Sorrento to Capri

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How to get from Sorrento to Capri

Capri’s natural beauty, breathtakingly blue waters, and fascinating culture make it one of the most popular destinations in the Campania region. A stop here is highly recommended especially when you’re already in Sorrento, one of the main jumpoff points to Capri.

Also called “Celebrity’s Playground,” locals vow that many of Capri’s luxury houses are owned by celebrities. And any day, it is possible to find A-list stars lounging in cafes or coming out of one of the many high-end boutiques. But Capri isn’t just for the rich and famous. There’s plenty to enjoy in and around the island even for those on a lower budget.

An advantage of leaving from Sorrento to Capri is that there’s at least one ferry that runs all year round. This isn’t the case from other destinations like Amalfi and Salerno, where ferries bound for Capri are available only during summer.

3 ways to get from Sorrento to Capri

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Direct Ferry20-25 minutes€21 ($22.50)Check ferry tickets
Day Trip8 hours€50 ($54)Book a Day Trip
Private Boat Tour8.5 hours€670 ($725)Book a private boat tour

The easiest and cheapest way to travel the 15 km distance from Sorrento to Capri is via a direct ferry. This takes only 20-25 minutes and costs €22 ($23.50). Alternative options include an 8-hour day trip or an 8.5-hour private boat tour. Rates start from €50 ($54) and €670 ($725), respectively.

The best way to get from Sorrento to Capri is via a 20 to 25-minute ferry. Ticket prices start from €22 ($23.50). You can also take a car ferry if you want to bring a scooter, with rates from €37 ($40).

If you want everything else on the trip to be arranged for you, then you can join a day trip or a private boat tour. Rates start from €50 ($54) per person for day trips and €670 ($725) for private tours for 5 people. These tours usually run for 8-8.5 hours and include side trips to some great spots around the island.

Itinerary from Sorrento to Capri

Sorrento to Capri by Ferry

Duration: 20-25 minutes
Cost: €22 ($23.50)
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Cost: €22 ($23.50)

The easiest and main way to travel from Sorrento to Capri is by ferry. Given the short distance between the two towns, travel time is just 20-25 minutes. Ticket prices start from €22 ($23.50).

There are three main ferry operators on this route. Alilauro offers at least one trip all year round. Meanwhile, NLG (Navigazione Libera Del Golfo) and SNAV are available only during the summer.

Departure and arrival station

Ferries are available at Port of Sorrento, just 500m north of Piazza Tasso in the town centre.

You’ll arrive at Capri Ferry Terminal, the main port on the island. This port is on the north coast and is about 3 km from the town centre.

Ferry schedule from Sorrento to Capri

Ferry OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Alilauro2x departures a day from
08:45 to 09:20
20 minutes€22 ($23.50)
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NLG8x departures a day from
08:30 to 17:05
25 minutes€24 ($26)
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SNAV5x departures a day from
08:20 to 16:35
20 minutes€24 ($26)
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It’s easy enough to buy your ferry tickets at the port, especially on weekdays. But if you’re travelling in the peak of summer, during the holidays, or on weekends, then we highly recommend that you book your tickets online beforehand.

Car ferry to Capri

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: €37 ($40)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: €37 ($40)

The towns of Capri and Anacapri are closed off to traffic for most of the year, but the rest of the island is not. Having a scooter can be useful when travelling between these two destinations and exploring the island’s many beaches.

Scooter rental agencies are available on the island, particularly at Marina Grande. All ferries dock here, so you can see them as soon as you arrive in Capri.

If want to bring a scooter that you rented from Sorrento, you can also do so by taking a Caremar car ferry. Rates for a passenger with a scooter from Sorrento to Capri start from €37 ($40). Travel time is around 30 minutes.

Car ferry schedule from Sorrento to Capri

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
€37 ($40)
Check Ferry Tickets

Note that this service is available to tourists only in the off-peak months of November to March. In summer, only residents are allowed to bring their vehicles to the island.

The ferries depart from and dock at the same ports as the passenger ferries.

Sorrento to Capri by Day Trip

Duration: 8 hours
Cost: from €50 ($54) 
Duration: 8 hours
Cost: from €50 ($54) 

Capri is never short of day-trippers, especially those coming from Sorrento. The advantage of booking a day trip is that you’ll have a local tour guide by your side to show you around Capri’s iconic wonders.

Day trips from Sorrento to Capri usually begin at 09:00 and take around 8 hours. This includes 6 hours of free time on the island. You’ll also have about an hour to take a peek at the Green Grotto and White Cave, among a few others, before heading back to Sorrento.

You can book awesome tours through GetYourGuide with rates from €50 ($54) per person.

Check Day Trips with GetYourGuide

Sorrento to Capri by Private Boat Tour

Duration: 8.5 hours
Cost: €670 ($725) for a group of 5
Duration: 8.5 hours
Cost: €670 ($725) for a group of 5

If you’re travelling with friends or family, you may also enjoy the convenience of private boat tours from Sorrento to Capri.

These usually include 4 hours of boat tour and 4 hours of free time on the island, as well as hotel pick-up and drop-off in Sorrento.

Rates for a boat that can accommodate a group of up to 5 people start from €670 ($725). That’s about €135 ($145) per person.

Check Private Transfers with GetYourGuide

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