What’s great about the transportation on the Amalfi Coast is that many of the major towns are connected by ferries, but you often need to be in a car to get to hotels and other destinations. Not everyone is prepared to drive themselves on the winding coastal roads, which gives rise to a whole industry of usurious-priced car services. However, you can easily get between Napoli, Sorrento, Capri, Salerno, Positano, Amalfi, and Ischia relatively affordably by boat — and admire the stunning scenery while you’re at it. There are some things to note to make your experience a little smoother when planning your ferry trip.
First of all, you’ll need to check the ferry schedules well in advance of finalizing your itinerary. Depending on the time of year, there may be only one ferry a day in the off-season or one every half hour in the busy season. Ferries usually run from April to October, with the Amalfi - Positano - Sorrento line starting in mid-May. They are also weather dependent, so if the sea is too rough they may cancel the ferries.
Once you know the time and company you want to use, you’ll need to stand in line and purchase your ferry tickets or sometimes you buy them online and pick up the tickets at the port. Typically they take credit or debit cards, so you shouldn’t need cash for this. You can usually ask your hotel if they can reserve ferry tickets for you, but they can’t always buy them for you ahead of time.