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How to Get to Capri Island, Italy

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Arriving in Capri at Marina Grande

Arriving in Capri at Marina Grande

Whether you’re heading to Capri for an extended stay or just for the day, you’ll be faced with the same question: what’s the best way to get out to the island? There really is only one way to get to Capri, and that’s by boat, which entails taking either the ferry or the hydrofoil. As most visitors heading to Capri leave from either Naples or Sorrento, we’ll focus on how to get to Capri from these two departure points.

The single best piece of advice I can give you for making this trip is to forget about the ferry and stick with the hydrofoil. The ferry may be larger and able to accommodate more passengers, but it takes about 80 minutes to get to Capri from Naples. For a few extra dollars the smaller and much faster hydrofoil cuts the trip time almost in half, and as the goal is to spend as much time as possible on Capri the fastest method of getting there is the way to go.

Departing from Naples

If you are leaving from Naples there are two ports from which to catch boats to Capri. The ferries (slow boats) leave from Calata di Massa while the hydrofoils (fast boats) depart from Molo Beverello. As I am very partial to using the hydrofoils we’ll take a look at how and where to catch the fastest ride to Capri.

Molo Beverello is located very close to the cruise ship port and directly across from the city’s Maschio Angioino Castle in the Piazza Municipio. If you are arriving in Naples from a cruise ship, this is good news as you will have just a five to fifteen-minute walk to the Molo Beverello building depending on exactly where your ship docks. If you are arriving from elsewhere in Naples simply head for the Piazza Municipio.

Maschio Angioino Castle

Maschio Angioino Castle

Molo Beverello is a long rectangular building and is located just to the left of where the cruise ships dock as you are facing Naples. Again, as a reference point look for the castle, you can’t miss it. Once you locate Molo Beverello, if you are facing the building with the Bay of Naples behind you, you want to go around the right side of the building and look for the window that says hydrofoil to Capri tickets. Be sure to bring euros with you as they do not accept credit cards.

Molo Beverello - the long rectangular building

Molo Beverello Departure Times for the Hydrofoil

Times and prices are subject to change depending on the season. Check the official web-site when doing your planning your trip.

Departure TypePrice - euro

5:35

Fast Ferry

20.30

7:00

Hydrofoil

21.70

7:55

Ferry

14.80

8:05

Hydrofoil

21.70

8:35

Hydrofoil

21.70

9:10

Hydrofoil

21.70

9:30

Hydrofoil

21.70

10:10

Hydrofoil

23.00

10:35

Hydrofoil

23.00

11:00

Hydrofoil

23.00

11:35

Hydrofoil

23.00

12:00

Fast Ferry

20.30

Hydrofoil

Hydrofoil

Once you have purchased your tickets you will go around to the other side of the building where you are now facing the Bay. To the left, you will see an electronic display board that should show you the hydrofoil departure times and the dock from which they depart. Locate your dock, they are numbered, and don’t worry if the hydrofoil is not there yet, they come and go very quickly. While you are here keep an eye on your belongings, with so many tourists gathered in one spot this area is notorious for pickpockets.

Tickets on the hydrofoil from Naples to Capri cost about 20 euro for a one-way ticket and about 40 euro for a round-trip ticket. There is no discount for the round-trip ticket. The ride takes about 45 to 50 minutes.

Most cruise ships arrive in Naples early, ours docked at 7 am. To maximize your time on Capri you should plan on getting on the 8:05 or 8:35 hydrofoil. Give yourself a good thirty minutes to leave the ship and get to Molo Beverello to get your tickets. Remember that the port of Naples can accommodate up to five cruise ships daily and each hydrofoil can hold just 250 passengers.

Leaving Naples

Leaving Naples

Departing from Sorrento

If you are departing from Sorrento then you will be leaving from Marina Piccola. The trip is just 20 to 25 minutes on the hydrofoil and during the peak summer months crossings are very frequent, every thirty minutes or so. The ticket office is located at the bottom of the hill coming from Piazza Tasso in Sorrento and just in front of the docks, you can’t miss it. You can walk down the road from Piazza Tasso or there are steps that will lead you down the hill.

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Departing from Marina Piccola is not quite as busy and hectic as it can be leaving from Naples but you’ll still want to arrive about thirty minutes prior to your departure time. A one-way hydrofoil ticket from Sorrento to Capri will cost about 20 euros. For a round-trip ticket, the cost will be about 40 euros.

Marina Piccola with Mount Vesuvius

Marina Piccola with Mount Vesuvius

Marina Piccola Departure Times for Hydrofoil

Times and prices are subject to change depending on the season. Check the official web-site when planning your trip. This is the Winter schedule, Summer schedule starts around Easter.

DepartureTypePrice - euro

7:15

Hydrofoil

19.50

7:45

Fast Ferry

16.90

8:30

Hydrofoil

19.50

9:25

Fast Ferry

16.90

9:50

Hydrofoil

20.70

10:45

Hydrofoil

20.70

11:45

Hydrofoil

20.70

Arriving in Capri

All ferries and hydrofoils arrive in Capri at the same location, Marina Grande. Once you arrive you will have to walk along the pier to the center of the port area and from here you have a few options. If you are heading up the hill to the town of Capri, you can either take the funicular, a bus, or a taxi. The other option is to head to Annacapri on the western side of the island via bus or taxi. If you have a boat tour of the island scheduled then you are in the right place as most tour outfits are located right here in Marina Grande.

Marina Grande - Capri

Marina Grande - Capri

Funicular

The funicular will take you up to the town of Capri and takes just five minutes, but you must first purchase a funicular ticket. As you exit the long walkway from the hydrofoil/ferry the ticket office is located just to your right. The funicular cost about 2 euros each way and they leave every fifteen minutes or so. The funicular is located just across from the docks as you exit the pier.

Capri Funicular

Capri Funicular

Bus

Taking the bus will take a little longer, about ten minutes to Capri and twenty five minutes to Annacapri. The buses can get crowded, especially during the peak months. Also, these are not full size city buses but mini buses. As you make the ride up to either Capri or Annacapri you will see why there are no city size buses here, they simply would not be able to maneuver the winding narrow streets.

•Single ticket: 2 €

•Baggage Supplement: 1,80 €

Marina Grande

Marina Grande

Taxi

The other option is to take a taxi. This will take somewhere between five to ten minutes to get to Capri and will usually involve some negotiating with the driver. Expect to pay about 20 euros depending on how many people and if you have luggage. If you are heading to Annacapri a taxi will run you 20 to 25 euros. I will add that taking a taxi on Capri can be a fun experience. Most of the taxis are open top models and are in excellent condition. It makes for a unique and fun way to get around the island.

Capri Taxi

Capri Taxi

A visit to the Isle of Capri is a must do on any trip to this region of Italy. Whether you're here on an extended tour of central Italy or visiting for a day on a cruise ship, Capri is worth the effort. Not only is it just a fun place to be, but it's beautiful and has some of the most dramatic scenery in all of Italy. No visit to this isle is complete without a trip to the top of Mount Solaro. For the best views of the island take the ride on the Mount Solaro chair lift to the top of Capri.

Enjoy your visit.

Ciao for now.

Capri

Questions & Answers

Question: Is it really possible to take the ferry early from Sorrento to Capri? Then do Blue Grotto and take the bus to Anacapri and then the chairlift? Or is that itinerary just a lot to pack into the day? Is it best to do the grotto first then chairlift or reverse?

Answer: I think you can fit all that into a day. The early ferry leaves for Capri by 7:15 am. If you do the Blue Grotto first you are pretty close to Anacapri so I would definitely do that next. The chairlift is wonderful and the view from the top is stunning. When done in Anacapri take the bus to Capri to explore and visit the Gardens of Augustus. You definitely have time to do all of this in a day. The last ferry back to Sorrento leaves at 7 pm. Good luck, Capri is definitely worthy of a day, it’s beautiful.

Question: Do the hydrofoils that go back to Naples from Capri leave early and on a regular schedule as well?

Answer: Yes, the hydrofoil goes from Capri back to Naples and according to their schedule operates on a regular schedule. The first ferry looks to leave Capri at 6:50 am in the morning. The trip takes 50 minutes and there are departures throughout the day.

© 2013 Bill De Giulio

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