Hydrofoils and ferries from Positano to Capri: all you need to know
Here are the timetables for ferries (traghetti in Italian) and hydrofoils (aliscafi in Italian) departing to and from the island of Capri. Routes and timetables are updated in real time and refer to the current week. Crossings are operational from April to the end of October.
Direct hydrofoils from Positano to Capri are available from early April until the end of October. During these months connections between Capri and Amalfi and between the various towns of the Amalfi Coast are also operational.
If you’re planning to visit Italy from November to March, when crossings aren’t operational directly from Positano, you have to travel to Sorrento and take the hydrofoil or the ferry to Capri from there.
The travel time between Capri and Positano is 40 minutes.
How to get to the port of Positano
Positano doesn't have an actual port, but rather just a dock. It's located next to Spiaggia Grande, in via del Brigantino (on the right side of the beach as you're facing the water).
It's easy to get to the dock on foot; all you have to do is go down any of the staircases to the beach, which are located at various points in town. From State Road 163 (where the Sita bus stops) it takes about 20 minutes to reach the dock. If you're going by car, the last point you can reach by driving is Piazza dei Mulini, and from there the walk to the dock takes about 10 minutes.
The entire area is a pedestrian-only zone, so if you need assistance with your luggage, there is a porter service available. People with disabilities should be aware that the entire town of Positano is made up entirely of stairways, which makes accessibility a challenge.
If you're traveling with small children, we advise you to use a sling or baby carrier instead of a stroller.
The offices for ferry tickets of the various companies that offer crossings are located near the dock, adjacent to Spiaggia Grande beach. These ferry companies include Positanojet (Lucibello), Alicost, Alilauro and Navigazione Libera del Golfo (NLG). NLG offers all-day ferry tickets that allow you to visit Capri and Positano in a single day, with departure from Naples, Castellammare, or Sorrento.
Booking a hydrofoil to Capri
The Positano - Capri route is always in high demand and the hydrofoils don't hold a large number of passengers, so we always suggest you book in advance.
Timetables and crossing times for Positano - Capri ferries
The daily round-trip crossing schedule includes two or three trips in the morning from Positano to Capri, returning in the late afternoon. Therefore, this is a service for those in Positano who want to visit Capri in one day. The crossing takes about 40 minutes and offers many panoramic views from the Gulf of Salerno to the Gulf of Naples.
Hydrofoils between Positano and Capri are passenger-only vessels and can't transport motor vehicles. In addition, the Positano docking pier is located in an area that can only be reached on foot. There is a porter service available for transporting luggage, which is especially useful for moving suitcases between the lower and upper parts of town.
If you plan to bring luggage on board the hydrofoil, you'll need to pay a supplement of approximately €2 per bag. You can purchase this luggage supplement directly at the port.
Children up to six years old are entitled to a reduced-price ticket, with fares varying among the different companies
Animals are permitted on board for an additional cost.
How do I get to Capri from Positano?
In high season from April to October there is a ferry service that connects the two locations, with several crossings per day. Alternatively you can get to Capri with one of the many boat tours that depart from Positano. During the winter, from November to March, there are no direct connections and you have to depart from Sorrento to take a hydrofoil to Capri.
How long is the crossing from Positano to Capri?
With the ferry it takes about 40 minutes to cross from Positano to Capri. With the gozzo boats used for tours, the crossing takes about an hour. In both cases, it's a pleasant and picturesque journey.
How much does the ticket cost from Positano to Capri?
A one-way ticket for a direct ferry from Positano to Capri costs about 25 euro.
Once I get to Capri, how do I reach the town center?
From the port of Marina Grande you can take the funicular, which takes you to the Piazzetta in the center of Capri town in a few minutes. To reach Anacapri, there is a bus. If you want to visit the Blue Grotto, you can take a Capri boat tour that brings you directly to the cave entrance. Two other options for seeing the island are a private boat tour or a small group tour. Boats that tour the island's perimeter also depart from the port, passing between the Faraglioni, the island's towering rock formations just off the southern coast.