The Perfect Amalfi Coast and Capri Itinerary (2-Days on a Budget)

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Panoramic view of the amalfi coast

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMALFI COAST + CAPRI

If you are limited on time while traveling to the Amalfi Coast, this 2-day itinerary will allow you to see all of the best highlights while still enjoying yourself. See Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Minori and even leave a day in for Capri! You can hike the Path of the Gods if you like as it fits in perfectly with this Amalfi Coast and Capri itinerary! Best of all, it can be done on a budget - without spending a ton of money!

The Amalfi Coast can get pretty crowded, especially during high season. That is because this is one of the most gorgeous places in the whole country, and Italy itself is one of the most traveled to countries in the world.

That being said, it can get really expensive to hire guides. Instead, we recommend following this itinerary and grabbing the Lonely Planet Naples, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast travel guide to walk you through some of the finer details and teach you the important facts about the places that you’ll be seeing in this quick trip. It has all the information that you’d learn from a walking guide about each of the stops - for a fraction of the price (TIP: Keep an eye out for their 3 for 2 deals that spring up on occasion)!

Additionally, you can fill yourself with the Italian culture on your own as well - the super compact quick-read Italy - Culture Smart! has all the etiquette, culture, and customs that you’ll need to know - without a guide - prior to arriving.

As full-time travelers, we have some first hand experience and a few quick recommendations before you start:

TIP 1 : STAY IN BOMERANO OR SORRENTO

To keep accommodation costs low, stay in Bomerano (around $45-$50/night) or Sorrento ($40-$50/night) by using an Airbnb Superhost or Airbnb PLUS (first time discount here).  If you haven't tried it yet, we would highly recommend giving it a try because hotel costs are rising (especially in this area), parking at hotels can also be expensive (included in many Airbnb's), and cooking your own food is an option (unlike at the hotels). You can also get decent prices for hotels or bnb’s using booking.com, hotels.com, or VRBO - but if you prefer a hotel or resort, we now have access to Travel Agent pricing in this area and can almost always find you prices that are 10-30% off from what you can get on those sites if you schedule a free travel consultation with us (absolutely no obligations!).

FOR PATH OF THE GODS: If you're an early bird (up and ready between 6:00-7:00) and like to see amazing things, then choose to stay in Bomerano instead - because you'll want to get up early and walk the "Path of the Gods" (a.k.a. "Sentiero degli Dei").  More info at: pathofthegods.com.  If not, choose Sorrento.

A Packed and busy Amalfi Coast Public Bus

TIP 2: USE THE PUBLIC BUS

To keep transportation costs low, learn to fly.  Alternatively, brave the crowded public buses for a couple of days (mostly just the first day).  Bus tickets are sold at cigarette shops, newspaper stands, and bars and caffés in all the towns along the Amalfi Coast. In Sorrento, there is a ticket booth at the Circumvesuviana station. Tickets CANNOT be purchased on board the bus.  You can get the 24-hour tickets for €10-€12 each (the €12 ticket allows more lines in and around the Positano area).

TIP 3: BRING YOUR OWN 1.5L OR 2.0L BOTTLE OF WATER

These bottles of water can be found for €0.17-€0.20 in most grocery stores in the area.  Don't spend €2-€5 for one of these at your hotel or restaurant if you don’t have to!


BEST VALUE HOTELS ON THE AMALFI COAST

If you’re absolutely set on a hotel and you don’t want to try our free travel consultation, these are some of the best value-for-your-money locations: our favorite Villa, Resort, Bed & Breakfast, and Hostel. We honestly don’t think you’ll be able to find better quality and location for these prices - but let us know if you do!

Our pick for the best luxury hotel in the area for the price - plus, an amazing experience in a fantastic location is the Luxury Villas & Romantic Apt’s.

If you’re planning to do the Path of the Gods Hike, the Mamaral Resort in Agerola is in the prime spot for your morning trek - plus it is an excellent value for the quality and location (better, in or opinion, than any of the other ones at as low as $72 USD per night!)

The Oasi Madre della Pace is an amazing value Bed and Breakfast in the best location for an Amalfi Coast trip (Sorrento). Plus, it is priced as low as $69 USD per night!

While there are cheaper hostels on the Amalfi Coast, most of them are severely needing of upkeep - However, the Ostello Beata Solitudo in Agerola provides the best quality for the price that we could find - Plus, it’s also near the Path of the Gods for as low as $21 USD per night!


Day 1 - Positiano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Minori

Itinerary From Bomerano - Walk to the starting point for the Path of the Gods.

#0 - The Path of the Gods

Breathtaking panoramas, stone ruins, grazing goats, old-world fountains and a view of the Mediterranean landscape from above the clouds!  Take plenty of water and wear decent shoes. The trail isn't very difficult as it is mostly downhill, but it is a little rocky and the hike from Bomerano to Positano will take about 3 hours, including time for pictures and breaks (8.3 km / 5.2 miles).  Time check: You should be arriving in Positano between 9:30-10:30 AM.  Continue to #1 below.

Itinerary From Sorrento - Take the 9 AM bus to arrive in Positano by 9:50 AM.

#1 - Positano

The beautiful flowers of Positano are even more amazing in the morning. You will arrive just in time to see the glow of this city and the perfect place to stop to dip your feet in the water and enjoy an affordable brunch at the Latteria. Spend a good 3 hours in Positano - one of the filming locations for Under the Tuscan Sun, and then look for the bus to Amalfi. There is a 1:10 PM and a 1:25 PM bus from Positano (Ch. Nuova) to Amalfi. To fit everything into a single day, you will want to catch one of these buses.

#2 - Amalfi

Arrive in Amalfi around 14:00 to 14:15.  Spend an hour or so near the shoreline or walk out to the end of the beach walkway to take in the view of Amalfi as if from the sea. You’ll find all sorts of limoncello merchandise here in Amalfi - from painted jugs full of limoncello to swimsuits designed with limoncello. Buy a small vial of Limoncello at one of the shops, such as La Bollega D'Oro, for €4-€5 and save it for later (it may be enough to share). If you want a good look at Amalfi before you arrive, it shows up in the movies A Good Woman and Only You.

If you're staying in Bomerano: An hour in Amalfi right now is probably enough as you'll get to see more tomorrow. Head up to Ravello. The 3:30 PM (15:30) bus will get you to Ravello by 3:55 PM (15:55).  Another bus comes 15 minutes later if you miss the first one.  

If you're staying in Sorrento: Spend another 60-90 minutes here to walk the streets, visit the cathedral, explore the shops, and possibly stop for some Amalfi flavored gelato as you'll be exploring Sorrento tomorrow.

#3 - Ravello & Minori

Villa Cimbrone is the highlight of Ravello, but it will run you €7 per person. It is only open until sunset, so plan accordingly. The Cathedral ("Duomo") is another hotspot in Ravello. You can walk around the Duomo a bit, but Ravello is rather small. You'll find great cheap eats behind the counter at Giardini Caffè Calce, which is to the left of the entrance to the Duomo. We spent €9 and bought enough food for us both, although we drank only the water that we brought with us (see tip #3 above). While you’re here, consider picking up some Ravello Lemon Zest Risotto - YUM!

If you finish a bit early (by 5:30 PM / 17:30), you could take the trail down to Minori which starts just to the left of the entrance to Villa Ruffalo. The hike is roughly 4,000 steps, takes about 35-40 minutes, and has fantastic views. You will also get a glimpse of the real life for the locals along your way.

#4 - Back to Bomerano/Sorrento

The bus schedule is listed here.  You will need to take either the 6:10 PM or 8:10 PM (18:10 and 20:10) bus from Ravello to Amalfi to catch the bus in Amalfi back to Bomerano/Sorrento.  Alternatively, the last bus leaving Minori to Amalfi is at 7:25 PM (19:25) and it will arrive in Amalfi by 7:45 (19:45).   

The last buses from Amalfi to Bomerano are at 7 PM and 9 PM (19:00 and 21:00).  If you are arriving from Minori, this will give you 75 minutes to catch the last bus back to Bomerano or 10 minutes to catch the second to last bus back to Sorrento. The last buses that leave Amalfi for Sorrento are at 7:55 PM and 9:15 PM. (19:55 and 21:15). If you find yourself with that extra 75 minutes, enjoy some more of Amalfi!

Once you arrive back to Sorrento or Bomerano, enjoy a night of exploring that area - they both have a ton of little quarks that you’ll love. Remember, you can learn more about those in the Lonely Planet guide book that we recommended to you at the beginning of this article.

This will end your first day of this itinerary - see below for Day 2!

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GREAT ALTERNATIVE - TOUR WITH HOTEL

Prefer to do it all without having to worry about about booking hotels or planning the transportation and sights all by yourself? Try the “Italian Adventure” tour to include the Amalfi Coast (as described here) as well as Capri (as described on the next page), PLUS add in a half-day stop at Pompeii for as little as $319 per person (accommodations and transportation included!)

MAKE THIS EASIER!

An extremely affordable day trip to Capri runs less than $200! Check out the “Capri Day Trip from Sorrento with Blue Grotto” tour.

Do you have a little more time?

You could see Capri (including the Blue Grotto) on a 5 day super-adventure of the Amalfi coast that includes the Path of the God’s hike. Check out the “Walking with the Gods“ tour for details.

Only have 3 days? Pack in an amazing adventure in Capri along with visiting Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii for under $300. Check out the “Meet Us There - Amalfi Coast” tour for details.


Day 2 - Amalfi/Sorrento & Capri

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The Perfect 1-Day Capri Itinerary on a Budget


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