalfi. Car services also offer transfers from Naples's airport or train station. Alternatively, private company Curreri Viaggi (tel. 081-8015420; www.curreriviaggi.it) offers a shuttle service from the airport for 150€ for one to three passengers and 12€ for each additional passenger.

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By train (tel. 892021 in Italy; www.trenitalia.it), the closest station is Vietri sul Mare, on the local line between Naples (where you'll change trains, if you are coming from the north) and Salerno (if you are coming from the south). Faster, though, is to get off in Salerno and take a SITA bus or a taxi directly to Amalfi.

By car, take the autostrada A3 toward NAPOLI-SALERNO to the exit for VIETRI SUL MARE, then follow the signs for VIETRI, AMALFI; they will lead you to the famed SS 163 that hugs the Amalfi Coast. You can also reach SS 163 from Castellammare di Stabia, Piana di Sorrento, Vico Equense, and Sorrento, heading east and following signs for POSITANO and AMALFI -- scenic but longer. Note: Because of the solid traffic here in summer, local authorities occasionally limit car access to the SS 163; check with the tourist office and your hotel before making plans.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.