Planning a visit to Capri? Capri is a gorgeous island that is super easy to visit if you’re already staying in the nearby coastal towns of southwest Italy. With these costal towns we mean Sorrento, Amalfi, Naples, Positano or any nearby towns.
Although many travellers stay on Capri for several days, there are also many that decide to visit Capri for only one day. The main reason for this are the high cost of staying on the island. A one-night accommodation can easily set you back €90. This is about €50 more expensive than staying in the mainland towns.
Can you explore Capri in just one day?
If you make it a full day, you can get to see a lot of what Capri has to offer. With a well-organized journey, you can explore Capri’s best spots in around 8 hours.
It is possible to plan this day trip yourself, but as we explain later, it is often much easier (and cheaper) to join an organized day trip to Capri.
You can choose from many tour operators on the mainland that offer day trips to Capri – each with varying prices, inclusions and level of luxury.
Our favourite tours to Capri Island
In this post, we’ve summarized the most important stops per tour as well as the costs and duration of the trip. Not to forget about the tips to make the most of your daytrip in Capri!
For the quick deciders among us, we won’t let you wait any longer. When you book one of these suggested tours below, you can’t go wrong:
Departing from Sorrento (the best location to leave from)
If you rather do some research before booking one of the suggested tours, don’t worry. We got you covered!
As each tour operator has a unique offering, you want to make sure you book with an organization that offers good value for money. Whether you are looking for a more luxurious trip or just searching for a trip that offers the most value for money, there are a few things to consider:
What is the best place to depart from for a day trip to Capri?
Joining an organized tour or do it yourself?
Additional expenses on Capri Island?
Do you also get to explore the towns on Capri Island?
1. The lowest priced day trips always depart from Sorrento
To find the best destination to depart from, we compared all the Capri daytrips we could find from most popular destinations on the Italian coast.
The result? We consistently found that the lowest priced tours are always leaving from Sorrento.
The reason why tours are cheaper from Sorrento is because Sorrento has the closest proximity to Capri. With the high speed ferry, it’s only a 20 minute ferry ride from Sorrento to Capri.
2. Organised day trip are cheaper than DIY
It’s very possible to do a day trip to Capri on your own. There are plenty of ferries going into the island of Capri in the morning and back in the afternoon.
However, ferry trips are expensive.
Even from Sorrento – the closest city on the coast – the boattrip to Capri already costs €21 ($25) for the 20 minute ferry ride. This means €42 ($50) for a return ticket and that doesn’t include a boat trip around the island. A basic boat tour around the island will cost at least another €18 ($21).
In comparison, this highly rated day trip from Sorrento to Capri costs only €45 ($54). That includes roundtrip transfers, a guide and the boat tour around the island.
It’s also worth noting that day trips to Capri aren’t like the usual group tours. Instead of having a set schedule where a guide controls everything, you will have a lot of free time to explore Capri Island and enjoying the views!
3. Be prepared to pay at least €30 for an average dinner
Capri’s rugged beauty makes it true paradise – and a high-end one. It’s a haven not just for nature lovers, but also luxurious travellers. Its many posh boutiques and lavish celebrity houses are a testament to that.
There’s no going around it, Capri can be very expensive. It has been the island of the rich and famous for many many years – from Roman times until today.
See here a list of approximate prices on Capri Island:
Dinner: From €30
Beer or glass of wine in Piazzetta: €10
Entrance and sunbed at beachclub: €20
Entrance to Blue Grotto: €14
Return ticket for chair lift to Mount Solaro: €12
Bus ticket to Anacapri: €2
As you can see, it’s easy to spend around 75 euro a day when visiting Capri. That being said, if you are more conscious on your budget, you can still find lower priced restaurants. Having a pizza for around 10 euro is still possible and you can even enjoy a coffee with pastery for only a couple of euro’s if you get it standing up.
Moreover, some daytrips already include drinks, food or entrances to some attractions.
4. Expect to spend 2 hours on the boat, 4-5 hours to explore the island
Capri day trips normally last somehwere between 7 to 8 hours, of which 40 minutes are reserved for the roundtrip transfers from Sorrento to Capri.
Expect to spend 1 to 2 hours on the boat, depending on how long the stops are as some allow swimming and snorkelling. This leaves you with 4 to 5 hours to explore Capri island on your own.
Boat Tour around Capri Island
A boat tour is a must when visiting Capri and that’s why it’s also included in all organised day trips.
With a boat, you’ll have a better view of the island’s rugged landscape and many unique features. These include The Faraglioni, The Natural Arch, and the three grottoes: Green, White and Blue.
You can easily explore most of these spots during the tour, except for the Blue Grotto. Its turquoise blue waters enchant hundreds of tourists daily, so there’s always a long line of boats hoping to get in.
Entry to the Blue Grotto is normally not part of boat tours. Aside from you’ll have to wait a while, there’s also a separate entrance fee of €14 ($16.50).
PRO-TIP: The Blue Grotto is very beautiful, but may not be worth the waiting time – around an hour to get in but you can only stay about 5 minutes. If you want to see it up close, pick a tour that offers a very early departure so that you can get there before the crowd does.
Exploring Capri Island on land
For most organised day trips, you get a boat tour and then a few hours of free time to explore the island on your own.
There’s already plenty to see by just walking around the town of Capri. Window-shopping is a popular activity, as well as celebrity-sighting.
Chair lift to Mount Solaro
If you want to make the most of your time on the island, we recommend taking a bus to the more laidback village of Anacapri (€2 one way). You can get a more intimate look of local life here. From here, you can take a chair lift to Mount Solaro (€12 return ride) for the most amazing bird’s eye view. Grab a bite or a cup of coffee at a lovely cafe in Anacapri before heading back to Capri town.
Your ferry will depart at the same port you arrive in: Marina Grande. Know that you can walk here from town or you can take a funicular(€2 one way). A lovely way to end your stay in Capri, but may not be worth it if there’s a long queue of passengers.
Best-value boat trips to Capri Island
There are several jumpoff points from the mainland when going on a day trip to Capri. As we discussed before, the best would be Sorrento for its proximity.
The boat trip from Sorrento to Capri only takes 20 minutes, which allows you to have more time to spend on the island and less on transport.
– Available only for guests below 30 years old – Roundtrip boat transfers – Boat tour – Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – Snack (cheese and tomato sandwich) – English-speaking skipper – Water sports – Does NOT stop at Blue Grotto
– Hotel pick-up/drop-off –– Roundtrip boat transfers – Afternoon departure for sunset & night experience – Boat tour – English-speaking skipper – Dry snacks – Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – Does NOT stop at Blue Grotto
– Boat tour – Includes a stop at Blue Grotto – Bus tickets to Anacapri – Traditional lunch at La Giara – Chairlift tickets up and down Mount Solaro – Funicular tickets back to Marina Grande – Stops at Blue Grotto, ticket included
Booking a trip at the harbour on Capri Island
Not yet sure if you want to join an organised day trip? You can also decide on that upon arrival on the island. All ferries dock at Marina Grande and you can simply walk into a travel office and book your tour for the day.
Below are some of the favourite local tour operators in Capri that get excellent reviews. You can book the tours at their offices on Capri island or online through their respective websites.
– Non-stop departures from 9:00 to 14:00 – Boat tour (includes stop BUT not entrance to Blue Grotto) – You can also get a separate boat ride directly to and from Blue Grotto only for €17, but that also doesn’t include the €14 entrance fee
– Non-stop departures from 9:30 to 16:30 – Boat tour (includes stop BUT not entrance to Blue Grotto) – You can also get a separate boat ride directly to and from Blue Grotto only for €17, but that doesn’t include the €14 entrance fee
– From 8 passengers – Wooden or modern boats (more expensive) – Stop for a swim and snorkelling masks (upon request) – Ice chest and soft drinks. Wine and prosecco upon request. – Towels and a shower on board – Music (optional) – Sun awning – Stop at the Blue Grotto (optional,doesn’t include the €14 entrance fee)
2 hours to a whole day
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