Arguably one of the most picturesque landscapes that Europe has to offer, the Isle of Capri is the sparkling mountainous jewel of Italy’s south coast. Full to the brim with things to do and incredible nature to explore, Capri remains a bustling hot-spot for travellers from all over the world.
Once you make your way to this sparkling island paradise in the Tyrrhenian Sea, you will have the chance to immerse yourself entirely in the easy-going Italian way of life. With the locals offering boat tours and guided walks, exquisite dining in the much-loved trattoria’s scattered about the island, the option to relax seaside in chic beach clubs, and enough shopping to satisfy the most notorious shopaholics in your life, Capri ticks all the holiday boxes.
Capri from the Mainland
Depending on the time of year you are visiting Italy, you are able to set sail from several locations in the South of Italy that will take you directly to the island by ferry.
During the popular summer months, ferries operate several times daily from the ports in Salerno, Sorrento, Naples, Positano, Amalfi and Ischia. Should you find yourself here in the winter months, ferries still operate daily, however your options are more limited and you’ll have to make your way to Sorrento or Naples.
Italy itself is extremely well serviced with transport options, making it easy to get to where you need to be from the regions of Italy, or other countries around Europe. Regional trains and buses cover most of the mainland, and of course there are options to drive yourself and take in the sites as you go from town to town.
The closest airport to Capri is Naples International Airport. If you’re flying in, this is definitely the most convenient airport to travel from, as you have the option to ferry direct from Naples or jump on a short ferry or train onto Sorrento.
A lot of travellers also travel down from Rome, as it can be cheaper to fly into the countries capital than Naples.
Capri from Naples
The port of Naples is accessible by bus, train, or taxi from the airport.
There are a few types of ferries departing from Naples for Capri. A high-speed ferry departs from Molo Beverello, and the more affordable, slower ferries depart from Calata di Massa. Whilst you probably won’t need a car while visiting Capri (it’s actually forbidden to drive there for most of the year, and public transport works a treat) the slow ferries do allow you to embark with a motor vehicle in the cooler months.
The high-speed ferry from Naples takes about 40 minutes to reach Capri, regular ferries take 50 minutes, and the slow ferry will take 80 minutes.
Capri from Sorrento
A slightly quicker route is catching the ferry from Sorrento, as the closer location to the island means it only takes about 25 minutes. You can reach the port of Sorrento – Marina Piccola – by bus, taxi or walking, and ferries run most frequently during summer.
Capri from Rome
If you’re trying to get the most out of your days in Italy and want to travel down from Rome, you need to allow about 3-4 hours of travel time from Rome to Capri.
You will need to get the train or bus from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, Naples or Sorrento, and ferry across from there. It’s a big day of travel, but luckily for you the public transport is air-conditioned and comfortable, and the lush scenery means the time flies by!
Regardless of which town you are travelling to the island from, be sure to try and a secure a seat with a great view on the ferry, as the sights of the glistening water and grand coastline as you sail into Capri are magnificent.
Once in Capri, the island becomes your paradise. Be sure to check out the iconic Blue Grotto, enjoy an afternoon Spritz in the sun, and take the Monte Solaro Chairlift in Anacapri for scintillating ocean views.