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Planning a trip to Capri and want to know how to get there in the most efficient way?. If so, fantastic, you are in the right place! There are only two ways to reach Capri, which are by boat or helicopter.
It doesn’t matter if you travel from Naples, Rome or any other Italy’city, you won’t have the choice but to sail or fly. But don’t worry, it’s fun and not as complicated as you may think it is. In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to get to Capri, Italy.
From Naples to Capri
Via Ferry: From Naples to Capri ( 50 minutes)
Capri is an island located south of the Gulf of Naples, and the most economical way to get there is by taking a ferry. Getting a boat to Capri would be an easy feat considering that the Port of Naples is one of the busiest and largest in the Mediterranean Sea Basin.
Two ferry options can get you to Capri from the ports, the Aliscafi high-speed ferry and the Navi ferry. The Aliscafi offers daily departures from Molo Beverello Port and the fastest way to get to the island by sea.
Navi ferries depart from Calata Porta di Massa and can be an alternative if you’re looking for bargains and affordable rates.
From Naples Airport to Naples Port
Via Alibus: From Naples Airport to Naples Port (40 minutes)
If you’re coming from Naples Airport, exit out of Terminal 1 to reach either the taxi stand or the bus stop.
The Naples Airport Bus is a reliable and affordable option that will take you directly to Piazza Municipio, a square situated in the heart of the city.
It will be a 40-minute journey that will stop for a few minutes at Central Station to pick up a few more passengers. From the piazza, you can then take an approximate 3-minute walk to the ports of Molo Beverello and Calata Porta di Massa.
Via Taxi: From Naples Aeroport to Naples Port ( 9 minutes)
If you prefer to transfer from the airport to the port by taxi, you may do so but choose the licensed ones and arrange a fixed rate.
From Naples Train Station Naples Port
Via Alibus: From Naples Train Station to Naples Port ( 20 minutes) – Via Taxi: From Naples Train Station to Naples Port ( 9 Minutes)
The most convenient way to get from Naples Central Train Station to Molo Beverello and Calata Porta di Massa is via taxi. You can also ride the Naples Airport Bus that stops at the Central Station.
For an easier route, you can choose to travel via subway. In a course along Piscinola, take the transit line 1 and then get off at the Piazza Municipio. The piazza is just a short walk to both Molo Beverello and Calata Porta di Massa.
From Ischia and Procida to Capri
Via Ferry: from Procida to Ishia (25 minutes) – Via Ferry: From Ischia to Capri (2h 35 minutes)
If you’re coming from Procida, you can get to Capri through Ischia. There are ferries that can take you from Procida to Ischia in just about 25 minutes. Once you arrive in Ishia, take a ferry to Capri.
If you want a faster journey, you may take the hydrofoils, which are 10 minutes faster compared to the ferries.
The ferries leave in the morning from Ischia and depart from Capri in the afternoon. These routes are also available only during summer from April to October.
From Almalfi Coast to Capri
Direct Ferry ( 50 Minutes)
Amalfi Coast is located in the Gulf of Salerno in the South of Italy and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are direct ferries that can take you to Capri in 50 min, but consider that the schedules for this route can vary due to weather and other external factors. There are 3 ferries per day that sail from Sorrento to Capri.
Via Bus: from Amalfi Coast to Sorrento (1h40min) + Walk: From Piazza Giovani Batista Decurtis to Sorrento Port (10 minutes)+ Ferry: from Sorrento to Capri 30 minutes
You can also take the bus 5070 from Amalfi Coast to Piazza Giovani Batista Decurtis(Sorrento). From there, walk around 10 minutes to the port, then take a ferry to Capri.
Taxi (40 minutes) + Ferry (30 minutes)
Another option is to take a taxi from Piazza Flavio Gioia directly to Sorrento port and take a ferry to Capri. If you travel in the low season, you may arrange a private boat tour or hire a skippered boat.
From Rome to Capri
Via TAV Train or Eurostar Freccia Rossa: From Roma Termini to Naples (1h 10 minutes)
To get to Capri’s island, you have to travel via train from Rome Termini Station to Naples and then hop on a ferry to Capri.
The distance from Rome to Naples is only 140 miles. All trains in Naples leave from the Roma Termini central. The fastest option is the Eurostar Freccia Rossa or TAV, which can get you to Naples in just an hour and 10 minutes.
Via Train: From Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale (1h12 minutes) – Via Subway: From Napoli Central to Naples (5 minutes) – Via Ferry: from to Capri ( 50 minutes)
Intercity is a regional train, and this route will get you to Naples in two hours. If you want to enjoy the view on your way to Naples, you can choose the Interegionali Trains, which is much slower and most economical.
Via Train: From Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale ( 1h13minutes) – Via Alibus: From Napoli Central to Naples (20 minutes) – Via Ferry: From Naples to Capri: 50 minutes)
The train will get you to Naples in four hours and will allow you to marvel at the beauty of the Lazio and Campania regions. Be aware that some of these regional trains stop in Cassino or Latina, and if you take this route, you may need to transfer trains.
From Sorrento to Capri
Via Ferry: From Sorrento to Capri ( 30 minutes)
The crossing time from Sorrento to Capri takes approximately 25-30 minutes. In the summer, ferries are more active and offer service transfer about every 30 minutes.
From Sorrento city center, you can get to the port of Marina Piccola by going down the stairs from Piazza Tasso, but know that it will be more challenging to climb all these steps back on your return.
If you want to skip the stairs, you may take the shuttle buses or a lift from the Villa Comunale for €15, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Sorrento.
Get to Capri Via Helicopter
The fastest way to get to Capri is by helicopter. Of course, it’s the most expensive option, but it shortens your travel time and saves you hassle with crowded public transportation.
Some companies offer exciting excursions and transfer by helicopter from Naples airport to Capri, including Florence, Rome, and many other Italy’s cities. The helicopter service usually includes pick up from your hotel or airport, which is convenient.
Private Transfer vs. Regular Transfer?
Private transfers can provide you the ease of travel. Regular transfers to Capri will demand you to endure the hardship of public transportation. You will need to transfer multiple times just to get to the ferries.
And when you finally get on board, the boat will be packed with people. If you opt for a private transfer, you will get to your ferry or vessel without the hassle, and you won’t have to worry about carrying heavy suitcases.
- A pleasant way to explore Capri island’s beauty and all its attractions without dealing with public transportations is on an organized day trip. An 8-hour day tour offers pick-up service from the airport or hotel on a comfortable coach and includes a local professional guide, boat ride, and delicious snacks, beverages, and lunch. You also get plenty of time to explore the island on your own or take a short boat ride to the Blue Grotto before traveling back to your destination.
- If you’re planning to bring your car or motorbike, know that private non-resident vehicles are not allowed on the island during the peak tourism periods. Capri has one road, the Provincial Highway, and it has fully operational buses for commuters. Upon your arrival on the island, you may use a porter service to move your luggage from the dock straight to your accommodation. It will not be cheap, but you will definitely appreciate the service, especially when you have the road’s steep condition.
- It’s worth mentioning that the ferry companies change ferry status quite often due to sea conditions, so I would highly recommend checking them the day before traveling.
- If you want to avoid suffering from seasickness, slower ferries will be a better option for you. You might want to consider taking the middle seats at the back row and enjoy the breeze for the entire journey.
Getting to the Capri islands can be easy if you plan your route well. However, if you are loaded with baggage and not on time, the whole trip can turn into a disagreeable adventure. If you want to avoid traffic, public transportations, crowds, and heat, a private transfer would be the best option. It will surely save you time, hassle, and in some cases, money too!
Have you been to Capri? If so, How did you get to the island? I would love to know!