Snow-capped mountains lie between Positano and Pompeii and so by road the only route from Positano to Pompeii is along the coast road heading west. It’s a wonderful, picturesque route so it is worth taking your time and enjoying the journey.
GETTING TO POMPEII BY RENTAL CAR
When you reach San Pietro, turn right and follow the signs for Sorrento. You will travel through delightful villages and will eventually come to a ‘T’ junction. To the left will be a sign to Sant Agnello and to the right a sign for Meta di Sorrento. Turn right onto the SS145 and follow the road through Meta and along the coast, through Seiano, and back on the coast again until you enter the southern suburbs of Pompeii.
Continue on the SS145 and eventually you will see the main A3 Autoroute pass above your car. Join the A3 Autoroute heading north and within a few hundred metres turn right off the autoroute and straight ahead you will see the historic ruins of Pompeii.
GETTING TO POMPEII BY BUS
If you do not have a car then there is a SITA bus that goes from Positano to Sorrento. Ask for the Sorrento Circumvesuviana Train Station and catch the train to Pompeii. The station in Pompeii is Pompeii Scavi and the ancient ruins are within walking distance of the station.
Waiting outside the station will be numerous guides offering to give you a tour of Pompeii or, if you prefer, there are audio guides that can be purchased near the main entrance to the ancient city.
GETTING TO POMPEII BY FERRY & TRAIN
Another route you could consider when visiting Pompeii from Positano, which is a lot of fun, is to take the ferry from Positano to Sorrento and then catch the train to Pompeii Scavi.
If you are returning to Positano the same day then make sure that the train from Pompeii Scavi returns to Sorrento by 8pm, as the last SITA bus from Sorrento to Positano is at 8.05pm.