Getting to CapriMap
The only way to reach Capri is, obviously, by sea. Ferries depart from Naples and Sorrento.
During the summer months, there are also ferry routes departing from Positano, Salerno, and Ischia.
For most of the year, vehicles are prohibited from embarking for the island, with the exception of residents. That said, a car is of little use on Capri, so it's always better to leave it on the mainland.
Getting to Capri from Rome
The trip from Rome to Capri can be quite long: a minimum of three hours from when your flight arrives, if you are lucky with all your connections.
From Rome's Fiumicino Airport: the fastest connection between the Rome Fiumicino Airport and the Rome Termini train station is the Leonardo Express shuttle train.
From the Rome Termini train station, there are a number of trains departing to Naples.
- Eurostar Freccia Rossa (TAV): the fastest train, taking little more than an hour between Rome and Naples. Tickets cost € 40.00.
- Intercity: takes a little over two hours for the Rome - Naples route. Tickets cost € 20.00.
- Interegionali: these are the slowest trains, stopping at each station along the route and taking 4 hours to arrive in Naples. Tickets cost € 10.00, but we recommend these trains only to those on a very tight budget.
From the Rome Ciampino Airport: once you arrive at Rome Ciampino, take the bus to the Roma Termini train station and follow the directions above.
Getting to Capri from Naples
Ferries from Naples to Capri depart from two ports: the Molo Beverello and the Calata Porta di Massa.
The Molo Beverello is located opposite the Maschio Angioino, and the Calata di Massa is located about a kilometer to the east (to the left, facing the sea). There is a free shuttle between the two ports.
From Molo Beverello, all high speed ferries depart; from Calata di Massa, instead, ferries and slow ferries depart, the only ferries which transport motor vehicles.
High speed ferries are faster and more expensive than ferries and slow ferries. The ticket for the high speed ferry from Naples to Capri costs around €19, while tickets for the ferry and slow ferry cost around €15.
The schedules for ferries to Capri change often: always double-check a few days before your departure or contact the ferry company directly, especially in cases of rough seas!
Tickets can be easily purchased directly at the pier of departure, but we recommend arriving early at the pier during the months of July and August and during the weekends to avoid the risk of finding tickets sold out. Tickets can also be purchased in advance online through TraghettiLines service. You will still have to stop at the ticket window before boarding to pick up your tickets, however. There is a small surcharge for baggage.
Help! I get seasick!
In summer, the sea in the Gulf of Naples is usually very calm, so you should have no problems if you are visiting Capri during those months. That said, here are some tips:
- Choose a ferry or slow ferry, rather than a high speed ferry.
- Sit in the center of the back rows.
- Don't look out the window, but stare at a fixed point directly in front of you or, even better, close your eyes and listen to music.
How long is the sea crossing from Naples to Capri?
- Slow Ferry: 80 minutes
- Ferry: 50 minutes
- High speed ferry - Catamaran: 40 minutes
Getting to the Molo Beverello Port from the Naples Airport
Bus - Outside the exit of Terminal 1, the Alibus shuttle bus departs for the center of Naples. Tickets cost around €4 and can be purchased directly on board. The trip lasts about 40 minutes. The bus stops at Piazza Municipio, about a 3 minute walk from Molo Beverello.
Taxi - Outside the exit of Terminal 1, there is a taxi stand with licensed taxis. Do not trust anyone who approaches you offering taxi service inside the airport. Before departure, request the fixed fare for the port (about €20).
Getting to the Molo Beverello Port from the Naples Train Station
A number of buses depart from Naples' main Piazza Garibaldi train station for Molo Beverello, but given the crowding and the lack of clear signage for the stops, we strongly suggest taking a taxi. The taxi stand for licensed taxis is located at the station exit; before departing, request the fixed fare for the port (about €10).
Useful websites for the airport and buses:
Getting to Capri by Helicopter
Sam Elicotteri offers helicopter transfers and excursions between the Island of Capri and the Naples airport, and all the major cities in central Italy including Rome and Florence.
They can also fly to the most important destinations along the Amalfi Coast, the Gulf of Naples, Sicily and Sardinia.
Helicopter transfers are a particularly scenic, convenient, and fast way to reach Capri, cutting travel time dramatically.
Getting to Capri from Sorrento
Ferries for Capri depart from Sorrento's Marina Piccola port. There are more frequent routes in the summer (departing about every 30 minutes), and the crossing lasts about 25 minutes.
You reach the port of Sorrento by climbing down the stairs from Piazza Tasso. It's a short climb, but can be strenuous on the return trip back up, so take one of the shuttle buses running to Piazza Tasso or the elevator to the Villa Comunale.
The high speed ferry between Sorrento and Capri skirts a gorgeous stretch of coast, so sit on the left side to really enjoy the view!
Once You've Arrived on Capri
Once you've arrived on Capri, hire a porter service right on the dock if you have a number of bags, which will transport all your luggage directly to your hotel. It is a service that costs €5 - 10 per bag, which may seem expensive until you realize how steep and narrow the lanes on the island are. You will consider it money well-spent, we guarantee!
To reach the Piazzetta, you can take the funicular (which departs directly opposite the pier; the ticket office is to the right) or one of Capri's open-top taxis. The fare for a ride between the port and the Piazzetta is about €15. Just past the ticket office, there is the bus terminal where buses for the center of Capri town and Anacapri depart.
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