How Much We Spent Traveling on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast was where we recovered from so many weeks of traveling through Europe too quickly. It’s such a gorgeous part of Italy, and even though there are tons of activities to do and so many beautiful sights to see, we mostly just sat around enjoying the view. We needed that time to slow down. As a result, we didn’t have too many costs beyond lodging and food. Here’s how much we spent traveling on the Amalfi Coast for a week.
Total Amalfi Coast Spending
595€ / $779.45 – accommodation
32€ / $41.92 – trains
57.20€ / $74.93 – other transportation
212.92€ / $278.93 – food and alcohol
26€ / $34.06 – activities
6€ / $7.86 – miscellaneous
929.12€ / $1,217.15 – total
How much lodging costs on the Amalfi Coast – 595€
We found apartment rental, this time through 9flats.com, in a small town called Minori. When we were looking for a place to stay, we saw a handful in Maiori, the next town over, for just 245€ for a week, but once we realized they didn’t have a view of the sea, we decided to splurge. We’re so rarely in a place with such a gorgeous view, we had to go for it, and I don’t regret it at all. Accommodation costs come out to 85€ per night, which really isn’t expensive especially considering the location.
Train spending – 32€
This was for our train tickets from Naples to Salerno on our way to Minori. There are no trains to the Amalfi Coast itself, so from Salerno we took a bus.
Other transport costs on the Amalfi Coast – 57.20€
Our transportation expenses include the bus from Salerno to Minori for 3.80€ per person, another 3.80€ per person to get back to Salerno at the end of the week, and 5€ per person for round trip bus tickets between Minori and the town of Amalfi. I also included the boat we took from Amalfi to Positano and back, which was 16€ per person round trip.
Food and alcohol costs on the Amalfi Coast – 212.92€
We definitely took advantage of having a kitchen here. Maybe because we were exhausted, maybe because there weren’t tons of options in Minori, maybe we just didn’t want to go up and down 87 stairs too often, but we actually did a great job of minimizing our spending in this category while in Minori.
We ate out a few times and had gelato a few times, but I think we only had alcohol at a restaurant once. Most nights we bought four cheap beers (two each) from the little grocery store near our apartment for a total of 2.80€ and drank them from our terrace and soaked up the view of the sea.
This averages out to just 30.42€ per day, or 15.21€ per person per day. Increase your budget in the food category if you think you’ll eat out more often than we did.
Activities expenses on the Amalfi Coast – 26€
Given our location on the Mediterranean Sea, we decided to spend some time relaxing on the beach. For 10€ we were able to rent two beach chairs and an umbrella for an entire day, which we did twice. Even if we left for a few hours for lunch, we could come back and our chairs were waiting for us. The day we went to Amalfi and Positano, we spent an additional 3€ each to go into the Amalfi church.
We could’ve spent a lot more since there were plenty of things to do. A boat excursion to Capri or other islands was high on our list, but we just didn’t have the energy. If you’re planning on doing more activities, increase your entertainment budget.
Miscellaneous spending – 6€
This was just a few postcards and a souvenir thimble for my mom. We didn’t have any laundry expenses here because our apartment had a washing machine.
The Amalfi Coast can definitely be an expensive part of Italy. But as you can see, if you rent an apartment which allows you to cook, you can save a lot of money. And renting one in a smaller town away from the touristy towns of Amalfi and Positano will save you even more money. Activities can add up quickly if you decide to do more than sit on the beach like we did, but sometimes those experiences are worth the expense. For a week traveling on the Amalfi Coast, Andy and I averaged 132.73€ per day, or about 66.37€ per person per day, and I’ve even impressed myself with these numbers.
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Anne @ Pretraveller
October 26, 2013 @ 9:57 PM
Ali, thanks for sharing your story on how to ‘live cheap’ on the Amalfi Coast.
It is a beautiful part of the world. It just goes to show that you don’t always need to spend an excessive amount of money to have a great time!
October 28, 2013 @ 11:00 AM
Thanks Anne! Exactly, you can definitely spend less and still have a good time. And sometimes being a little outside of the touristy areas can make your trip even more enjoyable!
October 27, 2013 @ 10:07 AM
You got an awesome deal on the beers you bought during your time in Amalfi. What it cost you for four it costs me here in Australia for one Corona and that’s buying it at Aldi in a box of 24! You managed to do really well with your food and drink spending overall 🙂
October 28, 2013 @ 11:06 AM
To be fair, these beers were even crappier than Corona, and they were cans. But yes, definitely cheap! The Amalfi Coast was our best effort at minimizing our spending, especially in the food and alcohol category. AND one of our favorite places on the entire trip!
October 28, 2013 @ 11:10 AM
Yes you did really well. About 15-20 dollars per person per day. That’s excellent for food and beverage on the road in Europe. Most people blow their budget completely when on the road in this category. And yes Corona is a crappy beer when you compare it to the Belgian beers and what craft/microbreweries can produce. But it just goes to show how well you managed your budget and how much we get ripped off for beer and wine here in Australia.
November 29, 2013 @ 12:03 AM
That’s definitely not bad for a week of travel for two. The Amalfi Coast is on my list of places I’d like to get to some day. I totally wouldn’t mind if we spent it the same way, although I wouldn’t hold my breath as my husband doesn’t really like the beach.
November 30, 2013 @ 12:05 PM
I hope you do get there, the Amalfi Coast is gorgeous!