General information about Capri

Everything you need to know about Capri, before you start your journey

The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about Capri.

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Where exactly is Capri?
Capri is an Italian island in the Bay of Naples, close to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Map of the Island
How big is the island of Capri?
The island is 10sqkm (more or less three times the size of Central Park).
What are the main towns called?
The island has two towns: Capri and Anacapri: Capri spreads out from the Piazzetta whilst Anacapri is situated high up, on the slopes of Mount Solaro. The other residential area is located in Marina Grande, around the port.
Is it best to stay in Capri or Anacapri?
It all depends on what you want from your holiday on the island of Capri. The town of Capri is the most glamorous: this is where you'll find the biggest selection of designer shops, night clubs and, of course, the famous Piazzetta: the center of the island's glitzy social whirl. Anacapri is much quieter and, in general, less crowded than Capri. Attractions in Anacapri include Monte Solaro, the Grotta Azzurra and the Punta Carena lighthouse.
Wherever you choose to stay, bear in mind that getting from one to town to the other is both quick and simple: buses run between the two every 15 minutes and the journey takes a mere 10 minutes.
Timetable Autobus Capri - Anacapri
What's the best time of year to visit Capri?
Summer (June to August) is the busiest season of the year. August registers the greatest number of tourists on the island, with an average of 20,000 arrivals per day. That's a lot of people for such a small island and at times the crowds of visitors make walking along the narrow little lanes of Capri difficult. Fortunately, even in peak season, the island is always relatively peaceful in the evenings, once the day trippers have departed. April, May, September and October are our favorite months: the weather is wonderful (it's warm enough to swim but never stiflingly hot) and hotel rates are significantly lower.
In the winter, the island is incredibly quiet and peaceful. The absence of tourists means you get to enjoy the beauty of Capri, all to yourselves. Apart from the cooler temperatures and the increased likelihood of rain, the main problem with visiting Capri out of season is that great part of the island's hotels and restaurants close during winter. This said, a growing number of B&Bs, restaurants and bars now stay open for business all year round, both in Capri and Anacapri.
How long does it take to visit the Island of Capri?
The island of Capri is a popular destination amongst day trippers arriving from nearby Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. In our opinion, if you want to experience the best of the island, one day is not enough. In the summer, and especially during the central hours of the day, the island is crowded and it's not until evening falls, when the majority of tourists have departed, that you'll be free to explore the island at leisure.You'll need at least three, if not four, days to experience the true nature of Capri and Anacapri.
What's the weather like on the island of Capri?
The island of Capri is famous for its mild climate. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August (22-26 C). December, January and February are the coldest months (9-13 C).You may get caught out by the occasional summer storm, in August.
Average temperature on Capri
Are credit cards accepted and are there cash dispensers in the island?
On the island of Capri, as in the rest of Italy, the currency used is the Euro. The majority of retailers and hotels will accept payment by credit card. There are 7-8 cash dispensers on the island, all in the vicinity of the banks.

How to Get Here

Which is the nearest airport to Capri?
Naples Capodichino Airport.
Are there connections between the airport and Capri?
Taxis and buses are stationed immediately outside the airport terminal. Tickets for the "Alibus" to Piazza Municipio (the nearest stop to the port from where boats depart for Capri) cost circa 3 euro and can be purchased from the driver, on board.
Where do I get the boat to Capri ?
In Naples there are two main ports where to board boats to Capri: Molo Beverello (hydrofoils) and Calata di Massa (ferries and fast ferries). You can catch hydrofoils and ferries to Capri from Sorrento too. In the peak summer months, boats to Capri depart from Positano (Amalfi Coast) and the island of Ischia.
Ferry and hydrofoil times to and from Capri
What's the difference between a hydrofoil and a ferry?
Ferries are bigger, slower and less expensive than hydrofoils. Very occasionally, when the sea is rough, hydrofoil services are suspended and you'll need to take a ferry to get to Capri.
Do I need to book or purchase my ticket in advance?
No, you can buy tickets from the ticket office next to the docks up to a few minutes prior to departure. You might have to queue for some time during rush hours (in the morning for outward journeys to Capri), and, especially if you plan to travel in the summer, it's worth arriving at least 30 minutes prior to your boat's scheduled departure time. Should the boat you hoped to catch be full, don't worry: sea crossings in the summer are frequent, and you'll be sure to find seats on the next one.
How long does the journey across the sea to Capri take?
From Naples about an hour, from Sorrento 30 minutes.
What happens if the sea is rough?
If the sea is rough, hydrofoil crossings are suspended. Connections to the island are guaranteed by ferry boat. Seas are rarely rough enough to cause the cancellation of ferry crossings.
Can I bring my car to Capri?
If you bring your car to Capri, you'll need to travel by ferry. Please bear in mind that non-resident vehicles are allowed on the island in low season (from November to March) only. In any case, cars are of little use on Capri, almost all of which is a traffic free zone.

More info
Hydrofoil and ferry times
How to get to Capri

Getting Around the Island

How do I travel around the island?
Funicular train: the train runs between the center of Capri and the port of Marina Grande. The train departs every 15 minutes, more frequently still in rush hours.
Bus: there are various bus lines on the island of Capri
  • Capri - Anacapri
  • Capri - Marina Piccola
  • Capri - San Costanzo (Marina Grande)
  • Anacapri - Grotta Azzurra
  • Anacapri - Faro
In Capri, buses depart from the main bus station in Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria (within steps of the Piazzetta). Buses to the Faro and the Grotta Azzurra depart from Piazza Cimitero, in Anacapri. The journey between Capri and Anacapri takes circa 10 minutes, with departures every 15 minutes (more frequently in peak summer months). You can buy funicular tickets from the ticket office in the port or in the Piazzetta. Bus tickets can also be bought directly from the driver.
Can I rent a car on Capri?
No, there are no car rental companies on the island. Which is hardly surprising, given that for great part of the year, non-resident vehicles are not allowed to circulate on the island. The same does not apply to scooters which, like boats and dinghies, are available for hire in various locations.

For additional information:
Getting around Capri

Sleeping on the island of Capri

Are there any economic hotels on the island of Capri?
Yes, although in high season and at the weekend even the most economic hotel on the island of Capri might cost you as much as a four star establishment on the main land! The best way to bag a bargain is to book in advance and avoid the months of July and August. Check out the offers on our booking engine.
Book a hotel on the island of Capri
How far in advance do I need to book?
If you plan to visit in July or August, you'd be best off booking two or three months in advance. The same applies if you're thinking of coming to Capri over the Easter holidays. Our booking engine allows you to check rates and availability in the majority of the island's hotels. Check availability in Capri's hotel.
How far in advance do I need to book?
The majority of the island's hotels open a few days before Easter and close during the first week of November. Some hotels reopen for the Christmas holidays. A growing number of bed and breakfasts now stay open all year round. Our online booking engine allows you to check room rates and availability, 365 days a year. Check availability in hotels on Capri are open in winter
Is internet readily available on the island of Capri?
The majority of the islands hotel's has an Internet Point or in-room Wi-Fi. If it is not specified on the hotel's website, ask which type of connectivity is available and if charges apply.
Can I bring my dog to Capri?
Yes, dogs are allowed on the island. They should be kept on a lead at all times and their 'business' disposed of in the appropriate manner. Some hotels are happy for guests to bring their pet dogs with them, especially if they are small.
Does Capri have a luggage deposit?
The island's luggage deposit is located in a souvenir shop, directly opposite the docks in Marina Grande. Before leaving your bags, make sure to check the opening and closing times.

Things to do

How much does a cup of coffee cost in Capri's Piazzetta?
A coffee served at one of the tables in the Piazzetta will set you back approximately 4 €. If you drink it stood at the bar, circa 1 €.
How much does dinner for two people cost on the island of Capri?
A 3 course meal (comprised of a starter, a first or a second course, a dessert and a bottle of wine) will cost about 50 € per person. You can easily spend more but are unlikely to spend less.
Are there any cheap places to eat on the island of Capri?
If you want to save money, your best option is to eat in Anacapri where, apart from the island's one and only Michelin starred restaurant, the eateries are generally less expensive than those in Capri. A pizza (margherita or marinara) is always a good choice if you're watching your Euros.
Restaurants and pizzerias in Capri
Which local specialties should I try?
The most famous of the island's dishes are: ravioli capresi, insalata caprese and torta caprese. Ravioli capres are pasta parcels filled with ricotta, pecorino and marjoram. Insalata caprese is a sliced mozzarella, tomato and basil salad. Torta caprese is a wonderfully moist chocolate and almond cake, dusted with icing sugar. Don't forget to try the Capri's legendary limoncello, a sweet liqueur made with the island's lemons.
Recipes from Capri
Are there any discos/dance clubs on the island of Capri?
Capri's night life is not so much about discos as "taverne", small clubs where locals and tourists gather to dance the night away to the sound of live music. The most famous is Capri's celebrity-packed Anema e Core.
Discos and dance clubs in Capri
What kind of clothes should I bring to the island of Capri?
In the summer, as well as a bathing costume, make sure you've got a pullover and a light jacket in your suitcase. In the winter, you'll want a warm jumper and a woolly hat too. Capri is a largely pedestrian island, characterized by cobbled lanes and steep flights of steps, making flat heeled sandals and shoes essential.
What kind of clothes should I bring to the island of Capri?
In the summer, as well as a bathing costume, make sure you've got a pullover and a light jacket in your suitcase. In the winter, you'll want a warm jumper and a woolly hat too. Capri is a largely pedestrian island, characterized by cobbled lanes and steep flights of steps, making flat heeled sandals and shoes essential.
Can I get married on the island of Capri?
Non-residents wishing to tie the knot on the island of Capri can do so by way of a civil or non-catholic wedding ceremony. To be married in one of the island's Catholic churches, both the bride and groom must be resident on the island. Capri's Anglican church performs protestant marriage services for both islanders and non-residents alike.

Travelling with the kids

Does Capri have any beaches suitable for small children ?
Capri has 3 pebble beaches suitable for children: Marina Grande, Marina Piccola and Bagni di Tiberio. Capri's other "beaches" are essentially platforms or sun decks, built on the rocks directly above the sea, where to swim safely bathers need to be strong and proficient swimmers.
Are there places on the island where children can play?
Much of Capri is now a traffic-free zone, making it a safe and pleasant place to explore with small children. Close to the Piazzetta there is a small park, which the islanders call 'I Giardinetti' (little gardens in Italian), where the local children come to play.
Are babysitting services available?
Most hotels will provide a babysitting service, on request. Always check in advance, to make sure.

Surrounding area

I'm staying on the island of Capri for a while, what can I see in the area?
If you're staying on the island of Capri for a week o more, there are lots of places in the vicinity which you can visit in a few hours. The city of Naples, rich in fascinating museums and galleries, Mount Vesuvius and the archeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Sorrento and the legendary towns dotted along the Amalfi Coast: all places which you can easily visit in a day. Another option is to rent a boat, with or without crew, and sail across the water to the island of Ischia, famous for its thermal springs and volcanic mud.

Capri: Tourist Information Offices

CAPRI - Piazza Umberto I - Tel.+39 081 8370686
MARINA GRANDE - Banchina del Porto - Tel.+39 081 8370634
ANACAPRI - Via G. Orlandi, 59 - Tel. +39 081 8371524


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