A question that a lot of people ask is whether Positano is worth the hype or not. I believe that the place itself is stunning but unless you’re willing to spend, spend, spend, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Can you travel to Positano on a budget? Yes. But if you do that will you get the full experience? Maybe not. Read on to find out my tips for saving money where you can and learn from the mistakes I made.
Getting to Positano
From the Airport
The closest airport to Positano is Naples Capodichino Airport, which is located about 60 km to the north. There is no direct bus from the airport to Positano so you will have to take a bus from Naples to Sorrento Station and then from Sorrento to Positano. The Curreri Viaggi bus to Sorrento costs €10 and the SITA bus to Positano costs €2, making a total transfer cost of €12. The journey time takes around 2 hours, not including the time spent waiting for the transfer.
Taking a Naples airport taxi from the airport to Positano is the only direct transfer option there is. This journey takes just 1 hour and 20 minutes but it costs around €90, based on a taximeter.
Some hotels offer private transfers so you can double-check with your hotel or accommodation to see if that is something that they offer.
Renting a Car
This is the option we chose and we rented the car from Sorrento rather than Naples to save on costs. Driving the Amalfi Coast is no joke so I would only choose this option if you have full confidence in your driving abilities.
We rented the car with Car Jet but the actual rental itself was collected from a rental agency called Sur Price. It cost €210 to rent the car for 3 days which in Amalfi Coast standards is actually a good price.
If you want the freedom to go wherever you want whenever you want, renting a car is great but honestly, I’m not even sure it is worth the stress of parking and driving.
Accomodation in Positano
Finding beautiful accommodation in Positano that doesn’t break the bank is something that I struggled with. After searching Airbnb and Booking.com for hours, I finally found a place that was budget-friendly with the most stunning view from the room. Positano B&B cost us €150 per night with an amazing breakfast included.
The photos listed on their website do not do this place justice but just look at the view from the bed
Book it here
Some other budget-friendly options with similar vibes are:
Food & Drink in Positano
It’s no doubt that food and drink are more expensive in Positano than it is in other parts of Italy, but it’s still possible to eat out without breaking the bank.
Here are some options that aren’t too expensive:
This place wasn’t too pricey but it depends on what and how much you order. I had a delicious mushroom tagliatelle, a salad, and a glass of wine and it came to €30.
This is a great place serving classic Mediterranean food with regular live music.
This place has great pizzas, and you can get a pizza and a beer for less than €20.
L’alternativa Snack Bar
This shack or snack bar serves the cheapest drinks around, you can take a drink and walk, or sit on the pier. There’s always a good vibe around the place as it gets quite busy at night.
Il Tridente Postitano
While this bar isn’t technically budget-friendly, just having one drink here is definitely worth it. Look at that view
Other Things to Note
- The beach in Positano is probably the main attraction of the whole town and it is stunning, but it’s definitely over-priced. We rented two sun-loungers for €45.00 for the day. We ordered a bottle of white wine from one of the beach bars and it was brought down to our sun loungers and it cost €26.00.
- Parking in Positano is a nightmare! Make sure to use the car park suggested to you by your hotel/b&b for the best prices. We learned this the hard way. We accidentally drove past the car park we had been suggested and ended up paying €50 to park the car for the night. If we had have parked in the correct car park it would’ve cost €35 for the night.
- Bring comfy shoes because there are lots of stairs. Especially if you decide to stay a little further away from the beach.
- There are local buses that run to help people get around (especially if you’re too lazy to hike up the stairs back to your accommodation). We bought the “Interno” bus tickets from the Tabacchi and caught the bus from Piazza Mulini and got off at the CASALE stop as it was closest to our accommodation.
- Expect to pay high prices for taxis, a short 5-minute drive can cost you €20.
Is it worth the hype?
Honestly, I feel Positano is worth the trip but not worth the hype. I think as I had been living in Italy for 5 months previous to making the trip, I was so familiar with beautiful Italian beaches with a cheaper price tag that I felt as if Positano was too expensive for no reason.
Have you been to Positano? Do you think it’s worth the hype?