To get to the center of Capri from Marina Grande, the fastest method is the funicular, which climbs uphill through lemon groves and drops you directly in the Piazzetta.
Funicular Marina Grande - Capri
- Departures: every 15 minutes (more often at peak times).
- Duration: 15 minutes
- Prezzo del biglietto: 2,00 €
- Current Funicular Schedule
The Marina Grande ticket office is not located at the entrance to the funicular, but at the end of the arrival pier to the right (facing land), near the high speed ferry ticket offices. You can also bring small pets on board. To transport large suitcases, you must purchase a supplement ticket.
The funicular closes from January through March for maintenance. During these months, you'll need to take the substitute bus route.
Don't picture large city buses: public buses on Capri are minibuses which carry about 10 passengers seated, as large buses wouldn't be able to navigate the narrow island lanes! In the summer, they are almost always crowded and there are often long lines at the bus stops, though the routes run more frequently.
- Single tickets: €2.00 (2,50 2.50 euros if purchased on board)
Bus Routes and Times
Usually, bus routes run every 15/20 minutes, though more often in high season.
- Capri-Anacapri - 15 minutes
- Capri-Marina Piccola - 10 minutes
- Capri-Marina Grande - 10 minutes
- Marina Grande-Anacapri - 25 minutes
- Marina Piccola-Anacapri - 25 minutes
- Marina Piccola-Anacapri - 25 minutes
- Anacapri - Punta Carena Lighthouse - 20 minutes
Il capolinea degli autobus a Capri si trova a Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria (lungo Via Roma, nei pressi della Piazzetta). Il terminal degli autobus ad Anacapri è a Piazza della Pace (meglio nota come "Piazza Cimitero". Se venite da Capri e dovete cambiare autobus per andare alla Grotta Azzurra o al Faro non scendete quando l'autista urla "Anacapri", quella è Piazza Vittoria, aspettate la fermata successiva.
If you are taking the bus from Anacapri towards Capri and there is a long line at the Piazza Vittoria bus stop, walk up Viale De Tommaso to board the bus at one of the preceding stops. This way, you'll be sure to board rather than risk having to wait for the next bus due to overcrowding!
And if I want to walk?
If you'd rather walk, you can almost always skip the bus and funicular.
Especially in the summer when the lines waiting to board the bus at the bus stop can stretch for a block, it may be a better option to strike out on foot. Remember that any walk you take on Capri is bound to be scenic!
- Capri - Marina Grande: 15 minutes or less. The road begins at the Piazzetta behind the clock tower, then follow the signage for the port.
- Marina Grande - Capri: 30 minuti - Prendete la stradina che sale di fronte alla "banchinella", l'attracco delle navi e dei traghetti (molo 21).
- Capri - Marina Piccola: it's not worth the effort to take the bus! Just walk there by taking the Via Mulo stairs down to the port, which begin at Due Golfi.
- Anacapri - Marina Grande: 20 minutes along the spectacular Scala Fenicia stairway, which begins at the gardens of Axel Munthe's Villa). There are around 1,000 steps that are quite high, so you need to be in good shape!
- Capri - Anacapri: 1 hour - Note: all uphill!
- Anacapri - Capri: Half an hour - Keep a close watch for the staircases that are a shortcut!
Taxis are available at he port and in the town centers, but can also be hailed along the road or by telephone. Taxi drivers on Capri are usually friendly and courteous, and are often excellent de facto guides for visitors who have little time and want to see the sights on the island of Capri in as little time as possible.
Taxis carry 7 passengers and are often open-top, for a great island experience. Throw on a scarf and sunglasses and feel like a Hollywood star! Fares are metered, though there are fixed fares for common routes. For a ride around the entire island, you can bargain with the driver to come up with a rate depending upon the season, the length of ride, route, and number of passengers.
How much does a taxi cost on Capri?
The trip from the port to the center of Capri costs about €20, including bags. Island taxis can transport up to 6 people. If you are travelling in a small group, it's cost-effective to book a taxi. Here are all the fares for taxis on Capri:
Do you want to call a taxi?
- Taxi Anacapri, Piazza Vittoria - Tel. +39 081 8371175
- Taxi Capri, Piazza Martiri D'Ungheria - Tel. +39 081 8376657
- Radio Taxi Capri - Tel. +39 081 8370543 (24h)
Renting a Scooter
Travellers can rent a scooter to explore the island in Marina Grande, Capri, and Anacapri. Rental times vary from a few hours to an entire day or even a number of days, in which case you can bargain down the price.
The Mount Solaro Chairlift
Fasten the safety bar, let your feet dangle in the thin air, and enjoy the ride up from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri to the top of Mount Solaro at 589 meters above sea level. At the top, you can take in the view over the historic center of Capri, the Faraglioni sea stacks, and Mount Tiberius all the way to Punta Campanella and the Sorrento Peninsula.
The ride lasts 12 minutes and all the seats are for a single passenger. Children can be carried on an adult's lap, but keep in mind that the seats are suspended in mid-air with just a safety bar, so it would be easy to slide out. We suggest carrying infants in a front pack carrier and avoid the ride with toddlers who have a hard time keeping still. There is staff at the top and bottom to help you climb on and off.
Mount Solaro Chairlift Hours
- From March to October: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- From November to February: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
- From March to April: 9:30 am - 4 pm
- Prices: €11 roundtrip, €8 one way. Children 7 and under: free.
We suggest purchasing a one way ticket up to the top and then walking down, passing through the valley of Cetrella where there is the historic residence of the writer Compton Mackenzie and the hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella overlooking the sea.
Getting Around by Sea
To visit Capri by sea, you can rent canoes, rubber dinghies, or traditional wooden gozzo fishing boats with sun awnings and coolers, or speedboats with or without a skipper. During your sail, you can stop at one of the waterfront restaurants along the coast, bring along what you need for a picnic onboard, or ask your skipper to arrange for provisions of the best local specialties, including sweet peaches, savory mozzarella, and local island tomatoes.
A more economic alternative to renting a boat privately is booking an organized group tour. The standard tour of the island lasts about two hours, including a visit to the Blue Grotto on board a small rowboat. The time it takes to visit the Blue Grotto depends on how much of a crowd there is on the rowboats, which can only enter a few at a time.
If you arrive on Capri on board your own boat, you can moor at the Marina in Marina Grande. For those who choose to drop anchor, it's best to stop at least 300 meters from the coast.