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, Amalfi, Salerno, and Ischia.
For most of the year, motor vehicles are forbidden on Capri: non-resident vehicles can be embarked for the island only for the months between November and Easter.
Regardless, there isn't much use for vehicles on Capri: there is only one road on the island, and there is excellent public transport.
Getting to Capri from Rome
Getting to Capri from Rome takes at least three hours from the time your flight arrives, and only if you are lucky enough to make all of your connections...otherwise, the trip can take up to half a day! If you are arriving in late afternoon in Rome, consider staying overnight in either Rome or Naples.
From Rome's Fiumicino Airport, take the Leonardo Express shuttle train to the Roma Termini central train station, and from here transfer to a train for Naples.
There are a number of different types of train routes:
- Eurostar Freccia Rossa (TAV): this is the fastest train, taking little more than an hour between Rome and Naples. Tickets cost €40.
- Intercity: this route travels between Rome and Naples in about two hours. Tickets cost around €20.
- Interegionali: this is the most economical route, costing about €10 for a ticket. That said, the trip takes about 4 hours, so we recommend this train only to those travelling 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 then the train to Naples.
Getting to Capri from Naples
In Naples, there are two piers from which ferries to Capri depart: Molo Beverello and Calata di Massa. The Molo Beverello pier is located in front of Maschio Angioino in the Piazza Municipio, the Calata di Massa pier is located further east (to the left, facing the sea).
High speed ferries depart from Molo Beverello, and ferries and slow ferries from Calata di Massa. Ferries and slow ferries are more economical and slower than high speed ferries, and are the only vessels which can embark motor vehicles.
Schedules and prices change often: check again the day before you are scheduled to travel or contact the ferry companies directly, especially in case of rough seas! (When seas are very rough, high speed ferries are often suspended and only ferries and slow ferries continue to run).
Help! I get seasick!
If you are travelling during the summer months, you should have no problems as the sea is generally quite calm.
Regardless, here are some tips:
- Choose a ferry or slow ferry, rather than a high speed ferry.
- Sit in the back rows.
- Don't look out the window, and listen to music.
Getting to the Molo Beverello Port from the Naples Airport
Bus - As soon as you leave the terminal, you'll find the stop for the Alibus, which goes to the center of Naples.Piazza Municipio, a three minute walk to the Molo Beverello pier. Ask the driver to kindly stop right in front of the pier, which they will generally do. The ticket costs €3 and you can purchase it directly from the driver.
Taxi - the taxi stand is located at the exit from the terminal. Request the fixed fare for the port (about €20) and do not accept rides from those who offer them inside the airport, as they are not licensed.
Getting to the Molo Beverello Port from the Naples Train Station
Take a taxi. This is our objective advice, as public transport is crowded and it's not easy to get off at the right stop. Also, to catch a bus you need to walk clear across the piazza to the bus stop. The fixed fare for taxis is around €10.
How long is the sea crossing from Naples to Capri?
- Slow Ferry: 80 minutes
- Ferry: 50 minutes
- High speed ferry: 40 minutes
The most convenient way to reach your hotel
Trains, taxis, ferries, funicular... by this point, you've figured out that getting to Capri from Rome is not the easiest and most relaxing trip. If you'd like to begin your vacation stress-free, then it's a good idea to book a private transfer service. Transfer services to Capri usually include a private car with driver from the airport to the port, a sea crossing by private speedboat to Capri, and a taxi from the port to the hotel. Or you can opt for a helicopter transfer. If you are travelling in a small group, a private transfer can cost more or less the same amount as taking public transport, between train tickets, taxi, and ferry costs. A much better option is to spend the same for a convenient and relaxing private transfer!
Getting to Capri by Helicopter
Helicopter is the simplest and most scenic way to arrive on the Island of Capri. From Naples, Rome, Florence, Sicily, and Sardinia, you can fly by helicopter to Capri using the helicopter transfer service Sam Helicopters. The flight between Naples and Capri lasts about 20 minutes and lands at the heliport at Damecuta in Anacapri. Usually, helicopter transfers can be arranged with the help of your hotel on Capri.
Getting to Capri from Sorrento
Ferries for Capri depart from the Marina Piccola port in Sorrento. The crossing lasts a bit less than half an hour and the routes run frequently in the summer. From the center of Sorrento, there are a number of bus routes to the port, or you can arrive by foot taking the stairs down from Piazza Tasso.
The high speed ferry between Sorrento and Capri skirts a gorgeous stretch of coast, so sit outside on deck or on the left side to really enjoy the view!
Where to Park Your Vehicle Before Embarking for Capri
- In Naples
- Parcheggio Buono at Molo Beverello +39 335 499658
- Parcheggio Brin at Via Marina (then take the bus or taxi to the port) +39 081 7632855
- In Sorrento
- Garage Marina Piccola +081 8781306
- Parcheggio Correale (then take a bus or taxi to the port) Tel. 081 8773022
Getting to Capri from from the Amalfi Coast
From April through October, there are direct ferry routes between Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Feriies to Capri depart from Positano, Amalfi, and Salerno; during the months of July and August there are also ferry routes departing from Maiori.
Schedules are published at the beginning of the tourist season around the end of March, but generally include two or three morning routes from the Amalfi Coast to Capri and return trips in the afternoon. In June, July, and August, there are one or two routes departing from Capri in the morning and from the Amalfi Coast in the afternoon.
Getting to Capri from Ischia and Procida
During the tourist season from April to October, there are direct ferry routes between Ischia and Capri, departing from Ischia in the morning and returning from Capri in the afternoon. There are no routes from Capri to Ischia in the morning.
To get to Procida from Capri, you must transfer ferries on Ischia.
Once You've Arrived on Capri
The first thing we suggest you do is drop off your bags with one of the porter services on the pier.
If your hotel is in Capri, we recommend having the luggage porter service transport your bags directly to your room. The service will cost from €5-12 per bag (depending upon where your hotel is located), which can seem expensive until you consider having to drag bags through the narrow and steep lanes on Capri to begin your vacation...
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.
If your hotel is located in Anacapri, you should take a taxi with your bags. The fare from Marina Grande to Anacapri begins at €25 plus extra luggage fees. Otherwise, above the funicular ticket window you'll find the stop for bus routes to Anacapri, which run often. The alternative is to take the funicular and then the Capri-Anacapri bus. Most of the hotels on Anacapri offer free or economic shuttle services between the port and the hotel: inquire directly with your hotel.
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