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Is a rental car needed?

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Is a rental car needed?

Hi,

I'm heading to Positano for 6 days and then heading north afterwards which i need a car. Just wondering if a rental car is of use during our stay in Positano. We've planned small trips to Sorrento & Ravello and i'm sure some other spots will pop up also during our stay.

Advantages i see in renting a car

No need to arrange airport transfer to hotel

Flexibility in our travels around the Amalfi Coast

No need to go to Sorrento or Naples to pick up our Rental car for our trip to Rome

Disadvantages

Daily parking charges in Positano

Parking charges in Sorrento/ Ravello (not too sure of this)

Increased price of rental due to 6 extra days

Thanks in advance

Fabio

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1. Re: Is a rental car needed?

If you are traveling before the end of October, the car will be more of a hinderance than a help. Parking is scarce and expensive (i.e. only pay lots, no on-street parking). 90% of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are pedestrian only. It is very easy to travel between Positano, Amalfi/Ravello and Salerno via ferry. Traffic is quite terrible and the driver will have to keep its eyes on the road at all times, unable to enjoy the view.

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2. Re: Is a rental car needed?

Thanks for the reply. Looks like we will just get transport to position and not worry about the stress of a car!!

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3. Re: Is a rental car needed?

Exactly! You can easily take the ferry from Positano to Salerno, then direct train from Salerno to Rome.

Where you are coming from prior to going to Positano?

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4. Re: Is a rental car needed?

We're in Positano at the moment and we met a couple on the bus who rented a car but it's been unused & parked up near Nocelle all the time as there were nowhere to park in Positano (and pretty much everywhere else where tourists go). They admitted that they would not have rented a car if they knew what they came to realise once they arrived in Positano.

We haven't rented a car and so far we've been able to get to everywhere we wanted to be by using public transport. The only exception was to get from Naples to Nocelle (and back to Naples) we've splurged on a private transfer as we did not want to struggle with our luggage on regional trains & local busses while not knowing exactly how to get here.

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