Want to know how to get from Naples to Capri? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Capri
Capri is one of the most popular destinations in Italy’s Campania region. With its stunning seaside scenery and vibrant culture, the island often makes it on the list of those hoping to make unforgettable experiences along the Italian coast.
Also called “Celebrity’s Playground,” locals vow that celebrities own many of Capri’s luxury houses. And any day, it is possible to find A-list stars cosying in cafes or shopping at one of the many high-end boutiques. But the island isn’t just for the rich and famous. Even for those on a lower budget, there’s plenty to enjoy on and around Capri.
3 ways to get from Naples to Capri
There are three ways to travel the distance of 35 km (22 miles) from Naples to Capri: by direct ferry (55 minutes), day trip (8-10 hours) and private tour (6 hours). The journey takes between 55 minutes - 10h and the quickest way is by direct ferry. The lowest priced tickets start from €21 ($24.50) for the direct ferry.
Most of the ferry services from Naples to Capri are available all year round from morning to afternoon. In summer (June to August), more trips are usually added to accommodate the influx of tourists.
Travel time to Capri is around 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the ferry you choose. Ferry ticket prices start from €21 ($24.50).
Departure and arrival station
All high-speed ferries depart from Naples (Molo Immacolatella Vecchia) in the city centre. There are many ports here, so it’s best to arrive early to make sure that you get to the correct pier for the ferries bound for Capri.
The ferries dock at Capri Ferry Terminal, located about 1 km north of Piazza Umberto I in the town centre.
You can buy your tickets directly at the pier. But if you’re travelling in the busy seasons (April to June & September to October), then we highly recommend purchasing your tickets online prior to your trip.
Note that the waters between Naples and Capri can get rough during winter (November to March). High-speed ferry trips are normally suspended, but regular ferries continue operating unless the weather gets really bad.
Taking a vehicle to Capri?
Duration: 55 minutes
Costs: €46 ($54)
Duration: 55 minutes
Costs: €46 ($54)
Although Capri town is closed off to traffic for most of the year, a scooter can be very handy when exploring the rest of the island, particularly its lovely beaches.
There are already several agencies offering scooter rental on the island. You’ll find them as soon as you arrive at Capri Ferry Terminal.
Are you planning on bringing a scooter you rented from Naples? This is also possible, but only in the winter months (November to March). During the high season, only Capri residents are allowed to bring vehicles to the island.
In addition to its 3 passenger ferry trips, Caremar also offers car ferry trips daily. Fares start from €46 ($50) for a non-resident travelling with a scooter.
If you have limited time and don’t want the hassle of arranging your own transport, you can join a day trip from Naples to Capri.
An advantage of this is that you get to experience the island alongside a knowledgeable tour guide. In these 8 to 10-hour tours, you’ll get to learn things you might otherwise miss when exploring the island on your own.
Day trip rates start from €74 ($87) per person and include round trip transfers, a boat tour around the island, and free time to explore Capri on foot.
Note that some tours don’t include a visit to the iconic Blue Grotto, a luminescent sea cave, due to the long waiting time.
Do you want to explore Capri in your own time? You can do that luxuriously via a private tour. We recommend booking a private boat from GetYourGuide, a trusted travel organiser in the region.
Rates start from €1,900 ($2250) for a group of 8, which is about €240 ($280) per person.
With the captain’s guidance, you can go to the Blue, White and Green Grotto or anywhere you want around the island! It’s quite expensive and shorter than the regular day tours, but we think this is an awesome option if you’re travelling with family or friends.
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