The bus is the best and fastest option, with SITA (tel. 089 405145; www.sitabus.it) offering frequent service from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Vietri, and Salerno. For the best views, get a seat on the right side of the bus when you are traveling from Sorrento and the left side from Vietri, Amalfi, and Salerno.

In fair weather, April through September, Positano is also well served by ferry and hydrofoils: Metrò del Mare (tel. 199 600700; www.metrodelmare.net) offers regular service to Positano from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Salerno, and other harbors along the coast; fares vary depending on the distance, from 9€ from Amalfi to 16€ from Pozzuoli. The service was limited to July and August in 2011, but should be back to a full schedule in 2012. Amalfi-based Cooperativa Sant'Andrea (tel. 089-873190; www.coopsantandrea.com) offers regular service from Amalfi, Capri, Minori, Salerno, and Sorrento, as well as special cruises and excursions; fares range from 7€ from Amalfi to 35€ from Capri. Lucibello (tel. 089-875032; www.lucibello.it) offers regular service to and from Capri for 17€. Alicost (tel. 089/811986; www.lauroweb.com/alicost.htm) maintains regular aliscafo (hydrofoil) and motonave (motorboat) service from Capri and Ischia to Positano; fares are 15.50€ from Capri and 21.50€ from Ischia (you must reserve at least 24 hr. in advance).

Travelmar (tel. 081-7041911; www.travelmar.it) maintains routes to Positano from Salerno, and LMP (tel. 081-8071812; www.consorziolmp.it) offers regular hydrofoil and boat service between Positano, Capri, and Sorrento. Prices range from 10€ to 18€ for both companies.

From Naples or its airport, taxis offer a flat rate of 120€ to Positano. Car services also offer transfers from Naples's Capodichino Airport or train station. Alternatively, Curreri Viaggi (tel. 081-8015420; www.curreriviaggi.it) offers a shuttle service from Capodichino for 150€ for one to three passengers and 12€ for each additional passenger.

If you are traveling 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).

By car, take autostrada A3 toward NAPOLI-SALERNO to the exit for VIETRI SUL MARE. Follow the signs for VIETRI, MAIORI, AMALFI, and POSITANO; they will lead you to the famed SS 163, the coastal road that meanders from Salerno to Positano and a bit beyond. You can also reach SS 163 from Castellammare di Stabia, Piano di Sorrento, Vico Equense, and Sorrento heading east and following signs for POSITANO and AMALFI. Note: Because of the solid traffic here in summer, local authorities have occasionally limited car access to SS 163; check with the tourist office and your hotel before making your 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.