How to get to and around Salerno: info, costs and advice

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Salerno overlooks a splendid stretch of the Mediterranean in a spectacular position on the gulf. Often forgotten in favor of the capital Naples, the city has enjoyed several periods of splendor and has been the seat of an important study center, the famous Salernitana Medical School. To date it is constantly growing, especially from a tourist point of view, and it is considered a model of urban revitalization of international importance.

The relaunch and growth phase also includes connections and public transport, which is quite efficient and continuously developing and improving. Here's one guide on how to get to and around Salerno: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get there by car
  3. How to arrive by train
  4. How to get there by plane: nearest airports
  5. How to get around on foot
  6. How to get around by bicycle
  7. Con i mezzi pubblici
  8. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The best way to get around Salerno is on foot: the city is not very large and the main points of interest are concentrated in the historic center, a short distance from each other. Furthermore, the heart of the historic center is made up of narrow streets and alleys, forbidden to the transit of cars and public transport. For a first approach to the city, we recommend that you take a guided walking tour with a local guide, to identify the landmarks and then move with more ease.

An excellent alternative are city buses, or the city bike sharing system, active since summer 2014, which for now includes 6 photovoltaic cycle-stations. In Salerno it is There is also a light rail line with 8 stops at the moment, which connects the historic center with the Arechi Stadium (travel time 15 min).

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot and bike sharing for the center, bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: own or rental car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: daily bus ticket € 3,50, weekly bus pass € 12,50, 9-day bike sharing tourist pass € 10,00

How to get there by car

You can easily reach Salerno by car, thanks to the network of highways that connects it to the main Italian cities. For example, from Milan Salerno is 814 km that can be traveled in about 8 hours, the toll is € 59,50. Rome is 268 km away, which can be covered in just under 3 hours, the toll is € 17,10. Naples, on the other hand, is very close, only 54,5 km to be covered in about 45 minutes with a toll of € 5,60.

  • From the north: A1 Naples-Salerno exit Vietri sul Mare or Salerno / A30 Caserta-Rome exit Fratte-Salerno center
  • From the south: A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria exit Fratte-Salerno center / A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria exit Pontecagnano direction Fratte-Tangenziale, exit from Zona Industriale up to Fratte

Where to park

In Salerno they are available numerous public pay parking lots, especially in central areas, on the roadside or in special spaces delimited by blue stripes.

Rules and schedules change according to the zones: in the more central ones, parking is subject to a fee every day from 8:00 to 3:00 at night, including holidays, with a rate of € 0,80 for the first 30 minutes, then € 2,00 per hour; in other areas, parking is subject to a fee every day from 8:00 to 21:00 except holidays, with a rate that varies between € 1,00 and € 2,00 per hour. It is not too difficult to park on the street, however, you must be careful not to accidentally enter the ZTL while looking for a place!

  • Piazza Giovanni Amendola parking - Get directions
  • Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini parking - Get directions
  • Piazza della Concordia parking - Get directions

How to arrive by train

The city is served by high speed. From Milan, for example, you can arrive in about 6 hours, with rates starting from € 70,00 and varying according to the day of the week and the time of year. From Naples you can instead take regional trains, with an average travel time of 45 minutes and tickets starting from € 4,70.

  • From Milan: high speed, travel time about 6 hours, fares starting from € 70,00
  • From Rome: high speed, travel time about 2 hours, fares starting from € 36,00
  • From Naples: regional trains, travel time about 45 min, fares starting from € 4,70

How to get there by plane: nearest airports

The nearest airport is Naples Capodichino airport.

From "Naples Capodichino International Airport" to Salerno

  • Distance from Salerno: distance 52 km / travel time: 45 min by car;
  • Alibus bus (€ 3,00) to Naples central station (P.zza Garibaldi stop). Then regional or high-speed train to Salerno. The same Alibus also stops in Piazza Municipio, from here, a 5-minute walk away, there is the SITA bus stop direct to Salerno (single ride € 4,30)

How to get around on foot

Salerno is a city that lends itself very well to being explored on foot, above all because the historic center is rather circumscribed and almost all the attractions are located within easy reach of each other. For a first approach to the city, we recommend the private walking tour with a local guide.

One of the main areas is the Lungomare Trieste, one of the longest and most beautiful promenades in Italy, chosen by tourists and locals for walks, meetings and to practice sports.
Via Mercanti is the main street of the center, where there is also the Museum of the Salerno Medical School and where in ancient times the most important commercial exchanges took place. To date, it is full of shop windows, restaurants, bars and ancient artisan shops. Within a couple of km, just 10-15 minutes on foot, you can reach the Cathedral and the Minerva Garden, the Botanical Garden of the Salerno Medical School with aromatic herbs, but also medicinal plants, spices and organic farming crops.
To reach the area of ​​the Arechi Castle it is necessary to take bus n ° 19

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Salerno Guide for free.

How to get around by bicycle

The bike sharing service Bicincentro di Salerno was born in 2014 with the intent of provide citizens and tourists with a real new public transport system for short trips, to be used together or as an alternative to traditional means of transport.

È necessary to subscribe to the service to pick up the bike in one of the 6 cycle stations in the city, the bike can be used for a maximum of 60 minutes in a day, with a bonus of 33 more minutes. Exceeded this limit, the subscription is canceled, for more information visit the official website.

  • Map: official site
  • 7: 00 / 23: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from € 0,03 / minute with a usage limit of 60 min + bonus of 33 min
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 9-day tourist pass € 10,00

Con i mezzi pubblici

Public transport in Salerno they are quite efficient and in continuous development. Given its not too large size, it is not difficult to reach any point of the city in a short time. If you plan to stay in Salerno for just one day or two at the most, you may not need to use buses or the single light rail line; you can anyway take advantage of the day ticket at a cost of € 2,70.


City buses run approximately between 5:30 am and 22:30 pm, there are 24 lines, the service is managed by the Busitalia company and is used for travel both in the municipality of Salerno and to reach the main cities in the surrounding area. The main bus station coincides with the central railway station, thus making connections easier. As an indication and depending on the line, buses leave from the central station every 15 minutes.

  • generally from 5:30 to 22:30, each line observes its own times
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,10
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 3,50, weekly € 12,50

Lightweight meter

The Light Metro network is spread over about 6 km e connects the historic city center with the Arechi Stadium in about 15 minutes. The stations are located in strategic points to serve the most populous and busy districts of the city. The daily runs are 58, from 6:00 to 22:30 approximately.

  • Downloadable map: official site
  • by 6: 00 22 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 2,70, daily weekend € 2,10, weekly € 9,40

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