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Naples Ferries and HydrofoilsOne of the best things about living on the Bay of Naples is that there are so many places you can go to by boat. Try a spa on Ischia, do some shopping in Sorrento, see the Blue Grotto on Capri, or have lunch on Procida.

Long distance ferries will transport you to Palermo or Catania in Sicily, Cagliari on Sardinia, the Aeolian Islands, and the Pontine Islands.

Although there are no direct routes, you can also make your way to Positano and the Amalfi Coast. See Gillian’s How to Get to the Amalfi Coast for the various options available.

Numerous high speed hydrofoils (Aliscafi) and passenger and car ferries (Traghetti) leave from Naples Ferry Ports, Molo BeverelloMergellina and Pozzuoli everyday. There are many carriers and their schedules vary by the day of the week and the season so it’s best to check the full schedule in the Il Mattino Newspaper or the Port of Naples, or if you are feeling adventurous, head to the port and grab the next boat out.

Ports Around the Bay of Naples and the Sorrento Coast


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 Ports Around the Amalfi Coast and Salerno Coast


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  1. Marco, January 23, 2013 4:27 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    What is the best way to have a day return from Naples to Ischia? and on average what is the cheapest way for 3 19 year olds?

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      Bonnie, January 24, 2013 11:21 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Marco – the ferry schedules will depend on when you will be in Naples, but typically you can get a ferry to Ischia in the morning and return in the evening. The high speed ferries – aliscafi – cost a bit more than the regular ferries – traghetti. Depending on the carrier, the aliscafi are about 19,00 euro per person and the ferries are about 12,00 euro.

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  2. Lance, February 14, 2013 11:33 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    how do i book a ferry/hydrofoil from sorrento to naples in may on line. Alilauro (supposedly the only firm that books on line) will not take a booking (and by the way the website will not translate into english — picking the english flag which normally would do so, does not).

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      Bonnie, February 15, 2013 6:05 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Lance – we buy tickets at the port on the day and we’ve never had a problem with that. It may be that you are booking too far in advance or that their booking engine is not working at the moment. You could try calling their call centre +39 081 4972238 or you can buy your tickets to Naples the day you arrive in Sorrento. Your other option is to take the Circumvesuviana train to Naples which takes about an hour and 5 minutes. Thanks for the update on the Alilauro website, I’ve adjusted my site accordingly.

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  3. Vicky, March 15, 2013 4:04 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi, Could you explain the difference between OSP (Obbligo di servizio pubblico) and RES (collegamento residuale or Senza obbligo di servizio pubblico (Residuale)) tickets – they are different prices. Online translation and common sense isn’t helping much, espeically with the latter.

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      Bonnie, March 15, 2013 8:44 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Vicky – Thanks for the “please and thank you” :) Which carrier were you trying to get tickets with?

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      Bonnie, March 16, 2013 5:35 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      The way I read it Vicky is that certain runs per day are a required public transport service (OSP), the RES are extra/residual runs for which they can charge a bit more. So, in theory, if you take an “OSP” ferry you should get charged the lower fare.

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  4. Vicky, March 15, 2013 4:05 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    It didn’t post my edited version that had a please and thank you as well :-)

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  5. vale, April 23, 2013 10:52 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    hello,

    i am travelling in positano in 28th of july.
    i am wondering how much it costs to go from naples to positano by boat and also where i can get the timetable and how i can book the tickets.

    thank you

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      Bonnie, April 24, 2013 8:36 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      The best route by sea to Positano is the Metro del Mare, but unfortunately their 2013 schedule is not out yet and I don’t have any news on what type of service they will provide this year, what the fares are, or when it will start. You can keep checking their website.

      http://www.metrodelmare.net

      If you are arriving at the airport, another option would be to take the Curreri Viaggi bus from the Airport to Sorrento (10,00 euro) and then a SitaSud bus to Positano.

      http://www.curreriviaggi.it
      http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/public/tpl/campania/5070.pdf

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  6. Kris10, April 23, 2013 9:04 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Do you have a recommendation on the best way to get from Naples to Positano? I’m flying into the Naples airport (arriving at 12:00) and need to make it to my hotel in Positano. I can’t find any straight ferries to Positano from Naples. Is my best bet to stop in Capri? Is it risky to wait to buy tickets when we arrive in Naples, and then when we arrive in Capri? I’m not sure how accurate the schedules are and if they book up.

    I’d appreciate any help you can give! I’ve been looking online for days!

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      Bonnie, April 24, 2013 8:33 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Kris,

      A lot will depend on when you are arriving in Naples. If you are coming at the height of tourist season, you may find the ferries quite packed. The best route by sea to Positano is the Metro del Mare, but unfortunately their 2013 schedule is not out yet and I don’t have any news on what type of service they will provide this year or when it will start. You can keep checking their website.

      http://www.metrodelmare.net

      If you are arriving at the airport, another option would be to take the Curreri Viaggi bus from the Airport to Sorrento (10,00 euro) and then a SitaSud bus to Positano.

      http://www.curreriviaggi.it
      http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/public/tpl/campania/5070.pdf

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  7. antonio, April 29, 2013 12:15 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    queremos desplazarnos con nuestro bebe de (1 año) a Capri e Ichia. ¿El bebe precisa ticket para los ferrys o viaja gratis?
    Un saludo

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      Bonnie, May 22, 2013 10:40 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Si el bebe ya ha cumplido un ano, entonces si, hay que comprar billete y el cuesto depende de las companias con las que viajais.

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  8. Carlijn, May 22, 2013 11:53 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Can anyone advice me on the best way to get from Napoli to Agropoli arriving around 16.00 at the airport on a saturday in june? I would like to use a ferry (maybe the metro del mare?) but I’m not sure if I understand the timetable correctly. Thank you!

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      Bonnie, May 23, 2013 11:04 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      The Metro del Mare has yet to put out a schedule so I don’t know whether or not they will be running this summer. Your best bet might be the train. http://www.trenitalia.com

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  9. Scott, May 30, 2013 2:07 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hello,

    Just a quick question.

    Me and my partner are going from Naples to Sorrento on 10th June.

    We like the idea of getting boat/ferry down there.

    However seem to be having difficulty finding information which I can understand ie in English lol

    Trying to find times and prices for what we are looking at and how we can get from the airport to where the boats are.

    Thanks in advance

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      Bonnie, May 31, 2013 10:22 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Scott,

      To get from the Airport to the Port is very easy. You can take the Alibus Airport Shuttle. It only makes two stops, one at the Central Train Station and the second at the Port. Here’s the link http://www.napoliunplugged.com/naples-alibus-airport-shuttle.

      If I’m not mistaken, Alilauro runs most of the high speed ferries to Sorrento. At the moment they run about every 2 hours and I’m not sure if service will increase for the summer season. The current schedule is 0900/1100/1300/1505/1715. Tickets are € 12,30 each way.

      http://www.alilauro.it/orari-e-tariffe?route_group_id=3

      There may be other carriers as well, and at this time of year you shouldn’t need to book in advance.

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  10. ernesto vanderlinde, June 10, 2013 12:17 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    hello ,there , i want you to help me with this , ill be tomorrow in naples and i wanna go to amalfi,what is the fastest way to do it ,and can i do it by ferry in this time?

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  11. Nisha, June 11, 2013 4:04 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie

    I will be in Ischia next week, is there an easy way to do a day trip from Ischia to Amalfi directly or will I have to go to Capri first?

    Thanks

    Kind Regards

    Nisha

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      Bonnie, June 13, 2013 7:53 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Nisha – as far as I know Metro del Mare is not running, so yes, I suspect you will have to get a ferry from Capri. http://www.gescab.it/linee/default.asp

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      • Nisha, June 13, 2013 12:51 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Thanks for your help Bonnie

        Nisha

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  12. Hilde, June 11, 2013 11:23 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hello.
    The website for Metro del Mare seems to be infected in some way. I get a warning, saying it’s a “Reported Attac Page”. You probably don’t have anything to with the site, but it seems risky to look into their page for information right now.

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      Bonnie, June 13, 2013 7:55 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      I think the website is down and they’ve not announced any 2013 schedule.

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  13. Jackie, June 16, 2013 12:09 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Can someone just provide best advice if I arrive into port at Naples and would like to go by trains and/or hydrofoils and be able to see Sorrento, Positano (lunch?), and Capri…what is the best routes and order?

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  14. Teresa Smith, July 31, 2013 8:44 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie. It is Molo Beverello port we want for a ferry/hydrofoil to Capri on a Sat. morning (21Sept.) right? There are so many Ports shown, like the big one with many routes showing on Google maps called Molo Immacolatella Vecchia. That Port does show a route going to Capri. But that's not the Port we want, right? I know Metro Del Mare is not running, but do you suggest another ferry company? We're looking to go Naples to Capri one way. Then Capri to Positano one way. Thanks in advance.

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  15. Anonymous, August 22, 2013 9:40 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Buongiorno,

    If I wanted to get from Naples Port down Amalfi. Can I do this directly or do I have to go via Sorrento? I'm looking to start my holiday in Amalfi then work my way back round by bus to Positano, Capri, Sorrento and then back to Naples, including a visit to Vesuvius. Do you think this could work?

    Thanks Andrew

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  16. Jeff, August 28, 2013 9:12 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Do any of these boat lines operate from Naples to Positano from November 1 up through mid November, 2013?

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  17. barry, August 29, 2013 3:37 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi. we are arriving in Naples on Sunday 8 September at 10.00 and want to get the ferry to Amalfi. Can you tell me please the best way to do that?

    Thanks

    Barry

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  18. Gabrielle Doherty, August 31, 2013 7:07 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonny, I want to go from Sorrento to Ischia/Procida on 13th October 2013. Ferry timetables are listed only to September. Does the autumn/winter timetable then begin? I’ve booked accommodation on both islands and want to know that I can get there with ease. Going by sea seems more practical that the train to Naples, then down to the ferry terminal. Any way I can find out now so I can make my plans please? Thanks for your help! Gabbie

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      Bonnie, September 8, 2013 11:36 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Sorry Gabbie – at the moment I don’t have any further info than you do. If you can’t get a ferry from Sorrento to Ischia/Procida and you don’t want to take the train to Naples, you could take the ferry from Sorrento to Naples (about 45 mins) and then go on by ferry to Ischia/Procida.

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  19. zina, September 3, 2013 7:07 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi, we would like to go from Naples to Ischia in September. Could you tell us please can we get any luggage room in a Ferry Terminal and how much it will cost? If not, can we pay for our luggage in a ferry? Thanks.

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      Bonnie, September 8, 2013 10:52 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Zina – though I’ve never used it, from what I understand, there is left luggage at Parcheggio Buono, the parking area at the port. You might want to confirm that with them directly before your arrival.
      http://www.parcheggiobeverello.com/servizi.htm

      In lieu of that, there is left luggage at the Central Train Station.

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  20. MPK, September 16, 2013 6:17 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie: I appreciate your site and have gathered some info. We will be in Rome for several days and are hoping to go to Positano approx 10/27/13 for about a 1/2 day (due to time involved in getting there and back to Rome). What is best way? Rome-Naples-Sorrento-Positano or Rome-Salerno-Positano? We plan on taking the train from Rome to Sorrento or Salerno and then a ferry to Positano – but the question is what ferry and are they running (sites are not clear or they are in Italian, and I’ve tried emails to several to no avail)? Otherwise it will be bus to/from Positano via Sorrento. Appreciate your assist.

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  21. Amanda Harris, October 13, 2013 6:13 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi, thanks for all the information. We are flying into Naples on the 10th November and going on to Sorrento. I am having trouble seeing if the ferries are running on a Sunday and at hat time of year. Is the train our only option?
    Thanks for any hell

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      Bonnie Alberts, October 21, 2013 11:55 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Amanda – yes – I can’t see their schedules for November either, but as far as I know, they run year round, although with less frequency.

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  22. Lindsay, December 17, 2013 9:38 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hello,

    I am hoping to get some tips on how to get from Naples to Sorrento via ferry on March 19th, 2014. We will be traveling from Rome to Naples by train, then can get to the port in Naples via taxi or bus, I believe. Our hotel in Sorrento is in Massa Lubrense, so I am having a difficult time figuring out which ferry line to even focus in on, basically due to unfamiliarity with the area and language barriers. Our hotel in Massa Lubrense has a shuttle service, but I am also unsure what the closest port to Massa Lubrense is where we would have the shuttle pick us up at. Any help regarding the right ferry line to look into to get from Naples to Sorrento, prices and how to purchase tickets will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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      Bonnie Alberts, December 19, 2013 3:30 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Lindsay – you can take the Alibus (tickets are 4,00 euro per person on board) to the port and take the ferry from there. You will want to organise with your hotel to have the shuttle pick you up at the port in Sorrento. You can purchase tickets for the ferry at the port. Here’s a link to the current Alilauro schedule. I don’t know what it will be in March. http://www.alilauro.it/orari-e-tariffe?route_group_id=3

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  23. Claire, January 4, 2014 6:42 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi, please can you advise the best way to travel from Paestum to Naples airport (NAP) on a Sunday (27th April)?

    Thanks
    Claire

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      Bonnie Alberts, January 6, 2014 4:53 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Claire – the easiest way would be by train. You will want to check the schedules with trenitalia.com but you should just be able to show up at the station and buy a ticket. Trains run about once an hour and the journey should be around 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours. From the Central Station you can take the Alibus to the airport.

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      • Claire, January 7, 2014 11:36 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Great thanks Bonnie!

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  24. Tom M, January 25, 2014 7:25 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi,
    I will be arriving in Naples for 2 nights at beginning of May. I would like to take a 1 day tour by Ferry to Positano, but am having trouble finding a direct line to this destination. Does the Metro del Mare run this time of year. If you have another suggestion, please advise. Also, what is your best recommendation for visiting Pompeii. We will have a day to visit the area and sites. Bus or Private Driver?

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      Bonnie Alberts, January 30, 2014 6:44 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Tom – the Metro del Mare did not run at all last year and I don’t know if it will run this year, so there is no “direct” ferry to Positano but as far as I know you can reach Positano by ferry via Sorrento or Capri. I believe GESCAB is one of the carriers the offers this connection http://www.gescab.it/ You’re other option is to take the train or ferry to Sorrento and the SITA bus from there or a train to Salerno and a ferry from there. Regardless of the route you choose, it will probably take you a few hours each way to get to Positano.

      As for Pompeii, you can reach Pompeii by the Circumvesuviana train – http://www.napoliunplugged.com/naples-circumvesuviana-railway/

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  25. Meaghan, January 27, 2014 2:25 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi, I had a question about the Hydrofoil between Naples and Capri. On the SNAV website, when I look at the timetable there are the main departure times that correlate with times I’ve seen on other websites, but there are additional times that are listed at “turistic departures”. Do you know what this means? Are these times open to the public or are they private. Do they only run based on demand?

    Also, I’m planning on buying my return ticket right after arriving in Capri. If you have a ticket, are you guaranteed a spot on the hydrofoil later in the day? Do the hydrofoils run late very often or are they usually on time?

    Thanks for the info!

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      Bonnie Alberts, January 30, 2014 6:49 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Meaghan – I’ve not seen this “truistic departure” before, so I’d need the link to where you are seeing this. Typically you buy a ticket for a specific return time, so yes, as far as I know, you will get on the hydrofoil. They typically run pretty close to schedule, but of course at the height of tourist season or during bad weather, things can be delayed.

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  26. Kirsten, February 12, 2014 5:18 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Bonnie,

    Thanks for answering all these ferry questions! I appreciate it. One more to add to the list. Do you know if there are any direct morning ferries/hydrofoils from Capri going to Amalfi. We will be traveling in May. I was able to find some in the evening but we would like to leave Capri in the morning.

    Thanks again!

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      Bonnie Alberts, February 17, 2014 8:29 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Kirsten – I wish I could be of more help, but that’s because they are operating a winter schedule right now. Service should increase for the spring/summer (it has in years past), and I think the spring/summer schedules will start around Easter so you could try checking back then. Also, you might be able to have your hotel run this down for you.

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  27. Natalie, February 27, 2014 12:21 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,

    We are going to be arriving in Naples on the overnight ferry from Palermo on May 16th and need to head to Sorrento. The overnight ferry arrives at 6:30 AM. Do you know of any boats leaving to Sorrento that early, or would we be better off taking a train or sitting down for some breakfast nearby until 9 am? We will have luggage, so it may be difficult to do much. I tried look at the websites but can’t seem to find any information in English.

    Thank you!

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      Bonnie Alberts, February 27, 2014 8:50 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Natalie – at the moment the first boat to Naples leaves Molo Beverello at 0900, but that very well may change when the spring/summer schedule comes out, probably around Easter. You could check back then to see.

      The port you will be arriving in is a few kms east of Molo Beverello, so assuming everything is on time, by the time you disembark and make your way to the Molo Beverello port, it may well be 0700 or 0730. There are a few coffee bars at Molo Beverello you could have a bit of breakfast and wait for the next ferry out.

      If you decide to take the train, it will take about an hour and 10 minutes from the Circumvesuviana station, which you can reach via the Alibus from the Molo Beverello port or by taxi (10 – 15 minutes) from either your port of debarkation or the Molo Beverello port. The ferry to Sorrento takes about 45 minutes.

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  28. Ann, February 28, 2014 7:34 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,
    I will be arriving in Naples this August. I need help/advice on the followings:

    Ferry from Naples to Amalfi Coast. I prefer to take a ferry without having to go to Capri. I’m having a hard time finding this information. What is the best ferry option? My brother took a ferry from Naples to Amalfi a few years ago without the Capri stop. He then took a bus along the coast back to Sorrento. Please help with the ferry and bus options. I don’t know which bus I should take and where we can catch the bus back to Sorrento from Amalfi.

    I’m thinking of staying at the Renaissance Mediterraneo Napoli. Is the port for the ferry at Beverello. How far of a walk? Is it safe to walk back at night or should we take the train back from Sorrento.

    I also have a question on leaving the hotel to get to Naples Airport early in the morning. I have an early flight leaving Naples at 7:20AM to Venice. We have 2 adults and 3 kids, we probably have to leave the hotel at around 5:30AM. What is the best transportation option for 5 with luggages?

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      Bonnie Alberts, March 3, 2014 7:45 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Ann,

      At the moment I can’t tell you if there will be a direct ferry option to Amalfi from Naples this year. Since Metro del Mare stopped running there have been no direct connections – you have to go through Capri or Sorrento.

      Here’s a link to the bus you are referring to. It is the SitaSud bus – http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/public/tpl/campania/5070.pdf

      The Renaissance Mediterraneo is very near the port, maybe a 5 or 10 minutes walk.

      I’d recommend a taxi to the airport.

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  29. Pam, March 24, 2014 5:04 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Can you tell me if we can get a ferry from Naples to Positano on April 25, Liberation Day? Where will I find a timetable on-line? We’re coming on a cruise ship and don’t want to drive in the holiday traffic.
    Thank you

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      Bonnie Alberts, March 24, 2014 7:18 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Pam – at the moment there are no direct ferries to Positano from Naples and the ferries are operating on winter schedule – so I can’t say if that will change in the spring. Last summer the only routes to Positano were through Capri and Sorrento with GESCAB – http://www.gescab.it/

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  30. michelle w, April 1, 2014 2:58 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie
    We are requiring a transfer from Sorrento to Naples on 24th July to catch a train to Rome (havent booked this yet so flexible here also.) If you have any other suggestions on best way to get from Sorrento to Rome would be interested in hearing that also. Which is the quickest or most comfortable way to get there. How much is the ferry? I have seen a site with a jet boat but cant understand the timetable. Many thanks for your help :)

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      Bonnie Alberts, April 2, 2014 3:28 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      There is a bus that leaves to from the Sorrento Train station and goes to Rome. I think it takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes. I don’t think the summer schedule is out yet though – http://www.marozzivt.it/

      The Circumvesuviana train to Napoli Centrale is about 1 hour 10 minutes and its another hour and 10 minutes to Rome on high speed train, plus wait time – so the bus might be easier.

      If you do a ferry you will have to take the Alibus to the train station.

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  31. Jacky Hood`, April 9, 2014 4:16 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie

    I’m flying to Naples mid-May and heading straight to Positano for the weekend – is there a bus directly to Positano from Naples? The Sorrento bus from the airport leaves as my flight lands! – then back up to Naples for 4 nights. To maximize my time I’m wondering if its a good idea to take the ferry from Positano to Capri early on May 19, spend the day in Capri, and go to my B&B in Naples from there. The question is: do you know if there’s any where at the Capri docks where I could safely stow my luggage? How could I find out?

    And do you know when the May ferry schedule will be available?

    Many thanks for this fabulous website! Its been a great help in researching my trip!

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      Bonnie Alberts, April 11, 2014 11:59 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Jacky – As far as I’m aware there is no bus directly to Positano, but Gillian – the author of the Amalfi Coast Travel Essentials app might know better than I. The ferry schedules change seasonall. The spring/summer schedules will probably be out after easter.

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      • Gillian, April 11, 2014 2:25 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Hi Jacky.

        There is a new service that operates from Naples airport to Positano. http://www.positanoshuttle.com

        Another option is you can take a bus to from the airport to Sorrento. http://www.curreriviaggi.it and then another bus from Sorrento to Positano. http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/public/tpl/campania/5070.pdf

        Curreiviaggi offers Van service for 1-3 people for 80 euros.

        The easiest way to get to Positano from Naples is by private car. The cost is about 120 euro and you will be met at the airport and taken directly to your hotel. The famous SS163 is a spectacular drive with over 1,000 twists and turns and breathtaking views.

        Two companies I recommend are:

        http://www.positanocarservice.com
        http://www.jackthedriver.com

        Going back to Naples via Capri is a great idea. Currently there is a 10:00 am ferry with Alilauro, after Easter there will be more options.

        The Capri Tourism website lists these two places for Left Luggage.

        Left Luggage – Capri, Via Acquaviva
        Left Luggage – Via C. Colombo 10 – Marina Grande – Capri, Tel. 081 8374575

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          Bonnie Alberts, April 11, 2014 3:38 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

          Thanks Gillian – I knew you’d have all the answers!

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      • Jacky Hood`, April 11, 2014 3:30 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        I will take a look at Gillian’s site. Thanks very much!

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  32. Jerome, April 9, 2014 7:21 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie
    Just wanted to start with saying Thank You sooo much for this site, it’s been so informative and helpful
    I’m planning a trip for me and my girlfriend
    I was planning of driving from Rome to Sorrento (skipping driving in Naples as I’m not sure if I can handle the traffic there)
    We have a hotel in Sorrento for 2 days, and I was thinking of leaving the car there, then doing a day trip back to Naples:
    -by train to Naples (we’ll get off at train stops for the major Vesuvian Excavation Sites, Although I don’t really know which stop to get off if we want to go up Mt. Vesuvius)
    -then take the ferry back to Sorrento from Naples to get a different view of the coast
    I was just thinking that this might be a cheaper alternative from taking a tour bus from Sorrento to Pompeii which which wont even take us to naples
    Hope to hear your advice on this trip
    Again Thanks a lot =)

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      Bonnie Alberts, April 11, 2014 11:28 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Thanks Jerome – glad to hear the website has been helpful.

      Re your day trip to Naples – I don’t know how late the ferries run in the afternoon/evening back to Sorrento and a number of things in Naples close around 1:00 or 2:00 for the afternoon break. Meanwhile, during the spring/summer (April – October) both Pompeii and Herculaneum are open until 1930. Vesuvius until 1700 April – June and 1800 July and August. So… you might do better to reverse your trip. Take the first ferry out in the morning to Naples and spend the morning in the city. Then I would recommend either visiting Herculaneum or Pompeii, but not both. Herculaneum is smaller, easier to manage, and in some respects, better preserved.

      There is a bus that runs from Pompeii to Vesuvius and stops in Herculaneum – but to be honest with you I’m not sure where it stops exactly or if the stop is anywhere near the excavation site:

      schedule: http://www.unicocampania.it/files/Pompei-Vesuvio.pdf
      http://www.unicocampania.it/?lang=it&center=inside&colonna=turisti&action=vesuvio

      There are always vans parked outside of the Circumvesuviana station at Herculaneum that will take you up as well – so all in all – I’d say Napoli in the morning, stop at Herculaneum, go to Vesuvius then come back down and do either Herculaneum or take the train on to Pompeii.

      Just as an FYI, CurreriViaggi runs a bus from Sorrento to Rome during the summer months. http://www.curreriviaggi.it

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  33. Mark, April 19, 2014 9:51 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hello Bonnie,

    So kind of you to devote your time to this very helpful website. Our cruise ship will be in Naples from Sunday 7am to 7pm on a Sunday in May. Would it be practical to take an early boat from Naples to Sorrento, Train from Sorrento to Pompeii and then train to Naples to see the Archeological museum?

    Thank you

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      Bonnie Alberts, April 22, 2014 10:06 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      I believe the earliest boat out is 0900 am – which will get you to Sorrento before 1000. It’s a busy itinerary but do-able in a day I would think. The train from Sorrento to Pompeii is only about 30 minutes and from Pompeii to Naples, about 40 minutes. From Naples you can take Metro Line 1 to the Archaeological Museum.

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      • Mark, April 23, 2014 12:57 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Thanks so much…Would we have any trouble getting tickets on the Sorrento ferry, the day we show up?

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          Bonnie Alberts, April 24, 2014 9:31 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

          Hi Mark – typically there is no problem getting tickets on the day.

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  34. Tim Gaydos, April 22, 2014 6:51 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,
    My wife and I will be traveling from Rome to Positano in July and are looking at taking a train from Rome to Naples than either a ferry or bus to Positano. Would it be quicker to just take a bus from Rome to Positano or is the train connection more affordable? Would love your advice and any bus/ferry links you have. Thank you so much!
    Tim

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  35. Lesha, April 28, 2014 3:24 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    HI Bonnie! Thanks again for the great info on your site. We are travelling to Naples for 4-5 days in July prior to heading to Sicily. We would like to take the GNV SNAV overnight ferry from Naples to Palermo. Since we are travelling with our 12 year old daughter, I think we will book a cabin. It is best to book directly through their website? Is it too early to go ahead and book the cabin/passage? I assume it’s also at the Molo Beverello port, correct? I’ve heard mixed reviews about the food onboard, is it better to bring something with us? Thanks so much for your help!

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      Bonnie Alberts, April 29, 2014 8:29 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Their website is available in English, so I would think it would be easiest to book directly with them. The port is a few km east of Molo Beverello.

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  36. Tim Gaydos, April 29, 2014 6:15 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,
    I’ll be staying on Amalfi Coast for 5 days before heading to Venice, and wanted to take a day in Capri. My flight from Naples to Venice departs at 7:15pm and was considering taking that day to go to Capri and kill two birds with one stone. Need to travel from Positano to Naples for flight, so why not take ferry from Positano to Capri, enjoy Capri for day, then ferry from Capri to Naples to catch flight. Would that work? What is best link to check to make that happen? Thanks!
    Tim

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  37. Tamaryn, May 3, 2014 12:24 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,

    My husband and I are arriving in Salerno by train on the 4th of July at about 3:35pm. We then need to get to Amalfi where we are staying for the night. I thought it would be as simple as a ferry, but it seems that the last ferry leaves Salerno at 3:30pm. Is this correct? Can you suggest any other ferries? Otherwise it seems we will have to go the bus?
    Your help would be much appreciated as I am getting nowhere with my internet searches at the moment!
    Please and thank you!
    Tamaryn

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 5, 2014 10:22 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Tamaryn – at the moment that’s the last ferry out on the schedule. I don’t know if that is the summer schedule or not, so I would check back closer to the day. Otherwise you would have to take the SitaSud bus from Salerno to Amalfi.

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  38. Moseph, May 4, 2014 3:22 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,

    Thank you for this guide. 6 of us will be taking the ferry from Napoli to Stromboli in June.

    We would prefer that we bought tickets once we are there rather than online. Would there be a difference in price, or even a lack of availability if we were to wait until we got there, for this journey?

    Much Thanks.

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 5, 2014 3:37 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Moseph – If I’m not mistaken, the ferry to Stromboli only leaves twice a week – Tuesday and Friday I think, so you might want to book your tickets in advance.

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      • Moseph, May 5, 2014 7:00 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Correct, we will be getting the Friday ferry. We will be in Napoli from Monday however. Would you think that this is enough time in advance to purchase them?

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          Bonnie Alberts, May 7, 2014 3:54 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

          Its still early in the season, so I would hope so, but I couldn’t tell you for sure. You might try checking with them directly.

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  39. Moseph, May 4, 2014 3:31 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    It did not let me edit, but I should add that it is the overnight ferry by Siremar if that helps.

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  40. Ivo, May 7, 2014 11:33 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie, thank you for this information.

    We have a flight to catch on the 10th of July (thursday) which is at 10:10.
    We were wondering if this would give us problems, regarding the transportation possibilities from Procida to Napels airport. What do you think?

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 8, 2014 8:16 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Ivo – it looks like the first ferry out is at 0635, so assuming you catch that ferry you should be to Naples Beverello port a little after 0700. The Alibus runs every 20 to 30 minutes and its about a 30 minutes journey to the airport. A taxi might be slightly quicker.

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      • Ivo, May 8, 2014 1:43 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Aha I see.
        Where did you find that time exactly?
        I found on Caremar a hydrofoil which departs at 6:40 and arrives at 07:20.
        Thank you very much!

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          Bonnie Alberts, May 11, 2014 5:45 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

          Hi Ivo – here is a link to the daily ferry schedule in the daily newspaper the Il Mattino http://sfoglia.ilmattino.it/mattino/pagpdf/parte.pdf

          On the top right you will see “Aliscafi” – the current schedule Procida – Naples is at the bottom of the right hand column.

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  41. Manita, May 13, 2014 6:52 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi bonnie, would like to hear your comment on my plan. I plan to take 16.30 ferry back from amalfi to sorrento. The expected arrival tome in sorrento is 17.25. I have to take train at 17.56 to naple and then to rome. It seems to me that i have only 30 minutes to run between port and train station. It doesnt seem that far but with all the steep. Do u think i could make it in 30 mins? I can use the taxi but just not sure if there is many taxi around the port? And afpgan im not sure if the ferry run exactly on time! Do u think this is doable? ……. As there seems to be only one ferry from amalfi to sorrento this season, i couldnt find alternative just yet. Thank you so much in advance.

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 13, 2014 7:43 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Manita – I see your dilemma and yes – as far as I can tell there is only one ferry back that day. There are too many variables for me to advise you on this one. Your other option would be to take the Marozzi bus back to Rome from Amalfi, bypassing Naples. It leaves Amalfi around 3:30 in the afternoon and gets back to Rome about 2100. http://www.marozzivt.it/

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      • Manita, May 13, 2014 9:14 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Thank you Bonnie! Well i have to return to sorrento to get my luggages thats why. It seems to me that you also think this isnt doable based on you experience. Then im left w 2 options here, one is taking early bus back to sorrento but forego the chance to see the coastal view from the ferry or two is to book a later train back to rome, buying myself another hour to travel between sorrento and naple.

        If im using the orginal ticket and catch later train from sorrento to naple, i wll have 3 mins to run from circumvesuviana train in naple garibaldi to another train to rome at naple centrale, would that be enough? Tough isnt it?

        Thank you so so muchhhh :)

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  42. Tim Gaydos, May 14, 2014 11:21 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,
    Going from Rome to Praiano in July. It seems like train from Rome to Salerno is much quicker, and than grabbing ferry from Salerno to Amalfi, bus to Praiano. Cuts down at least an hour? Do you know what is the last ferry of the evening on a Saturday night out of Salerno to Amalfi? Thanks so much!
    Tim

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  43. Angela, May 25, 2014 12:34 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,

    apologies if my questions are a repeat of many before. Our first trip to Europe. We plan to catch a train from Rome to Naples and thought arriving in Sorrento, our base for where we are staying down South, by Ferry would be very special. We are travelling on Friday 27 June and aim to catch a train arriving in Naples by 10:20.
    Can you recommend a Ferry or Hydrofoil Company that goes directly to Sorrento?
    How much time does it take from Naples central train station to the Port?
    Is it best to catch a taxi?
    What time would be the next scheduled departure for Sorrento?
    Apart from visitng Capri, is there another Island you recommend is fantstic to visit? We love to swim and relax and have a wine in cafes. What do you recommend?

    Thanks for your valued advice.

    Angela

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 27, 2014 1:20 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Alilauro’s Aliscafi goes at 0900, 1100, 1300, 1505, 1715. It takes approximately 30 minutes from the Airport to the Port on the Alibus, but of course a taxi is more convenient, especially if you have luggage. The Alibus departs the airport every 20 minutes or so.

      The ferries can be quite busy this time of year and often the high speed hydrofoils have no outside seating/standing areas. All things considered, you might do better to take the Curreri Viaggi bus directly to Sorrento. It leaves the airport at 1100, 1200, 1300, 1430 and later.

      My favourite island is Ischia. Try one of the thermal complexes like Negombo or Poseidon for a full day of relaxation.

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  44. Angela, May 26, 2014 3:11 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Also Bonnie, is the AV train safe? My husband is concerned about pick pockets etc. Where are cases located on the trains? Where you are seated?

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      Bonnie Alberts, May 27, 2014 1:27 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Angela – re suitcases/seats – you’d need to be more specific with regards to which train you are taking. If you take a high speed train you will have assigned seats and there are places for your suitcases at one end of the car, above your head and in some cases between the seats. If you are taking a Intercity/Regional train, there is no assigned seating, so wherever you can find space. I take the trains all the time – both regional and the high speed Frecciarossa trains. As you would in any city – you just need to be mindful of your belongings.

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  45. Anna, June 2, 2014 4:19 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie,
    Im having problems looking for a direct ferry/hydrofoil etc to Positano from Naples. We will be travelling on the 31st July and would like to ferry across. I was told that there is a Naples direct to Positano service but I can’t find anything online?

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  46. Maureen Celli, June 4, 2014 7:31 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hello- I need passenger ferry transportation between England (Southampton) to Naples….is this possible?

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      Bonnie Alberts, June 6, 2014 9:42 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Sorry Maureen – there is no ferries between England and Naples though you might find Naples a stop on a cruise ship from the UK.

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  47. Sanjoy, June 7, 2014 10:41 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie

    I have plan to travel Pompeii from Napoli on 15th june and at evening 6PM from Napoli to Rome by intercity train, which will arrive Rome at 8:00 P.M. Heard that there is Trenitalia strike from 14th June 9:00 P.M till 15th June 9:00P.M. What should I do now? my tickets ,hotels all are booked. Also want to know whether the Hydrofoil will be affected on 14th June as well??
    Please help me.

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      Holly Willmott, June 9, 2014 12:03 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Sanjoy,

      Your journey from Napoli to Pompeii should be ok, as the strike should only effect national trains, and the train from Naples to Pompeii is a local one, however it would be best to check at the train station, as changes can be made at short notice. With regards to your journey from Naples to Rome, when there is a strike, they have to guarantee a service at certain times of the day, and from what I can tell, that is from 18:00-21:00, so your journey shouldn’t be effected, however, again, I cannot guarantee that you won’t have problems, so please do check with the train company or at the station. Check the link in our strike page for more details.

      Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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  48. Sanjoy, June 9, 2014 10:41 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Thank you so much

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  49. Phill Cottam, June 16, 2014 10:11 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie

    We’re coming to Sorrento next week and plan to spend a day at Ischia. We were going to get the ferry from Sorrento but I’ve read the 3T ticket allows free travel on public ferries from Napoli to Ischia. If that’s the case, as we’re buying the ticket the day before, the plan is to travel by train to Napoli and then catch a ferry across. Two things I need help with, firstly is it correct that the 3T ticket allows free travel on the public ferry and secondly what’s the best way to get from the rail station to Porta di Massa as looking at the maps I’m not quite sure where the ferry sails from!

    I take it the Medmar service is a public service?

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      Holly Willmott, June 17, 2014 1:03 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Phil,

      Naples ferries are private, and prices vary depending on the company. The 3T ticket covers public transport (buses, metros, funiculars etc.) on land, and it also covers the buses in Ischia and Procida.

      You can take the Alibus (http://www.napoliunplugged.com/naples-alibus-airport-shuttle) from the central station to the Molo Beverello port (where the high-speed ferries to the islands leave from), then take the free shuttle bus to Porta Massa. You can buy your tickets at either port.

      Medmar is a private company.

      Have a fun trip!

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  50. dean, June 18, 2014 3:07 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hello Bonnie.
    If we are in Naples for 11 hours from a cruise ship on July 13th, do you think we can go to Pompeii in AM then get a ride to Sorrento Marina Piccola for the 13:30 GESCAB boat to Capri? We have friends on Capri wanted to meet for late lunch before going back to Naples main Port.
    Crazy idea?

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      Bonnie Alberts, June 19, 2014 6:33 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Dean – it really depends on what time you arrive and leave. If you can get to Pompeii fairly early – they open at 0830 you could have a few hours to wander the site. The Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii is about 30 minutes then figure maybe 10-15 minutes to walk from the train station to the port. The last boat back from Naples to Capri is around 1800.

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      • dean, June 22, 2014 11:01 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

        Thanks Bonnie but I think we are trying to go the Opposite way:
        1; Naples port to Pompeii- Perhaps that would be 8am if we are lucky. THEN
        2. Pompeii to Sorrento Port- Marina Piccolo. This would have to be taxi or some car service so I need any advice here and time needed for this.
        THEN
        3. Sorrento to Capri: Boats are 11;45 and 1:30 THEN
        4. Capri back to the Main Naples port, Probably the 4:30 gescab-NLG.
        The Cruise ship leaves that day…

        Sounds crazy but on a map it makes a nice circle, or at least triangle from pompeii to Sorrento to capri.

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          Bonnie Alberts, June 23, 2014 6:11 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

          Hi Dean – yes I understand the route you are wanting to take. The Circumvesuviana train runs from Naples to Sorrento with stops at many places including Herculaneum and Pompeii, so you can use it to get from Naples to Pompeii and from Pompeii to Sorrento. Your other option is to hire a private driver for either leg of the trip or the entire way and have the driver wait while you tour Pompeii. If your ship is organising an excursion/bus to Pompeii you could also go with them and then leave on your own and take the train to Sorrento.

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  51. Lisa, June 26, 2014 6:05 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    We will be in Naples for one day coming in on a cruise ship. What do you suggest is the most reliable transportation to get to either Sorrento or Capri to spend a few hours and make it back to the ship without any issues?

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      Bonnie Alberts, June 27, 2014 4:52 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      You can only reach Capri by ferry/hydrofoil. As for Sorrento, getting there by hydrofoil is pretty quick (about 45 mins) and easy as your ship pulls in right next to the port the hydrofoils leave from.

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  52. Yvonne Murphy, June 30, 2014 4:00 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi Bonnie
    Our question is this. We also have one day in Naples from a cruise ship. We would like to try get in Capri, Sorrento in one day. Which way would you recommend, Sorrento first or Capri? Time permitting we would like to do the Blue Grotto if the weather allows. Do you think this is all a bit ambitious for one day?
    Thanks Yvonne

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      Bonnie Alberts, July 1, 2014 10:19 am - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      Hi Yvonne – it would all depend on how much time you have and what time you arrive and leave with regards to the ferry schedules. Either way, I believe the last ferry from Sorrento to Naples is at 1625 and Capri around 1800.

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  53. Frances, July 1, 2014 5:16 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Hi! I live in the US and do not speak Italian. I am planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast. I think my sister and I will stay in Sorrento. I am not having any luck in finding out about ferries to Capri, Positano, Amalfii, and Pompeii. Can you help me. I do not speak Italian.

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  54. Yvonne Murphy, July 1, 2014 7:19 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

    Thanks Bonnie,
    We dock at 8am and sail again at 6pm. We were thinking to go straight to Capri and get up to Anacapri then if weather is good take the bus to the Blue Grotto, which we think will save time waiting for boat to the Grotto. We think this should take up to say 1 o’clock then catch Hydrofoil to Sorrento. We would need to catch Hydrofoil back to Naples by latest say 4.30. Does this sound feasible ? We arrive in Naples on Thur 21st Aug this year.
    Regards Yvonne Murphy

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      Holly Willmott, July 3, 2014 3:25 pm - Naples Ferries & Hydrofoils

      It sounds possible, but you should check the ferry schedules when you arrive. We would suggest Capri and then see if you have time to go to Sorrento, bearing in mind you have to get off your boat, then get to the ferry and possibly wait for it, then get to Capri, so it might take you a while to get there.

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